Rest in Peace, Frankie Laine (3/30/1913 – 2/7/2007)

 

Frankie Laine, who’s hits included one of my favorite songs that Willie sings, “That Lucky Old Sun”  (among many, many great songs) passed away this morning.

Here’s the news:

Country crooner Frankie Laine has died of complications to hip replacement surgery in a San Diego hospital. He was 93 years old.

Laine was born Frank Paul Lo Vecchio in Chicago in 1913. He was one of the biggest stars of the 50s and sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

His hits included ‘That Lucky Old Sun’ (covered later by Willie Nelson) and ‘Mule Train’. However, he is most widely known for the ‘Theme From Rawhide’, the 1959 TV show that launched the career of Clint Eastwood.

Following is the official statement from the family at Frankielaine.com.

“We are saddened to announce the passing of Frankie Laine, musician, father, husband and friend. He died at 9:15 this morning from cardiovascular disease at age 93 in San Diego, surrounded by his loved ones.”

“Frankie led a long, exuberant life and contributed greatly to many causes near to his heart. He donated 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.”

“Born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio on March 30, 1913, he was one of the most successful American singers of the twentieth century. He charted more than 70 records – 21 of them gold – and achieved worldwide sales of more than 250 million discs. He will be forever remembered for the beautiful music he brought into this world, his wit and sense of humor, along with the love he shared with so many.”

“Frankie is survived by his wife Marcia; brother Phillip LoVecchio of Chicago, Illinois; daughter Pamela Donner and grandsons Joshua and David Donner of Sherman Oaks, California; and daughter and son-in-law Dr. and Mrs. Irwin Steiger of Couer D’Alene, Idaho.”

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