Frankie Laine Dies at 93

Published: 2007-02-09
Frankie Laine, a popular Italian crooner from the 1950s died at Mercy Hospital in San Diego of heart failure this week. Over his career, Laine sold more than 100 million records and earned more than 20 gold records and was said to be partial to the musical influence of Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and jazz artists Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holliday.

If you grew up in the 1960s and 70s, you probably heard Laine sing the theme for the 1974 movie Blazing Saddles and the theme for the TV show Rawhide. Fans of oldies would know his hits such as "That's My Desire," "Mule Train," "Jezebel," "I Believe" and "That Lucky Old Sun," as Laine was a regular feature of the Top Ten in the years just before rock 'n' roll became popular music.

Laine's family released a statement saying, "He will be forever remembered for the beautiful music he brought into this world, his wit and sense of humor, along with the love he shared with so many."

Writer: Soul Shine Staff

   

 

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I agree that Frankie Laine will be missed when it comes to great singers.He had that powerfull voice that commanded attention and he never oversang a song but controled it.He was the classic singer that deserves to be put upon the same pedistal as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.As long as people want to hear what great singing is all about just put on a record by Frankie Laine and the truth will be self evident.His music will be the litmus test that all others will have to strive for.
Posted by: Anonymous on February 09, 2007
he certainly was a great singer of popular songs and my condolences to the family he was married 5 years to the date before my folks
Posted by: Anonymous on February 16, 2007
as a tribute log I found this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHLrANOqwUs

johnny
Posted by: Anonymous on February 16, 2007
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