27-12-1916 04-07-2007

Johnny Frigo

Johnny Frigo

27-12-1916 04-07-2007

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Richard Derks
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Mr. Frigo was born in Chicago and spent much of his career concentrating on the bass. After playing with the Coast Guard band at Ellis ...

Mr. Frigo was born in Chicago and spent much of his career concentrating on the bass. After playing with the Coast Guard band at Ellis Island during World War II, he toured with Dorsey and his orchestra.

After leaving Dorsey, Mr. Frigo and two fellow members of the band, the pianist Lou Carter and the guitarist Herb Ellis, formed the Soft Winds trio. In 1947 they wrote “Detour Ahead,” which was recorded by Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, among many others.

Mr. Frigo was also a poet and an artist.

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