Frank Simes

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Frank Simes
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Frank Simes
Background information
Born (1956-03-07) March 7, 1956 (age 58)
Tokyo, Japan
Genres Rock, rock and roll, psychedelic rock, blues, blues-rock, art rock, progressive, classical, romantic, baroque, 20th Century
Occupations Composer, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Producer, Arranger
Years active 1970 – present
Associated acts The Who, Roger Daltrey,
No Plan B, Mick Jagger, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Don Felder, Topcat, Spirit of Zeppelin

Frank Turner Simes (born March 7, 1956) is a Grammy Award nominated and platinum record awarded musician, guitarist, songwriter, composer and record producer. Frank is Musical Director for The Who and Roger Daltrey, and has recorded and performed with Mick Jagger, Don Henley, and Stevie Nicks.

Early life[edit]

Born in Tokyo as a US citizen, Frank Simes began studying guitar at the age of ten. The second and younger son of Stephen Hardy Simes, legal attaché to General Douglas MacArthur and judge advocate at US Army Japan, and Japanese model and restauranteur, Sachiko Nakamura. Frank's early interests also included close-up magic and fine arts, which remain lifelong passions. His professional career began at 14 when his band, Sunrise, which he formed with Mickie Yoshino and Steve Fox, later of Godiego released a record on RCA Victor. The following year he moved to Los Angeles to study music at Fairfax High School. When Frank was 16 he began attending college as a music major. At 20, his band, the Whizz Kidds, was signed by Highland/A&M Records, and Frank's song, "Sweet Honey", their debut single, received national airplay.

Music career[edit]

Frank Simes continued his music career, working with Martha Davis of The Motels as a songwriter, producer, and guitarist for three years in the mid-80's. In 1989 he began touring with Don Henley as a guitarist, and vocalist and soon after as a songwriter when Frank co-wrote "Workin' It" and "Goodbye to a River". Simes was featured on the Inside Job DVD and continues to work with Henley today.

Simes toured and recorded with Mick Jagger on his Wandering Spirit album and tour, was the band leader for Don Henley on the "Inside Job" tour, and played guitar and sang for Stevie Nicks on the Enchanted tour. During the next two decades Frank Simes also worked with Rod Stewart, Don Felder, Charlotte Church, Sylvie Vartan, Engelbert Humperdinck, David Lee Roth, Warren Zevon and Roger Waters. Frank played on Roger Daltrey's album Moonlighting (Roger Daltrey album) and appeared in The Who's documentary Amazing Journey. Frank Simes was named musical director for Roger Daltrey's band No Plan B.

Since 1993, Frank has composed over 1,400 pieces of music for such companies as Paramount TV and Los Angeles Post Music. Simes has also composed original guitar and piano pieces in the Modern, Baroque, and Romantic styles, some of which were recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Simes produced several albums for major labels[1] such as Sony, Mitsubishi, RCA Victor, and Epic. Frank Simes is the recipient of nine platinum records with such artist as Don Henley, Rod Stewart, and various soundtrack albums. His credits include producing three albums on Sony, recording with Rod Stewart on his album entitled, "As Time Goes By, the Great American Songbook, Volume II," performing on Roger Daltrey's Moonlighting Anthology CD and DVD, and Daltrey's "Gold" CD, as well as on Engelbert Humperdinck's "The Winding Road" album and "Greatest Hits and More". Frank Simes also recorded with Art Garfunkel on "Some Enchanted Evening", Mylène Farmer on her "Innamoramento" album, and with Sylvie Vartan on her album "Nouvelle Vague". Frank has produced five albums for vocalist Ann Lewis.

Frank Simes composed and recorded a musical entitled "The Door" with partner Lisa Verlo. Together they formed Soundlove Productions, collaborating on a children's CD, "Turner's Treehouse",[2] as well as music for TV and film.

In 2009, Simes toured as lead guitarist and musical director in Roger Daltrey's No Plan B band for the Use It or Lose It tour.[3] The band also opened for Eric Clapton on two tours in 2010. In 2011, continuing as musical director and lead guitarist for Roger Daltrey, Frank performed the rock opera Tommy and other songs at a warm-up show in Bournemouth at the O2 Academy in preparation for a show at the Royal Albert Hall to benefit Teenage Cancer Trust. Frank performed alongside Pete Townshend who played and sang as a guest at the TCT show. In July 2011, Roger Daltrey and band toured England,[4] Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, and Denmark, performing the legendary rock opera Tommy, The Who classics, and Roger's solo works. Roger and band also toured in the US and Canada[5] beginning September 2011.[6] Additional dates in Europe, Australia and Japan were booked for 2012.

On 18 July 2012, The Who announced Frank Simes as Musical Director and on keyboards/backing vocals for a 35-date tour where they will play their album Quadrophenia in its entirety.[7]

Awards[edit]

Double Grammy nominee with Don Henley – 2000
Platinum Album, “Inside Job” CD - Don Henley, Warner Bros.
Platinum Album, “Inside Job” DVD - Don Henley, Warner Bros.
Platinum Album, “Actual Miles” - Don Henley, Geffen
Platinum Album, "As Time Goes By, the Great American Songbook, Volume II" – Rod Stewart, Jay Records
Platinum Album, “Your Filthy Little Mouth” CD - David Lee Roth, Warner Bros.
Platinum Album, "Wandering Spirit" – Mick Jagger, Atlantic
Platinum Album, "Leap of Faith" Soundtrack – Don Henley
Platinum Album, "Tell Me The Truth" – Timothy B. Schmit, MCA
Platinum Album, "Michael" Soundtrack – Various Artists, Revolution
Platinum Album, "Kermit Unpigged" – The Muppets Jim Henson
Platinum Album, “SoloSolo” – Puffy, Epic/Sony

