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    Czuri, Frank

    Keyboardist and singer-songwriter who started his own groups at the age of ten, while attending grade school in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. 

     

    Remnants of those bands morphed into The Igniters, an R&B outfit that recorded one 45, in the ‘60s, backing Charlie Appel on a tune called “High Flying Wine”.  They are reputed to be the second white group signed by Atlantic Records, after The Rascals. 

     

    With the recording contract came a price:  They had to change the name of the band to Jimmy Mack and the Music Factory, then Friends.  The name changes did not help them register a hit, or lift them from obscurity.  In 1970, Friends disbanded. 

     

    Frank went on to greener pastures with The Jaggerz, and appeared on their 1975 release, Come Again.  It was a short-lived tenure, and Frank wound up fronting Diamond Reo, another Pittsburgh band, and recorded three albums with them. 

     

    They broke up in 1979 and Frank, along with guitarist Warren King, recruited Roy Buchanan, Ron “Byrd” Foster, Mike Pela, and Dennis Takos, to form The Silencers.  They released two albums, 1980’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Enforcers, and 1981’s Romantic, neither of which spawned a major hit. 

     

    The Silencers went quiet in 1984 and a year later, Frank joined Pure Gold, an R&B group that continues to perform today.  They are the “house band” for all of those PBS specials that showcase legends of doo-wop, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, and soul. 

     

    In 2003, The Igniters re-united for one show and captured the magic on CD, after almost forty years, their first release.

     

    The Silencers recordings

    Sidewalk Romeo (Angel of Mercy)

    (Frank Czuri/Michael John Harbadin/Warren King/Dennis Takos)

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.julietoye.com/frankczuri.html
    2. http://www.puregoldmusic.com/templates/Czuri.aspx
    3. http://www.bestrocknrollband.com/id5.html
    4. http://www.pittsburghpostgazette.com/ae/20030822igniters0822p5.asp

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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