|Birth name||Francis Cappuccio|
|Born||August 20, 1931|
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||September 12, 2017 (aged 86)|
Studio City, California, U.S.
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, vibraphone|
Capp was born Francis Cappuccio August 20, 1931, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He began playing with Stan Kenton in 1951 and remained with Kenton for some time. Later he joined Neal Hefti's group. He often accompanied Peggy Lee on her road dates and subsequently went to Los Angeles where he joined Billy May and recorded with The Wrecking Crew. Together with Nat Pierce he founded the Capp/Pierce Juggernaut Big Band in 1975. In In his later years, he resided in Studio City with his partner, Loralee Singman, and performed every Tuesday at Las Hadas Restaurant in Northridge, California accompanied by his fellow jazz colleagues. In 2016, Capp wrote and published his autobiography Drumming Up Business: My Life in Music.
Capp complained that rock drummers had ruined drum hardware. By playing harder than jazz drummers, cymbal stands were built heavier over the years. He said, "I used to be able to move my entire drum kit by myself on the NYC subway."
With Stan Kenton
- City of Glass (Capitol, 1951)
- Popular Favorites by Stan Kenton (Capitol, 1953)
- This Modern World (Capitol, 1953)
With Herbie Harper Quintet
- Five Brothers (Tampa Records, 1955)
- Get Those Elephants Out'a Here (MetroJazz, 1958)
With André Previn
- King Size! (Contemporary, 1959)
- Dinah Sings, Previn Plays (Capitol, 1959) - with Dinah Shore
- Like Previn! (Contemporary, 1960)
- André Previn and J. J. Johnson (Columbia, 1961) - with J. J. Johnson
- Duet (Columbia, 1962) - with Doris Day
With Shorty Rogers
- Shorty Rogers Meets Tarzan (MGM, 1960)
With Ben Webster
- The Warm Moods (Reprise, 1961)
With Joe Pass
- A Sign of the Times (World Pacific, 1965)
With Bud Shank
With Sonny and Cher
- "The Beat Goes On" (Atlantic/Atco, 1967)
With Michael Nesmith
- The Wichita Train Whistle Sings (Dot, 1968)
With Chet Baker
- Albert's House (Beverly Hills, 1969)
With Jack Nitzsche
- Heart Beat (Soundtrack) (Capitol, 1980)
With Anita O'Day
- In a Mellow Tone (Kayo, 1989)
As The Frank Capp Juggernaut
- In A Hefti Bag (Concord, 1995)
- "Frank W. Capp's Obituary on Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
- "Frank Capp". discogs.com.
- Yanow, Scott. "Frank Capp Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- Frankie, Capp (2016). Drumming Up Business: My Life in Music. Outskirts Press. ISBN 978-1478780083.
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2004). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (7th ed.). Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0141014166.