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Singles can be purchased at iTunes or Amazon Mp3. Although his stern Irish grandmother taught him to “double-pick” mandolin like a buzzing bee to impress friends at parties or get a “spanking,” with her shoe; it wasn’t until age 8, Frank shocked his parents who caught him hiding in their bedroom “playing along note for note” with the Dick Dale hit “Peter Gunn” on his father’s guitar. He took Folk lessons but soon overtook his teacher and was allowed to perform at the Pomona Fair with a trio. Young Frank played his first paying gig, a Jewish wedding, where he played Hava Nagila and Miserlou when he was 11. With the help of an actor’s makeup kit from a prop man from The Blue Angels T.V. series, he bore a goatee and wrinkled skin into bars to gig at age 14. By 16, his band The Loved Ones won a Battle of the Bands and toured with the Coasters and the Outsiders. He opened for B.B. King at the Phoenix Convention Center and after trading some trills and an inspirational conversation backstage with BB, Frank was invited to play at UCLA with BB but, regretfully, could not get permission to go because of a final exam in Psychology, for which he earned a degree and also two Public School Teaching Credentials. He was in the top 10 contestants in the Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition in Seattle, which encompassed four N.W. States- but the release form was sent to the wrong PO Box and he received it the day after the competition. He has over 100 original songs copyrighted with the Library of Congress and writes lyrics and new material profusely since he “Stopped playing other people’s stuff in the mid-‘70’s.

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  • AshleyArts

    Anyone want to do a Youtube Video for Ocean of Stars or any of the songs from this CD? email me: ashleyarts2010@yahoo.com

    26 Apr 2010 Reply