Frank's music blog
I've been a fan of R&B all my life, starting at age 10 when I sat mesmerized, watching the greats like Frankie Lymon, Little Anthony, Bo Diddley, and Clyde McPhatter perform at an all-star show in Pittsburgh. At the same time, I was spending countless hours listening to Pittsburgh DJ Porky Chedwick, who broke all the rules when he began playing what were known in the 1950s as "race records.” He spun some of the best and most obscure records of the day — songs with gorgeous harmonies and fabulous arrangements…songs packed with raw emotion and soul. This is the music that has moved me since I was a kid, and was part of what inspired me to perform. With these posts I hope to turn you to this great music and inspire you to appreciate the roots of rock.