Frankie Randall, Singer, Actor and Sinatra Pal, Dies at 76

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Frankie Randall with Sherry Jackson in 'Wild on the Beach'

He appeared in Sonny & Cher's first movie and performed the theme song to the NBC adventure show 'Flipper'

Frankie Randall, a vocalist, pianist, actor and favorite of Frank Sinatra who performed the theme song for the 1960s NBC adventure series Flipper, has died. He was 76.

Randall, who starred in and performed in the 1965 beach comedy film Wild on the Beach — which marked the film debut of Sonny and Cher — died Sunday of lung cancer at JFK Medical Center in Indio, Calif., his partner, Melinda Read, told The Hollywood Reporter.

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Randall toured in nightclubs around the country, was a regular on Dean Martin's 1966 summer variety series for NBC and appeared in the 1973 film The Day of the Wolves.

He met Sinatra while playing Jilly's bar in New York and often accompanied him as his pianist. Sinatra "bestowed" his original musical orchestrations by such arrangers as Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Neal Hefti and Quincy Jones to Randall in 1997, according to Randall's website, and he used them for his "Tribute to Sinatra" nightclub show.

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He was lured by Sinatra to the Palm Springs area, where he bought a home, and he received a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 2001.

A native of Passaic, N.J., Randall served as entertainment director for The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City and later became a vp at the Bally's casino.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Jan. 10 at Desert Springs Church in Palm Desert, Calif.

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