His first nationally released record came on Atlantic Records, who changed their name to JIMMY MACK and the
MUSIC FACTORY, “Baby I Love You” and “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” with Frank singing both sides. It received East Coast and Mid-west airplay and warranted a second Atlantic release a year later.
He has been a member of many iconic Pittsburgh bands namely the JAGGERZ’ in the wake of their number one hit “The Rapper.” The legendary Joe Rock was managing them and the SKYLINERS at the time. Two albums, one with Wolfman Jack and the pop-oriented “Come Again”, along with several singles were released during the four –year period that Frank worked
He was then gratefully lured to join the Pittsburgh – based DIAMOND REO, who went on to have a Top 40 hit on Big Tree records covering Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar” Besides extensive touring the US, they also appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand . Frank then formed the Silencers producing 2 LPs on CBS/Precision records. The group became video pioneers with “Peter Gunn Theme”, the Czuri penned “Remote Control”, and “Illegal” montage, receiving heavy rotation from Day one of MTV. Their infamous live shows always consisted of original material as well as classic RnB covers such as “Shake a Tail Feather”,
“Agent Double-O Soul”, “Cold Sweat” and “Stranded in the Jungle.”
Next, Frank, a resident of the Highland Park section of Pittsburgh approached PURE GOLD about singing with their group. As a life long fan and performer of vintage doo wop/RnB, Frank saw an outlet for his talent performing the music he grew up loving. The opportunity to meet, talk, and work with such childhood idols through the PBS My Music series singing background and post production work brought things full circle…working with many of the same artists he saw as a child at that Biggest Show of Stars Revue. He also does jingle work and singing on other artist’s projects.
Frank was asked to join the SKYLINERS the summer of 2013 and he felt he hit the lottery! He treasures the opportunuty to work with the incredibly talented Jimmy, Donna, and Nick.
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