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Frankie Carle in Person from 4/26/97

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Mr. Carle gave us this interview at the age of 94. He credits his career to the great bandleader Mr. Horace Heidt and is still grateful to him and his generosity to this day. Aside from playing the piano in a silent movie theater in 1915, Frankie Carle also played for the boys coming home from WWI in 1918. Listen to his archived 78's from the 1920's, as well as all of his great hits from the 1930's and 40's ... and his great stories!

Here is the exact copy of the letter he sent to us we have on file after sending him a copy of the show. I feel this proves what a wonderful man he was.

"Thanks for the tape of our interview. It was the best show I ever heard! I really appreciate you playing all of my recordings. Keep it up, and may God bless you and your family for being so nice in thinking of me. Sincere regards always! Frankie."

Frankie Carle (March 25, 1903–March 7, 2001) (Francis Nunzio Carlone) was an American pianist and bandleader. As a very popular bandleader in the 1940s and 1950s, Carle was nicknamed "The Wizard of the Keyboard", He started out working with a number of mainstream dance bands. He received attention when he joined Horace Heidt's band, later becoming co-leader of the band.

He left Heidt's band in 1944 to form his own. His daughter, Marjorie Hughes, was the lead female singer. Carle had several major hits in the 1940s and early 1950s, including his theme song that he wrote, "Sunrise Serenade" that later Glenn Miller made a bigger hit with.

But was perhaps best known for the classic "Frankie And Johnnie". His band disbanded after 1955 and he performed mainly as a soloist thereafter.

Carle died of natural causes in Mesa, Arizona in 2001 at the age of 98.

       

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