Monday, April 4, 2016

Frank Frost - Hey Boss Man!

Born Frank Otis Frost in Auvergne, Arkansas, Frost's first exposure to music came as a young boy when he learned to play the piano for the choir in his family's church. Frost moved to St. Louis, Missouri when he was 15 and began his musical career as a guitarist. He toured in 1954 with drummer Sam Carr and Carr's father, Robert Nighthawk. Soon after, he spent several years touring with Sonny Boy Williamson, who helped teach him to play harmonica. After a hand injury, Frost turned his attention to the harmonica and piano.
Around 1960, Frost moved with Carr to the Mississippi Delta. After he played a show with the guitarist Big Jack Johnson, they added him to their group. Together they attracted the interest of the record producer Sam Phillips, who years earlier had overseen Elvis Presley's first recording sessions. He produced Hey Boss Man for Phillips International in 1962, with blues hybrids like "Frank's Jump" showing off Frost's diverse, intensely melodic harmonica solos. Presley's guitarist, Scotty Moore, produced Frost's next album in Nashville, Tennessee in 1966 for Jewel Records.[1] Augmented by session bassist Chip Young, the trio's tight downhome ensemble work was once again seamless. "My Back Scratcher," Frost's takeoff on Slim Harpo's "Baby Scratch My Back," even dented the R&B chart for three weeks.
In the late 1970s, Frost was re-discovered by a blues enthusiast, Michael Frank, who began releasing albums on his Earwig Music Company label by the trio, now called the Jelly Roll Kings after a song from Hey Boss Man.
Over the years, cigarettes and alcohol wore Frost down but he continued to record, tour and diversify his repertory, appearing in the films Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads and Crossroads.
Frost died from a cardiac arrest in Helena, Arkansas in 1999.



Xyros said...

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Anonymous said...

you rock. i've wanted this for ages.

Xyros said...

Wow a comment at last ...... glad you found it and hope it's what you expected.

Anonymous said...

thanks mang, looks good and vintage like...paz.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much indeed, I've search for this for a long time!

Anonymous said...

I have this album and searched for, (frank frost Hey Boss Man lp record) and there you were right at the top, with some cool info too. The tracks you have running are so awesome, it was fate. being long play records and having no turn table, my blues albums havent been used for a long time. I think its time I changed that!. Many many Thanx!

Anonymous said...

It's album Dude again. P.S. Your rips are a problem! There’s not enough of em. ;D
Don’t know if its legal but, can I link this page from another site???. I'm a newbie when it comes to the net, blogs, messeging, posts and stuff. Won’t do any thing till you say. Have saved ya in me faves as soon as I heard your tracks, so I’ll be popping in again soon.

Anonymous said...

thx for the music.
i made a tracklist :

01 - Everything's Alright
02 - Lucky To Be Living
03 - Jelly Roll King
04 - Baby, You're So Kind
05 - Gonna Make You Mine
06 - Now Twist
07 - Big Boss Man
08 - Jack's Jump
09 - So Tired Living By Myself
10 - Now What You Gonna Do
11 - Pocket Full Of Shells
12 - Just Come On Home

soulboy said...

nice set many many thanks the soulboy spain

geoavr said...

Thank you, sir.
Very nice blog.I put it in my favs...

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Anonymous said...

You are the BOSS MAN!!!

Mr_Crass said...

Thanks for posting this rarity.

KingCake said...

Thanks Xyros!

Nate Ness Monster said...

Thank you very much!!