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A. Frank Willis

A. Frank Willis is a virtual legend on the east coast music scene. Originally from Dover, Newfoundland, A.Frank got a very early start to his musical career in a band with his four brothers, known as "Franky and The Twisters", and later The Willis Brothers. A. Frank Willis In 1975, one of Canada's most unique talents and engaging performers, after years of playing bass and singing lead vocals, became a one-man band. A. Frank Willis debut album, Any Kind Of Music was launched in 1976 and nested him a definite spot in the hearts of east coast music lovers. Having his influence coming from Celtic, Scottish and Irish music, Willis is quoted as saying "I capitalize on whatever musical knowledge I pick up along the way" definitely words of wisdom. By 1978, Willis had secured a spot as an accomplished musician.

A. Frank Willis has been called "one of Newfoundland's greatest exports to the mainland", and to this day still has the longest running #1 song on Newfoundland radio with "Take Me As I Am". This new album, "Getting Myself Together", with no less than five hit singles, went on to sell close to 50,000 copies in 1979 - and led to a nomination for Top Male Vocalist in the RPM Awards. In 1981, he won the Peoples Choice Award for Best Country Solo Artist.

From 1981 to 1998, many more albums followed, spawning numerous Number One hits, including three live party albums, on which Frank's One Man Band played all 6 instruments simultaneously. As quoted by Country Music News, "A Master Showman". Everything he writes paints a picture or tells a story because, as A. Frank Willis says, "I like to see people who have worked a hard day, sit back and laugh in the face of adversity". In 1999, his album entitled "Soiree" included a song "Savage cop in savage cove" which was based on a true story.& went on to become a big hit. Included also on that CD was his own very special version of "House of the Rising Sun". This early 60's classic received considerable airplay and rave reviews from Radios Chretiennes En France, just west of Paris, as well as Belgium, Holland & Germany.

The "little feller from Dover has come a long way, continuing to write and perform his own kind of music for his thousands of loyal fans all across Canada. When asked recently what keeps him going, A. Frank replied: "I haven't done enough yet, I haven't seen enough, I haven't said enough, I haven't written enough and I haven't sung enough. I'm just not satisfied yet. Furthermore, longevity runs in my family & I figure I got two more lifetimes left."
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