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Fridays are the day when we at the McElrath Cabaret Blog present blog posts in our Cabaret Through Time series. We present historical cabaret singers, entertainers, venues, writers, and musicians, and often include cabaret videos. We hope that you find it informative!
Frank D’Rone–A Cabaret Singer and Jazz Guitarist Of Great Artistry
Frank D’Rone is a wonderful cabaret singer and jazz guitarist who has had a lengthy career in entertainment, and continues to play today. He achieved early success in Chicago in the 1950s, and continues to perform to this day. He has been lauded by such entertainment luminaries as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, who was an admirer of D’Rone’s work and who wrote the liner notes for D’Rone’s first album, called “Sings.”
Mr. D’Rone has an online presence at his official website, as well as several songs on You Tube. There is an entry for Frank D’Rone on Wikipedia. Jazz Wax offers an interview with Frank D’Rone, and he has a page on Facebook.
According to his biography on his official website, Frank D’Rone has been singing and playing guitar on stage since age 5. He has performed in clubs in New York, including The Living Room and Copacabana. According to James Gavin in Intimate Nights, Mr. D’Rone has played at the “Bon Soir and other clubs starting in the late ’50s, singing standards in a lean, swinging voice and often accompanying himself on guitar” (369). He has appeared on television variety and talk shows, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and has recorded several albums. These include:
- After The Ball
- Falling In Love With Love–Live In Chicago
- Live in Atlantic City: This is Love/ This is It
- Live in Atlantic City, Volume 2: To Love With Music
- Live in Atlantic City, Volume 3: Try a Little Tenderness
- Frank D’Rone In Person/ Brand New Morning
- Double Exposure–released this year
Mr. D’Rone continues to enjoy a busy performance schedule, including this September 1st at the Chicago Jazz Festival, where he is being honored for his 80th birthday, as well as his 75th year in show business and the release of his new double CD, called “Double Exposure.”
Congratulations, Frank D’Rone–what a gift you have given to the world! He has that rare ability to combine the beauty of the best of jazz stylings with the enticing acting of the lyrics of the songs–just beautiful.
Here is Frank D’Rone with a live performance of “It’s You or No One”:
And his rendition of one of my favorite songs, “Everything Happens To Me”:
Have you had the pleasure of seeing Frank D’Rone perform in person? Which recordings of his songs do you like the most and why? Let us know in the comments below–we love to hear from you!
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Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:
Tuesdays: Cabaret Tip Tuesday
Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer
Fridays: Cabaret Through Time