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BIOGRAPHY

Frankie Dunlop

Frankie Dunlop, born Francis Dunlop on December 6, 1928 in Buffalo, New York, was an American jazz drummer, best known for his drumming with Thelonious Monk.

Dunlop grew up in a musical family where he began playing the guitar at the age of nine, and a year later, began playing the drums. He was playing music professionally by the age of sixteen and went on to receive some classical music education in percussion.

In 1950, Dunlop toured with Big Jay McNeely and recorded with Moe Koffman before serving in the US Army during the Korean War. After his discharge, Dunlop played with Sonny Stitt, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins (1958, 1966–67), Maynard Ferguson (1958–60), Lena Horne, Duke Ellington (1960), Thelonious Monk (1960–64), Lionel Hampton (1975–81), Earl Hines (1973–74), Ray Crawford, and Joe Zawinul.

After recording over 100 albums, Dunlop retired from the music industry in 1984.

Frankie Dunlop died on July 7, 2014 at the age of 85.


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