“Forgotten Hollywood”- Pop Singers in War…

Posted on July 24, 2017 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… 

“`A singer of Pop Music appears in an epic war saga. I am not talking about Harry Styles from One Direction co-starring in Dunkirk. I refer to a lineage that stretches back to Hollywood’s Golden Age. Everyone from Frank Sinatra in From Here to Eternity, Frankie Avalon in The Alamo, Desi Arnaz in  Bataan, and Trini Lopez in The Dirty Dozen; pop music stars reach a certain demographic that adds to the bottom line potential of a production.

“`The one movie outdoing this concept was the 1962 D-Day epic tale, The Longest Day. It features an international cast, including Richard Burton, Roddy McDowall, Peter Lawford, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger, Jeffrey Hunter, Henry Fonda, and John Wayne. Smaller roles were also assigned to Paul Anka, Fabian Forte, and Tommy Sands.


 PAUL ANKA               FABIAN FORTE               TOMMY SANDS

“`Paul Anka is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, whose compositions include English lyrics for My Way, She’s a Lady for Tom Jones, and  The Tonight Show  theme for Johnny Carson. Records he produced include Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Diana and Lonely Boy. He also penned the title tune to The Longest Day.

“`Fabian Forte actually found movie stardom. He was cast in Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, North to Alaska, Five Weeks in a Balloon, Ride the Wild Surf, Ten Little Indians, and Dear Brigitte. His hit records include Tiger, Turn Me Loose, and Hound Dog Man.

“`Tommy Sands never had the kind of teen idol career that Paul and Fabian had. Arguably, he had a longer film career. His most memorable roles include the remake of Babes in Toyland, Ensign Pulver, and None But the Brave.  On television, he guest-starred in Wagon Train, Laramie, Bonanza, Combat, and Hawaii 5-0.

“`Good luck to Harry Styles. Dunkirk is an Oscar-contender for 2017.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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