Mr. Rhythm. Old Leather Lungs. Old Man Jazz.
Often billed as America’s Number One Song Stylist, Frankie Laine was one of the most popular vocalists of the 1950s, swinging jazz standards as well as half a dozen Western movie themes of the time with his manly baritone.
While his biggest Australian hits were “Answer Me, Lord Above”, “Tell Me a Story” and “Sixteen Tons”, he set two chart records in the UK in 1953: his version of “I Believe” stayed at number one 18 weeks, and his two subsequent chart-toppers that year (“Hey Joe,” “Answer Me”) set a record by putting Laine at number one for 27 weeks during the year.
This weekend, the 9 O’Çlock Special features Frankie Laine.
Bob Rogers Reminiscing – Saturday night from 6.00 on Sydney’s 2CH