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The Life and Times of Frank Biner

by Frank Biner

These new, unreleased tracks from Frank Biner, the late great Soul and Blues guitarist from the San Francisco Bay area, recorded in 1982 featuring Stephen 'Doc' Kupka of Tower of Power are undiscovered East Bay Soul at its best.
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1. I Gotta Run
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2. Whatever Happened to Those Days
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3. I'm a Midnight Mover
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4. Clear and Lovely Day
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5. Just As Long As We Have Each Other
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6. I Got to Be Frank
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7. Love Is Not a Toy
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8. Girl Scoutin'
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9. Turn Back the Hands of Time
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10. Loving You
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11. You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous
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12. Superstar Lady
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13. I Believe in Love
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Album Notes
Frank Biner was well-known in the San Francisco and Oakland, California area as a powerhouse vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter of the highest caliber. Frank passed away unexpectedly in May of 2001 and is greatly missed by his many friends and fans.

Frank was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he learned to play the guitar. The Biner family relocated to Evanston, Illinois in 1965. Frank began his entertainment career in 1966 in Chicago working with the The Little Boy Blues, a legendary group of those hallowed times, opening shows for various acts coming through town.

He migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late sixties where he met blues legend, Mike Bloomfield, formerly of the Butterfield Blues Band and The Electric Flag. Like many a visiting midwesterner, he found the atmosphere and climate so appealing that he determined never to leave. As early as 1971, Frank was working various nightclubs and KSAN Radio's "Live Performance" with Bloomfield.

On arriving in the Bay Area, Frank quickly established himself in the East Bay Funk scene, with regular gigs at the Long Branch and Keystone, clubs that were then in their prime and serving up a rich variety of fresh talent. Here he shared many a booking with the likes of Tower of Power, Eddie Money, and Clover (featuring Huey Lewis), and also began his long and fruitful collaboration with Stephen 'Doc' Kupka and Emilio Castillo of Tower of Power. This netted him three songs on the Tower album "In The Slot," and two more on the next Tower album "Ain't Nothin' Stoppin Us Now". Frank also sang background vocals on both of these LP's.

This highly-anticipated project holds special meaning for Stephen 'Doc' Kupka, who co-wrote many of the songs with Frank Biner and Emilio Castillo. Doc Kupka was also heavily involved in the original recording of the songs and co-produced the project with Frank. The songs were tracked during recording sessions at Kensington Sound Studios in 1982 in Toronto, Ontario with many great Canadian musicians and special guests, but were never released. These tracks are from the original sessions, with fresh new mixes, provided by Rick Duncan of Nacnud Studios and Steve Yelick of Coastside Recording, and mastering by Brian Hijos.

Chuck Hansen served as Executive Producer for the project. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRANK BINER is a co-production of Strokeland Records and House of Hansen Productions, LLC. For more information, please see the Strokeland Records website at


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Andy Ebon

Recording 30 years ago. Frank sizzles, as though it were recorded today!
Frank Biner was an R&B favorite, both as a vocalist and guitarist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was also a favorite of Doc Kupka, both as a performer and writer/collaborator. I had met Frank years before I had the privilege of working with Doc at Strokeland Records, but came to appreciate him even more as time went on. His vocal performance on Let's Do Funk (from Kick It Up A Step! - Strokeland Superband's first CD) is one of my all-time favorites. Even before Frank's life was cut short in 2001, Doc spoke of restoring and releasing these tracks from the 'Toronto Sessions." The incredible technical treatment of these 3-decade old tracks is exceptional. The opening track, I Gotta Run, is a song Doc played for me from a live performance, recorded at The China Club in Los Angeles, with lead vocals by Mark Campbell (Jack Mack & The Heart Attack). Doc then offered the song to Lon Bronson & The All-Star Band for their first CD, recorded live at The Golden Nugget, Las Vegas. Hearing it, with Frank's voice, in its original form is simply thrilling. It simply screams and has a 'live performance' feel. This CD is a fine example of how great music is never old... it is timeless.

Andy Ebon
Las Vegas, NV