Thursday, 14 December 2017

Abbe Lane born 14 December 1932

Abbe Lane (born Abigail Francine Lassman; December 14, 1932) is an American singer and actress.
Dubbed "the swingingest sexpot in show business" in a 1963 magazine profile, va-va-voom pop singer Abbe Lane remains best remembered for her marriage to bandleader Xavier Cugat, whose influence extended across the series of Latin jazz-inspired LPs she recorded for RCA.
Born Abigail Francine Lassman in Brooklyn, NY, on December 14, 1932, Lane made her radio debut at age four, and by 16 was appearing on Broadway in George Abbot's Barefoot Boy with Cheek. In 1949, she signed on with bandleader Vincent Lopez's television showcase, where she later met Cugat. Not only did Cugat hire Lane away from Lopez, but he made her his wife in 1952 -- with him she emerged as a star, translating her palpable sexuality to become a nightclub sensation as well as a fixture on television variety shows.
Lane made her Hollywood debut in renowned director Budd Boetticher's 1953 Western Wings of the Hawk, followed a year later by Ride Clear of Diablo. In 1955 she and Cugat toured Italy, where she co-starred in the film Lo Scapolo, but her attempts to promote the project were nevertheless complicated when Italian television network RAI called her "too sexy" to appear on air. Similarly, CBS television network censors objected to her planned wardrobe for an appearance on The Jackie Gleason Show, and she was instructed to wear something less revealing. She appeared on the shows of Red Skelton, Dean Martin and Jack Benny without attracting controversy, however.
When the live Xavier Cugat Show premiered in 1957, Lane was front and centre, and a year later she co-starred opposite Tony Randall in the Broadway musical Oh, Captain! However, her existing recording contract with RCA Victor restricted her from appearing on the original cast album.
Lane was nevertheless a regular presence in record stores throughout 1958, issuing her debut effort, Be Mine Tonight, a collaboration with mambo giant Tito Puente, as well as The Lady in Red, which paired the singer with arranger Sid Ramin.
 Cugat also contributed to 1959's Where There's a Man, Lane's final RCA date. During this period she also regularly travelled back and forth to Italy, where her husband was involved in film and television production, and appeared in a series of low-budget features including Totò, Eva e il Pennello Proibito and Il Mio Amico Jekyll.
Lane signed to Mercury in 1961, releasing a self-titled LP backed by Cugat. Her final full-length, The Many Sides of Abbe Lane, followed in 1964, the same year the couple divorced.
Lane remained in the public eye throughout the 1960s, guest-starring on prime-time series as Naked City, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Brady Bunch, Hart to Hart and Vega$.
 She also appeared on syndicated television variety programs such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Steve Allen Show, The Jack Paar Program, The Mike Douglas Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Joey Bishop Show, The Merv Griffin Show and The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson from the 1950s into the 1970s, but her career flagged throughout the decade to follow, and in 1983 she made her final big-screen appearance in Twilight Zone: The Movie.
In 1992 Lane unexpectedly resurfaced with But Where Is Love?, an autobiographical novel about a Broadway ingénue who falls in love with a Latin bandleader.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6381 Hollywood Boulevard for her contribution to television.
(Info compiled and edited from All Music & Wikipedia)


boppinbob said...

For “Abbe Lane – Be Mine Tonight” (1958) go here:

01. Pan, Amore y Cha Cha Cha (Cugat-Matas) 2:17
02. Take It Easy (Taylor-Mizzy) 3:23
03. Noche De Ronda (Be Mine Tonight) (Skylar-Lara) 3:58
04. Too Marvelous For Words (Mercer-Whiting) 2:26
05. Nightingale (Cugat-Rosner-Wise) 2:38
06. Oyeme Mama (Rivero) 2:20
07. Whatever Lola Wants (Adler-Ross) 2:29
08. Arrivederci Roma (Sigman-Rascel) 3:17
09. Green Eyes (Utrera-Menéndez) 2:48
10. Anna (Vatro-Engvick-Giordano) 2:31
11. The River Seine (La Farge-Robert-Holt) 2:51
12. Babalu (Russell-Lecuona) 2:31

A big thank you to Ludovico @ Entre Musica blog for original link

For Abbe Lane – The Lady In Red (1958) go here:,62457245.rar

A1 In A Little Spanish Town
A2 Do It Again
A3 No Good To Me
A4 The Lady In Red
A5 Ain't Misbehavin'
A6 Breezin' Along With The Breeze
B1 You're Driving Me Crazy
B2 Femininity
B3 All Of Me
B4 I Get A Kick Out Of You
B5 It's Been A Long, Long Time
B6 We're Not Children

A big thank you to Hermagoras @ sharemusic-kachimondo.blogspot for active link

For “Abbe lane – Where There’s a Man” (1958) go here:

1 A Little Girl From Little Rock
2 No Man Gets Me Right Away
3 The Man I Love
4 Any Man Can Be Had
5 I'm In Love With The Honorable Mr. So And So
6 A Good Man Is Hard To Find
7 What Is A Man
8 Where There's A Man
9 The Gentleman Is A Dope
10 A Man And His Dream
11 I Must Have That Man
12 Go To Sleep, Go To Sleep, Go To Sleep

A big thank you to Mick @ Espo's Vinyl Right Angle blog for active link.

The Cheerful Earfull! said...

Love her sooooo much!!

E.Craig said...

Thanks For these great sounds!

Hit Parade said...

Could you please up-load the last two albums. Thank you.

boppinbob said...

Hello HP, here's both albums in one zip file.