Frank Bey

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Frank Bey
Background information
Birth nameFrank Bass
Born(1946-01-17)January 17, 1946
Millen, Georgia, U.S.
DiedJune 7, 2020(2020-06-07) (aged 74)
Glenolden, Pennsylvania, U.S.
LabelsNola Blue
Back in Business album cover, released September 21, 2018
All My Dues Are Paid was recorded and produced by Chrisoffer "Kid" Andersen at Greaseland Studio and released January 17, 2020

Frank Bey (born Frank Bass; January 17, 1946 – June 7, 2020) was an American blues singer. He changed his last name from Bass to Bey at age 27 when he joined the Moorish Science Temple of America.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Millen, Georgia, Frank was the seventh of twelve children born to gospel singer Maggie Jordan. He began his singing career performing gospel at the age of four. Along with his brother and two cousins, their group “The Rising Sons” toured around The South making live appearances as well as radio broadcasts.[2] He remained with them until age 12 or 13 when the group dissolved. He also sang with his mother at local concerts, where he had the opportunity to help open shows for the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, the Soul Stirrers, and other notable groups.[1]


Frank left home when he was 17 and moved to Philadelphia, where he worked for two and a half years as a driver for Gene Lawson, Otis Redding’s advance publicity man. Redding sometimes rode in the back seat on trips between engagements. On three of those occasions, when the opening act was late showing up, Bey says he was given the opportunity to open the shows. By the early 1970s he joined the Moorish Vanguard who began touring in the Southeast. In 1976, Bey produced The Sunset of Your Love on the Country Eastern Music label.[3] James Brown then published the song on Polydor Records without the Vanguard's permission. The group initially accused Bey of giving the song to Brown but Brown later settled and admitted to taking the song.[4] After this, Bey left the music business for 17 years, and had his own businesses in the construction and restaurants industries.[5]

By 1996, Bey returned to singing in the Philadelphia area. In 1998, Bey's debut album, Steppin' Out, was released on MAG Records.[6] Health problems interfered with his ability to perform in support of the release, and he subsequently released Blues in the Pocket in 2007 on Jeffhouse Records.[7] By then, Bey was brought by blues DJ Noel Hayes to the Bay Area in California to perform with guitarist Anthony Paule and other area musicians. The two went on to release three albums, You Don't Know Nothing (Live),[8] Soul for Your Blues, and Not Goin' Away between 2013 and 2015.[9][1]

In July 2018, Bey signed with Nola Blue Records.[10] In September, he released his first CD on the Nola Blue label, Back In Business.[11] This was followed by the release of All My Dues Are Paid[12] in January 2020, which was nominated for a GRAMMY award for "Best Traditional Blues Album."[13]


Bey died on June 7, 2020, after a long illness.[14]


  • 35th Blues Music Awards – Nominee for Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year[15]
  • 35th Blues Music Awards – Nominee (with Anthony Paule) for Soul Blues Album of the Year (Soul for Your Blues)[15]
  • 37th Blues Music Awards – Nominee for Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year[16]
  • 37th Blues Music Awards – Nominee (with Anthony Paule) for Soul Blues Album of the Year (Not Goin' Away)[16]
  • 40th Blues Music Awards – Nominee for Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year[17]
  • 40th Blues Music Awards – Nominee for Soul Blues Album of the Year (Back In Business)[17]
  • 2018 Global Music Awards – Gold Medal, Male Vocalist – Back In Business[18]
  • 2019 Blues Blast Music Awards – Nominee for Soul Blues Album (Back In Business)[19]
  • 17th Independent Music Awards – Nominee for Blues Album (Back In Business)[20]
  • 18th Independent Music Awards – Nominee for Blues Album (All My Dues Are Paid)[21]
  • 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards – Nominee for Best Traditional Blues Album


Album Artist Release Date Credit Reference
The Sunset of Your Love Moorish Vanguard 1976 Producer, Vocals [3]
Steppin' Out Frank Bey 1998 Primary Artist [6]
Blues in the Pocket Frank Bey 2007 Primary Artist [7]
You Don't Know Nothing Frank Bey/Anthony Paule 2013 Vocals [8]
Soul for Your Blues Frank Bey/Anthony Paule 2014 Vocals [9]
Not Goin' Away Frank Bey/Anthony Paule 2015 Vocals [16]
Back in Business Frank Bey 2018 Primary Artist [17]
All My Dues Are Paid Frank Bey 2020 Primary Artist [21]


  1. ^ a b c "Frank Bey: Music Was The Thing That Brought Joy". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "About Frank". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "The Moorish Vanguard Concert* - The Sunset Of Your Love". Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Moorish Vanguard Concert vs. James Brown". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Geringer, Dan (October 6, 2016). "Blues singer's painful past fits a church's mission". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Steppin' Out". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Blues In The Pocket". Allmusic. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "You Don't Know Nothing". AllMusic. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Soul for Your Blues". Retrieved September 25, 2018.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Nola Blue Press Release". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "Back In Business".
  12. ^ "All My Dues Are Paid".
  13. ^ "Frank Bey | Artist |". Retrieved March 31, 2024.
  14. ^ Nash, JD (June 8, 2020). "Soul Blues Man Frank Bey Dead at 74". American Blues Scene. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Winners of the 2014 Blues Music Awards". Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  16. ^ a b c "The Blues Foundation Announces 37th Blues Music Award Nominees". Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  17. ^ a b c "40th BMA Nominees". January 7, 2019.
  18. ^ "Global Music Awards - Music Competition". Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  19. ^ "2019 Blues Blast Nominees". June 30, 2019.
  20. ^ "17th Independent Music Awards Nominees". April 11, 2019.
  21. ^ a b "18th Independent Music Awards Nominees".

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