Oct 03

FRANKIE LAINE – “A Woman In Love”

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#51, 19th October 1956

“A Woman In Love” boasts gale force orchestration, as if to prove that the days of the Big Number weren’t over yet. Laine meets it head on – if he was any more hammy he?d have a curly pink tail. “Your EYES! Are the EYES! Of a WUMMAN! In LOVE!” Or one in mortal fear of her life – Laine and Anne Shelton should have teamed up. Or married. The orchestra unleashes a tsunami of swing – Frankie responds by spraying emphases like bullets – the listener cowers and counts the two-and-a-half minutes down.



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    DV on 24 Apr 2009 #

    I thought this was going to be the awesome Barbra Streisand song.

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    wichita lineman on 25 Apr 2009 #

    Could be seen as ham, but spitting bullets was this guy’s speciality, possibly to best effect on downer material (Cool Water, Blowing Wild). I surely don’t think this is intentional ham-on-the-bone, though – I’d have thought it’s more likely that Frankie is playing with the material, with much highkicking gusto: “Ker-razily gaze ever moh-wah!” etcet. Big, bigger, brassier!

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    AndyPandy on 25 Apr 2009 #

    I believe ‘Cool Water’ was a Number 1 in one of the UK charts – its included in a torrent of all the Number Ones – pity it wasn’t included here as I think its air of downtempo near menace has got to be worth a 7 or 8 to me

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    wichita lineman on 25 Apr 2009 #

    His voice was built for menace which is maybe why it sounds off kilter on A Woman In Love. Cool Water and Blowing Wild spent five weeks apiece at no.2; both have the sound of a man who has crossed deserts, a tortured stoic, a lion with a thorn in his toe. Kind of the anti-Guy Mitchell.

    Yes, I’m sure Cool Water was a no.1 on some chart, breaking up Rose Marie’s 11 week run. Does anyone know if the Melody Maker charts are available anywhere?

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    rosie on 23 Jan 2010 #

    A bit oblique, this one, but it’s farewell Jean Simmons. To whom Marlon Brando sang this song in the film of Guys and Dolls.

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    rosie on 23 Jan 2010 #

    After disgracefully getting the poor girl drunk in Havana, of course.

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    wichita lineman on 25 Jan 2010 #

    Not too oblique, Rosie. Jean and Marlon were credited as the artists on the Guys & Dolls EP which spent a single week in the Record Mirror chart at no.19. Don’t have one but I’m guessing Woman In Love is on it! To my shame, I hadn’t realised Jean was still alive.

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    rosie on 25 Jan 2010 #

    wichita @ 7: Jean’s finest hour being, IMHO, her role as a sultry temptress in the comparatively neglected but wonderful Powell and Pressburger outing, Black Narcissus

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    Mark M on 25 Jan 2010 #

    7/8: She was in a film that came out last year, as it happens. Not one that anyone saw, however (it was directly by the Marquess of Cholmondeley. Really).

    Is Black Narcissus neglected? It’s certainly an established part of the canon as far as academia is concerned, it gets shown on TV every now and then and it’s even available on Blu-ray. Anyway, it’s a terrific film and Jean Simmons is a sad loss.

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    wichita lineman on 6 Nov 2010 #

    I do love Frankie but, jeez, this kept Hound Dog c/w Don’t Be Cruel at no.2 for 3 weeks. Step aside Ultravox.

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    Mutley on 6 Nov 2010 #

    Yes, but what do you expect. This was a time when Little Richard’s Long Tall Sally could be held at number 3 by a double armlock of Tab Hunter and Pat Boone (Feb ’57).

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    rosie on 6 Nov 2010 #

    And we all know Hound Dog/Long Tall Sally even if the weren’t the top-selling singles in any one week. Over all time I’ll bet each of them have outsold Frankie, Tab and Pat combined, many times over. So where’s the problem?

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    crag on 13 Apr 2011 #


    Jack Solomon, boxing promoter(1957)

    Englebert Humperdink, singer (2004).

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    Gareth Parker on 9 Jun 2021 #

    I like the perkiness of this track from Frankie. 6/10.

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