Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Don't Call Me Francis founder, frontman Frank Orsini passes away

We are deeply saddened to learn that Frank Orsini, founding member, lead singer and trumpeter of the popular cover band Don't Call Me Francis, has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

The band announced the news on its Facebook page earlier today:

A Man of many hats- A father. A brother. A family man. A friend. A band leader. A businessman. An entertainer. A musician. An irreplaceable presence. An inspiration to many. A relentless fighter. An unforgettable person.

As a band, family, friends, and fans- we are all brokenhearted. We deeply thank you for your support and touching words. Frank poured his heart and soul into his band and his music. He built years of wonderful memories both on and off stage. In his own words, he would want nothing more than the Don't Call Me Francis legacy to continue on. The band is proud to fulfill his wish.

If you believe in forever as a Don't Call Me Francis fan,
You know there is a rock and roll heaven,
And they have one hell of a band.

Rest peacefully, Francis Orsini.
We love and miss you.

Formed in 1991, Don't Call Me Francis has been one of the most successful and in-demand party bands in the region for over two decades.

The band is extremely popular at the Jersey Shore and is certainly no stranger to the Wildwoods' entertainment scene, most recently performing at Flip Flopz in North Wildwood and as part of the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series last August.


On a personal note, having been fortunate enough to see Don't Call Me Francis perform live on several occasions, I will never forget the energy and passion that Frank Orsini brought to the stage. He was a dynamo, whose love for what he did was immediately evident and infectious.

We would like to wish Mr. Orsini's family, friends, fans, and his fellow band mates our deepest sympathies.

- Al Alven


Additional Coverage...

Noontime Nuggetz: RIP Don't Call Me Francis' Frank Orsini

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Local lead singer Frank Orsini dies
Press of Atlantic City

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