Michael Franks

Songwriter + Singer + Musician
Born Sep 18, 1944

Michael Franks is a smooth jazz singer and songwriter from the United States. He has recorded with a variety of well-known artists, such as Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Art Garfunkel, and David Sanborn. His songs have been recorded by The Manhattan Transfer, Patti Labelle, Carmen McRae, Diana Krall, Shirley Bassey and The Carpenters.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Franks.


1944 Birth Born on September 18, 1944.


1973 28 Years Old In 1973, he recorded an eponymous album, later reissued as Previously Unavailable, which included the minor hit "Can't Seem to Shake This Rock 'n Roll".


1976 31 Years Old In 1976 Franks released his second album The Art of Tea, saw Franks begin a long relationship with Warner Brothers Music. … Read More
1983 38 Years Old His biggest hit came in 1983 with "When Sly Calls (Don't Touch That Phone)" from the album Passionfruit. … Read More


1990 45 Years Old In 1990, his song "Speak To Me" became the main theme for Russian TV program Muzoboz. … Read More
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