25 March 1903
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States
7 March 2001 (aged 97)
Frankie Carle (March 25, 1903–March 7, 2001) 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, "Sunrise Serenade" and "Oh! What It Seemed To Be!" 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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