Frank Bey, The Southern Gentleman of the Blues, passes away at 74

The blues world has lost an important and beloved voice.

Born on January 17, 1946 in Millen, Georgia, Frank began his singing career at age four. The following seventy years of his life would be filled with exciting musical opportunities and experiences as well as devastating personal and professional disappointments. Quiet dignity
and determination were his faithful guides through it all.

photo credits: Brigitte Charvolin

Frank’s, rich baritone voice is heard on seven albums; ‘Steppin’ Out’ (MAG Records), ‘Blues In The Pocket’ (Jeffhouse Records), ‘Back in Business and ‘All My Dues Are Paid’ (both on Nola Blue Records) in addition to his recordings with Anthony Paule, ” You Don’t Know Nothing’ (Live), ‘Soul For Your Blues and Not Goin’ Away’ (all on Blue Dot Records).

In recent years,Tom and Kathy Dwyer were inspired to film a documentary of Frank’s life, Frank Bey: You’re Going To Miss Me, which is currently in post-production pending the acquisition of additional funding. The Dwyers’ loving care, respect and guidance were an immeasurable gift in the life of Frank and his wife, Toni. The historic preservation and documentation of the man, his music and his message for the world is a gift for us all.

A six-time Blues Music Award nominee, Frank also received tw, Independent Music Award nominations and a gold Global Music Award
Known for his extraordinarily powerful rendition of John Lennon’ Imagine,” Frank consistently inspired audiences with his delivery of
message that is as critical today as the day it was released.

Although I was only given two short years to know Frank, I will alway cherish the opportunity to have worked with hint, learned from him an, be inspired by his beautiful spirit. The title of his final album says it all; al Frank, dues are paid. His legacy will live forever.

Peace,
Sallie A. Bengtson
Nola Blue Records

photo credits: Brigitte Charvolin

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