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Frankie Laine died aged ninety-three of heart failurphoto of Frankie Lanee on 6th February 2007, at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California,U.S.A. A memorial mass was held 12th February at the Immaculata Parish Church on the campus of the University of San Diego. The following day, his ashes, along with those of his late wife, were scattered over the Pacific Ocean. He is survived by his latest wife Marcia.
In 2006, Frankie Laine appeared on the PBS My Music show despite a recent stroke. He performed "That's My Desire", and received a standing ovation. It proved to be his swan song to the world of popular music.
Frankie Laine married actress Nan Grey and adopted her daughters Pam and Jan from a previous marriage. Their 43-year marriage lasted until her death. Frankie and Nan guest-starred on a November 18th 1960, episode of Rawhide: "Incident on the Road to Yesterday." They played long-lost lovers. Following a three-year engagement to Anita Craighead, the 86-year-old Frankie married Marcia Ann Kline in June 1999. This marriage lasted for the remainder of his life.
Frankie Laine settled in a hilltop spread in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego, where he was a supporter of local events and charities. In 2000 the San Diego Chamber of Commerce dubbed him "The Prince of Point Loma".
His career slowed down a little in the 1980s due to triple and quadruple heart bypass surgeries, but he continued cutting albums, including 'Wheels Of A Dream' in 1998, Old Man Jazz in 2002 and The Nashville Connection in 2004.
He recorded his last song, "Taps/My Buddy", shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attack on America. The song was dedicated to the New York City firefighters, and Frankie stipulated that profits from the song were to be donated, in perpetuity, to FDNY.
In 1996, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th Annual Songwriters’ Hall of Fame awards ceremony at the New York Sheraton. On his 80th birthday, the United States Congress declared him to be a national treasure. Then, a decade later on 30th March 2003, Frankie celebrated his 90th birthday, and several of his old pals were welcomed to his birthday party in San Diego, and each of them gave him a helping hand in blowing out the candles.
Along with opening the door for many R&B performers, Frankie Laine played a significant role in the civil rights movements of the 1950s and 1960s. When Nat King Cole's television show was unable to get a sponsor, Frankie Laine crossed the color line, becoming the first white artist to appear as a guest. Many other top white singers followed suit, including Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney.
In the following decade, Frankie Laine joined several African American artists who gave a free concert for Martin Luther King's supporters during their Selma to Montgomery marches on Washington, D.C.
Frankie Laine, who had a strong appreciation of African American music, went so far as to record at least two songs that have being black as their subject matter, "Shine" and Fats Waller's "Black and Blue". Both were recoimage of frankie Lanerded early in his career at Mercury, and helped to contribute to the initial confusion among fans about his race.
Frankie Laine was also active in many charities as well, including Meals on Wheels and The Salvation Army. Among his charitable works were a series of local benefit concerts and his having organized a nationwide drive to provide "Shoes for the Homeless". He donated a large portion of his time and talent to many San Diego charities and homeless shelters, as well as the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul Village. He was also an emeritus member of the board of directors for the Mercy Hospital Foundation.
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