The Tropical Style of Frankie Carle (Remaster) Frankie Carle

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Label: RCA Victor/Legacy

Genre: Vocal

Subgenre: Traditional Pop

Artist: Frankie Carle

Composer: Jack Pitman, August Goupil, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Tracey, Carl Sigman, Kui Lee, Les Baxter

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  • 1Beyond the Reef02:26
  • 2My Tane02:25
  • 3Bali Ha'i02:31
  • 4Quiet Village02:40
  • 5I'll Remember You02:29
  • 6Ebb Tide02:22
  • 7When the Day Is All Done (Foyo)02:12
  • 8Stranger on the Shore02:52
  • 9Yellow Bird02:22
  • 10Poinciana02:58
  • 11Pearly Shells02:00
  • 12Now Is the Hour02:47
  • Total Runtime30:04

Info for The Tropical Style of Frankie Carle (Remaster)

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.

Frankie Carle, vocals

Produced by Darol Rice

Digitally remastered

Frankie Carle
born Francis Nunzio Carlone (March 25, 1903 – March 7, 2001), was an American pianist and bandleader. As a very popular bandleader in the 1940s and 1950s, Carle was nicknamed "The Wizard of the Keyboard". "Sunrise Serenade" was Carle's best-known composition, rising to No. 1 in the US in 1938 and selling more than one million copies.

Carle was born in Providence, Rhode Island on March 25, 1903. Born the son of a factory worker who could not afford a piano, he practiced on a dummy keyboard devised by his uncle, pianist Nicholas Colangelo, until he found a broken-down instrument in a dance hall. In 1916, a teenage Carle began working with his uncle's band as well as a number of local bands in the Rhode Island area. To gain further popularity in an America which still held prejudices against many Italian Americans, Carle did what many singers, like Dean Martin and Jerry Vale did during this time period; he changed his name from Carlone to Carle.

Carle started out working with a number of mainstream dance bands. He received attention when he joined Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights in 1939. He later became co-leader of the band. The popularity he attained while with Heidt’s band allowed him to leave the band in 1944 and form his own band, The Frankie Carle Orchestra. When his daughter, Marjorie Hughes, sang with his band, he did not reveal their relationship until Walter Winchell published it. His band disbanded after 1955 and he performed mainly as a soloist thereafter. From the 1950's until the 1980's, Carle performed as a single artist and maintained a close following of loyal fans.

During World War II, he participated in the V-Disc program, making recordings which were released by the U.S. War Department. He introduced V-Disc No. 210A which featured his new composition "Moonlight Whispers". "Sunrise Serenade" was released as a V-Disc by the U.S. War Department in July, 1944 as No. 230A in a new recording by Frankie Carle and his Orchestra.

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