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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 6 April 1926Cogdno, Italy
Date of Death 1 May 1990Stonington, Connecticut, USA  (brain cancer)
Birth NameSergio Franci Galli
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Italy, to a Neapolitan father and a Genoese mother, Franchi made his singing debut at age 10 as a hunchback in a school play. He sang with jazz groups in Italy, but immigrated to South Africa in 1947, after he completed his compulsory military service. He worked as a draftsman and designed commercial interiors working for his father's furniture business. Within a few years, his amateur singing led to leading roles in operetta and opera. Experiencing local fame, Franchi was encouraged to return to Italy and pursue an operatic career. Fate intervened as opportunities opened instead in popular music and television. Discovered on a BBC TV show, he accepted an RCA recording contract and a Sol Hurok 1962-63 concert tour. Sergio Franchi quickly rose to multi-media stardom in America, and became an American citizen in 1972.

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Spouse (2)

Eva Simone Franchi (14 June 1982 - 1 May 1990) (his death)
Yvonne Lindsey Franchi (14 February 1953 - 31 December 1981) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (19)

After becoming an American citizen in 1972, Sergio often called himself "a Yankee Frankee.".
Brother of singer/actress Dana Valery.
TV spokesperson for the Plymouth Volare in the 1970s.
A prolific recording artist on the RCA Victor label, his albums "Romantic Italian Songs" (his first US album,1962), and his 1965 Christmas Album, "The Heart of Christmas" were on Billboard's Top-40 album charts during their respective years.
Sergio's 1962 release "Romantic Italian Songs" reached The Billboard Top 200 (167th) 36 years later in 1998 when it was re-issued as a CD.
Appeared as a Mystery Guest on "What's My Line?".
On April 17, 1968, Franchi sang The National Anthem for the Opening Day game (New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants) at Shea Stadium.
In November 0f 1963, Sergio Franchi was invited to attend a rally for President John F. Kennedy at the Monticello Hotel in Framingham, MA and to sing the National Anthem.
In May of 1965, Sergio Franchi sang at the huge annual Congressional Club luncheon honoring First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson.
As of 1987, Sergio Franchi held the record for the biggest one-week attendance draw at the North Shore Music Theater.
On October 10, 1977 Franchi served as Grand Marshall of the world's largest Italian-American celebration - New York City's Columbus Day Parade.
1976 was the year Sergio Franchi was hired to do television commercials for Chrysler Corporation's Plymouth Volare & for Hills Brothers Coffee. He also signed to endorse Carpineto wines in print media because "Italy produces 90% of the grapes for wine.".
On September 15, 1983, Sergio Franchi gave a Command Performance for President Ronald Reagan in honor of the Portugese State Visit.
A generous benefactor and philanthropist, Sergio Franchi was honored by The Greater New Orleans Cultural Society on March 12, 1982 where they presented him with the "16th Annual Italian American of the Year Award.".
In recognition of his support for them, The Boys' Towns of Italy presented Sergio Franchi with their prestigious "Michelangelo Award;" and in 2001 he was posthumously awarded the title of Cavaliere in the "Order of Merit" (Stella al merito del lavoro) by the Italian Government.
Sergio Franchi's personal passion was collecting and restoring classic and antique automobiles. He was a long-time member of the Classic Car Club of America; won awards for his restoration work, and participated in many of their cavalcades. After his death, his important collection aroused strong interest and competitive bidding at Christi's Exceptional Cars Auction in 2006.
Sergio Franchi's 1965 album, "Sergio Franchi Live! at The Coconut Grove" peaked at #114 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
In 1963, Sergio Franchi had three new LP albums on Billboard 200 Album Chart: "Our Man From Italy" peaked at #66; "Broadway - I Love You!" peaked at #103; and "The Dream Duet" (with Metropolitan Opera star, Anna Moffo) peaked at #97. All three albums were on RCA classical Red Seal label.
His father was from Naples, South Italy, his mother was from Genoa, Liguria.

Personal Quotes (4)

In revenge for all those singing 'Arrivederci Roma' in English, I'm going to sing 'Chicago' in Italian!
On the fear of dying: I died once in a night club. It was my first night club date. I'm 39, quite successful, make quite a lot of money, happy. When Will I be in a better shape to face it?
On being poor and being rich: The feeling of being poor is terrible You think the whole world is against you...I went on no matter what!...Now that I am rich, I enjoy the fact that I can walk into any restaurant anywhere and not think how much the bill is going to be.
"From the waist up I'm Neapolitan" (pointing to his heart). "From the waist down I'm Genovese" (pointing to his pocket)

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