Memories of the Great Frank D’Rone

While on Facebook one day, I saw a reference to Frank D’Rone, the great singer from Rhode Island who moved to Chicago some years ago. I loved his singing, had his records, saw him on the Johnny Carson Show and was excited to reconnect.frank-drone

I befriended him. His wife, Joan, contacted me to tell me, sadly, that Frank had passed away. She maintained his site. I told her of my connection to Frank, not only that I loved his singing and saw him when he was in Rhode Island, but also that my cousin was married to his cousin.
It reminded me of the time I saw Frank at The Wintergarden in Chicago a few years back.
We were visiting our son when I picked up the entertainment section to see that Frank was appearing. I was so excited that we stalled our plans and off we went to see him.

He was marvelous; his singing and musicianship the very best. One of his guest performers was the great jazz violinist Johnny Frigo…another thrill for us. When they jammed, it was over the top creative and inspiring.

I had a chance to speak to Frank, renew our mutual acquaintances in RI, have a drink together and obtain his album.
I was thrilled, especially after the introduction to Johnny. I felt important that I knew these first class, world renown entertainers, and they took time to talk to me and Diane.

So…. memories rekindled, memories of a time and great talent gone by. He was so very good.

Take a listen   This was my favorite song of Frank’s.

Thank you, Frank.

© 2017

By | 2017-07-10T16:10:05+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Stories of the 1940's and 1950's|9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Anthony J. Agostinelli January 30, 2017 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Frank D’Arone (ne, Caldarone) was born and brought up in the Charles St. area. As a young musician he worked with those musicians his age who also grew up in that neighborhood: Al Anthony, Bob Giuliani, and several others. Once, I was called to substitute for Al Anthony’s regular accordion player, and Frank was on the gig…just that one time. I learned some new chord changes on that gig, which I incorporated into my own playing over the years. Billy May provided the band and orchestrations for one of his LPs…outstanding music. A fine player….

    • Ed January 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      Yes, thanks Tony. I loved him and reconnecting with him in Chicago those years ago was more than a treat.

  2. Aldo sammartino January 30, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    My favorite song of his is Joey… Joey,Joey, from the musical Most Happy Fella. I have been looking for it but can’t find it !

    • Ed January 31, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      Yes, Aldo. I loved that one also. And, I loved the musical. Saw it at The Warwick Tent.
      Let me look around. Perhaps I can find it. I can also check with his wife, Joan.

    • Ed January 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Well, Aldo, I received this one from Ed Wilson. So very good.
      The Very Thought of You
      https://youtu.be/l6sXuWqBBEA

  3. Joan D'Rone February 2, 2017 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Thanks so much, Ed for this blog. You are much appreciated. I noticed the comment by Aldo Sammartino about Joey, Joey, Joey, a favorite of mine, too. (And speaking of Johnny Frigo, he loved it, too, and would request it when he was in the audience.) It was on Frank’s first album for Mercury and can be found on CD on his website: frankdarone.com
    Thanks again, Ed, you do wonderful work!

    P.S. Tried to enter the website below but it kept telling me to enter a valid URL, which I did.

    • Ed February 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Joan. So many great songs by Frank.
      Not sure why you cannot get to the site.Maybe you have to type it into your browser. Try clicking here.
      http://www.edwrites.com
      Best…

  4. Marcia Dellefield February 4, 2017 at 3:45 am - Reply

    Love this blog about Frank D’Rone. Knew him and followed him since the early 60’s. His voice was superb and loved hearing it with every note he sang. Most of all, Frank was the kindest, sweetest guy in the world. For all his talent, he was a humble guy and loved his fans and audiences, most of all his family!

    • Ed February 4, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your comments about this great singer and fine man. He has touched many. Just the responses I have received tell me so much about how loved Frank was. We are fortunate to call him a fellow Rhode Islander

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