At 17, he sang before a crowd of 5, at The Merry Garden Ballroom to such applause that he ended up performing five encores on his first night. Laine was giving dance lessons for a charity ball at the Merry Garden when he was called to the bandstand to sing:. Soon I found myself on the main bandstand before this enormous crowd, Laine recalled. I was really nervous, but I started singing 'Beside an Open Fireplace,' a popular song of the day. It was a sentimental tune and the lyrics choked me up.
When I got done, the tears were streaming down my cheeks and the ballroom became quiet. I was very nearsighted and couldn't see the audience. I thought that the people didn't like me. Some of his other early influences during this period included Enrico CarusoCarlo Butiand especially Bessie Smith —a record of whose somehow wound up in his parents' collection:. I can still close my eyes and visualize its blue and purple label. The first time I laid the needle down on that record I felt cold chills and an indescribable excitement.
It was my first exposure to jazz and the bluesalthough I had no idea at the time what to call those magical sounds. I just knew I had to hear more of them!
Another singer who influenced him at this time was falsetto crooner, Gene Austin. Laine worked after school at a drugstore that was situated across the street Come Rain Or Come Shine - The Righteous Brothers - Greatest Hits (CD) a record store that continually played hit records by Gene Austin over their loudspeakers.
He would swab down the windows in time to Austin's songs. Many years later, Laine related the story to Austin when both were guests on the popular television variety show Shower of Stars. Shortly after graduating from high school, Laine signed on as a member of The Merry Garden's marathon dance company and toured with them, working dance marathons during the Great Depression setting the world record of 3, hours with partner Ruthie Smith at Atlantic City 's Million Dollar Pier in During his marathon days, he worked with several up-and-coming entertainers, including Rose MarieRed Skeltonand a year-old Anita O'Dayfor whom he served as a mentor as noted by Laine in a interview by David Miller.
Laine befriended Cole in Los Angeles, when the latter's career was just beginning to gain momentum. They remained close friends throughout the remainder of Cole's life, and Laine was one of the pall bearers at Cole's funeral.
Laine's rhythmic style was ill-suited to the sweet sounds of the Carlone band, and the two soon parted company. Success continued to elude Laine, and he spent the next 10 years "scuffling"; alternating between singing at small jazz clubs on both coasts and a series of jobs, including those of a bouncer, dance instructor, used car salesman, agent, synthetic leather factory worker, and machinist at a defense plant.
Often homeless Come Rain Or Come Shine - The Righteous Brothers - Greatest Hits (CD) his "scuffling" phases, he hit the lowest point of his career, when he was sleeping on a bench in Central Park.
I would sneak into hotel rooms and sleep on the floor. In fact, I was bodily thrown out of 11 different New York hotels. I stayed in YMCAs and with anyone who would let me flop. Eventually I was down to my last four cents, and my bed became a roughened wooden bench in Central Park. I used my four pennies to buy four tiny Baby Ruth candy bars and rationed myself to one a day. The program director, Jack Coombs, thought that "LoVecchio" was "too foreign sounding, and too much of a mouthful for the studio announcers," so he Americanized it to "Lane", an homage to his high school.
Frankie added the "i" to avoid confusion with a girl singer at the station who went by the name of Frances Lane. WINS, deciding that they no longer needed a jazz singer, dropped him.
With the help of bandleader Jean Goldkettehe got a job with a sustainer nonsponsored radio show at NBC. As he was about to start, Germany attacked Poland and all sustainer broadcasts were pulled off the air in deference to the needs of the military. He quit singing for what was perhaps the fifth or sixth time of his already long career.
While working at the plant, he met a trio of girl singers, and became engaged to the lead singer. The group had been noticed by Johnny Mercer 's Capitol Recordsand convinced Laine to head out to Hollywood with them as their agent. Inhe moved to California, where he sang in the background of several films, including The Harvey Girlsand dubbed the singing voice for an actor in the Danny Kaye comedy The Kid from Brooklyn. Fischerthe latter of whom was to be his songwriting partner, musical director, and piano accompanist until his death in When the war ended, Laine soon found himself Come Rain Or Come Shine - The Righteous Brothers - Greatest Hits (CD) again, and was eventually given a place to stay by Jarvis.
