Hear here: A local symphony

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2013



BIO | Jimmie Crane — born Loreto Domenico Fraieli — was a true Providence citizen. Where else would a man run a jewelry business called Colonial Novelty to maintain a steady income amidst the choppy seas of the music industry? Not that things went so badly for Crane on the music front. His songs were done by top crooners like Bobby Vinton, Doris Day, and Nat "King" Cole. And like his fellow 2013 RIMHOF inductee, George M. Cohan, Crane wasn't afraid to paint his tunes in hues of bright red, white, and blue. One of his first breaks came from a number called "It's Great To Be an American."

FUN FACT | Crane's tune "Hurt" was a hit in three decades: the 1950s (Roy Hamilton), the 1960s (Timi Yuro), and the 1970s (Elvis Presley).

HIT PARADE | "If I Give My Heart To You," "I Need You Now"

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