Frank Frost Dies at 63

The Blues World mourns the loss of another one of the great Delta Bluesmen with the death of Frank Frost on October 12, 1999. in Helena, Arkansas at the age of 63.  Frost who made his home in Helena for the past fourteen years, died at his home located on Frank Frost Street, a street named after him and dedicated to him at the 1998 King Biscuit Blues Festival. 

Born Frank Ottis Frost, on April 15, 1936 in Auvergne, Ark., Frost first played as an electric guitarist with Sam Carr and harmonica player Little Willie Foster in 1956 and later with Sonny Boy Williamson in St. Louis from 1957 until 1959. Frost also played the keyboards, wrote his own music and lyrics and was the vocalist on his recordings.

Frost played with Sam Carr as Frank Frost and the Nighthawks until 1975. They reunited in 1978 to record their first Earwig record as The Jellyroll Kings and toured the world to critical acclaim for many years. Frank's harmonica playing can be heard on motion pictures such as Crossroads and many others. They also recorded with Sun, Appaloosa and Ichiban Records. Their last recording as The Jellyroll Kings was done in 1998 at the Sonny Boy's Music Hall in Helena produced by Fred James from Bluesland Productions. Frank's last performance was on Friday,  October 8 where he shared the stage with Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee and Sam Carr at the 14th Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival.

For the past many years, Frank's medical expenses and care have been supplied by BluesAid, a non-profit organization funded by Sonny Boy Blues Society, designed to aid older blues musicians in their twilight years.

Frost  performed at the BluesAid fundraisers and numerous other benefits for the Sonny Boy Blues Society.  Helping raise money for the blues society's goal of preserving and promoting Delta Blues was something that Frank was always there for .

Frost, one of the Delta Blues Legends, will be missed by his many friends throughout the blues world and especially by his friends in the Sonny Boy Blues Society and the King Biscuit Blues Festival

If you would like to help other aging blues artists with their medical, pharmaceutical, and memorial expenses, send your tax-deductible contributions to:

 BluesAid - P.O. Box 237   -  Helena, AR 72342 or call 870 338-3501

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured: James Cotton, John Weston, Bubba Sullivan, Houston Stackhouse, Jr., Frank Frost and Rayne Gordon taken 1998 at the gravesite of Sonny Boy Williamson in Tutwiler, Mississippi.