|Birth name||Francis Cappuccio|
|Born||August 20, 1931|
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||September 12, 2017 (aged 86)|
Studio City, California, U.S.
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, vibraphone|
Francis Cappuccio (August 20, 1931 – September 12, 2017), known professionally as Frank Capp, was an American jazz drummer. Capp also played on numerous rock and roll sessions and is considered to be a member of The Wrecking Crew.
Capp was born Francis Cappuccio in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. He began playing with Stan Kenton in early 1952 and remained with Kenton until the end of that year. He then joined Neal Hefti's group. He often accompanied Peggy Lee on her road dates and subsequently went to Los Angeles where he joined Billy May, and recorded with The Wrecking Crew. He played with Ella Fitzgerald, Harry James, Charlie Barnet, Stan Getz, Art Pepper, and Dave Pell. He recorded often with André Previn's trio (1957-1964), and also made records with Benny Goodman (1958), Terry Gibbs, and Turk Murphy. Capp worked steadily on television shows and in the film studios in the 1960s, and (starting in the 1970s) recorded extensively in a variety of settings for Concord. Together with Nat Pierce he founded the Capp-Pierce Juggernaut big band in 1975.
In his later years, he resided with his partner Lori Singman in Studio City, California, and performed every Tuesday at Las Hadas Restaurant in Northridge, California, accompanied by his fellow jazz colleagues. In 2016, Capp wrote and published his autobiography Drumming Up Business: My Life in Music.
Frank Capp died in September 2017 in Studio City, at the age of 86.
With Nat Pierce
- Frank Capp & Nat Pierce: Juggernaut (Concord Jazz, 1976)
- The Capp-Pierce Juggernaut: Live at the Century Plaza with Joe Williams (Concord Jazz, 1978)
- The Frank Capp-Nat Pierce Orchestra: Juggernaut Strikes Again! with Ernie Andrews (Concord Jazz, 1982)
- The Capp-Pierce Juggernaut: Live at the Alley Cat with Ernestine Anderson (Concord Jazz, 1987)
With The Frank Capp Juggernaut
- In a Hefti Bag (Concord Jazz, 1995)
- Play It Again Sam (Concord Jazz, 1997)
With Stan Kenton
- City of Glass (Capitol, 1951)
- Popular Favorites by Stan Kenton (Capitol, 1953)
- This Modern World (Capitol, 1953)
With Herbie Harper Quintet
- Five Brothers (Tampa Records, 1955)
- Get Those Elephants Out'a Here (MetroJazz, 1958)
With André Previn
- King Size! (Contemporary, 1959)
- Dinah Sings, Previn Plays (Capitol, 1959) - with Dinah Shore
- Like Previn! (Contemporary, 1960)
- André Previn and J. J. Johnson (Columbia, 1961) - with J. J. Johnson
- Duet (Columbia, 1962) - with Doris Day
With Shorty Rogers
- Shorty Rogers Meets Tarzan (MGM, 1960)
With Dion DiMucci
- Born to Be with You (Phil Spector Records, 1975)
With Ben Webster
- The Warm Moods (Reprise, 1961)
With Glen Campbell
- I Remember Hank Williams (Capitol Records, 1973)
With Joe Pass
- A Sign of the Times (World Pacific, 1965)
With Bud Shank
With Sonny & Cher
- Look at Us (Atco Records, 1965)
With Michael Bublé
With John Denver
- Earth Songs (Windstar Records, 1990)
With Renee Olstead
- Skylark (Reprise Records, 2009)
With Michael Nesmith
- The Wichita Train Whistle Sings (Dot, 1968)
With Chet Baker
- Albert's House (Beverly Hills, 1969)
With Jack Nitzsche
- Heart Beat (Soundtrack) (Capitol, 1980)
With Anita O'Day
- In a Mellow Tone (Kayo, 1989)
- "Frank W. Capp's Obituary". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
- Williamson, Chet. "Frank Capp - Biography". Jazz History Database. Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education.
- Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 409. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
- Thompson, Woody (1994). "Frank Capp: A Biography" (November). Modern Drummer Magazine.
- Yanow, Scott. "Frank Capp Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- Frankie, Capp (2016). Drumming Up Business: My Life in Music. Outskirts Press. ISBN 978-1478780083.
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2004). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (7th ed.). Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0141014166.