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 Tony Fontane

Tony Fontane

Original Name Anthony Trankina
Birth
Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Death 30 Jun 1974 (aged 48)
Canoga Park, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Court of Remembrance, lot 409
Memorial ID 2050 · View Source
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Singer. Tony Fontane was born Anthony Trankina on Sept. 18, 1925, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After a stint in the Coast Guard during World War II, he hit the nightclub circuits in New York and Chicago hoping for a break as a singer. Using the stage name Tony Fontane, he won the Major Bowes Amateur Hour, which started him on a career as a popular singer. He recorded for Mercury Records, with his biggest hits being "The Syncopated Clock" and "Cold, Cold Heart," which sold 1.4 million records in 1950. He toured Australia in two shows, and made several hit records in that country. In 1957, back in the United States, Fontane was involved in a car crash that put him in a coma for more than a month and severely threatened his life. After recovering, he devoted his life solely to Christian music and, by the 1960s, was one of the most famous gospel singers in the world. A recording contract with RCA produced 20 or more very successful gospel albums.

Bio by: Charles Culbertson


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2050
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tony Fontane (18 Sep 1925–30 Jun 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2050, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .