Frankie Laine, born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio was a successful
American singer, songwriter and actor whose career spanned 75
years, from his first concerts in 1930 with a marathon dance
company to his final performance of "That's My Desire" in 2005.
Often billed as America's Number One Song Stylist, his other
nicknames include Mr. Rhythm, Old Leather Lungs, and Mr. Steel
Tonsils. His hits included "That's My Desire," "That Lucky Old
Sun," "Mule Train," "Cry of the Wild Goose," "Jezebel," "High
Noon," "I Believe," "Hey Joe ," "The Kid's Last Fight," "Cool
Water," "Moonlight Gambler," "Love is a Golden Ring," "Rawhide,"
and "Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain" He sang well-known theme songs
for many movie Western soundtracks, including 3:10 To Yuma,
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and Blazing Saddles, although he was
not a country & western singer. Laine sang an eclectic variety
of song styles and genres, stretching from big band crooning to
pop, western-themed songs, gospel, rock, folk, jazz and blues. He
did not sing the soundtrack song for High Noon, which was sung by
Tex Ritter, but his own version was the one that became a bigger
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