Frankie Dante

Frankie Dante was one of the most talented and colorful musicians in the industry. His eccentric behavior won him many fans who followed the Orchestra Flamboyan when they performed. Frankie, who was born in Santo Domingo, in 1945, died from cancer on March 1, 1993. Underground salsa fans around the world still love Frankie and will continue to do so for many more years. His music is still enjoyed in some of the most prestigious clubs and dance halls throughout Latin America. Frankie started his career in 1968 when he was signed by Stan Lewis and George Goldner, Cotique Records producers. Frankie was instantly accepted by the New York nightclub scene and has played alongside the most renowned Latin New York bands throughout his long career. Listening to Frankie’s music will show how he approaches his music. His songs are stories or messages that convey a message to his many fans. The album “Different Directions”, which Frankie recorded while still learning his craft, features members from his original band. It features six of Frankie‚Äôs original compositions. Frankie was known for his unique singing style. His nasal voice and ability to create compelling improvisations made him stand out. However, Frankie claimed that he was strongly influenced by the way salsero Ismael Quitana excites his listeners. Frankie also loved Johnny Pacheco (Fania artist), and was heavily influenced in part by Eddie Palmieri’s trombone-inspired arrangements. Frankie was co-artist with Larry Harlow, a Fania legend and Markolino Dimond, a recording artist who are two of the most talented salsa pianists ever to record. From http://www.fania.com

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