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Wonderful unpublished fan photo of big band leader, Frankie Carle. Signed and inscribed, the condition is excellent.

The following is a short bio on Carle from AMG:

Frankie Carle led one of the longest careers in big-band music, from the 1930's right up through the 1980's, 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. At age 13, he landed a gif in his uncle's orchestra, playing for $1 a week. He particpated in his first recording sessions--at Victor--in the early 1920's as a member of Edwin J. McEnelley's band. 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, it did provide Carle with nearly a decade of experience and gainful employment, interrupted by a period in which Carle led his own band playing in New England. He was snatched away from Hallett by Horace Heidt, and it was as a member of the latter's Musical Knights, a band with a huge national following on radio, that Carle became much better known, and by the early 1940's, he felt the time was right to start his own band.

At around this same time, Carle suddenly found himself in demand from several quarters. Eddie 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 5% cut of the gross to remain with his outfit. Finally, two years later, the time seemed right once again, and Carle formed his own band.

His big hit was "Sunrise Serenade," which Carle co-authored and which became his signature tune upon its release by Columbia. A sponsor, in the guise 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-1940's. 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 Carle's bravura piano style. The big-band era ended, but Carle's career didn't. He didn't chart any records after the 1940's, but he was still touring and playing concerts in the 1980's, 40 years after he left Horace Heidt's band and 70 years after he started in the business. At this writing, in mid-1999, the 96-year-old Carle is the most senior of surviving big-band leaders. -- Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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