"RYAN ROCKS IT ASBUTY PARK STYLE" (live talk radio show), Host: Nancy Ryan. I am pleased to announce my next special guest Thursday 10/15 at 5:30 PM is the talented singer-songwriter and Academy Award Winning Composer, FRANKE PREVITE. Franke was born and raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Franke Previte, Sr., an opera singer. He was with the New Jersey rock quintet Franke and the Knockouts as the singer-songwriter. Previously he had sung with the Oxford Watch Band and the heavy metal band Bull Angus. Franke and the Knockouts were signed with Millennium Records in 1981 and had three U.S. Top 40 singles and two Top 50 albums, their biggest single "Sweetheart" was written by Previte and Knockout guitarist Billy Elworthy and became a Top 10 hit in 1981.
Franke Previte received an ACADEMY AWARD for Best Achievement in Music; Best Song for 1987 for DIRTY DANCING'S "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" with co-composers John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz. The same year Previte also received a GOLDEN GLOBE and grammy nomination. The song was chosen as ASCAP'S top 20 songs ever written, landing at # 15. Franke also was chosen as one of America's top 25 songwriters to represent the USA in a songwriter summit in the USSR.
Today Franke helps raise money for the Charity THE PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK in PATRICK SWAYZE'S HONOR. Franke continues to raise money for the charity. In addition, while it may be hard to top the moment of winning an OSCAR for Best Orignial Song, the amiable and affable NJ native is quite content to move forward and leverage his good furtune onto others who may not have had the serendipitous and happenstance life-changing moments he experienced.
Franke's next Production is "THE BEST OF BONNIE RAITT" featuring the lovely and talented LISA SHERMAN. Call 213.943.3559 to listen live.
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