05/21/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Frank Guida
Frank J. Guida
(26 May 1922 - 19 May 2007)
Friends and Schoolmates,
Sad news has come to us once more.
Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) - 05/20/07 - "In Memoriam - Frank Guida":
..... Who of us does not remember the music of the late 50s
and early 60s, such as "High School USA" performed by Portsmouth native Tommy
"Bubba" Facenda? How about "New Orleans", "School Is Out" and "Quarter To Three"
by Gary U.S. Bonds? And then there was "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul
with the unforgettable lyrics:
"If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So from my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you"
These and many other familiar oldies were part of The Norfolk Sound and were
all recorded in Norfolk, mostly on Church Street. Remember "Daddy-G and The
Church Street Five"? The creative force behind The Norfolk Sound was Frank Guida.
A good case can be made that Frank qualifies as one of the Founding Fathers of
Rock 'n' Roll and that Phil Spector with his "Wall of Sound" became famous on
the back of Frank Guida and The Norfolk Sound.
Frank passed away in Virginia Beach
on Saturday. An article appeared today in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.
You can read it at this link:
Rest in peace, Frank. We are still dancin' to your music.
David. What sad news this is for so many of us whose lives were
brightened by Frank's talents! We here have enjoyed that Norfolk Sound
twice in our Newsletters alone:
From the Virginian Pilot - 05/20/07:
MCCAFFERY, The Virginian-Pilot
© May 20, 2007
- Forty-four years ago this week, the single "If You Wanna Be Happy" topped
the Billboard hit chart.
of the man who wrote and produced the song doesn't think it's an accident
that Frank J. Guida died, after a long illness, on the anniversary of one of
his tunes leading the charts.
"He was a
very disciplined man," Joseph Guida said.
who is credited with creation of the "Norfolk sound" that galvanized rock
'n' roll in the early 1960s and owned two well-known record stores in
Norfolk, died Saturday at his Virginia Beach home at age 84.
He launched acts from Norfolk
such as Gary U.S. Bonds and Jimmy Soul, whose music changed the face of rock
' n' roll, influencing acts such as the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen, said
Bill Reid, the owner of the NorVa venue in Norfolk.
Frank J. Guida
ran two record stores and launched influential acts such as Gary U.S. Bonds
and Jimmy Soul.
VIRGINIAN-PILOT FILE PHOTO
predecessor to rock 'n' roll today," Reid said.
said Saturday that, when he heard Guida was sick through a mutual friend, he
reached out to try to contact him. But Bonds said it didn't work out.
me my start, which I'm totally grateful for," Bonds said.
he has moved on from legal disputes he and Guida had. The disagreement was
over rights to Bonds' early songs.
"Thank God I've had more hits that I've gotten produced, and published, and
they're doing well," Bonds said Saturday.
born in Palermo, Italy, and developed an interest in music from the islands
after serving in Trinidad during World War II, according to a biography
provided by his children.
When he lived in New York City, Guida sang calypso in Harlem while selling
Then, in 1953, Guida and his wife, Millie, moved to Norfolk and Guida bought
a record store on Church Street.
"I took this shop that everybody thought was going under to No. 1 in the
state," Guida told The Virginian-Pilot. "Everybody knew about Frankie's
In the late 1950s, he began producing acts in Norfolk, including Bonds and a
group of musicians called The Church Street Five.
"When I recorded Gary U.S. Bonds, I thought: How am I going to get the radio
stations to play this song, 'New Orleans'?" Guida told The Pilot.
"After all, who knows about Legrand Records in Norfolk? So I put on the
label and marked on the outside of the envelope 'By U.S. Bonds.' "
The stations put the record on, thinking it was a public service
Within weeks, Guida had received orders for 5,000 records.
"The overmodulated sound that later became known as the Liverpool sound was
the Norfolk sound," Guida told The Pilot. "... Everybody knows that. The
riff that saved rock music in the '60s was the riff from 'New Orleans.' "
Bonds and Guida ended their professional relationship in the 1960s. Their
collaboration resulted in nearly a dozen singles that made the charts.
Guida opened another record store on Granby Street in 1969. Frankie's Got It
Records and Tapes closed in 1989.
