Frank Adams

Real Name:
Frank Adorno, AKA "Frankie Adams"
Profile:
When Frank Adorno, better known under his nom de plume, "Frankie Adams," set out to launch his career in the music industry in the early-mid '40s, he adopted the pen name "Frankie Adams," as his surname was widely considered to denote a specific ethnicity, in this case being Italian, which faced potential discrimination at that time.

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Frank Adorno quickly realized where (at that time) all the great music was coming from. On a cold winter evening in Center City Philadelphia in late 1954, Frank Adorno locked the doors to his office on Chestnut Street for the last time. Frank and his wife, Delores, packed their bags, and kissed their six grown children goodbye (Rose, Nick, Phyllis, Delores, Kay, and Franny), and headed Down South to New Orleans, Louisiana.

On January 21, 1955, Frank Adorno rebranded and registered his record label, renaming it to Sapphire Record Company (Sapphire). It was also at that time that he met fellow musician and lyricist, Lou Welsch. The two soon became partners. Shortly thereafter, they were introduced to another musician, by the name of Ken Elliot (2), and the three collaborated and co-wrote the famous hit song, “Mardi Gras Mambo,” a tune that has no doubt withstood the test of time. The track is widely referred to by New Orleans natives as the "anthem" of New Orleans Mardi Gras and is arguably one of the most popular songs played during the New Orleans annual Mardi Gras celebration. Frank Adorno, AKA "Frankie Adams," is also affectionately remembered by his family, as well as dozens of emerging young fans, for his Christmas song, “I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus,” famously performed by Brenda Lee.

Sadly enough, it wasn't long after his songs began attracting attention, that doctors discovered he had rectal cancer. He died on October 23, 1956. After his death, his eldest daughter, Rose (Adorno) Logan, became responsible for the safekeeping of all of Frank's original music sheets, hand-written notes, collaborative works, lyrics, and what remained of his professional letterhead used when he worked on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Before passing, Rose entrusted her oldest niece, Frances (Squillace) Urso, with one of their family's most precious heirlooms. Frances and her Grandfather, Frank Adorno, shared their talent and love for music. Frances has also since become the family matriarch. Therefore, it made perfect sense that she should inherit one of their family's best-kept treasures.

Frank Adorno not only co-founded a record-producing company. He also co-founded what his descendants now proudly refer to their family as....an "Empire." This holiday season, five generations will celebrate the legacy of Frank Adorno, AKA “Frankie Adams.” Therefore, in the eyes of posterity, it is of seeming importance that the true history, and identity of Frank Adorno, AKA "Frankie Adams," is acknowledged as well as documented so as never to become "Well Nigh Forgotten."

