MICHAEL FRANKS

Pop/Art Song/Folk / Vocal Jazz • United States
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Michael Franks (born September 18, 1944 in La Jolla, California) is a smooth jazz singer and songwriter from the United States. He has recorded with a variety of well-known artists, such as Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Art Garfunkel, and David Sanborn. His songs have been recorded by The Manhattan Transfer, Patti Labelle, Carmen McRae, Diana Krall, Shirley Bassey and The Carpenters.

Franks grew up in southern California with his father Gerald, his mother Betty and younger sister Christine who is the mother of Connor Sullivan (The lead singer of The Royal Nonesuch). Although no one in his family played music, his parents loved swing music and his early influences included Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer. At age 14 Franks bought his first guitar, a Japanese Marco Polo for $29.95 with six private lessons included - the only music education that he received. At University High
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The Music In My HeadThe Music In My Head
Shanachie 2018
$11.99
$11.00 (used)
Original Album SeriesOriginal Album Series
Box set
Warner Bros Uk 2012
$12.36
$16.06 (used)
Watching The SnowWatching The Snow
Koch Records 2007
$15.96 (used)
The Dream 1973 - 2011The Dream 1973 - 2011
Box set · Remastered
Warner Music France 2012
$73.70
Dragonfly SummerDragonfly Summer
Reprise / Wea 1993
$3.34
$1.53 (used)
Art Of Tea, TheArt Of Tea, The
Reprise 1984
$10.85
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Time TogetherTime Together
Shanchie Records 2011
$12.64
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MICHAEL FRANKS Michael Franks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Michael Franks
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1973
MICHAEL FRANKS The Art of Tea album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Art of Tea
Vocal Jazz 1975
MICHAEL FRANKS Sleeping Gypsy album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Sleeping Gypsy
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1977
MICHAEL FRANKS Burchfield Nines album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Burchfield Nines
Vocal Jazz 1978
MICHAEL FRANKS Tiger In The Rain album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Tiger In The Rain
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1979
MICHAEL FRANKS One Bad Habit album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
One Bad Habit
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1980
MICHAEL FRANKS Objects of Desire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Objects of Desire
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1982
MICHAEL FRANKS Passionfruit album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Passionfruit
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1983
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Previously Unavailable
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1983
MICHAEL FRANKS Skin Dive album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Skin Dive
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1985
MICHAEL FRANKS The Camera Never Lies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Camera Never Lies
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1987
MICHAEL FRANKS Blue Pacific album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Pacific
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1990
MICHAEL FRANKS Dragonfly Summer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dragonfly Summer
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1993
MICHAEL FRANKS Abandoned Garden album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Abandoned Garden
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1995
MICHAEL FRANKS Barefoot on the Beach album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Barefoot on the Beach
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1999
MICHAEL FRANKS Watching The Snow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Watching The Snow
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2003
MICHAEL FRANKS Rendezvous in Rio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rendezvous in Rio
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2006
MICHAEL FRANKS Time Together album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Time Together
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2011
MICHAEL FRANKS The Music In My Head album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Music In My Head
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2018

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MICHAEL FRANKS live albums

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With Crossfire Live
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1980

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MICHAEL FRANKS Indispensable album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Indispensable
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1988
MICHAEL FRANKS The Best Of Michael Franks: A Backward Glance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Michael Franks: A Backward Glance
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1998
MICHAEL FRANKS The Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2003
MICHAEL FRANKS Love Songs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Songs
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2004

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MICHAEL FRANKS The Art of Tea

Album · 1975 · Vocal Jazz
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If you would have told me in high school 20 years later I'd give this album a 4.5 star rating, I'd have thought you crazy.

I have to thank Sams for this; he turned me on to Steely Dan in 96 and that opened the floodgates for my soft rock fantasy. I had only heard the FM favorites up to that point, then I heard "Caves of Altamira" and "Sign In Stranger"

My wife thought this was dentist office music, then I threw on "Monkey See Monkey Do". Coulda been a hit, where is it on all of those I love the 70's comps.

I think it's clever pop that straddles jazz lines perfectly. It's Steely-lite--catchy tunes with literate lyrics enhanced by fabulous melody, mostly Franks' keys.

As I've aged and mellowed, this album suits my taste like 3 year smoked Gouda from Pine River Dairy.

Fans of vocal jazz, as well as fans of seventies AM pop should find a lot to like on this nugget.

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