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Brigton boy
Frankie Miller 
    
             

Frankie was born on 2nd November 1949 in Bridgeton, Glasgow.
Born and brought up at 38 Colvend Street with his parents Kathy & Frank and his two older sisters Letty and Anne.
He attended Sacred Heart Primary then Sacred Heart Secondary school known locally as Pirn Street School. He was an alter boy in Sacred Heart Chapel yes this Brigton rocker!!!! He also played fitba for the school team and Harmony Row Boys Club. 

See Frankie's school fitba photo taken c1959. 
         
         He first became aware of the power of Rock and R&B through his mother’s record collection. She had a fondness for Ray Charles while his older sisters introduced him to Little Richard and Elvis Presley. He identified instinctively with Little Richard’s flamboyant aggression. “ The music was alive, exciting, I loved it. I realised later that I could get my own aggression out through music. R&B and Soul Music, I just knew was what I really loved”. He started writing songs at the age of nine after being given a guitar by his parents.
.CD albums  
 Jan 1973  Once in a blue moon  Jan 1975  Highlife  Sept.1975  The Rock  Jun.1977  Full House
 Apr.1978 Double Trouble  Jan.1979 Falling in love  Jul.1980 Easy money  Jun.1982 Standing on the edge
 Apr.1986 Dancing in the rain  Mar.1994 Very best of  Apr.1994 BBC live in concert  Mar.2006 Long way home

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Frankie suffered a massive brain hemorrhage in New York on August 25th 1994. It should have killed him but he has shown remarkable courage to claw his way slowly back to health, after spending 15 months in hospital. With massive support from his partner Annette and here is the good news after all these years he is releasing a new CD, of  previously unreleased material recorded in the 1990‘s

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by Bridgeton Music
Get yer CDs  - buy online

3 Jan.2006 I received an email from Frankie's record company .... extract......   
             Hi Will.........we run a small independent record company and are about to release a new album from legendary Bridgeton boy, Frankie Miller (album ad attached). If you're familiar with Frankie's previous work, you'll know that several of his songs pay homage to Bridgeton and his music company is named Bridgeton Music. Frankie has fallen in love with an image of Bridgeton on your website and would love to use this as part of the cover artwork.
The image they were looking for and did indeed use was a painting by John Boyd called "reflections"

          Here at long last, is an album of previously unreleased material recorded in the 1990‘s. The album showcases Frankie’s legendary vocal talents as well as focusing on Frankie the songwriter. 
One number, You’re The Star has already been a 1995 hit single for Rod Stewart. The album features appearances from, amongst others, The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Nicky Hopkins of The Jeff Beck Group and Ian Wallace (King Crimson / Bob Dylan), who alongside Chrissie Stewart made up the band Fire And Brimstone
The numbers included here from this line up include the much sought after Guilty Of The Crime. Co-writers on the album include Will Jennings (Eric Clapton / Celine Dion) and Jerry Lynn Williams (Eric Clapton).
Frankie the interpreter is highlighted on the album’s two cover versions, The Rose the song made famous by Bette Midler in the film of the same name and He’ll Have To Go previously immortalised by country legend Jim Reeves.

The album cuts a path from acoustic ballads to out and out rockers via country and soul tinged tracks, encapsulating Frankie‘s wide variety of musical styles.

From Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland via international success across America and Europe
it’s been a Long Way Home.

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Frankie playing for his local school, Sacred Heart Primary c1959           ( 9-10yr old)
 1  Vic  Davidson 3  Brendan Boyle 4   Michael  McKelvie 5 Peter   Conroy 6   Frankie Miller
  . 1  Francie Doyle 2   Mick McKinnon 3  Freddie Carton 4 5

Vic Davidson lived in Ruby Street, Bridgeton and went on to play for Celtic.

 

 

 

extract from messageboard, Feb.2006. Helen Ross (nee Cairney), GlescaPal Nell, London, England
Hi Webmaister I have a brilliant album of Frankie Miller's called "Full House". ma favourite tracks "Love Letters and Jealous Guy" He went to my school, although I didn't know him at school, John and I met him about 25 years ago in "The Prince of Teck" in Earls Court and I told him he went to my school, he was lovely and he and John were talking about guitars and chord changes and all that for ages, a lovely man. I will most certainly buy his CD. Aw Ra Best Nell.
extract from messageboard, Feb.2006. GlescaPal Jackie, Glasgow, Scotland
Frankie Miller reminds me of hoose Partys when I was a wean Especially the song Darlin' . I think he is a massive talent.

extract from email, Feb.2006. Val McNish, Glasgow, Scotland
.... my partner John and I had the honour of meeting Frankie Miller in 2002 when I played with the Johnstone Pipe Band. We took part in a tribute CD recording (on the track Caledonia) and also played on stage at the Barrowland with Frankie and his guests, what a night, and what an experience! The shivers are going up my spine just thinking about it. I'm in the photo kneeling and John is wearing the grey suit.
Extract from the Johnstone Pipe Band's website
Frankie Miller Tribute Recording
The band took part in the recording of a tribute CD to the legendary Glasgow born blues singer who is fighting his way back to health after a devastating brain hemorrhage in 1994. The band's contribution to the CD was to perform during a recording of the song 'Caledonia' on which the lead vocals were performed by Fish. Frankie and his partner Annette were there during the recording and it was a pleasure meeting them, and also working with everyone else in the studio. The band would like to wish everyone involved in the Frankie Miller Tribute the best of luck to its success.
The band's session went very well and the CD was released to coincide with the tribute concert on Saturday 7th September at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow. This entailed performing during a stage change and then joining everyone on stage for the Caledonia finale which finally took place at 2:15am! Backstage passes were available for all band members which gave us the chance to rub shoulders with many of the other artists including the main man himself, Frankie Miller.
Jan 2009 an E-card from Frankie's & Annette 
                                                         
Feb.2009 extract from messageboard, GlescaPal Stevie, Falkirk
I used to play in a band,guitar front vocals,played in various types over the years doing covers, mainly the pub and club scene, i was playing with a three piece me on guitar and vocals, neil murray on bass and tony mcauley on the drums, we were booked to play at the Celtic club in fleminton street, springburn, and the night was going well, when a wee wumman came up to me and asked if i knew who was in, i said i didnae, she said frankies in, i said frankie who, she said frankie fn miller thats who, i looked about the club but couldnt find him, then after a wee while he approached the stage, i shook his hand and offered him my guitar,
He sang buddy hollies rave on, the old rugged cross, and finally pulled the place appart with "darlin", he spoke to me later on and it was great to relate to one of our own, so my claim to fame is, the great man used my guitar, mic, my heart gets sore when i see documentaries of him in his height and how he is now, frankie rocks fvorever.
"frankie who, frankie fn miller thats who"
 
Feb.2009 extract from messageboard, GlescaPal Rose, Glasgow
Frankie if you ever do look in here, you are sadly missed, on the music scene I remember every xmas whilst visiting your sister here in baillieston you always popped in to the Argyle bar and and you never hesitated when asked to sing and you were a "DARLIN"
 

 

 

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