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  • A Study in Diversity

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    Happy Birthday, Frankie! As far as all of us friends and fans of the late great Frankie Laine are concerned, March has become synonymous with the Laine birthday (March 30). Many of us can joyfully recall with a smile the great “Birthday Bash” events held in San Diego in honor of Frankie’s birthday. Of course, […]

  • A Laine Chronicle

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    Emotion When someone learns about my Frankie Laine association, I am always asked why I am interested in this singer from my parents’ generation. I was a professional drummer for 16 years. I made my living (or tried to) by playing music. I learned very quickly that music is an emotional art. It can make […]

  • Admiration for Frankie

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    We are all saddened by the unusually high number of celebrity deaths occurring in 2016. As I now ponder these, I am reminded that next month marks the 10th anniversary of Frankie Laine’s death. I want to share some letters I received from Frankie Laine admirers in 1995, after I had published my first major […]

  • Magic and Love

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    Memories Christmastime always brings about special feelings about my friend Frankie Laine for this Iowa boy. After all, it was late November (1985) when I first met Frankie in person in San Diego. Therefore, not only does the misty and cold Iowa drizzle, the wet smell of fallen leaves, and the frosty air, remind me […]

  • I Remember Frankie Laine’s 90th Birthday Bash

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    It seems like only yesterday that Frankie Laine held his last big birthday bash in San Diego. I had been to his 80th and 85th. My wife, Marlene, and I booked a flight to San Diego to attend the celebration of Frankie’s 90th birthday on March 30, 2003, in the Grand Ballroom of the U. […]

  • Most Special Letters

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    First Letter Since first meeting with Frankie Laine on a personal level, I have been privileged to have chatted with him on several occasion—both in person and at his home as well as on the telephone—and have corresponded with him, by letters written, throughout the years. It all began when I wrote a letter to […]

  • Frankie’s Words

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    Over the years during my association with Frankie Laine, I have had several talks with him. Some of these chats were official (I’ve conducted a few interview sessions with Frankie, both in person and over the telephone).  A few of our conversations were casual—either in person, or on the telephone. Many famous people of today, […]

  • Frankie Laine Is a ‘Tough Sell’

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    I have always been at a loss as to why Frankie Laine has never retained the notoriety he deserves. Singers like Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, and, of course, Tony Bennett have become synonymous with musical history, and everybody knows them whenever their names are mentioned. My Laine colleagues agree. […]

  • Frankie Laine Bestowed a Gift

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    I am turning 60 years old this month. This is a milestone for me, which initiated my pondering of important events that have occurred throughout my life. Certainly uppermost on my list was my wonderful fortune in meeting and becoming friends with the great Frankie Laine. In past blogs, I have attempted to provide readers […]

  • Remembering Frankie Laine’s Youngest Brother, Phil

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    Until his death a few years ago, Frankie Laine’s youngest brother, Phil LoVecchio, was the sole survivor of the LoVecchio siblings. NOTE: I recently found it extremely ironic that there is another, younger (and as far as I know, unrelated), Phil LoVecchio, who heads up his own company in the St. Louis area. That company […]