Franke and the Knockouts
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Franke and the Knockouts
Frankie and the Knockouts
OriginNew Jersey, United States
GenresPop rock, soft rock[1]
LabelsMillennium Records, MCA Records
Franke Previte
Billy Elworthy
Leigh Foxx
Claude LeHenaff
Blake Levinsohn
Tommy Ayers
Tico Torres
Bobby Messano

Franke and the Knockouts was a pop rock band, formed in New Jersey, US and fronted by singer/songwriter Franke Previte.

Franke and the Knockouts were signed by Millennium Records in 1981 and had three U.S. Top 40 singles and two Top 50 albums. The group's biggest hit, "Sweetheart", was written by Previte along with Knockouts guitarist Billy Elworthy, peaking at #10 in the U.S. in June 1981. They also wrote and released the original versions of Eric Carmen's 1987 hit single "Hungry Eyes" as well as the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", (both of which were featured in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing), and it would also earn Previte an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

After Millennium folded, the band switched to MCA Records in 1984. The lone album released with MCA did not share the success of their previous work and the group disbanded in 1986.


  • Franke Previte - lead vocals (1980-1986)
  • Billy Elworthy - lead and rhythm guitars (1980-1984)
  • Leigh Foxx - bass (1980-1986)
  • Claude LeHenaff - drums (1980-1982)
  • Blake Levinsohn - keyboards (1980-1981)
  • Tommy Ayers - keyboards, backing vocals (1981-1986)
  • Tico Torres - drums (1982-1983)
  • Bobby Messano - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1984-1986)
Session musicians



  • 1981 Franke and the Knockouts (#31)
  • 1982 Below the Belt (#48)
  • 1984 Makin' the Point
  • 1999 The Sweetheart Collection
  • 2018 The Complete Collection (3-CD reissue of all three albums plus demos and live tracks)


Year Song[2] US Billboard Hot 100 US Cash Box Top 100 US Mainstream Rock Canadian RPM
1981 "Sweetheart" 10 13 27 18
"Come Back" -- -- 45 --
"You're My Girl" 27 29 -- --
1982 "Never Had It Better" -- -- 37 --
"Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)" 24 22 -- 45
1984 "Outrageous" -- -- -- --

See also


  1. ^ "Franke & The Knockouts Biography".
  2. ^ Jimmy's Charts... Franke & The Knockouts

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