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Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and raised in Texas and Southern California, from an early age Frank was immersed in a variety of musical styles. His father worked in the big band/swing genre as a trumpet player, while his mother, devoted to classical music, introduced him to the works of Tchaikovsky and Borodin even before he was old enough for school. In fact, Frank's house was filled with records, from all of the major classical composers to every Frank Sinatra record. By the time he was three years old he had memorized and could sing all of Sinatra's songs, often serenading the ice cream man for free ice cream! (Already a professional!) Named after Frank Sinatra and born on Elvis Presley's birthday, there was no doubt Frank was destined to become a musician. He is also a distant relation to Buddy Holly. Music is in his blood and in particular, Rock 'n' roll!!! Frank has received rave reviews in Playboy and Rolling Stone, among many publications, and has been featured on many radio and television programs, including CBS "Saturday Morning" and NPR "All Things Considered. His new album, Merseybeat, is a groundbreaking work of intriguing new harmony and melody while also a faithful and loving tribute to the fabulous beat groups that gave Merseybeat its name

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Press Release

Wichita Falls Records Announces new release by Frank Lee Sprague

Enter the CAVERN

Hollywood, December 7th 2005

           

       “Authentic!” “Masterful!”  “A celebration!”

Critics and fans raved over Frank Lee Sprague’s 2004 album, Merseybeat.  Now, his highly anticipated sequel, Cavern, is available from Wichita Falls Records.

While Merseybeat often channeled the sunnier side of the mid-sixties British Invasion, Cavern pulls us into the tense, sweaty atmosphere of Liverpool’s famous beat club where a four- piece band captivates the audience with their electrifying brand of rock ‘n’ roll. 

Cavern features thirteen all-new original Merseybeat songs, skillfully sung, played, arranged and produced by Frank Lee Sprague.  The album leads off with an impressive 1-2-3 punch – the irresistibly catchy “You’ll Be Mine,” the soaring, harmony-filled, “She’s a Bad Memory,” and the classic, all-out ferocious rocker, “Give it All You Can,” a song and performance that would have made John Lennon proud.  Other highlights abound.  “She Lied” is the perfect single, combining an intense, passionate vocal with an absolutely mesmerizing arrangement and production. 

The follow-up single might be “You Missed Out on Me,” a song that will surely propel the cellar dwellers to the dance floor.  “I Believe” is a winsome, melodic ballad in the Paul McCartney mold, while “I Don’t Love Her Anymore” has the feel of John Lennon’s best work on Meet the Beatles.  If Peter and Gordon had sat in with Buddy Holly, they might have come up with “Cavern,” the jaunty and delightful album closer.  But the show isn’t over yet.

The band roars back with an encore, a crazed, rocked up version of Cleveland Crochet’s, “Sugar Bee.”

Known for his remarkable ability to synthesize authentic rock ‘n’ roll styles into his own West Texas imprint, Frank Lee Sprague’s work has wowed reviewers in Rolling Stone, Playboy, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and many other magazines and newspapers.  He has appeared on CBS nationwide television and National Public Radio, and has performed live around the world, including several successful tours of Japan.  With two Merseybeat-style albums under his belt, he will perform live at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in spring 2006. 

Cavern is yet another jewel in this outstanding musician’s career. 

 As Cavern Club host Bob Wooler would say,

“Remember all you cave dwellers, the Cavern is the best of cellars.  We’ve got the hi-fi high and the lights down low, so here we go with the Frank Sprague show!”

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