Not to be confused with Frank R. Adams.
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HR-FA 706 Frank Adams - Under The Stars / Down The Road A Piece album art Al (Stomp) Russell Trio* Under The Stars (as Frankie Adams) Al (Stomp) Russell Trio* - Under The Stars / Down The Road A Piece(Shellac, 10") Sapphire HR-FA 706 US 1947 Sell This Version
1092 Frank Adams - Red Head / Va-Sap-Pa album art Air-Lane Trio* Red Head (as Adams) Air-Lane Trio* - Red Head / Va-Sap-Pa(Shellac, 10") DeLuxe (2) 1092 US 1947 Sell This Version
20-3369 Frank Adams - St. Louis Blues / Beautiful Eyes album art Irving Fields And His Trio* Beautiful Eyes (as Adams) Irving Fields And His Trio* - St. Louis Blues / Beautiful Eyes RCA Victor 20-3369 US 1949 Sell This Version
10357 Frank Adams - Doo De Doo On An Old Kazoo / Beautiful Eyes album art Art Mooney And His Orchestra* Beautiful Eyes (as Adams) Art Mooney And His Orchestra* - Doo De Doo On An Old Kazoo / Beautiful Eyes(Shellac, 10") MGM Records 10357 US 1949 Sell This Version
24579 Frank Adams - "A" - You're Adorable / Beautiful Eyes album art Larry Fotine And His Orchestra* Beautiful Eyes (as Frankie Adams) Larry Fotine And His Orchestra* - "A" - You're Adorable / Beautiful Eyes(Shellac, 10") Decca 24579 US 1949 Sell This Version
F.9164 Frank Adams - Beautiful Eyes / Down Comes The Rain album art Billy Cotton And His Band , Vocalists: The Bandits (13) Beautiful Eyes (as Adams) Billy Cotton And His Band , Vocalists: The Bandits (13) - Beautiful Eyes / Down Comes The Rain(Shellac, 10") Decca F.9164 UK 1949 Sell This Version
S 6011 Frank Adams - Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes / Beautiful Eyes album art Billy Ternent And His Orchestra* Beautiful Eyes = (In Je Oogen) (as Adams) Billy Ternent And His Orchestra* - Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes / Beautiful Eyes(Shellac, 10") Sphinx (5) S 6011 Belgium 1949 Sell This Version
511 Frank Adams - Beautiful Eyes / You, You, You Are The One album art Bud Brees, Spotlite Orchestra / Marjorie Law, Bob Martin & His Orch.* Beautiful Eyes (as Adams) Bud Brees, Spotlite Orchestra / Marjorie Law, Bob Martin & His Orch.* - Beautiful Eyes / You, You, You Are The One(Shellac, 10") Spotlite (2) 511 US 1949 Sell This Version
21195 Frank Adams - Hey, Liberace! / Will You Love Me When I'm Old  album art Charlie Adams (2) Hey, Liberace! (as F. Adams) Charlie Adams (2) - Hey, Liberace! / Will You Love Me When I'm Old (Single) Columbia 21195 US 1953 Sell This Version
8219 Frank Adams - Hey! Liberace / Tall Lean Gal From New Orleans album art Jody Levins And His Boys Tall Lean Gal From New Orleans (as F. Adams) and 1 more… Jody Levins And His Boys - Hey! Liberace / Tall Lean Gal From New Orleans(10") Imperial 8219 US 1953 Sell This Version
45-303 Frank Adams - Suby Al Tren / My Love (Mi Amor) album art Mike Lala And His La Lune Orch.* My Love = Mi Amor (as Frankie Adams) Mike Lala And His La Lune Orch.* - Suby Al Tren / My Love (Mi Amor)(7") Sapphire 45-303 US 1954 Sell This Version
45-305 Frank Adams - Jingle Bells Boogie album art Jody Levins And His Boys Jody Levins And His Boys - Jingle Bells Boogie(7") Sapphire 45-305 US 1954 Sell This Version
9-30107 Frank Adams - I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus / Christy Christmas album art Little Brenda Lee* I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus (as Frankie Adams) Little Brenda Lee* - I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus / Christy Christmas (Single) Decca, Decca 9-30107 US 1956 Sell This Version
LF1257 Frank Adams - Over My Shoulder album art Dickie Valentine Beautiful Eyes (as Adams) Dickie Valentine - Over My Shoulder(10", Album) Decca LF1257 UK 1956 Sell This Version
2250 Frank Adams - Cryin' The Blues / Teen Age Baby album art The Moonbeems Teen Age Baby (as Adams) The Moonbeems - Cryin' The Blues / Teen Age Baby (Single) Sapphire 2250 US 1958 Sell This Version
DL 8473 Frank Adams - Trumpet On The Wing album art Wingy Manone And His Orchestra* Baby, Change Your Mind (as Frankie Adams) Wingy Manone And His Orchestra* - Trumpet On The Wing(LP, Mono) Decca DL 8473 US 1958 Sell This Version
MG 1001 Frank Adams - Mardi Gras In New Orleans album art Various Mardi Gras Mambo (as F. Adams) Various - Mardi Gras In New Orleans (Comp, Album) Mardi Gras Records MG 1001 US 1977 Sell This Version
MCA-25084 Frank Adams - Rockin' Little Christmas album art Various I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus (as F. Adams) Various - Rockin' Little Christmas(LP, Club) MCA Records MCA-25084 US 1986 Sell This Version
RFNC 71494 Frank Adams - Treacherous (A History Of The Neville Brothers 1955 -1985) album art The Neville Brothers Mardi Gras Mambo (as Adams) The Neville Brothers - Treacherous (A History Of The Neville Brothers 1955 -1985)(2xCass, Comp, Dol) Rhino Records (2) RFNC 71494 US 1986 Sell This Version
R4 70076 Frank Adams - A History Of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues  Volume 1 (1950-1958) album art Various Mardi Gras Mambo (as Adams) Various - A History Of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Volume 1 (1950-1958) (Comp) Rhino Records (2) R4 70076 US 1987 Sell This Version
PLP-335 Frank Adams - Here Comes The Nevilles! album art Art Neville, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville Mardi Gras Mambo and 1 more… Art Neville, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville - Here Comes The Nevilles!(LP, Comp) P-Vine Records PLP-335 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
DFG 8419 CD Frank Adams - Mardi Gras Mambo album art Zachary Richard Mardi Gras Mambo Zachary Richard - Mardi Gras Mambo (Album) Rounder Records DFG 8419 CD France 1989 Sell This Version
SRNR-39, OP-2597 Frank Adams - The New Orleans Sound album art Various Mardi Gras Mambo Various - The New Orleans Sound (Comp) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products SRNR-39, OP-2597 US 1990 Sell This Version
R4 70587 Frank Adams - New Orleans Party Classics album art Various Mardi Gras Mambo (as Adams) Various - New Orleans Party Classics (Comp) Rhino Records (2) R4 70587 US 1992 Sell This Version
OJCCD-1845-2, RLP-386 Kid Thomas And His Algiers Stompers Featuring Emile Barnes I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now (as Adams) Kid Thomas And His Algiers Stompers Featuring Emile Barnes - Kid Thomas And His Algiers Stompers Featuring Emile Barnes(CD, Album, RE) Original Jazz Classics, Riverside Records OJCCD-1845-2, RLP-386 US 1994 Sell This Version

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October 14, 2019
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Frank Adorno, better known under his nom de plume, "Frankie Adams," was my Great-Grandfather.

When Frank Adorno set out to launch his career in the music industry in the early-mid '40s, he adopted the pen name "Frankie Adams," as his surname was widely considered to denote a specific ethnicity, in this case being Italian, which faced potential discrimination at that time.

Upon his death, his eldest daughter, Rose (Adorno) Logan, was held responsible for the safekeeping of all of her father's original music sheets, hand-written notes, collaborative works, lyrics, as well as the remainder of the professional letterhead of Sapphire Records. Before passing, Rose entrusted her oldest niece, Frances (Squillace) Urso (my mother), with one of our family's most precious heirlooms. Frances and her Grandfather, Frank Adorno, shared their talent and love for music. Frances has also since become our family's matriarch. Therefore, it made perfect sense that she inherit one of our family's best-kept treasures.

Frank Adorno not only co-founded a record-producing company. He also co-founded what we now affectionately refer to our family as....an "Empire." For as long as I can remember, we have referred to the song "I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus" as "our family's Christmas song." This holiday season, five generations will celebrate the legacy of Frank Adorno. My wish is that my great-grandchildren will one day belt out the lyrics to "I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus" as it plays over the radio around Christmas.

Therefore, in the eyes of posterity, it is of seeming importance that the true history and identity of Frank Adorno, AKA "Frankie Adams," is acknowledged, as well as documented so as never to become "Well Nigh Forgotten."