Franke and the Knockouts was a short-lived band, formed in New Jersey, USA and fronted by singer/songwriter Franke Previte.
Franke and the Knockouts were signed by
Millennium Records in 1981 and had three U.S. Top 40 singles and two Top 50 albums. The group's biggest hit, "Sweetheart," was written by Previte and guitarist Billy Elworthy, peaking at #10 in the U.S. in 1981. They also wrote and released the original versions of Eric Carmen's 1987 hit single " Hungry Eyes" as well as the song " (I've Had) The Time of My Life," (both of which were featured in the 1987 film ), and it would also earn Dirty Dancing Previte an Academy Award for Best Original Song. After Millennium folded, the band switched to MCA Records in 1984. They released an album, which wasn't as successful as their other 2, they disbanded in 1986.
Members [ edit ]
- lead vocals (1980-1986) Franke Previte
Leigh Foxx - bass (1980-1986)
Billy Elworthy - lead and rhythm guitars (1980-1984)
Claude LeHenaff - drums (1980-1982)
Blake Levinsohn - keyboards (1980-1982)
Tommy Ayers - keyboards, backing vocals (1981-1986; session musician on self-titled debut, officially joined the band after the album was released)
- drums (1982-84) Tico Torres
- lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1984-1986) Bobby Messano
- backing vocals (1981-1982; session musician on self-titled debut)
Al Wotton: drums on Below the Belt (1982) album
John DeNicola: bass on several demos (including a bonus track on Makin' the Point (1984) album)
DeNicola also co-wrote (with Previte) "
Hungry Eyes" and " (I've Had) the Time of My Life," the original versions of which were recorded during his tenure with the band but went unreleased, until they both later appeared on The Sweetheart Collection
Discography [ edit ]
Franke and the Knockouts (#31) 1982 -
Below the Belt (#48) 1984 -
Makin' the Point
Compilation [ edit ]
The Sweetheart Collection
Singles [ edit ]
1981 - "Sweetheart" (#10)
1981 - "You're My Girl" (#27)
1982 - "Without You" (#24)
1984 - "Outrageous"
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