Category Archives: Frankie Continued Series

  • ‘Westward Ho!’

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    Enjoyment with a message The old tales of the Wild West are fun to relive in books, movies, and on television. My wife, Marlene, and I love watching these old Western show reruns on television. The stories often contain a theme dedicated to providing a moral message. This is important and makes the shows entertaining […]

  • Recalling the Magic in Red

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    Reminiscing I was a professional musician (drummer) during the 1970s and 1980s. I carved out a living playing music with several different bands during that time. Sometimes along the way, bookings would stop, band changes would leave periods of time without employment, clubs would change formats, or a variety of other issues would lead to […]

  • The ‘Other Red’ Label

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    Note: I am referring to only 10-inch 78 r.p.m. record discs in this writing. Beginning with his big hit song “Jezebel,” in 1951, Frankie Laine has had a prolific library of single 78s on the Columbia Records label. Of course, each of these records all display the stylistic and unmistakable red label. I have even […]

  • A New Friend Recalls a Laine Friendship (Continued)

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    Cinematic Treasures With the recent death of screen legend Kirk Douglas, I immediately though about the two movies in which the veteran actor starred that included title theme vocals by Frankie Laine. The movies Man Without a Star (1955) and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) are not only great movies, but they are classics […]

  • A New Friend Recalls a Laine Friendship (Part One)

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    Out of the Blue Since I began my Frankie Laine associations in the mid-1980s, I have been amazed by the times that situations have arisen that are joyously serendipitous. Frankie’s fame has always been astounding. For me, knowing Frankie Laine on a personal level has been nothing short of magical. From time-to-time, this enchantment seems […]

  • Frankie Laine: A Diversity of Voice

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    Best of the Best I love Frank Sinatra. His voice could be mellow and sad, jam-packed with feeling and emotional, spot-on delivery, or upbeat and swinging. Listening to his recordings is tantamount to hearing the epitome of musical class. What can I say about Nat Cole? He was such a wonderful talent taken from us […]

  • ‘Grand Old Gentleman’

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    Four Years This writing represents an anniversary. I have been writing about Frankie Laine each month, publishing on this site for four years. I have enjoyed detailing my various treasured Laine memories. I have covered lots of different areas—from Frankie’s music, his entire career, special moments and conversations I’ve had with him, people I have […]

  • For the Love of Frankie

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    Whenever the subject of my Frankie Laine collection comes up, I have always explained that my Laine collecting is an avocation. Frankie’s music has had such a huge impact on me that I became fascinated by the man as an artist. Therefore, I wanted to collect everything associated with his career. I was a young […]