Frank Virtue

Real Name:
Francis F. Virtuoso
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Frank Virtue was born on January 21, 1923. He played the violin as a child and took up the guitar and the double bass as a teenager. He continued with the latter as a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and studied orchestration at Temple University. He enlisted in the Navy in 1945 and became bandleader of the Regular Navy Dance Band in Bainbridge, Maryland. He was discharged in 1946 because his father, who had been diagnosed with cancer, could no longer support his family. Virtue considered putting together a big band but, due to financial constraints, assembled an amplified trio instead, with Ralph Frederico on the piano and Steve Rossi on the guitar. Virtue named the band the Virtuoso Trio after their formation in 1947.
Founder member of American rock 'n' roll band The Virtues from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They had a hit in 1958 called "Guitar Boogie Shuffle".
Towards the end of 1962, Virtue disbanded the group and pursued a career as a record producer and recording engineer. His studio, Virtue Recording Studios (Virtue Studios), located at 1618 N. Broad St., was one of the top studios in Philadelphia for a number of years until closing in the early 1980s. His original studio, in the basement of his house on Fayette Street, was where "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" was originally recorded.
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Albums

Frank Virtue - Guitar Boogie Shuffle album art Frank Virtue And The Virtues Frank Virtue And The Virtues - Guitar Boogie Shuffle (Album) Wynne US 1959 Sell This Version
F-1816 Frank Virtue - That Guitar Boogie Shuffle Man album art Frank Virtue And The Virtues Frank Virtue And The Virtues - That Guitar Boogie Shuffle Man(LP) Fayette F-1816 US 1965 Sell This Version
TW 3001 Frank Virtue - Guitar Boogie Shuffle album art Frank Virtue And Various Frank Virtue And Various - Guitar Boogie Shuffle(LP, Album, Mono) Trans-World (2) TW 3001 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
EL 2012 Frank Virtue - Les Plus Grands Succès De Guitare album art Les Virtues* Avec Frank Virtue Les Virtues* Avec Frank Virtue - Les Plus Grands Succès De Guitare(LP, Album) Elegante EL 2012 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
TW-3018 Frank Virtue - More Guitar Hits album art Frank Virtue More Guitar Hits(LP, Album) Trans-World (2) TW-3018 Canada Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Frank Virtue -  I Made A Mistake / Ooh Ya Gotta album art Frank Virtuoso* I Made A Mistake / Ooh Ya Gotta Arcade Record US 1956 Sell This Version
47M2221 Frank Virtue - Toodle-oo Kangaroo album art Frank Virtuoso* And The Virtues Frank Virtuoso* And The Virtues - Toodle-oo Kangaroo(7") B.V.D 47M2221 US 1956 Sell This Version
Frank Virtue - Highland Guitar album art Frank Virtue And The Virtues Frank Virtue And The Virtues - Highland Guitar (Single) Wynne US 1960 Sell This Version
GHAS-33 Frank Virtue - Penn State Twist album art Frankie Virtue* And The Virtues Frankie Virtue* And The Virtues - Penn State Twist(7", RP) Get Hip Archive Series GHAS-33 US 1994 Sell This Version
207X45 Frank Virtue - Roll'in An' A' Rockin' album art Frank Virtuoso* & The Virtues Frank Virtuoso* & The Virtues - Roll'in An' A' Rockin'(7", Single) Tone-Craft 207X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
FY 45 2280 Frank Virtue - Guitars Twist album art Frank Virtue / Larry Lawrence (4) Frank Virtue / Larry Lawrence (4) - Guitars Twist(7", EP) Disques Festival FY 45 2280 France Unknown Sell This Version
206x45 Frank Virtue - Guitar Boogie / San Antonio Rose album art Frank Virtuoso* And His "Virtues"* Frank Virtuoso* And His "Virtues"* - Guitar Boogie / San Antonio Rose(7") Tone-Craft 206x45 US Unknown Sell This Version

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