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Frankie Laine

Frankie Laine

"Frankie Laine", born "Frank Paul LoVecchio" on March 30, 1913, is one of the most successful and influential American singers of the twentieth century. Often billed as "America's Number One Song Stylist," his nicknames include "Mr. Rhythm," "Old Leather Lungs," and "Old Man Jazz."

A clarion voiced pop singer with lots of style, able to fill halls without a microphone, and one of the biggest hit-makers of late 1940s/early 1950s, Laine had more than 70 charted records, 21 gold records, and worldwide sales of over 250 million disks Originally a rhythm and blues influenced jazz singer, Laine excelled at virtually every music style, eventually expanding to such varied genres as popular standards, gospel, folk, country, western/Americana, rock 'n' roll, and the occasional novelty number. He is known as "Mr Rhythm" for his driving jazzy style.

The first and biggest of a new breed of black-influenced singers who came to prominence in the post-WWII era, he belted out torch blues while stomping his foot in cutting edge joints like Billy Berg's, Club Hangover and the Bandbox. His innovative style, in which he would bend notes and si...

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