This album featured not only jazz vocals by Frankie Laine, but jazz licks on trumpet by a former featured player in the Count Basie orchestra, Buck Clayton and other well known jazz musicians. The album proved popular with jazz and popular music fans, and was often cited by Laine as his personal favorite. An improvised tone is apparent throughout, with Laine at one point reminiscing with one of the musicians about the days they performed together at Billy Berg’s.
Frankie Laine (March 30, 1913 – February 6, 2007), born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, was a successful American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spanned 75 years. While Laine’s influence on popular music, rock and roll and soul is rarely acknowledged by rock historians, his early crossover success helped pave the way for other white artists who sang in the black style and also helped to increase public acceptance for African-American artists as well. Artists inspired and/or influenced by Laine include Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Lou Rawls, Tom Jones, James Brown and many others.
Wilbur Dorsey “Buck” Clayton (Parsons, Kansas, November 12, 1911 – New York City, December 8, 1991) was an American jazz trumpet player who was a leading member of Count Basie’s “Old Testament” orchestra and a leader of mainstream-oriented jam session recordings in the 1950s. His principal influence was Louis Armstrong.
Frankie Laine and Buck Clayton and his Orchestra
Stars Fell on Alabama
Until the Real Thing Comes Along
My Old Flame
You Can Depend on Me
That Old Feeling
Taking a Chance on Love
If You Were Mine
Baby, Baby All the Time
Roses of Picardy