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Frankie Crocker

Written by Bernard Lopez

New York City radio DJ and programmer for 107.5 WBLS-FM (1937-2000)

Frankie Crocker Frankie Crocker (1937-2000)

Frankie Crocker Known in the New York radio market as the "Chief Rocker" Frankie Crocker. Crocker was the DJ and program director responsible for putting Black owned WBLS-FM on the map during the 1970s & '80s. Crocker died of pancreatic cancer in October 2000.

Frankie Crocker was best known for ending his radio show with King Pleasure's (?) song "Moody's Mood for Love," which featured the lyrics, "There I go..."

(Color photo on right of Frankie Crocker and Ken W. submitted by AsIDo 2.)


 

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Joseph T Paige |

I am a native New Yorker. I moved to Florida in 1989. In 2009, I moved to Georgia. I was thinking about the early radio station I listened to when I lived in Brooklyn. I was wondering about Frankie Crocker. I was surprised to find out that he had died so long ago. He was great at what he did for radio. May God bless his family.

BillyNYC - Billy Smith |

Never said better "Ricky J", ...Never said better.

Ricky J |

Smooth delivery every time ...............made 4 o'clock a must to put WBLS on.......Always tipped toed through the music and never stepping on a word.....Best voice I've heard in radio ever....Dictation was superb...................Frankie had the J U ice................

BillyNYC - Billy Smith |

At the end of every show Frankie would say...."may you live to be 100, and me 100, but minus a day...so I will never know that such nice people like you have passed away."

love you dude... Thanks again for the good times and the good sounds.

Billy Smith

Kevin |

Grew up with him on the radio growing up in New York, Staten Island. (Enough Said) Can you finish this:
may you live as long as you want, never want as long as you live, may you live to be 100, and me 100 but minus a day, so I'll never know nice people like you have ...

Kevin (Do I have it right?)
Take Care....

Leo Hayser |

Did Frankie finish his program after his song with Peace Love Soul Chao-------just trying to remember.

POOCUS1 |

This is W.B.L.S.sssssss Where here and all these short song intro's. Love you and we miss your style and grace you brought to radio. There is no other cheif rocker but Frankie Crocker my idiol, IF FRANKIE CROCKER ISN'T YOUR RADIO, YOUR RADIO ISN'T ON.

johnny walker |

their only one chief rocker (frankie crocker ) the best in radio and only,for get about the rest .it the chief rocker frankie crocker and that the deal. there i go.there i go.there i go a gain.

Ejay |

Frankie was definitely "my idol" I got into radio because of Frankie. I use to listen everyday and now my siblings and listeners who knew the legend say I have his style and since I am now living and working the airwaves in Belize, I've been called the Belizean Frankie Crocker. I don't believe the hype, Frankie is incomparable. To be compared to Frankie is definitely flattering however there could only be one Frankie, my idol

NIGHT OWL!! |

THE SONG MOODY MOOD IS BY GEORGE BENSON I PLAY IT ON MY SHOW WCDBFM.COM...FM90.9..ALBANY NY...THANKS THE NIGHT OWL

Ramon Torelli sr |

Hello, I am a dj for unversity of albany wcdb 90.9fm in albany ny. i was djing for 4year now i play r&b songs and some rock. as time go by my fans our telling me that my show is like frankie crocker. I dont no frankie crocker our put his show on back in the day. lot of my fans our from new york city and now move here from new york.I would like to thank frankie for being so cool with his fans. I fans telling me that way I am. help the night get by on a bad night. again thak you frankie I will try to keep your way alive. thankks from the night owl wcdb 90.9 fm

shirley |

Frankie was the best DJ in New York I left New York in the early ninety and came to North Carolina and I was talk with my friend today and was talking about Frankie Crocker and what a great DJ and coming on and ending song THERE I GO I was shock when I went on Line and saw that he was dead. I know that he is greatly miss. We party and many of night going to and come home from work

Ivan Sellers |

I was raised in Brooklyn, NY Frankie Crocker was a staple in my household,My whole family loved to use his sayings such "Have Mercy" or my favorite "Holly- Woood. Of course there was "Moodys mood for love" Frankie`s own special version. Radio sure is`nt what it used to be is it ?

stephen b |

I had the pleasure of working with him at WBLS-FM and what most people here are talking about is Moody's. But, Frankie was responsible for making black people have class. He wanted everyone to treat Blacks with class, no chicken radio here. Keep the trash off the air, commercials included. Thus, "In A Class By Itself!" Frankie, thanks for the e-mail before you passed, you asked me for some of your tapes, if I would of known....
Stephen B.

