Frank Slay: Composer

Genre: Pop, Rock

RIYL: Freddy Cannon, Herman's Hermits, the Rays, Billy & Lillie

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Songwriter Frank Conley Slay was responsible for co-writing 1950s rock singles such as "Silhouettes," "Daddy Cool," and "Tallahassee Lassie," as well as producing local band the Strawberry Alarm Clock's big 1967 hit "Incense and Peppermints." With songwriting partner Bob Crewe, he operated XYZ Records, before moving to Philadelphia in the early '60s to become A&R Director for Swan Records, where he produced several hit records for Freddy Cannon.

His own Frank Slay Orchestra scored a #45 Billboard hit in 1961 with "Flying Circle," after which he moved to L.A. and co-founded Claridge Records. He later retired in San Diego.

Slay passed away in September 2017, at the age of 87.

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