|Birth name||Frank Noah Proffitt|
|Born||June 1, 1913
Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee, USA
|Origin||Beech Mountain, North Carolina|
|Died||November 24, 1965(aged 52)|
|Occupations||farmer, cultural guardian, infrequent songwriter|
|Instruments||banjo, appalachian dulcimer, guitar|
|Years active||1930s – 1960s|
|Labels||Folkways Records, Folk Legacy|
Frank Proffitt (June 1, 1913 – November 24, 1965) was an Appalachian old time banjoist and performer at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival. He was a key figure in inspiring musicians of the 1960s and 1970s to play the banjo. He recorded the ballad "Tom Dooley", learned from his aunt Nancy Prather. Prather learned the song from her mother Edy Adeline (Pardue) Proffitt, who had known both Dula (locally pronounced "Dooley") and Laura Foster. Frank Warner, a folksong collector and a good friend of Frank Proffitt, shared the song with Alan Lomax, who included it in his book, "Folksong U.S.A."
Frank was born in Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee and was raised in the Reese area of Watauga County, North Carolina where he worked in a variety of jobs and lived on a farm with his wife and six children. He grew tobacco, worked as a carpenter and in a spark plug factory. He was known for his carpentry skill, Proffitt's fretless banjos and dulcimers were homemade.
In 1937, Frank Proffitt met Frank Warner. Warner was searching out a dulcimer builder and thus began a 30 year friendship and song swapping. The Kingston Trio learned "Tom Dooley" from a recording Frank Warner made of the ballad that he learned from Proffitt, and they were eventually required by court judgement to acknowledge their debt to Proffitt and pay him royalties for the use of the song.
- Frank Proffitt of Reece NC, Folk Legacy
- Frank Proffitt Memorial Album, Folk Legacy 
- Frank Proffitt Sings Folk Songs, Folkways Records
- High Atmosphere: Ballads and Banjo Tunes from Virginia and North Carolina, Rounder Records
- Photo of a banjo signed by Frank Proffitt
- Frank Profitt Bio Folk Legacy. Retrieved May 5, 2008
- Folk Legacy, Frank Proffitt bio Folk Legacy, Retrieved May 5, 2008
- Frank Proffitt of Reese, NC CD-1 :American Folk Music, Music CD, Traditional Folk Music, Folklore, Sea Shanties, Folk Hymns, Folk Song, Folk Ballads Folk Legacy
- Frank Proffitt - Memorial Album :American Folk Music, Music CD, Traditional Folk Music, Folklore, Sea Shanties, Folk Hymns, Folk Song, Folk Ballads Folk Legacy
- Frank Proffitt Sings Folk Songs, Folkways Records, FW02360 1962 Retrieved on May 6, 2008