Michael J. Thomas |

I also am a very big fan of "The Chief Rocker" I had the honor of meeting him back in the 70's at a friend of my mother's house party on Prospect St. in East Orange N.J. I was the D.J. for the event (mind you I was only 14 yrs. old at the time) but he complaimented my selection and my mixing ablility and said one day i should consider a career in radio one day. I felt intimidated by his voice and did not take it serious but as I grew older more bass came in my own voice and I did get the opportunity to become a Radio D.J. on 97.5 F.M elite radio in new jersey and also 89.5 F.M. W.S.O.U at Seton Hall and 1430 A.M. W.N.J.R but mostly a club & bar D.J. in the N.Y.& N.J. Circuit. Thank you Frankie and rest in peace!!!

C.E.Hillery |

Frankie was the Heart and Soul of New YorK , In my life time I can't remember another Disc Jockey that by just the mention of his name the call sign WBLS was bigger than life ..... When I remember Radio no matter where I am in the world Frankie is and will always be number one in my heart , Every evening before closing out the show we all sing along with Mood's Mood For Love , I still remember the words ..... We took pride in knowing that The Chief Rocker would return the next evening to entertain us so we stayed mindful of the time on the clock not to miss a signal moment ! Now that real Radio ....... Thanks Frankie R.I.P.

Suzanne |

I was lucky enough to have Frankie in my life for a couple years. He was class on air and off. I will never forget his charm and how good he was to me and my family.

Bobby |

Frankie was the best to ever grace the air waves.Trust me on that!He was responsible for getting my short lived raio career going.I can truely say,that he was my idol.

ps:After Frankie left BLS,radio was never the same for me anymore.All these new jocks that have come along after Frankie,like Wendy and her generation,all stink!BLS and KISS should be voice and commercial free.

Markie |

My fondest memory of Frankie is after listening to him for so long in the 70's in New Jersey,when I went to college in 1980 in Ohio, all the students from New Jersey and New York would sing Moody's Mood at 8:00 in unison. We missed not hearing Frankie on the daily and that was our tribute to him.

marco |

I REMEMBER FRANKIE USED TO SAY"WBLS-THE TOTAL BLACK EXPERIENCE IN SOUND !" THIS GUY WAS THE BEST!!!YOU STARTED IT ALL MAN THANKS................

mumsiemchphee |

Brian McMillan....I know a lot of versions too, and of course King Pleasure is the best, but there was one particular time Frankie had guests on the show and it was sung live and a cousin of mind is trying to get a copy or at least find out who they were.
Thanks if you have anymore input.

Brian McMillan |

There are many versions of moodys mood. Frankie Crocker changed our lives just by having heard him, we are fortunate indeed to have been alive back then.

tehuti |

I think it went something like this:

"May you all live to be a hundred, and me a hundred but minus one day. So that I wouldn't know that nice people like you had passed away."

r papa |

Can anyone remember the phrase Frankie ended each show with?

Iona Fisher |

TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAD THE PLEASURE TO HEAR MR FRANKIE CROCKER, LIKE I DID WHEN I LIVED IN NEW YORK WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HEARD A LEGEND IN OUR LIFETIMES , I WAS WATCHING A SHOW TONIGHT AND HIS NAME CAME UP IN THE STORY THEY WERE SHOWING THAT IS HOW I FOUND OUT THAT HE WAS GONE, REST IN PEACE MR HOLLYWOOD, OUR RADIOS WILL NEVER GIVE US THE PLEASURE YOU GAVE US WHEN YOU WERE ON. citywoman2455

Mary Ann Nelson |

Frankie Crocker once had a duet I believe, sung live on his show, singing "Moody's Mood for Love, the King Pleasure version. Was that song ever recorded by that guest and does anyone have a copy or recording of it?

dj greg love |

as one of the founding djs of the sixties from queens nu sounds i had thepleasure learning the art of playing andprograming his style helped shape mine so I keep putting a little more glide in my stride more pep in step more dip in my hip so i dont have a hole in my sole and i still chckin on sunday .

vyniljunkie |

Frankie Crocker was a friend of mine in the seventies. He hired me to play mixed sets that he played on friday and saturday nights. He would be welcomed at every club in NEW YORK, something few people can claim. A sharp dresser as well. GOD BLESS.

chris |

I must have been on a cloud to not find out till now that the main man of wbls had moved on with the man above.....you better beleive heaven is definitely jammin now........Be yourself or you might find yourself by yourself and that definitely aint no fun......My favorite........

