Frankie (song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other songs named "Frankie" see Frankie
Single by Sister Sledge
from the album When the Boys Meet the Girls
B-side "Hold Out Poppy"
Released 1985
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Denise Rich[1][2]
Producer(s) Nile Rodgers[3]

"Frankie" is a song by Sister Sledge that was released as a single in 1985. It is taken from their album When the Boys Meet the Girls.[3]


The song was written by Denise Rich (under the pseudonym "Joy Denny") after dreaming while on a flight from the United States to Switzerland.[2] According to the Now 5 album the song was written about Frank Sinatra.

The song was produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers,[3] who had co-produced the sisters' earlier hits such as "He's the Greatest Dancer" and "We Are Family". The sisters suggested the song to him, but he hated it on first hearing. A week later, he went back to them saying he could not stop singing it and so he insisted that the band recorded it.[citation needed]

A marked contrast to the disco cuts which had made them internationally famous in the late 1970s, this girl-pop number became a hit in the UK Singles Chart, spending four weeks at number one in June and July 1985.[4] It fared much less well in the US where it peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 32 in the Billboard R&B chart.[5]


  1. ^ [1] Archived May 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Edward Wong (2000-10-11). "Public Lives; Songwriter Who Doubles as Friend of Bill". The New York Times. United States. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sister Sledge - Frankie (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 450–1. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Alex Henderson. "Sister Sledge | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
Preceded by
"You'll Never Walk Alone" by The Crowd
UK number-one single
June 23, 1985 - July 20, 1985
Succeeded by
"There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" by Eurythmics
Preceded by
"You'll Never Walk Alone" by The Crowd
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
June 23, 1985 - July 20, 1985
Succeeded by
"Axel F" by Harold Faltermeyer