Thursday, October 15, 2009

Joe Frank and the Knights on Rim

Joe Frank and the Knights

Rim 4111

12483 - Palisades Park
(audio sample)
12484 - Please Come Back

Recorded "live" in the Delta
a Tim Whitsett release

Palisades Park

The A-side is a cover of the 1962 Freddy Cannon hit, written by a young Chuck Barris (future producer of the TV «The Dating Game».

Last night I took a walk after dark
A swingin' place called Palisades Park
To have some fun and see what I could see
That's where the girls are

I took a ride on a shoot-the-chute
That girl I sat beside was awful cute
And after while she was holdin' hands with me...
New Yorkers traveling along Riverside Drive will never forget the special glimmer of lights that rose off the top of the Palisades cliffs. Clearly visible from Manhattan, this view of Palisades became the inspiration for the 1962 Freddy Cannon hit song « Palisades Park ». Through this classic rock’n’roll hit, the rest of the world learned about the little park we all loved so clearly.
The park seemed larger than life for most of is visitors. Ferris wheels towered high into the sky. Majestic buildings stood tall with colorful facades inviting patrons to come inside. Midways stretched endessly in all directions, each offering a unique vlend of colors, sounds, and attractions. [Vince Gargiulo : Palisades Amusement Park, book]

Joe Frank
(real name : Joe Frank Carollo)

Born 1939, in Leland, Mississippi. In high school, he formed an R&B group called the "Bop-Kats" which eventually changed their name to "Joe Frank and the Knights".

Discography :
60 - Century Ltd 606 Carol / Be My Love
61 - El Jay 100463 : Five Elephants In A Volkswagen / Twistin' Mississippi
66 – Block 510 : Can’t Find A Way / Won’t You Come Home
66 – ABC10782 : Can’t Find A Way / Won’t You Come Home
An instrumental called "No Matter What Shape" that was used in Alka Seltzer commercials in 1965, was performed by a band called The "T-Bones" consisting of : Danny Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo and Tommy Reynolds.

After the T-Bones, Joe Frank joined the New Christy Minstrels and recorded an album, "The Christy Minstrels Tour the Motor City". He sang lead on the song, "Shotgun".

Upon leaving the New Christy Minstrels, he and Danny Hamilton formed a contemporary top-40 duo called "The Brothers". They would play covers from Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Blood, Sweat and Tears and various blues tunes.

A co-founding member of the 1970s pop group, "Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds".

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