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  • Laine by Numbers

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    Laine by Numbers An Era of Gold People have varying tastes in musical entertainment. This is especially true these days. There are so many genres of music. During the years after the 19th century to the mid-20th century, there was classical, spiritual, inspirational, ragtime, jazz, swing, western swing, popular, country, doo-op, and rock and roll […]

  • Those Elusive Movies

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    My dad always admired Frankie Laine’s singing. He told me that his favorite singers were Mario Lanza, Frankie Laine, Teresa Brewer, and Patti Page. I was always proud of the fact that my dad lived long enough to see me in photographs with Frankie Laine and Patti Page. And he knew all about my personal […]

  • A Warmness Amidst the Cold

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    Brrrr, it’s been cold here in the Midwest! I live in Iowa, and we have been experiencing an Arctic cold snap since the end of December. Ironically, as far as this writing is concerned, the cold snap we have been experiencing was named “Frankie.” Winter storm Frankie was the sixth storm named by the Weather […]

  • A Laineful Yuletide

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    When I think of Christmas, I think of love—God’s love when He bestowed a great gift upon the earth—His Son. I include the love of family, home, and livelihood. Christmas is a time for love. Music is the best way to express all this Christmas love. Christmas Music Someone once asked Frankie Laine why he […]

  • A Song of Love

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    A Time Treasured This time of year brings back happy memories for me. It was November 20, 1985, when I first met Frankie Laine in person. I had taken a bus to San Diego and ended up spending seven hours with Frankie. It was magic. “Old Man Jazz” I guess it is especially grand for […]

  • A Mind’s Journey by Way of Song

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    Scenario My dad was a farmer. We once lived in northeast Iowa on a homestead farm that my paternal grandparents owned. Dad used to have a small dairy herd of cows and milking took place two times each day—once in the early morning, and again in the afternoon. The cows were brought into a large […]

  • Assembling a Laine Collection (Summer Series: Part Two)

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    (Continued from the May 2017 blog) The “Platters” Of course, platters are the coveted 78 r.p.m. records most music collectors of the musical generation concerning the pre-1960s couldn’t do without. I had no luck locating anymore Laine albums in traditional record stores in the early 1970s. Therefore, I was content to play the few Laine […]