Frankie Laine was born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio in the Little Italy neighborhood of Chicago. I’m not sure where that is, whether it’s behind St. Ignatius High School on Taylor Street (the neighborhood was razed to build the University of Illinois’ Chicago campus) or around 22nd and Oakley, but that’s beside the point. I was just amazed that he was born in Chicago. As I’ve said before, the things you learn in this job…
Anyway, Wikipedia lists between fifty and a hundred singles that were hits for him in the period 1947-1969. He sang songs of every genre, but is probably best known for his Country and Western songs, including the theme songs from the movie High Noon, 3:10 To Yuma, and Blazing Saddles, and the theme for the TV show Rawhide. A more comprehensive list of his singles can be found here. There are quite a few more than a hundred of them. A few of them were recorded wth Jo Stafford,
He had a string of three #1 hits in late 1949 and 1950, “That Lucky Old Sun,” “Mule Train,” and “The Cry Of The Wild Goose,” all of which achieved Gold status. Here’s “Mule Train.” Mitch Miller plays the whip in this song.
The version of “High Noon” that was used in the movie was sung by Tex Ritter, but Frankie had the more popular version. It reached #5 in 1952 and was certified Gold.
Frankie Laine, your Two for Tuesday, November 7, 2017.