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He later attended Lane Technical High School , where he helped to develop his lung power and breath control by joining the track and field and basketball teams. He realized he wanted to be a singer when he missed time in school to see Al Jolson 's current talking picture, The Singing Fool.
Jolson would later visit Laine when both were filming pictures in , and at about this time, Jolson remarked that Laine was going to put all the other singers out of business. Even in the s, his vocal abilities were enough to get him noticed by a slightly older "in crowd" at his school, who began inviting him to parties and to local dance clubs, including Chicago's Merry Garden Ballroom.
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 Caruso , Carlo Buti , and 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 blues , although 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 from 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 Still billed as Frank LoVecchio, he would entertain the spectators during the fifteen-minute breaks the dancers were given each hour.
During his marathon days, he worked with several up-and-coming entertainers, including Rose Marie , Red Skelton , and a year-old Anita O'Day , for 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 during 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.
WINS, deciding that they no longer needed a jazz singer, dropped him. With the help of bandleader Jean Goldkette , he 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 Records , and convinced Laine to head out to Hollywood with them as their agent. In , he moved to California, where he sang in the background of several films, including The Harvey Girls , and dubbed the singing voice for an actor in the Danny Kaye comedy The Kid from Brooklyn. Fischer , the 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 "scuffling" 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 late , Hoagy Carmichael heard him singing at Billy Berg's club in Los Angeles , and 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 in , for 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 pseudonyms , while under contract to " Capitol ", and 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 ". Kitzel" who was a featured player on the Jack Benny radio show. In it, Laine plays a peanut vendor at a ball game and can be heard shouting out lines like "It's a munchy, crunchy bag of lunchy! 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. He charted more than 70 records — 21 of them gold — and achieved worldwide sales of more than million discs.
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Laine first sang in public as part of the choir at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. At the age of 17, Laine left home to try his luck as a marathon dancer.Frankie Laine (born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio; March 30, – February 6, ) was an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spanned nearly 75 years, from his first concerts in with a marathon dance company to his final performance of "That's My Desire" in Often billed as "America's Number One Song Stylist", his other nicknames include "Mr. Rhythm", "Old Leather.