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Frankie Carle

Frankie Carle had one of the longest careers in big-band music, from the '30s right up through the '80s, more than a half-century of making music, and even more amazing a record given his current lack of representation in the CD bins. Carle began his career as a pianist, taught by his uncle Nicholas Colangelo. At age 13, he landed a gig in his uncle's orchestra, playing for $1 a week; by 1920, he was already leading his own short-lived group. He participated in his first recording sessions -- at Victor -- in 1925 as a member of Edwin J. McEnelley's band, which he joined in 1921. Carle's first important gig was as a member of Mal Hallett's band, where he got to work with drumming legend Gene Krupa, saxman Toots Mondello, and trombonists Jack Jenny and Jack Teagarden. Although the Hallett band never achieved major success before its breakup in 1937, it did provide Carle with experience and gainful employment, after which he spent a period leading his own band, playing in New England and recording for Decca. Carle officially joined up with Horace Heidt in July 1939, and it was as a member of his Musical Knights, a band with a huge national following on radio, that Carle became much better known. By the early '40s, he felt the time was right to start his own band.

However, in 1941, Carle suddenly found himself in demand from several quarters. Eddy Duchin, who had just been drafted into the Navy, offered Carle the leadership of his band in his absence for a cut of the profits. This led to a bidding war, with Heidt offering Carle $1000 a week plus a five-percent cut of the gross to remain with his outfit; Carle wound up staying on as musical director. About two years later, Heidt decided to exit the music business, and helped Carle form his own band, which debuted in 1944.

His signature tune was "Sunrise Serenade," which had been a hit for Glenn Miller after Carle co-authored it in 1938; he recorded his own version for Columbia in 1945. A sponsor, in the shape of Old Gold cigarettes, was quick in coming, and Carle had a national radio show. Carle's repertory ranged far and wide, from big-band revivals of Stephen Foster numbers like "Swanee River" to contemporary subjects such as "I'm Going to See My Baby," a 1944 release that referred to the anticipated Allied victory in World War II. Their sound had a lot going for it -- in addition to Carle's formidable and highly melodic approach to the piano, there was vocalist Phyllis Lynne, who could evoke simmering passions or wide-eyed innocent romance. Lynne was succeeded by Marjorie Hughes (Carle's own daughter), and resident male vocalist Paul Allen also made a good impression on the public during the mid-'40s. The Carle orchestra had a clean, crisp sound, the trumpets, trombones, and the piano well-delineated; arrangers included ex-Horace Heidt alumnus Frank DeVol. Carle's work, like most of the best pop outfits of the period, incorporated elements of jazz, even though it was principally a dance or "sweet" (i.e. pop) band.

Their music was sparked by Carles bravura piano style. The big-band era ended, but Carle's career didn't. He didn't chart any records after the '40s, but he was still touring and playing concerts in the '80s, 40 years after he left Horace Heidt's band, and 70 years after he started in the business. Carle was the most senior of surviving big-band leaders until he passed away in early 2001 at the age of 97. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Short And Sweet

1. A Lover's Lullaby

2. Street Of Dreams

3. Honey

4. It's Been A Long, Long Time

5. Shine On Harvest Moon

6. Paper Doll

7. I Don't Know Why ( I Just Do)

8. Hair Of Gold, Eyes Of Blue

9. How Come You Do Me Like You Do

10. Falling Leaves

11. Cuddle Up A Little Closer, Lovey Mine

12. Love, Your Spell Is Everywhere

13. I Don't Want To Meet Any More People

14. Hands Across The Table

15. It Must Be True

16. Ja-Da

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Track List: Play One For Me

1. Oh Baby Mine (I Get So Lonely)

2. Until

3. Anytime

4. My Darling, My Darling

5. You Were Meant For Me

6. Tell Me Why

7. Wheel Of Fortune

8. Frankie And Johnny

9. Maybe

10. Please

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Track List: The Piano Style Of Frankie Carle

1. Maple Leaf Rag

2. Side By Side

3. Once In Love With Amy

4. Let's Do It Again

5. I Could Write A Book (From Pal Joey)

6. Liebestraum

7. Of Thee I Sing

8. Two Sleepy People

9. Bewitched (From Pal Joey)

10. Moon Of Manakoora

11. In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening

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Track List: Frankie Carle And His Beautiful Dolls

1. The Wooden Soldier And The China Doll

2. Dream Of A Doll

3. Paper Doll

4. The Wedding Of The Painted Doll

5. Cha Cha Doll

6. Doll Face

7. Doll Dance

8. Cupie Doll

9. China Doll Parade

10. Dainty Doll

11. Rag Doll

12. China Doll

13. The Syncopated Doll

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Track List: Around The World

