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Info req: Erik Frandsen

GUEST,Jim 28 Feb 00 - 09:55 AM
Mike Regenstreif 28 Feb 00 - 12:14 PM
DonMeixner 28 Feb 00 - 12:32 PM
GUEST,Stefan Wirz 28 Feb 00 - 01:33 PM
GUEST,Jim 01 Mar 00 - 12:30 PM
Noah Zacharin 01 Mar 00 - 01:04 PM
GUEST,Michael Gladstone 12 Mar 12 - 11:40 AM
GUEST,grover 12 Mar 12 - 04:37 PM
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Subject: Erik Frandsen
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 09:55 AM

Back in college at the campus coffeehouse, and later in Greenwich Village, I heard this man perform on guitar. He was an inspiration. A wonderful raconteur, technically brilliant in numerous styles. Subsequently, I learned that he'd played on at least one Dylan cut, contributed a song to one festival compilation, and also wrote and performed in a musical called Song of Singapore. But hardly anyone these days has ever heard of him. I wonder where he is now, how he's doing, and if he's ever recorded any more material.


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Subject: RE: Help: Erik Frandsen
From: Mike Regenstreif
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 12:14 PM

I haven't been in touch with him in a long time but Erik's an old friend who used to play at the club I ran in Montreal. I think of him as probably the best performer I know who's never made a record.

A year or two ago, Dave Van Ronk told me that Erik was working on another musical.

Mike Regenstreif


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Subject: RE: Help: Erik Frandsen
From: DonMeixner
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 12:32 PM

Erik Frandsen, also Blind Erik Flatpick, toured alot in the 70's. Did college coffee houses. Did the best version of Arthur McBride I ever heard. Played very well and sang strong. He had an off again on again temper as I recall and could be demanding in those days. He was in Pump Boys and Dinettes, I believe. Haven't seen him in years but I hope he is still active and contributing. Too good a talent to loose.

Don


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Subject: RE: Help: Erik Frandsen
From: GUEST,Stefan Wirz
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 01:33 PM

There's a record offered at eBay containing Erik Frandsen's "Howard Hughes' Blughes" (you can even hear a sound clip!) at http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=268477296


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Subject: RE: Help: Erik Frandsen
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 12:30 PM

Thanks guys. Some of your info I knew a bit about. But some of it was new. Shoot, I almost forgot about Arthur McBride and I even went and learned it myself after hearing Erik—all 16 verses. I stopped doing it because I could see audiences' attention spans wandering before I was halfway through. Anyone else know anything? And by the way, Erik used to do a song called The Greater Manhattan Love Song (or Greater Man Hath No Love Song) which, if I remember correctly, he attributed to "Gary B. White, Tonight." Is there such a person or was this one of Erik's alter egos?


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Subject: RE: Help: Erik Frandsen
From: Noah Zacharin
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 01:04 PM

many years ago i opened for erik f, playing guitar and singing with another singer, at the yellow door in montreal. we taped our part of the show on cassette, and included was one of erik's pieces that began "the vikings are coming to down." hilarious of course. i have seen him a couple of times within the past, let's say seven years, working at a guitar shop on w. 4th st in the village called "matt umanov's". there was talk a week or two ago about patrick sky, and erik knew him and recorded with him in the glory days (whenever those were.) hooray for music, is what i say.


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Subject: RE: Help: Erik Frandsen
From: GUEST,Michael Gladstone
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 11:40 AM

Erik is a masterful performer and writer. The Gary B. White Guest Jim was asking about is a Bass Player and songwriter who was a fixture in the Village in the late sixties and early seventies. He is most famous for writing the song "Long, Long, Time" which was Linda Ronstadts first solo hit after leaving the Stone Ponies. Anyone lucky enough to have heard Gary perform this song knows that it is the ultimate song of unrequited love...... Listen to it at this link....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1DicZDdNJo


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Subject: RE: Help: Erik Frandsen
From: GUEST,grover
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 04:37 PM

Last I heard of Erik Frandsen he played at an open stage in Chicago at which my friend Dean Milano was the host. That was about 3-4 years ago. Dean is the author of a book called "The Chicago Music Scene of the 60s and 70s".

My first exposure to him was through the song 'On The Road' from Michael Johnson. Still one of my favorites.


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