Franke & The Knockouts

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A.O.R. band from New Jersey, USA
Formed in 1980 and disbanded in 1986. Led by Franke Previte, they released three albums, the first two at Millennium and their final at MCA Records. Their biggest hit is "Sweetheart" (No.10 in U.S. pop chart in 1981). They had recorded first "Hungry Eyes" (a hit in 1987 for Eric Carmen) and Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" -both included in the soundtrack of "Dirty Dancing"- that earned Franke Previte an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
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Franke & The Knockouts Discography Tracks

Albums

Franke & The Knockouts - Franke & The Knockouts album art Franke & The Knockouts Franke & The Knockouts (Album) Millennium US 1981 Sell This Version
DJL1-4015 Franke & The Knockouts RCA Special Radio Volume X(LP, Transcription) RCA DJL1-4015 US 1981 Sell This Version
Franke & The Knockouts - Below The Belt album art Franke & The Knockouts Below The Belt (Album) Millennium Greece 1982 Sell This Version
Franke & The Knockouts - Makin' The Point album art Franke & The Knockouts Makin' The Point (Album) MCA Records US 1984 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Franke & The Knockouts - Sweetheart album art Franke & The Knockouts Sweetheart (Single) Millennium UK 1981 Sell This Version
Franke & The Knockouts - You're My Girl / Tell Me Why album art Franke & The Knockouts You're My Girl / Tell Me Why (Single) Millennium US 1981 Sell This Version
DJL1 4101 Franke & The Knockouts - Special Limited Edition AOR Sampler album art Franke & The Knockouts Special Limited Edition AOR Sampler(12", Promo, Smplr) Millennium DJL1 4101 US 1981 Sell This Version
Franke & The Knockouts - Without You (Not Another Lonely Night) / Shakedown album art Franke & The Knockouts Without You (Not Another Lonely Night) / Shakedown (Single) Millennium US 1982 Sell This Version
Franke & The Knockouts - Morning Sun (Dream On) album art Franke & The Knockouts Morning Sun (Dream On) (Single) Millennium US 1982 Sell This Version
Franke & The Knockouts - Outrageous album art Franke & The Knockouts Outrageous (Single) MCA Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Franke & The Knockouts - You Don't Want Me (Like I Want You) album art Franke & The Knockouts You Don't Want Me (Like I Want You) (Single) MCA Records US 1984 Sell This Version
GB-13478 Franke & The Knockouts - Sweetheart / Without You (Not Another Lonely Night) album art Franke & The Knockouts Sweetheart / Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)(7") Millennium GB-13478 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

7930182185-2 Franke & The Knockouts - The Sweetheart Collection album art Franke & The Knockouts The Sweetheart Collection(CD, Comp) Razor & Tie 7930182185-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
FRM 1170 Franke & The Knockouts - The Best Of /Sweetheart- Anniversary Edition album art Franke & The Knockouts The Best Of /Sweetheart- Anniversary Edition(CD, Comp) Friday Music FRM 1170 US 2011 Sell This Version

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BankofVinyl

February 18, 2012
Led by singer Franke Previte, the New Brunswick, NJ, band Franke & the Knockouts scored several pop hits in the early '80s. Previte, who had played in local bands since his teens, formed the group with guitarist Billy Elworthy in 1981 and they were quickly signed to Millennium Records. Rounding out the original quintet were keyboardist Blake Levinsohn, bassist Leigh Foxx, and drummer Claude LeHenaff. Their self-titled debut, which showcased their light pop/rock leanings, was a surprise success, spawning a Top Ten single with "Sweetheart" and a Top 40 follow-up, "You're My Girl." Personnel changes would occur when LeHenaff left in late 1981 (future Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres would appear on their next couple albums) and keyboard player Tommy Ayers joined early the following year. In 1982, the band released their second album, Below the Belt, and again scored a Top 40 hit with the keyboard-heavy ballad "Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)" that summer. Switching labels to MCA, Franke & the Knockouts final release, 1984's Makin' the Point, continued the band's diminishing fortunes. Previte struck it big in 1987 when two songs that he had co-written were included on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Eric Carmen's version of his "Hungry Eyes" would become a Top Five smash (and restore the former Raspberry to chart prominence), while Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes would top the charts with "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." "Hungry Eyes," originally recorded but never released by Franke & the Knockouts, along with all three of the group's charting singles appear on 1999's compilation Sweetheart Collection.

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