Jarvis also did his best to help promote the struggling singer's career, and Laine soon had a small, regional following. In the meantime, Laine would make the rounds of the bigger jazz clubs, hoping that the featured band would call him up to perform a number with them. In lateHoagy Carmichael heard him singing at Billy Berg's club in Los Angelesand this was when success finally arrived. Not knowing that Carmichael was in the audience, Laine sang the Carmichael-penned standard " Rockin' Chair " when Slim Gaillard called him up to the stage to sing.
This eventually led to a contract with the newly established Mercury records. Laine cut his first record infor a fledgling company called " Bel-Tone Records. The label soon folded, and Laine was picked up by Atlas Records, a "race label" that initially hired him to imitate his friend Nat "King" Cole. Cole would occasionally "moonlight" for other labels, under pseudonymswhile under contract to Capitoland as he had previously recorded some sides for Atlas, they reasoned that fans would assume that "Frankie Laine" was yet another pseudonym for "Cole".
The ruse worked and the record sold moderately well, although limited to the "race" market. Laine cut the remainder of his songs for Atlas in his own style, including standards such as " Roses of Picardy " and " Moonlight in Vermont ".
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It was played by Laine's friend, disc jockey Al Jarvis, and gained the singer a small West Coast following. Even after his discovery by Carmichael, Laine still was considered only an intermission act at Billy Berg's. His next big break came when he dusted off a fifteen-year-old song that few people remembered in" That's My Desire ".
Laine had picked up the song from songstress June Hart a half a dozen years earlier, when he sang at the College Inn in Cleveland. He introduced "Desire" as a "new" song—meaning new to his repertoire at Berg's—but the audience mistook it for a new song that had just been written. He ended up singing it five times that night. After that, Laine quickly became the star attraction at Berg's, and record company executives took note. She listened to him every night, and eventually cut her own version of the song, which became a hit on the "harlem" charts.
He was soon recording for the fledgling Mercury label, and "That's My Desire" was one of the songs cut in his first recording session there. It quickly took the No. The record also made it to the No. Although it was quickly covered by many other artists, including Sammy Kaye who took it to the No. Laine paid off all of his debts except one—fellow singer Perry Como refused to let Laine pay him back, and would kid him about the money owed for years to come.
The loan to Laine during the time when both men were still struggling singers was one of the few secrets Como kept from his wife, Roselle, who learned of it many years later. A clarion-voiced singer with much style, able to fill halls without a microphoneand one of the biggest hit-makers of the late s and early s, Laine had more than 70 charted records, 21 gold records, and worldwide sales of over million records.
He was also known as Mr. Rhythm for his driving jazzy style. Laine was the first and biggest of a new breed of singers who rose to prominence in the post—World War II era. This new, raw, emotionally charged style seemed at the time to signal the end of the previous era's singing styles and was, indeed, a harbinger of the rock 'n' roll music that was to come.
As music historian Jonny Whiteside wrote:. In the Hollywood clubs, a new breed of performers laid down a baffling hip array of new sounds…Most important of all these, though, was Frankie Laine, a big lad with 'steel tonsils' who belted out torch blues while stomping his size twelve foot in joints like Billy Berg'sClub Hangover and the Bandbox…Laine's intense vocal style owed nothing to CrosbySinatraor Dick Haymes.
Instead he drew from Billy EckstineBig Joe TurnerJimmy Rushingand with it Laine had sown the seeds from which an entire new perception and audience would grow… Frank Sinatra represented perhaps the highest flowering of a quarter century tradition of crooning but suddenly found himself an anachronism.
First Frankie Laine, then Tony Bennettand now Johnnie Raydubbed 'the Belters' and 'the Exciters,' came along with a brash vibrancy and vulgar beat that made the old bandstand routine which Frank meticulously perfected seem almost invalid.
Frank's style was very innovative, which was why he had such difficulty with early acceptance. He would bend notes and sing about the chordal context of a note rather than to sing the note directly, and he stressed each rhythmic downbeat, which was different from the smooth balladeer of his time. His recording of " That's My Desire " remains a landmark record signaling the end of both the dominance of the big bands and the crooning styles favored by contemporary Dick Haymes and others.
