Frank Froeba or Froba (August 1907, New Orleans - February 16, 1981, Miami) was an American jazz pianist and bandleader.
Froeba held jobs in the bands of Johnny Wiggs and John Tobin while still in his teens. He played with Johnny de Droit in New York City in 1924-25, then led his own band in Atlantic City in the latter half of the decade, in addition to moonlighting in other dance ensembles. He recorded with Jack Purvis in 1930 and with Jack Bland in 1932, then worked with Benny Goodman in 1933-35. From 1935 to 1944 he led his own band, including on recordings for Columbia and Decca. Among his most celebrated sideman were Bunny Berigan, Jack Purvis, Bobby Hackett and Joe Marsala. He was a house pianist for Decca in the 1930s and 1940s, playing behind Bob Howard and Lil Armstrong, among others. In 1955 he moved to Miami and performed as Frank Froba, moving more into popular performance.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 6th, 1907 (New Orleans), Died February 16th, 1981
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1953
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, songwriter
Recordings (Results 176-200 of 208 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||81514||9/6/1951||After the ball||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81515||9/6/1951||All by myself||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81516||9/6/1951||Dancing with tears in my eyes||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81521||9/10/1951||I wonder what's become of Sally||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81522||9/10/1951||Oh by Jingo (Oh by Gee.you're the only girl for me)||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81523||9/10/1951||When your old wedding ring was new||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81524||9/10/1951||If I had a girl like you||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||82061||1/2/1952||I wanna say hello||Frank Froeba ; Adeline Niece||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||82062||1/2/1952||Piano players (that played like this)||Frank Froeba ; Adeline Niece||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||82296||2/12/1952||Mistakes||Al Morgan||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||82297||2/12/1952||My castle in Spain||Al Morgan||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||82298||2/12/1952||Is it true what they say about Dixie?||Al Morgan||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||82299||2/12/1952||Someday sweetheart||Al Morgan||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83325||8/29/1952||Lulu is a Lulu||Frank Froeba and his Back Room Boys||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83326||8/29/1952||Herman kept playin' away||Frank Froeba and his Back Room Boys||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83327||8/29/1952||Since my best gal turned me down||Frank Froeba and his Back Room Boys||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83328||8/29/1952||Red head||Frank Froeba and his Back Room Boys||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83772||1/7/1953||Blue moon||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83773||1/7/1953||How high the moon||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83774||1/7/1953||Stardust on the moon||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83775||1/7/1953||It's only a paper moon||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83776||1/7/1953||Moonglow||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83777||1/7/1953||Moonlight saving time||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83778||1/7/1953||Moon over Miami||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83779||1/7/1953||Moonlight on the Ganges||Frank Froeba||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Froeba, Frank," accessed January 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106920.
Froeba, Frank. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106920.
"Froeba, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 January 2021.
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