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She Pawned her Diamond for Some Gold
by Bob Frank
Bob Frank (1944 to 2019) was an American 'country-folk' singer/songwriter. Robert Landis Frank was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, on February 26th 1944. He began playing coffeehouses in the early 1960s, then graduated from Rhodes College with a degree in English in 1966. After being drafted into the Army for service in Vietnam, he returned two years later and began drifting around the country - during this time he worked on a ranch in Colorado and a cannery in Washington state, and also lived in communes in Northern California. His debut self-titled album was issued on 'Vanguard Records' in 1972 to much critical acclaim (it eventually became a collector's item and so was re-issued on the 'Light in the Attic' label in 2014). He also recorded and toured with Memphis singer/songwriter John Murry, shared a stage with Gus Cannon, Jimmy Driftwood, Lightning Hopkins, Tim Buckley and Townes Van Zandt, and was a paid songwriter for 'Tree Publishing'. His 20th century version of the late Middle English traditional song "A Lytell Geste of Robyn Hode" was released on 'Bowstring Records' in 2001, and received particularly enthusiastic reviews from many English academic scholars. Though not widely known, his compositions did earn fairly wide critical acclaim, with him once being called "the greatest songwriter you never heard". He was often compared to fellow singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, and his collaboration with colleague Murry on the 2006 LP "World Without End" was praised in publications such as the Village Voice, Uncut, Rolling Stone, The Irish Times and The Independent (UK). His songs had additionally been recorded by Jim Dickinson, Chris LeDoux and Gary McMahan (plus many others), and his own final album, "Dancing In Dallas", came out in 2018. Bob Frank died in El Sobrante, California, on July 18th 2019, aged 75. His wife Deirdre pre-deceased him in 2014, though their two sons and two daughters all survive them. http://www.stereogum.com/2051909/cult-singersongwriter-bob-frank-passed-away/obit/
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Frank
Posted: 13th August 2019
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† REST IN PEACE †
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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