Gambella the Gamblin' Lady w. Jo Stafford. Hey Good Lookin'. Hey Joe. Hey, Good Lookin'. High Noon do Not Forsake Me. I Believe. Try a Little Tenderness. That's My Desire. James Infirmary. Moonlight Gambler. The to Yuma. Along the Navajo Trail. Cry of the Wild Goose. The Green Leaves of Summer. Beyond the Blue Horizon. Tumbling Tumbleweeds. The Girl in the Wood. Ghost Riders in the Sky. The arrangements on many of these songs have an almost classical feel to them, reflecting the classical training of John Williams, who would go on to conduct the Boston Pops for many years.
Wanderlust was Laine's final album with Columbia Records. Also included on this album is a version of "I Let Her Go"; an uncensored version of a song that figured prominently in his nightclub act, "On the Road to Mandalay", based on the poem by Rudyard Kipling ; and a classic version of " Wagon Wheels " which he'd been singing though not recording as far back as his days with the Merry Garden Ballroom marathon dance company in the early s.
Laine had met with Columbia officials to renew his contract on the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The meeting was canceled, and neither Laine nor Columbia pressed to reschedule it. In Laine left Columbia for Capitol Records , but his two years there only produced one album and a handful of singles mostly of an inspirational nature.
He continued performing regularly at this time, including a South African tour. After switching to ABC Records in the late s, he found himself at the top of the charts again, beginning with the first song he recorded, "I'll Take Care of Your Cares".
Written as a waltz in the mids, "Cares" had become the unofficial theme song of the Las Vegas call girls , but was virtually unknown outside of the Strip. Laine recorded a swinging version that made it to number 39 on the national and number 2 on the adult contemporary charts.
The last song was a number one hit on the adult contemporary chart 24 national , and proved that Laine was as big a hit-maker as ever. His last single to hit the Billboard Hot chart peaking at No. Seeking greater artistic freedom, Laine left ABC for the much smaller Amos Records , where he cut two albums in a modern, rock-influenced vein. It is one of Frankie Laine's personal favorites.
Amos, which was soon to fold from lack of funds, could not adequately promote them at the time. However, they are still available through CD re-releases. After Amos folded, Laine started his own label, Score Records , which is still producing albums today. Beginning in the late s, Laine starred in over a half dozen backstage musicals, often playing himself; several of these were written and directed by a young Blake Edwards.
His films were very popular in the United Kingdom, but this success failed to establish him as a movie star in the United States. He had a different sound, you know and he had such emotion and heart. And of course you recognized Frankie, just like Sinatra had that sound that you'd always recognize.
That's what made for hit records, as well as being a great singer. But you have to have a real special sound that never changes. He could do it all…but again, you always knew that it was Frankie Laine. In the s, he continued appearing on variety shows such as Laugh-In , but took on several serious guest-starring roles in shows like Rawhide , and Burke's Law.
His theme song for Rawhide proved to be popular and helped make the show, which starred Eric Fleming and launched the career of Clint Eastwood , a hit. Only last two of these ceremonies were televised. In , he performed a medley of his hits on American Bandstand ' s 30th Anniversary Special", where he received a standing ovation. Later appearances include Nashville Now , and My Music , Many other top white singers followed suit, including Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney, but Cole's show still could not get enough sponsors to continue.
In the following decade, Laine joined several African American artists who gave a free concert for Martin Luther King 's supporters during their Selma to Montgomery marches on Washington, D. Laine, who had a strong appreciation of African American music, went so far as to record at least two songs that have being black as their subject matter, "Shine" and Fats Waller 's "Black and Blue".
Both were recorded early in his career at Mercury, and helped to contribute to the initial confusion among fans about his race. Among his charitable works were a series of local benefit concerts and his having organized a nationwide drive to provide "Shoes for the Homeless". He donated a large portion of his time and talent to many San Diego charities and homeless shelters, as well as the Salvation Army and St.
Vincent de Paul Village. He was also an emeritus member of the board of directors for the Mercy Hospital Foundation. Laine settled in a hilltop spread in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego, where he was a supporter of local events and charities. His career slowed down a little in the s due to triple and quadruple heart bypass surgeries, but he continued cutting albums, including Wheels Of A Dream , Old Man Jazz and The Nashville Connection Laine was reportedly pleased and amused  having also placed songs on the rhythm and blues, and popular charts in his time.
On his 80th birthday, the United States Congress declared him to be a national treasure. Their year marriage lasted until her death. This marriage lasted for the remainder of his life. It proved to be his swan song to the world of popular music. The following day, his ashes, along with those of his late wife, Nan Grey, were scattered over the Pacific Ocean. While Laine's influence on popular music, rock and roll and soul is rarely acknowledged by rock historians, his early crossover success as a singer of "race music" not only helped pave the way for other white artists who sang in the black style, like Kay Starr, Johnnie Ray and Elvis Presley, but also helped to increase public acceptance for African-American artists as well.
For his contributions to the music and television industry, Frankie Laine has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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