Frankie Laine – Rawhide (45 single version) of 1958

The song was included in the album, Hell Bent For Leather! (Columbia 1961). Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western.

Single Frankie Laine ( Columbia 1958 )
Single Frankie Laine ( Columbia 1958 )

Rawhide:

Single Cover
Single Cover

Western song written by Ned Washington (lyrics) and composed by Dimitri Tiomkin in 1958. It was recorded by the singer Frankie Lane (Francesco Paolo LoVecchio), on August 11, 1958, for the Columbia label, The song was included in the album, Hell Bent For Leather! (Columbia 1961). Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western.

Interestingly, Frankie was not a singer of country & western music (he started singing western when he signed for columbia records), his style was jazz, swing, pop, born in Chicago, he began to sing in the choirs of a church, at age 15 he performed at the Merry Garden Ballroom in Chicago, he also sang on A radio for five dollars a week, the radio director was the one who suggested changing his name.



Lp Cover Hell Bent For Leather! (Columbia 1961)
Lp Cover Hell Bent For Leather! (Columbia 1961)

Frankie was the oldest of eight children born to Sicilian immigrants, John and Anna Lo Vecchio, who came from Monreale, Sicily, near Palermo. His father first worked as a water child for the Chicago Railroad and was eventually promoted to railroad placement. His father went to the School of Commerce and became a barber. One of his most famous clients was the gangster Al Capone.

Story behind the song:

The song is about the work of a drover in a cattle unit.
Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington wrote this as the main theme of the CBS television show Rawhide, which ran from 1959 to 1966. The program began the career of Clint Eastwood, who starred with Eric Fleming as a cowboy in a cattle collection. Since the show had a western theme, composer Tiomkin and the lyricist Washington were asked to write the music, since they had written songs for some famous western films, such as High Noon and Wild Is The Wind.

Single version Frankie & Jimmy Carroll
Single version Frankie & Jimmy Carroll

The song simulates the sounds of a cattle unit, since the rancher is calling instructions and breaking his whip. Rawhide is an animal skin that has not been treated and turned into leather; It is commonly used to make whips.
This song popularized the phrase “Hell Bent For Leather”, that Judas Priest used like title for its album of 1978 and its song.
The Blues Brothers renewed their popularity in the song when they played it in their 1980 film. The song has been used in many other movies, TV shows and commercials.



 

Lp Cover Faron Young ( Mercury 1963 )
Lp Cover Faron Young ( Mercury 1963 )

Some versions :
Eric Wilson Hide 1959 ( Embassy Records )
Faron Young 1963 ( Mercury Records )
The Tarriers 1964 ( Decca )
The seldom scene 1975 ( Rebel Records )
Chuck Wagon & The Wheels 1979 ( W T Records )
The Blues Brothers 1980 ( Atlantic Records )
Riders in the sky 1995 ( Rounder )
Molly Cheshire 2003 ( CD Baby Recordings )
……and many moreeeee !!!!!!!!!!!





Frankie Laine – Rawhide Lyrics

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.
Rawhide!
Hah! Hah!

Keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’,
Though the streams are swollen,
Keep them dogies rollin’, rawhide.
Through rain and wind and weather,
Hell bent for leather,
Wishin’ my gal was by my side.
All the things I’m missin’,
Good vittles, love, and kissin’,
Are waiting at the end of my ride.

Move ’em out, head ’em up,
Head ’em up, move ’em on.
Move ’em out, head ’em up:
Rawhide.
Cut ’em out, ride ’em in,
Ride ’em in, cut ’em out,
Cut ’em out, ride ’em in:
Rawhide!
Hah! Hah!

Movin’, movin’, movin’,
Though they’re disapprovin’,
Keep them dogies movin’, rawhide.
Don’t try to understand ’em,
Just rope an’ throw an’ brand ’em.
Soon we’ll be living high and wide.
My heart’s calculatin’,
My true love will be waitin’:
Waitin’ at the end of my ride.

Move ’em out, head ’em up,
Head ’em up, move ’em on.
Move ’em out, head ’em up:
Rawhide.
Cut ’em out, ride ’em in,
Ride ’em in, cut ’em out,
Cut ’em out, ride ’em in:
Rawhide!

(Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.)
(Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.)
Hah!
(Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.)
Hah!
(Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.)
Rawhide.
Hah!
Rawhide!

Single Frankie Laine ( Columbia 1958 )
Single Frankie Laine ( Columbia 1958 )

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