"Back then, it was the place to be," said Steve Athey, who owns Skinnie's
Records on Colonial Avenue. "That's why it was called 'Frankie's Got It.' "
Jen McCaffery at (757) 446-2627 or
From the Virginian Pilot - 05/21/07:
Guida, Virginia Beach
Monday, May. 21, 2007
Frank J. Guida, world-renowned music composer, producer, innovator, and father
of the celebrated "Norfolk Sound," passed away on May 19, 2007. Known by many as
"Frankie," he was born in Palermo, Sicily on May 26, 1922, and came to New York
City with his family as a young child. In 1942, he married the beautiful and
talented Carmela "Millie" Addesso. While serving in the U.S. Army in Trinidad
during World War II, he discovered a deep affection for the island music. After
the war, he pursued his destiny in the music world first as a vocalist and,
after moving to Norfolk in 1953, as the owner and manager of two famed record
retail stores: Frankieís Birdland on Church Street and, later, Frankieís Got It
on Granby Street. Under his management, both stores defined the "gold standard"
for record retailing throughout the South. His signature intonation of the
slogan, "Frankieís Got It, Man," on radio commercials became a local media
sensation. Frankís greatest success, however, came on the creative side of the
music industry. Starting in the late 1950s, he burst upon the national stage as
an independent producer and composer of ground-breaking popular recordings that
spanned and combined the musical genres of calypso, classical, rock and roll,
rhythm and blues, gospel and soul. Frank wrote, co-wrote, produced and published
many top national and international hits, including "High School USA," "New
Orleans," "Quarter To Three," "Dear Lady Twist," "Twist Twist Senora," "School
Is Out," and "If You Wanna Be Happy." His records have sold millions throughout
the world and received music industry awards too numerous to mention. "Quarter
To Three" is listed on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fameís "500 Songs That Shaped
Rock and Roll." The original sound concepts Frank created in these raucous and
exciting recordings came to be known as the "Norfolk Sound" that inspired a
generation of artists and composers, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones,
Bruce Springsteen and a host of others. Otis Redding once introduced Frank at a
national music industry gathering as "a man who needs no introduction." His
award-winning works have frequently found a place in television, cinema and
stage productions. In 2003, Frank was named as a "Legend of Music/Walk of Fame"
honoree by the mayor and council of the City of Norfolk. Frankís lifetime
achievements were not limited to music. He was an accomplished oil painter and
authored a book adapting the tale of Romeo and Juliet for children (and gave it
a happy ending). In addition, he was a leader in promoting cultural and business
relations between the United States and his native Italy, where Frank and Millie
often traveled. He was a charter council member of the National Italian American
Foundation and among his many activities, vigorously defended Italian-Americans
against negative stereotypes in the media. For his tireless and noble work in
fostering ties between the United States and Italy, the Italian government
formally conferred upon him the title of "Cavalier of the Order of the Italian
Republic." Like his hero, Leonardo da Vinci, Frank was truly a "Renaissance
Man." He is survived by his wife, Millie; his daughters, Anne Kent and her
husband Kevin and Lydia McHenry and her husband Greg, all of Virginia Beach; his
son, Joe Guida and his wife Karen of Dallas; his sister, Mathilda Guida and her
husband Frank of Virginia Beach; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren;
his longtime cherished friend, Rosetta Burns and family members, friends and
fans around the world. A memorial Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at
H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Laskin Road Chapel, by Father Mario Fulgenzi,
O.S.B. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart
Association. Online condolences may be made to the family at
Published in the Virginian Pilot on 05/21/2007.
Our sincerest sympathies are
extended to the Guida family and their friends at this time.
(Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 05/22/07 -
As a collector of rock and roll
music, as well as that of local Tidewater acts, I have a lot of Frank Guida-influenced
titles. One could arguably make a case for having the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame
here in Tidewater instead of Cleveland. Gene Vincent, Gary US Bonds, Lenis
Guess, Jimmy Soul, The Five Keys (from Newport News!), Bill Deal & The Rhondels,
and many more ..... all charted nationally and all had their musical roots right
On one album of mine there is a quote from Dick Clark ... that stated "Quarter
To Three (Bonds' smash hit from '61) saved my show from extinction".
If you hear me DJing a car show you'll hear lots of local music .... from back
in the good ol' days! If anyone has copies of local band songs (Danny & The
Delnotes, Nightlighters, etc.) please contact me. I'm also looking for air checks
(off the radio recordings) from
WGH in the 1960s.
Krabbingly yours ....
Y'all take good care of each
other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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Love Is This?
Music by William Walker, 1835
What wondrous love is this, O my
soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down beneath Godís righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great 'I Am';
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death Iím free, Iíll sing on, Iíll sing on;
And when from death Iím free, Iíll sing on.
And when from death Iím free, Iíll sing and joyful be;
And through eternity, Iíll sing on, Iíll sing on;
And through eternity, Iíll sing on.
Wondrous Love Is This?"
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