Frank Simms

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Frank Simms
Birth name Frank Adams Simms
Born 1947 (age 69–70)[1]
Origin Tulsa, Oklahoma
Genres Rock, pop, soul, jazz, gospel
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, voice-over artist
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar
Associated acts David Bowie, Madonna, Billy Joel, Carly Simon
Website http://www.franksimms.net

Frank Adams Simms (born 1947) is an American singer, actor and voice-over artist who is known for providing the voices behind such iconic characters as the Kool-Aid Man, The Craver (the bug-eyed, fuzzy mascot of Honeycomb Cereal), the GEICO ringtone, and more. He is one of the founding members and songwriters of The Simms Brothers Band. He recorded the weekly theme song for TV Funhouse on Saturday Night Live. He's recorded with dozens of artists beginning in the seventies.

Singing[edit]

Simms provides background vocals on David Bowie's "Let's Dance", "Modern Love", and "China Girl"; Billy Joel's River of Dreams album, and Madonna's Material Girl. He has also recorded with INXS, Chaka Khan, Al Green, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, Carly Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Beck, Philip Bailey, The Fab Faux, Laurie Anderson, Chic, William S. Burroughs, Ace Frehley, The Psychedelic Furs, Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, and Harry Chapin among others.

He can be heard on Dragontales and Between the Lions, and won a 2007 Emmy award for best vocal performance for a song for a children's animated series, "Q Without U" for PBS' Between The Lions. He's sung on the films Working Girl, Anastasia, Moonlight Kingdom, David Bowie's Serious Moonlight Tour DVD, and Mickey Blue Eyes.

In 1983, Frank and George Simms toured the world with David Bowie's Serious Moonlight Tour as his vocalists. Frank has also toured with Billy Joel and Carly Simon, and sung live with Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, Al Green, Dan Hartman, Phil Collins, and others.

In the mid eighties, fellow Connecticut musician and leader of the Saturday Night Live band, G.E. Smith, invited Frank onto the show. Since then, Frank's performed with hundreds of guests as background singer, on-stage performer, and voice over artist for recordings, skits, and parody commercials.

In 2012, Frank performed with Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder and Roger's band in the 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, also featuring Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Who, and more. The concert, broadcast worldwide, was listened to by over one billion people.

Voice acting[edit]

After much album/CD work, he began a career in voice-overs and character acting for commercials, films and TV, including spots for parody commercials for Saturday Night Live and SpongeBob SquarePants promos for Nickelodeon. For several years Frank was the voice of Kool-Aid Man. Frank also voiced the wild beast, The Craver, for Honeycomb Cereal. His voice may be heard in video games Saints Row 2, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Saints Row 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Neverwinter Nights 2. He is the voice behind Impotent Rage, a popular Liberal Superhero in Grand Theft Auto V.

He is a member of SAG-AFTRA.

Filmography[edit]

TV series[edit]

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Documentary[edit]

Video documentary[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frank Simms voiceography". Voice Chasers. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 

"Frank Simms voiceography". Voice Chasers. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 

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