........In 1947 they got it, along came a man already in his thirties by the name of Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, but better known as Frankie Laine. He didn't have the flashy good looks of say Frank, or Dick, or Perry or even Bing. What he did have was a unique voice that could hit a high note the others could only dream of. He would take a song, tear it apart and then put it back together again so that it would never sound right sung by anyone else.
..........Frankie had a style all his own, he didn't just stand there and sing into a mike. No, he stamped his feet and waved his hands and moved to the beat. His hard driving rhythmic style gave rise to his nickname of "Mr Rhythm".
....Frankie always thought of himself as a Jazz Singer, like his youthfull idols were. His first recordings were of old standards that he gave a new life to and was mostly backed up by small musical groups. In 1949, Mitch Miller convinced the young singer to broaden his musical style and do some newer material. This caused an explosion of hits, including 3 number #1 hits in a row.
.........Frankie has had hits in almost every musical style. Jazz, Pop, Country and Western, Frankie has done it all. In fact a few years ago he found a CD he was on listed on the Classical Charts. But to the younger crowd, who only know him from the re-runs of "RAWHIDE", they may think of Frankie as just a cowboy singer.
.........His first hit recordings, came after years of struggle in 1947. His last charted record was in 1969. He had new CD's released in 1999 and 2002. Through the years, he amassed 21 Gold Records, and has sold over 250 million records around the world. This was at a time when to sell a million of anything was a great achievement.
On 6 March 2007, music did die for millions of music fans, that is when "MR RHYTHM" passed away at the age of 93. There will never be another like him. ***************************************************
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Craig with Frankie in 1998