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Jackson C. Frank

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Jackson Carey Frank (Buffalo, New York, March 2, 1943 – Great Barrington, Massachusetts, March 3, 1999) was an American folk singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Although he released only one official album in his lifetime and never achieved much commercial success, he is reported to have influenced several better-known singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon and Nick Drake.

When Jackson Frank was 11, a furnace exploded at his school, sending a ball of flames down corridors until it ended up in Frank’s music classroom in the Cleveland Hill Elementary School in Cheektowaga, New York. The fire killed fifteen of his fellow students and burned Frank over more than half his body.[1] It was during his time in the hospital that he was first introduced to playing music, when a teacher, Charlie Castelli, brought in an acoustic guitar to keep Frank occupied during his recovery. When he was 21, he was awarded an insurance cheque of $110,500 for his injuries, giving him enough to “catch a boat to England.”

His eponymous 1965 album, Jackson C. Frank, was produced by Paul Simon while the two of them were also playing folk clubs in England. Frank was so shy during the recording that he asked to be shielded by screens so that Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, and Al Stewart (who also attended the recording) could not see him, claiming ‘I can’t play. You’re looking at me.

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  • CremeDoLaWelts

    Jack is so sad.

    27 Jul 5:13am Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Just amazing... your music and your soul.

    16 Jun 12:29am Reply
  • hegnee

    Душевный фолк-сингер, правда кончил плохо

    14 May 2:47pm Reply
  • Hoppyx

    Only just discovered him. I need to hear more.

    7 May 5:29pm Reply
  • BillyVanHelsing

    Tough life story; awesome artist. I'm glad I got to know his work.

    6 Apr 11:50pm Reply
  • beautifuldaddy

    approaching 100k listeners now!

    14 Feb 4:20am Reply
  • rapedpoet

    Ужасно. Почти месяц вел зож, ебашил, что называется, базу в зале, а тут, послушал- и все, депрессия((

    4 Feb 10:07pm Reply
  • Kyonil

    Норм.

    31 Jan 11:15am Reply
  • Predelnik

    And I realize that summer is never gone...

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • austinsunday

    Listen to a never before heard Jackson C. Frank studio recorded song "Forest of Eden" here: http://youtu.be/F5mPHMoI6P4

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • beautifuldaddy

    one of the most beautiful people in the world

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • beautifuldaddy

    I think Yellow Walls is extraordinarily beautiful too :)

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • diurnoculto

    The scene where John Hawke performs Marcy's Song in Marth Marcy May Marlene was something else. 3

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Porculus

    Yellow Walls is extraordinarily beautiful. But I might be the only one to think so, as it is the least listened track of the album according to these charts here

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • the-wild-healer

    There's something called Lost Tapes EP on iTunes. Seems it was released and no one knew about it. Must have for fans.

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • flac_life

    A true artist.

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheFrenchJerk

    The blues are all the same...

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Morose7

    Such a tragic figure; who was able to make such beautiful and bittersweet music. We remember you still.

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • gothwolf

    great music - so nostalgic and emotional!

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • beautifuldaddy

    I don't have anything worthwhile to say, but I really like this music

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
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