Sign up for newsletter
 

Manager, musician Tillman Frank dies

Thursday, October 26, 2006 – Tillman B. Franks, who performed on the original Louisiana Hayride and also managed Johnny Horton and David Houston, died Thursday after a lengthy illness at 86.

Franks was born in Arkansas, but grew up in Shreveport at 2. By 14, he learned how to play guitar. During World War II, while on the island of Saipan, he was part of a band called the Rainbow Boys, which also included Pete Seeger.

Franks played standup bass for the Bailes Brothers on the hayride's first broadcast on April 3, 1948.

Franks performed as a bassist after the war with Webb Pierce. He later managed Pierce, Horton, Slim Whitman, Jimmy and Johnny, Billy Walker and others.

Franks also wrote or co-wrote are "Honky Tonk Man," "North to Alaska," "Springtime in Alaska" and "How Far is Heaven."

Franks was a passenger in the 1960 crash that killed Horton. Franks was badly injured in that accident and had a scar on his forehead from the accident.

Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: MerleFest showcases diversity on day two – Although primarily thought of as a "roots music" festival, the artists at MerleFest can and do come from a variety of genres and locales. On the first full day of this year's festival, that point was underscored with performances from not just bluegrass and string bands, but also rock 'n' roll, soul and international acts... »»»
Concert Review: MerleFest opening night showcases new and familiar Artists – Long running North Carolina roots music festival MerleFest is a family friendly affair that has proven to have appeal to different generations. The lineup for Thursday's opening night, then, could be seen as a mirror to that audience as it contained artists ranging from multiple-year veterans of the festival down to first-year rookies.... »»»
Subscribe to Country News Digest Country News Digest      Follow Country Standard Time on twitter CST      Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook CST

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Reams leaps into "Rhyme & Season" James Reams is one of bluegrass music's unconventional stalwarts. A son of Kentucky, Reams' journey has taken any number of unusual pathways since the mid-seventies. Producing albums for more than 20 years, Reams' ninth release of personable bluegrass, "Rhyme and Season," is a relaunch for Reams, an artist who has never followed a singular route. ... »»»