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  • A Mind’s Journey by Way of Song

    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 Five [Final of Series])

    (Continued from the August 2017 blog) A Collection Finished? I am always finding new ways to build my collection on a personal level. I have audio interviews I have done with Frankie Laine, as well as videos of us together. The first video I was in with Frankie came about rather in a serendipitous manner. […]

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

    (Continued from the July 2017 blog) Growing Collection I was building a great Frankie Laine collection. Thanks to my diligence and Helen Snow, I had acquired a cassette audio tape collection of most all of Frankie’s recordings. I even had built a sizable collection of old radio shows, with Frankie as guest, on cassette, and […]

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

    (Continued from the June 2017 blog) “Helen and Bert” (Dedicated to the memory of Helen Snow and Bert Boorman) During my first visit with Frankie at his home in November 1985, I was allowed to look through a large stack of 45 r.p.m. Frankie Laine records in Frankie’s music room. Carefully, I lifted up a […]

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

    (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 […]

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

    The Records There are many Frankie Laine collectors in the world. This trendsetting, unique, wonderful singer has musically enhanced the lives of millions of people.  As a result, many people love collecting Frankie Laine’s records. Most people, who collect Laine recordings these days, have relied on accumulating Frankie’s songs on CDs. Of course, before digital […]

  • My Frankie Laine Radio Program

    I have a degree in broadcasting and journalism. In 1998, I decided to put my skills to the test and produce a radio program featuring Frankie Laine and his music. At that time, I was about a year into my career in state government at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. The following story […]

  • A Study in Diversity

    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

    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

    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 […]