Songs[edit]

"Pink Christmas", Pink Christmas, Victor – 2007 (to be released in 11/07)
"Battlefield", Rebirth, Ann Lewis, Sony Jpn – 2006
"Truth or Lies", Rebirth, Ann Lewis, Sony Jpn– 2006
"Garasu no Tenshi" ["The Prince of Glass"], Rebirth, Ann Lewis, Sony Jpn– 2006
"Helpless Abuse", Me, Myself, Ann I, Ann Lewis, Mitsubishi – 2004
"Loneliness", Me, Myself, Ann I, Ann Lewis, Mitsubishi – 2004
"Jinsei Wa Jeopardy" ["Life is Jeopardy"], Me, Myself, and I, Ann Lewis, Mitsubishi – 2004
"Sakura and Rose" ["Cherry Blossom and Rose"], Girls' Night Out, Ann Lewis, Sony Jpn – 2002
"Genshi-Bakudan" ["Atom Bomb"], Girls' Night Out, Ann Lewis, Sony Jpn – 2002
"Girls' Night Out", Girls' Night Out, Ann Lewis, Sony Jpn – 2002
"Workin' It", Inside Job, Warner Bros. – co-wrote with Don Henley – 2000
"Goodbye to a River", Inside Job, Warner Bros. – co-wrote with Don Henley – 2000
"Opus 5 in B minor" – London Philharmonic Orchestra – 1999
"Snacks", SoloSolo, Epic – Puffy
"I Imagined You", Surreal McCoys, Sony Jpn – 1997
"A Thousand Miles Away", Surreal McCoys, Sony – 1997
"So Disappointed", Surreal McCoys, Sony – 1997
"The One that Got Away", Surreal McCoys, Sony – 1997
"Trip of No Return", Surreal McCoys, Sony – 1997
"What Kind of Life", Surreal McCoys, Sony – 1997
"No One", Surreal McCoys, Sony – 1997
"Life's a Rocket", Surreal McCoys, Sony – 1997
"Don't Be Late", Surreal McCoys, Sony – 1997
"The One Sure Thing on Mars", Surreal McCoys, Sony – 1997
"Everybody's Got the Monkey", David Lee Roth, Warner Bros. – 1995
"Young Man", Slave to the Thrill, Hurricane, Enigma – 1988
"Slave to the Thrill", Slave to the Thrill, Hurricane, Enigma – 1988
"Get Your Hooks Off Me", The Whizz Kidds, LA Freeway, Compilation – 1979
"Sweet Honey", The Whizz Kidds, A&M/Highland – 1977

Recordings[edit]

"The Best of the British" – Engelbert Humperdinck
"Sylvie Vertan", Sylvie Vertan
"Wandering Spirit" – Mick Jagger, Atlantic
"As Time Goes By, the Great American Songbook, Volume II" – Rod Stewart, Jay Records
"Girls In Black Don Felder, Rocket Science
"Don't Rock The Boat" – Don Henley, "Leap of Faith" Soundtrack
"Come Rain Come Shine – Don Henley, Warner Bros.
"It's Not Easy Being Green – Don Henley, BMG
"Some Enchanted Evening" – Art Garfunkel
"Cruel Obsession" – David Lee Roth, Atlantic
"Tell Me The Truth" – Timothy B. Schmit, MCA
“Pink Christmas” – Ann Lewis, Victor
"Bleu" – Ann Lewis, Victor
"Boys Get Ready" – Ann Lewis, Victor
"The Conqueror" – Ann Lewis, Victor
"Girls Night Out" – Ann Lewis, Victor
"Last Action Hero" – Michael Kaman's Score
“SoloSolo” – Puffy, Epic/Sony

DVD and Film[edit]

"Inside Job" – Don Henley
"The How" – Roger Daltrey
"Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" - interviewed in the documentary
"VH1 Storytellers" – various artists

Television appearances[edit]

The Ellen DeGeneres Show” – with Roger Daltrey
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” – with Don Henley
The Conan O'Brien Show” – with Don Henley
“Taking You Home” – music video with Don Henley
"MTV Unplugged" Stevie Nicks
"Storytellers", Stevie Nicks
"Saturday Night Live" with Mick Jagger
"Saturday Night Live" with Don Henley (1989)
"Saturday Night Live" with Don Henley (2000)
"Last Worthless Evening" – music video with Don Henley
"Don't Tear Me Up" music video with Mick Jagger
"Live In New York" with Mick Jagger
"Late Night with David Letterman" with Don Henley
"MTV Unplugged" with Don Henley
“Stoytellers” with Don Henley
"MTV Awards Presentation" with Don Henley
"Rosie O'Donnell" with Stevie Nicks
"Solid Gold" with Martha Davis
"The Arsenio Hall Show" with Peter Cetera
"Top Of The Pops" with Martha Davis

TV and film composing credits[edit]

Simes is composer of over 1,200 musical pieces. His works have appeared in TV shows and films including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frank Simes @ARTISTdirect". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Lisa Verlo, Frank Simes & Turner Simes | Turner's Treehouse | CD Baby Music Store". Cdbaby.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Roger Daltrey Plots North American Tour". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Review – Roger Daltrey". Rushonrock.Com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  5. ^ "Daltrey Bringing ‘Tommy’ To North America". Pollstar. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  6. ^ "Home". The Who. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  7. ^ "THE WHO ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR PERFORMING “QUADROPHENIA” PLUS WHO CLASSICS" (Press release). Thewho.com. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 

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