A Tribute to one of America's best known and best loved singers of the 1950s, 1960, 1970s and beyond. His legendary recordings of Lucky Old Sun, Mule Train, Jezebel, I Believe, That's My Desire, Shine, Cry of the Wild Goose are all seasoned standards and all certified Gold. The Foreword is written by his friend Clint Eastwood, whom he met when they worked together on the television show Rawhide. The book is lined with a cornocopia of tributes from celebrities throughout the world that includes Tony Bennett, Jerry Vale, Rhonda Fleming, Julius La Rosa, Van Alexander, Mitch Miller, Ron Della Ciesa, Ann Jillian, Doris Day and many others. The book lists all Frankie Laine's recordings and activities as a film and television actor, and songwriter, besides listings of his great recordings including 23 Certified Gold. The book will recall Frankie Laine's early struggles, his life long happy marraige to actress Nan Gray and her two children. Richard Grudens tells this story through his personal 25 year association with the giant, though gentle, performer. His career is traced from beginning to end when Frankie passed on at the age of 94. You will enjoy this memoir of one of America's most popular and best-loved singers.
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Richard Grudens was initially influenced by Pulitzer Prize dramatist Robert Anderson; New York Herald Tribune columnist Will Cuppy; and detective/mystery novelist Dashiell Hammett, all whom he knew in his early years. Grudens worked his way up from studio page in NBC's studios in New York to news writer for radio news programs, the Bob and Ray Show and the Today Show. Feature writing for Long Island PM Magazine ( 1980-86) led to his first book, The Best Damn Trumpet Player - Memories of the Big Band Era. He has written over 100 magazine articles on diverse subjects from interviews with legendary cowboy Gene Autry in Wild West Magazine in 1995 to a treatise on the Beach Boys in the California Highway Patrol Magazine, and countless articles on Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, including a major Hope cover article covering Hope's famous wartime USO tours published in World War II Magazine. He has written extensively about Henry Ford, VE Day, Motorcycle Helmet Safety, DNA History, among other subjects. His other books include The Song Stars-1997, The Music Men-1998, Jukebox Saturday Night - 1999, Snootie Little Cutie - The Connie Haines Story- 2000, Jerry Vale - A Singer's Life-2001, The Spirit of Bob Hope-2002, Bing Crosby-Crooner of the Century - 2003 ( which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Biography-Publishers Marketing Association),and Chattanooga Choo Choo - The Life and Times of the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra-2004, The Italian Crooners Bedside Companion in 2005 and When Jolson was King in 2006,Star*Dust, 2007. Commenting about the book Jukebox Saturday Night in 1999, Kathryn ( Mrs. Bing) Crosby wrote: "Richard Grudens is the musical historian of our time. Without him, the magic would be lost forever. We all owe him a debt that we can never repay." Richard Grudens, with his wife Madeline, reside in St. James, New York
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Book Description Celebrity Profiles Publishing, 2009. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11097638776X