1. American Patrol

2. Too-Ra Loo-Ra Loo-Ral

3. Loch Lomond

4. Under The Bridges Of Paris

5. Sailor Boy

6. Tales From The Vienna Woods

7. Dardanella

8. Arabian Nights

9. Hindustan

10. Shina No Yoru

11. Blue Hawaii

12. South American Way

13. American Rock'n' Roll

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Track List: Silver And Gold

Disc 1

1. Beg Your Pardon

2. Sunrise Serenade

3. Be My Life's Companion

6. Silver And Gold

7. Wanted

10. American Patrol

11. Half As Much

14. Winter Waltz

15. Answer Me, My Love

20. Nola

21. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullaby)

23. Loch Lomond

24. Tulips And Heather

27. Vanessa

28. American Rock 'n' Roll

Disc 2

1. Oh! What It Seemed To Be

3. Please Mr. Sun

5. I Could Write A Book (From Pal Joey)

7. Somewhere Along The Way

8. My Darling, My Darling

9. Girl Is You, Boy Is Me

10. Young At Heart

12. Gone Five Minutes

13. Laura

17. South American Way

18. Twilight Time

19. Crazy Heart

21. Under The Bridges Of Paris

23. Where The Red Roses Grow

24. You And I

25. I Wish I Didn't Love You So

27. Sunrise In Napoli

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Track List: 1946 Broadcasts

1. Introduction / Cherry (August 1946 San Francisco)

2. Rumors Are Flying (August 1946 San Francisco)

3. Glow Worm (August 1946 San Francisco)

4. To Each His Own (August 1946 San Francisco)

5. Five Minutes More (August 1946 San Francisco)

6. Deep Purple (August 1946 San Francisco)

7. Blue Skies (August 1946 San Francisco)

8. Oh! What It Seemed To Me (March 1946 Meadowbrook)

9. Begin The Beguine (March 1946 Meadowbrook)

10. Rosita (March 1946 Meadowbrook)

11. You Stole My Heart (March 1946 Meadowbrook)

12. Up At Eight (March 1946 Meadowbrook)

13. Zigeuner (March 1946 Meadowbrook)

14. Don't You Remember Me? (March 1946 Meadowbrook)

15. Surprise Party (March 1946 Meadowbrook)

16. Easy Pickens (March 1946 Meadowbrook)

17. My Blue Heaven (March 1946 Meadowbrook)

18. Carle Boogie (March 1946 Meadowbrook - Bonus Track)

19. Penguin At The Waldorf (March 1946 Meadowbrook - Bonus Track)

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Track List: The Very Best Of The Columbia Years

1. Evelina

2. A Little On The Lonely Side

3. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)

4. Carle Boogie

5. Counting The Days

7. Oh! What It Seemed To Be

8. One More Tomorrow

11. Rumors Are Flying

12. It's All Over Now

13. Falling Leaves

14. Roses In The Rain

15. Penguin At The Waldorf

16. And Mimi

19. Beg Your Pardon

20. Dreamy Lullaby

21. Moonlight Whispers

22. Dream A Little Dream Of Me

23. That Five O'Clock Feeling

24. October Twilight

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Track List: Frankie Carle At The Piano The Golden Touch

1. Star Dust

2. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

3. Love Is Just Around The Corner

4. Make Believe

5. Georgia On My Mind

6. Lovely To Look At

7. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

8. If I Loved You

9. Rockin' Chair

10. (There Is) No Greater Love

11. Sometimes I'm Happy

12. Together

13. I Don't Know Why

14. The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else

15. Don't Blame Me

16. Ghost Of A Chance

17. My Silent Love

18. A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody

19. Memphis In June

20. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

21. Why Do I Love You?

22. I'm In The Mood For Love

23. Love Walked In

24. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

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Track List: Frankie Carle's Piano Party

1. Sunrise Serenade

2. A Lover's Lullaby

3. Charmaine

4. I'll Get By

5. Swingin' Down The Lane

6. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

7. Runnin' Wild

8. After You've Gone

9. The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else

10. Sweet And Lovely

11. Rose Room

12. Hindustan

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A musically gifted pianist with a lilting style that one never tires of hearing.
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Sunrise Serenade has been and will always be my FC favorite number.
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Never tire of listening to F C. Have introduced him to many of my friends
He is always on in the background when we entertain dinner guests
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very smooth. my father remember
he was Berkshire acounty
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Another great musician to come out of Providence, RI.
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olsalt1
One of the greats in music.
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budphilen
This music will make anybody's day!
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jeb20049
I hear this recording every Saturday AM...Just love it!
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Love piano music

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