I’ve always loved Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles.” It’s a brilliant film. And over in the trivia section of its IMDB entry, one item stuck out:
When Mel Brooks advertised in the show business trade papers for a “Frankie Laine-type” voice to sing the film’s title song, he was hoping for a good imitator. Instead, Frankie Laine himself showed at Brooks’ office two days later, ready to do the job but nobody told him the movie was a parody
Frankie Laine, the man who is probably most famous for singing the theme to “Rawhide,” has died at the age of 93.