Frankie Capp - Nat Pierce Orchestra

Frank Capp

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Frank "Frankie" Capp (August 20, 1931 – September 12, 2017) 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.[1]


Capp was born Francis Cappuccio[2] August 20, 1931, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He began playing with Stan Kenton in 1951 and remained with Kenton for some time. Later he 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. Together with Nat Pierce he founded the Capp/Pierce Juggernaut Big Band in 1975. In In his later years, he resided in Studio City with his partner, Loralee Singman, and performed every Tuesday at Las Hadas Restaurant in Northridge, California accompanied by his fellow jazz colleagues.[3] In 2016, Capp wrote and published his autobiography Drumming Up Business: My Life in Music.[4]

Capp complained that rock drummers had ruined drum hardware. By playing harder than jazz drummers, cymbal stands were built heavier over the years. He said, "I used to be able to move my entire drum kit by myself on the NYC subway."

Selected discography

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)

With The Mitchells: Red Mitchell, Whitey Mitchell, Blue Mitchell and André Previn

  • 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 Ben Webster

  • The Warm Moods (Reprise, 1961)

With Joe Pass

  • A Sign of the Times (World Pacific, 1965)

With Bud Shank

  • Girl in Love (World Pacific, 1966)
  • Bud Shank Plays Music from Today's Movies (World Pacific, 1967)

With Sonny and Cher

  • "The Beat Goes On" (Atlantic/Atco, 1967)

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)

As The Frank Capp Juggernaut

  • In A Hefti Bag (Concord Records, 1995)


  1. ^ "Frank W. Capp's Obituary on Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Frank Capp".
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