Frankie Laine had me at the cover art photo. Shaking hands with the Queen? Now that’s GOTTA land an artist in the TOP 20 album cover art category! yup. Love it. This is a golden album, a real treat for the senses. I love this album. A Command Performance pit out by Columbia Records. It’s a juicy, heavy 33 1/2 R.P.M. Record produced in Canada.
About the man from wiki ~ and you should go there directly and read the pages and pages of great success he had ~ : Frankie Laine, born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio (March 30, 1913 – February 6, 2007), 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.
About this 1954 Performance from wiki: In 1954, Laine gave a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II which he cites as one of the highlights of his career. By the end of the decade, he remained far ahead of Elvis Presley as the most successful artist on the British charts. See the “Chart of All Time” for details. “I Believe” is listed as the second most popular song of all time on the British charts as well.
This is dreamy and reminds me of Elvis. Though i think Frankie wrote it.