I think that Frank probably was one of the forerunner of A lot of singers who sing with a passionate demeanor—Frank was and is definitely that.
I always used to love to mimic him with 'That's Throughout the s, Laine enjoyed a second career singing the title songs over the opening credits of Hollywood films and television shows, including Gunfight at the O. Corralto YumaBullwhipand Rawhide. His rendition of the title song for Mel Brooks 's hit movie Blazing Saddles won an Oscar nomination for Best Song, and on television, Laine's featured recording of " Rawhide " for the series of the same name became a popular theme song.
You can't categorize him. He's one of those singers that's not in one track. And yet and still I think that his records had more excitement and life into it. And I think that was his big selling point, that he was so full of energy. You know when you hear his records it was dynamite energy. Laine was a jazz singer in the late s. Laine and Miller became a formidable hit-making team whose first collaboration, " That Lucky Old Sun ", became the number one song in the country three weeks after its release.
It was also Laine's fifth Gold record. The song was knocked down to the Come Rain Or Come Shine - The Righteous Brothers - Greatest Hits (CD) two position by Laine and Miller's second collaboration, " Mule Train ", which proved an even bigger hit, making Laine the first artist to hold the Number One and Two positions simultaneously.
The collaboration producing a run of top forty hits that lasted into the early years of the rock and roll era. McPhersona ground-breaking African-American songwriter and publisher, was believed to be based on a real-life friend of vaudevillian George Walker, who was with him during the New York City race riots of The song takes what was then an ethnic slur, "shine", and turns it into something to be proud of.
It had been a hit for Laine's idol Louis Armstrongwho would cover several of Laine's hits as well. Buddah Lovaz Die Die Die Ouija 2 Mo' Murda Retaliation Intro 2.
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I know her only from afar, but I know her. How often have her stirring words and soothing photos of the beauty surrounding her touched my heart, and lifted my spirits? But even such a life will spark a persistence to survive. The key is to keep alive. As the seasons transform from the warm climates to a chilled alternative, it is imperative we care for those sisters or brothers.
I will come to your cold hut bringing a meal to feed you, a warmth to fill you and seed you with the spark of life meant for all. I will call on you to bring you sustenance. I will come to your cold hut bringing clothes more substantial than the tatters you cling to in modesty.
I honestly care to share with you to fill Come Rain Or Come Shine - The Righteous Brothers - Greatest Hits (CD) chests with my excess. I will come to your cold hut bearing logs for your fire, meant to stoke the desire within you.
I will come to your cold hut to comfort you in your time of sadness, hoping to fill you with the gladness which your life truly deserves. It preserves your sanity, your humanity. I will come to your cold hut to share the joy of Christmas, bearing gifts of life meant to lift your strife and bring you its blessings through love. I have a purpose to help where I can and be the kind of man I was meant to be, to see the suffering of others, buffering my sisters and brothers from its pain, again and again.
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II They came from afar At the behest of this star. Leading them to the place Where the Child born of grace lays. Above Him it stays. IV In the silence of night The shepherds take comfort By your fervent glow. Angels call and the keepers know That they need not be afraid. V Multitude of stars shine But their combined light Is not as bright as the one star, A constellation of itself. VI Christmas comes Not in foil wrapped boxes, Not with ribbons and bows.
God knows where the Son rises And there are no surprises to find. For where the star glows Can salvation be far behind? A familial scene of togetherness. The adults prepare their Christmas eve fare, While the children keep watch in the skies. Soon the starlight will come. Star light, star bright, first star we see tonight! Christmas has come once again, and I and my reindeer friends embark into the dark night with only that star to lead.
Everywhere the starlight touches Does as much to announce the day. And I in my sleigh bow my head at that blessed sight, I am Santa Claus, and all is right. It is Christmas! Stevens died in Hartford, Connecticut, on August 2, Wallace Stevens — Share this: Twitter Facebook. No absolute assurance. No perpetual protection. The day after comes with promise. With lessons. With knowledge. With newness. It is ours To perceive. To learn. To discern. To embrace. The day after is a gift.
Be thankful if it comes. I'll be free of this mortal coil and foil anything that would spoil the world I leave behind.
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