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Jackson C. Frank

"Jackson Carey Frank" (1943-1999) was a musician who was born in Buffalo, New York in 1943. At the age of 11, a furnace exploded in Frank's music classroom. The fire killed eighteen of his fellow students and hospitalised him for seven months. It was during his time in the hospital that he was first introduced to playing music, when a teacher, Charlie Casatelli, brought in an acoustic guitar to keep Frank occupied during his recovery. When he was 21, he was awarded an insurance cheque of $100,000 for his injuries, giving him enough to catch a boat to England.

His 1965 self-titled album was produced by Paul Simon whilst both men were playing folk clubs in England. Jackson was so shy during the recording that he requested upon being shielded by screens so that Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, and Al Stewart (who also attended the recording) could not see him, claiming 'I can't play. You're looking at me.'. The most famous track, Blues Run the Game, was covered by Simon and Garfunkel, though the recording was not released until just before Frank's death. Another song, "Milk and Honey", appeared in Vincent Gallo's film ''The Brown Bunny'', and was also covered by Fairport Conventio...

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