Singer Frankie Laine dies

Frankie Laine, the singer with the booming voice who hit it big with such songs as “That Lucky Old Sun,” “Mule Train,” “Cool Water,” “I Believe,” “Granada” and “Moonlight Gambler,” died today at Mercy Hospital in San Diego. He was 93.

Laine entered the hospital over the weekend for hip replacement surgery but suffered complications from the operation, said his friend A.C. Lyles, the longtime producer at Paramount Pictures.

In all, Laine sold well over 100 million records and was hugely popular not only in the United States but in Britain and Australia.

Even after his popularity crested after the rise of rock ‘n’ roll, Laine was heard for many years singing the theme to the TV series “Rawhide,” which featured a young Clint Eastwood and ran until 1966.

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