Friday lost and found: Franke and the Knockouts 'Sweetheart'
The seeds to Lost and Found were sown over a decade ago when songs that I loved from the ‘80s no longer were played on the radio and finding copies of old cassettes and CD reissues proved fruitless. Back in the ‘90s, one of those songs that I thought I might never hear again was a Top 10 hit in 1981 for Franke & the Knockouts called Sweetheart.
But by the turn of the 21st century, the world changed with the explosion of the internet, mp3 music files and websites like Youtube and I finally had my mp3 copy of Sweetheart. The video features lead singer Franke Previte strutting around the boxing ring with his porn mustache.
Hailing from New Jersey, the band would tally three Top 40 hits before disbanding in 1986. In the early ‘80s, Previte also co-wrote a few songs that the band recorded but failed to make the cut on any of the three Knockout albums. Those songs were (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life and Hungry Eyes that would later become monster hits on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack and earned Previte a Grammy.
While not the drummer on Sweetheart, the Knockouts later hired Tico Torres who would later find better success with Bon Jovi.