The Wizard of the Keyboard

Frankie Carle picture

March 25th marks the birthday of Frankie Carle, nicknamed "The Wizard of the Keyboard". Carle enjoyed great success as a bandleader and pianist in the 1940s and 1950s.  He was best known for his song "Sunrise Serenade" which reached Number 1 in the United States in 1938 and sold more than one million copies.

Before having his own band Frankie Carle played with Mal Hallett and His Orchestra in the mid 1930's and joined Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights in 1939.  The popularity he attained while with Heidt’s band allowed him to leave the band in 1944 and form his own band, The Frankie Carle Orchestra.  His band disbanded after 1955 and he performed mainly as a soloist until the 1980s maintaining a close following of loyal fans.

You can hear the music of Frankie Carle right here on Swing City Radio.

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