A Frank Willis Listings at GEST Songs Of NFLD

In Memoriam [August 1950-February 2011]

15 Feet Tall (V)
A Lady Like Mom (V)
Ballad Of Aunt Beatie, The ~ with Rosalind Willis (V)
Bright Silv'ry Light Of The Moon
Franky And The Twisters
Grandpa's Motorboat (V)
Great Big Moose (V)
Gypsy Blood ~ with Bob Porter
Hello Mom And Dad-We're Coming Home For Christmas
I Lobster Never Flounder ~ Quinlan, Jeffery, Braddock
I'm My Own Grandpa ~ Moe Jaffe & Dwight Latham (V)
I Used To Call Her Darling (But Now I Call Her Collect)
Jesus Take Hold Of My Hand ~ with Carson Willis
Last Days Of Okak, The ~ with Fred Petersen
Life Goes On ~ with Fred Petersen (V)
Little Town Of Nutak ~ with Selby Mesher
Love Left Town ~ Jerry Forney (V)
Mummers Night In Oshawa ~ with Fred Petersen
My Name Is (A. Frank Willis) ~ Bob Porter (V)
Newfie Sheik, The ~ L.Coad & T.Doyle (V)
No Reason Or Rhyme (V)
Oh, Jenny ~ with Bob Porter
Ol' Deaf Jack
Picture Of A Lady (V)
Prisoner Of The Wind ~ with Harry Martin (V)
Rocky Road To Heaven
Savage Cop In Savage Cove (V)
Skipper Billy's Wake ~ Ellis Coles
Sweet Forget Me Not, The ~ Bobby Newcomb
Take Me As I Am ~ with Wayne Rostad (V)
Things Were The Same (V)
You And I Underneath The Moon
Whitefish Hole

Biographical Notes

Newfoundland and Labrador lost a legendary folk singer. A Frank Willis passed away Sunday, February 27, 2011, following a battle with cancer. He was 60 years old. A Frank, as he was affectionately called was from Dover, Newfoundland, and was known and billed as the One-Man Band From Newfoundland. He was a virtual legend on the Canadian east coast music scene and was well recognized as one of Canada's most uniquely talented and engaging performers. He launched his one-man show in 1975, and became an overnight sensation, simultaneously playing bass pedals with his left foot, chord organ with his right foot, and a harmonica clamped in a holder, all while his hands alternated between a guitar and mandolin strapped in front of him. He frequently pulled the accordion, banjo, and a kazoo into the performance just for good measure. Below is a Canadian Medley of just a few hits from A Frank's album Born To Party: Something To Sing About (This Land Of Ours) / There's No Price Tags On The Doors In Newfoundland / My Nova Scotia Home / Alberta Bound / This Land Is Your Land.

#819: YouTube video by SonOfLabrador
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~


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