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
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
| 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
| Apr.1986 Dancing in
|| Mar.1994 Very best of
|| Apr.1994 BBC live in
|| Mar.2006 Long way home
Frankie suffered a massive brain haemorrhage 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
by Bridgeton Music
Get yer CDs - buy
3 Jan.2006 I
received an email from Frankie's record company .... extract......
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
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
From Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland via international success across America
it’s been a Long Way Home.
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
Davidson lived in Ruby Street, Bridgeton and went on to play for
|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
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.
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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