The product of an Italian American family, he grew up in a small town in Long Island, New York. Frankie was inadvertently prepared for life as a composer by his elementary school orchestra teacher. It was he who recognized his perfect pitch early on, and switched his instrument (first being the accordion!) every year until he had learned to play them all. Frankie continued his musical education through middle school and onto college, balancing classical studies with rock, jazz and acoustic bands along the way. He attended Berklee College of music where he studied with Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Michael Gibbs and many other great composers.
Frankie Blue moved to California and formed a new wave/rockabilly band called “The Automatic.” The band recorded and released an album for Miles Copeland’s IRS records. In addition, he also wrote and produced with R&B legends, Brian and Eddie Holland (Holland Dozier Holland). Sony Records signed him to a writer/producer deal and he went on to work with Patti Labelle, Earth Wind and Fire, Martika, Phillip Bailey and many other recording artists.
But it was with alternative rock that Frankie felt a true connection. He wrote and recorded with Animal Logic (Stewart Copeland, Stanley Clarke), and ventured into the world of remixing and programming for artists such as Tricky, Garbage, Jamiroquai and The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Dave Navarro and Chad Smith). He also wrote and produced for other artists such as Angela McClusky (Wild Colonials), Lili Hayden and The Supreme Beings of Leisure.
His transition into film composing came when he was introduced to director JF Lawton at Columbia Tri-Star Pictures, who hired him to score V.I.P., starring Pamela Anderson for Sony. Since then he has scored over 200 episodes of television, 15 movies, two musicals and several web series. Recently he orchestrated Oliver Stone’s “W”, working with composer Paul Cantelon. Frankie has continued writing and producing for artists and bands, while pursuing his career in film and television composing.
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