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Monday, April 15, 2013

Frank Frost and Sam Carr

Frank Frost (April 15, 1936 — October 12, 1999 (aged 63) was one of the foremost American Delta blues harmonica players of his generation. Frost was born April 15, 1936 in Auvergne, Arkansas. Frost began his musical career at a young age by playing the piano for his family church. At the age of 15, Frost left for St. Louis, where he became a guitarist. At the age of 18, Frost began touring with drummer Sam Carr and Robert Nighthawk. Soon after touring, he toured again with Sonny Williamson for several years, who helped teach him how to play the harmonica. While playing with guitarist Big Jack Johnson, Frost attracted the interest of the record producer Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records. Some recordings of note that followed included "Hey Boss Man" and "My Back Scratcher". Frost also recorded for the Jewel label, four years later. The Sun Records and Jewel Records material was re-released on one CD by Charly Records of London, England. Album cover of "Hey Boss Man". In the late 1970s, Frost was re-discovered by a blues enthusiast, Michael Franks, 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. Frost appeared in the films Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads and Crossroads. In more recent years, Frost's health decreased, yet he continued to play. Four days before his death, Frost made an appearance with Carr at the King Biscuit Blues. He died of cardiac arrest in Helena, Arkansas in 1999  

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