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Frank Mendenhall was a man of many faces. His voice somewhat reminds you of Al Green. Frank loved to make people boogie with his up tempo dance songs, tried to squeeze his old love, Reggae into his repertoire, but his roots were firmly in the South and musically in Blues. ~soulexpress.net, April 1998
Frank was born in Camden, AL, on March 14, 1948. "When I was 12 years old, my brother Arthur brought a guitar back home and that's what started me playing. Those days I listened to people like Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Lightning Slim and Lightning Hopkins - all of these Blues guys. "
"We didn't have a radio station in our
home because the town was so small. Late at night they used to have a radio station that came out of Tennessee
and we could pick it up at night. Then we would order those big 78 records and listen with a monographic machine with a battery pack.
We didn't have electricity either. "
"In Washington, I told myself 'you can't
play' and realized how much I needed to learn. I started going to
clubs and the musicians saw that I was trying to watch them play the guitar.
They started showing me one chord a night. By 1968, I was really into
it and then left and went to New York, where I got lots of opportunities because I was in clubs all the time.
I didn't do anything but music."
ARTISTS THAT FRANK WORKED WITH DURING HIS CAREER
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