Monday, August 04, 2008

Frankie Karl RIP

Frankie Karl Tribute

Frankie Karl's You Should O' Held On is one of those songs which has left an indeliable memory on my brain of dancing at Northern Soul nights. Therefore, I was sad to read on Soulful Detroit that he had died last week.

Frankie was in the Gospel group The Cogic Singers, and lead of the Soul group The Chevrons on Philtown (aka The Seventh Avenue Aviators on Congress) and The Dreams on D.C.

Cogic Singers L-R) Edna Wright, Sandra Crouch, Andrae Crouch, Sondra "Blinky" Williams, Gloria Jones, Frankie Kahrl and Billy Preston.

While his tremendous musical background has it’s roots steeped in the gospel arena, he was also lauded in the secular and stage as well. He has performed and recorded with luminaries to the likes of the late organist and composer Billy Preston, Pastors Andrae & Sandra Crouch, Sondra “Blinky” Williams, Edna Wright and Gloria Jones. Together, the aforementioned formed the gospel group, “The COGICS” and were the first to record ‘THE BLOOD” written by Andrae.

Influenced by artist from the hallowed halls of Rock and Roll, while serving his country in the USAF. Frankie and Herbert Holmes formed “The Chevrons” which included (Kenneth Calvert/St. Louis, Mo. Herbert wrote “You Should Of Held On” & “The Boy Next Door”. Upon his discharge from the military, Frankie returned to L.A. and formed “The Tripps” aka “Frankie Karl & The Dreams” and recorded, “Don’t Be Afraid, (Do As I Say, Baby)”. This recording ultimately became a hit on the R&B charts.

The success of this project garnered Frankie the opportunity to work with the legendary Gladys Knight & The Pips, Aretha Franklin, Lola Falana, The Jackson 5, The Commodores, Brenda Holloway, Minnie Ripperton, The Shirelles, The Coasters, Tavares, The Famous Clara Ward Singers, Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations and the late Mahalia Jackson.

Discography taken from Soul Harmony Singles:

(below as The Chevrons)

Philtown 105 DJ Boy Next Door/You Should O' Held On (65)
Philtown 106/105 Boy Next Door /You Should Have Held On (Just A Little Tighter) (65)

(below as The 7th Avenue Aviators)

Congress 255 Boy Next Door/You Should 0' Held On (66)

(below as The Dreams)

D.C. 180 Don't Be Afraid (Do As I Say)/I'm So Glad (8/68)

Frankie Karl Don't Be Afraid

(below as Frankie Karl & The Dreams)

D.C. Sound Limited 181 Do What You Wanna/(inst.) (2/69)
D.C. Sound Ltd 2 (They Call Me) Jesse James/I Charge (inst.) (7/69)
Shout 243 (They Call Me) Jesse James/Charge (inst.) (69)

(below as Frankie Karl)

Liberty 56164 Put A Little Love In Your Heart/Don't Sleep Too Long (70)

(Below as Frankie Kah'rl)

Gordy 7153 I'm In Love (mxg)/I Don't Fan The Flame (11/76)

His going home service will be held at:

True Vine Baptist Church, 1437 Centinela Ave. Inglewood, Ca. Thursday August 7, 2008 at 11 AM


  1. Anonymous5:49 AM

    I just recently started listening to frankie a year ago and i must say that he had a rare soulful voice he will definently be missed

  2. Will someone help me out here? Did Frankie have a son named Eric? Please let me know, Email me:

    Thanks Erik,

  3. Anonymous8:39 PM

    Yeah, I was nearly floored when KC (Kenneth Calvert) told me that Frankie had passed. Actually, it was KC and I who formed the group, the Chevrons while stationed at Dover AFB, and KC found Herbie and Frankie. When I heard them both sing, I knew that they were what we were looking for. Rest in peace Frankie.

    Richard Prince, better known during those days as "LaLa".