The musical life of Frankie 4 Strings began with $1 piano lessons from his third grade teacher. Frankie played the piano until he was in the 8th grade.
During his high school years, Frankie was was lucky because his dad managed the The Mardi Gras jazz club in Kansas City. On Saturdays, he got to hang out and hear Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Cannonball Adderley, and other Jazz greats in concert.
In 1969, he graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College. He became certified in Hypnosis and has practiced hypnosis since 1974.
He developed a series of self-hypnosis CD's to help increase musical ability, boost self-confidence, develop creativity and stop bad habits.
Frankie is also interested in music as therapy. He studied music therapy at Shawnee Mission Hospital with Janalea Hoffman. He's a member of the American Music Therapy Association" He still practices chiropractic and hypnosis in Gladstone, Missouri.
Musically speaking, he took guitar lessons in New York from Joe Pass, Sal Salvadore, and Gene Bertoncini, and he studied guitar in Kansas City with Sonny Kenner and J.P. McClain. He also studied banjo with Danny Barker in New Orleans. Those experiences taught him to seek an instrument with fewer strings. In 2008, he discovered the ukulele, and the ukulele discovered him!
At the urging of his friends, he started singing. He appeared at Harrah's Casino and Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" in Kansas City & "Wet Willies" in Memphis. He also sang at The Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Gold Coast and Barbary Coast casinos in Las Vegas.
At Sun Studios in Memphis, he recorded an EP titled “Sweet Papa C” that featured original Blues songs.
Upon returning from a tour of Italy, he recorded an album of Italian-American songs, using his Italian name, "Frankino."
He's currently an active member of the Kansas City Ukesters, and the Ukulele Fight Club.
You only have to hear him once to become a fan of Frankie 4 Strings.
Live it. Love it. Uke it.