1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Frankie Laine (born March 30, 1913)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Jezebel 1951
Frankie Laine also had hits with The Cry of the Wild Goose in 1950, Jealousy in 1951, High Noon in 1952, I Believe in 1953, Moonlight Gambler in 1956, and Rawhide (theme from the TV western) in 1959.
Recording career with hits on the charts:1947-1969 Record Labels: Mercury & Columbia
Born Frank Paul LoVecchio in Chicago’s Little Italy, Frankie Laine’s swirling musical melodramas made him one of the top singing stars of the decade after World War II. At the age of 17, he left home to try his luck as a marathon dancer and with partner Ruth Smith, set the all-time marathon dance record in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They danced for 3,501 hours over 145 days and split a grand prize of $1,000. Singing at Billy Berg’s jazz club on Vine Street in Hollywood, resulted in a recording contract with Mercury Records. In 1949, he had #1 hits with That Lucky Old Sun and Mule Train. His dynamic style and manly baritone on swinging standards as well as western movie themes found favor with white and black audiences and garnered 21 gold records. On television, Frankie Laine’s singing of the Rawhide theme in 1959 has become one of the most popular TV theme songs of all time.