Frank Virtue 'That "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" Man' Promotional Bill/book

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Frank Virtue 'That "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" Man' Promotional Bill/book

9.99

It's in a plastic sleeve so ignore the price and writing. 

Philadelphia Recording  Star + Virtue Studio Owner  Promotional booklet.

 

"Mr. Virtue was a 15-year-old living in South Philadelphia when he began to play the guitar. Within a few years, he added the bass to his repertoire.

The big-band sound dominated the popular music of his early-adult years. In 1945, he played with the Regular Navy Dance Band while stationed in Bainbridge, Md.

Upon leaving the service, he decided, according to liner notes on one of his albums, that big bands had no future, that they were "too expensive to maintain."

In 1946, inspired by the Nat King Cole Trio, Mr. Virtue formed a trio of his own, the Virtues, and embarked on a career playing local clubs and television shows. The trio appeared at the Latin Casino, the 500 Club, and Chubby's in the Philadelphia area.

The band also backed such famous singers as Rosemary Clooney, Dick Haymes and Don Cornel and even appeared with the Three Stooges at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.

The Virtues were a regular on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and could be seen on such popular local TV broadcasts as The Grady & Hurst Show and The Plymouth Auto Show.

In 1959, Mr. Virtue capped his career with his song "Guitar Boogie Shuffle," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard chart and No. 1 in sales of sheet music. The song sold more than two million copies worldwide.

Mr. Virtue opened his own recording studio in 1962 at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The song "Hey There, Lonely Girl" by Eddie Holman was produced at the studio, as were "That's Life" and "Who Stole the Keeshka?" by Gabriel & the Angels.

More recently, Virtue Studios was the home of a number of rap groups, including Dr. Roxx & Co."

-Inquirer 

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