Mean Greene |

As a teenager I first heard Frankie Crocker on WLIB FM. I loved his style his delivery and the way he introduced you to the music. Radio was special then because he was the star of the show. There will never ever be another jock like him in any generation I miss what he gave us and he will always be a part of me He is still my IDOL!

Robert |

I'm trying to find the single by Frankie Crocker Hey Mr DJ. Is it availabe anywhere?
Thanks

Count coolout |

Who would ever think that my childhood idol would be the one to plug me in here in NYC. Thanks for all the support, friendship and good times hanging out in the booth on Friday nights at The Paradise Garage. Truly a legend in his own time.

Meeko Israel |

Hey, This is Meeko Israel of the Meeko Show:FormFree Radio WOBC.org on the web @3pm till 5pm every Sunday...91.5 on your FM dail in Oberlin, Ohio. I think Frankie Crocker should be in the raido and T.V hall of fame. He was the best of the best at what he did. He freely gave his listerners joy, love and soul. There will NEVER be another such of him. Do y'all remember this "If Frankie Crocker isn't on your radio...well then your raido isn't really on"

Later,
Meeko Joseph Israel

M |

I miss you Frankie! As you use to say..."may you live to be 100, and me 100, but minus a day...so I will never know that such nice people like you have passed away."

Meeko Joseph Israel |

Franki Crocker is still the best on air talanet that has ever rocked the mic. He, if you really think about it, was doing rap and spoken word poetry years and years before it would get famous. Who else could change woith the times like he did? No d.j. in the world had the touch that he had. It was theater, high art if you will. The man was simply the best.
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keith dixon |

what was the name of the song that frankie crocker opened with where he did his opening rap part of it was sweeter than a candy wrapper and how can I lose with the stuff I use. can someone please tell me the name of the
song, it has an organ playing in the song.

D'Mont Herring |

When I was growing up everytime I heard that song starting to play I knew I had to go home and check in. Because shortly there after the street lights came on. :-) You could set a watch to, lol, oh how I loved to hear that song. Thanks for telling me who the artist was. Great childhood memories, God speed to the Chief Rockah. <3 <3 <3

sanford newman |

i met and hung out with frankie on many occasions.frankie was the coolist of the cool.atrue masterand student of his trade.he gave joy..........

Teddy Parker |

During the the 60's we'd stop playing basketball in the Wycoff Gardens housing projects, gather around any available radio and listen as Frankie Crocker signed off the air....Greatest radio personality that ever lived. Teddy Parker, Franklin K. Lane H.S. Class of 1970 E mail, Teddydwightt@a0l.com

tehuti |

I recently downloaded a version of Moody's Mood from iTunes. But it's definitely not the same version that Frankie played.

gilyala |

I need to know the song that frankie played just before the there i go song. it was a combination of organ a horn, can you help?

Mary Ann Nelson |

Frankie Crocker requested someone to make a special recording of King Pleasure's Moody's Mood for Love and sang it on his show. Who was the person?

Joe Cuz |

Moody's Mood For Love was a special recorded version for Frankie Crocker. I know this because i called the show once and talked to him about it. No other version was like the one that ended his show.

Delmar Browne |

W.B.L.S. 107.5 in Stereo, o, o, o!

The 4 O'clock slot was heard in every home and car back in the days!

Way Out - Steve Arrington

Funky Sensation - Gwen McCrae

These songs were just some of the highlights aired in the Paradise Garage and on his, radio show!

Words can't describe the loss from Radio of a personality whose sense was being heard!

R.I.P.

Ron West |

Frankie, thanks for the wonderful and cherished memories. Meeting and talking to you as I accompanied most of the black recording artists visiting your studio at the old "BLS" on Second Ave. You were always very pleasant with nice words and greetings. Very professional, I was a fan in the every sense of the meaning. "There I go , there I go, there I go.......". Yes, when you are not on my radio, my radio is not really on. You will always be Mr. Frankie Crocker, the "Chief Rocker.

Tee |

Major props to the "Chief Rocker" Frankie Crocker for providing urban NY with his sweet tones and sweeter music. Your phrases were tops and your fantastic end song, King Pleasure's "Moody's Mood" (still looking for the actual version from his show) was the perfect ending to what you were all about. RIP, bro.. see you when I'm 100 years old...

Legsudesire |

I remember Frankie when he would visit the world famous Paradise Garage in New York. He would always greet my friend Reeni & I as he was going towards the DJ booth to see Larry Levan. I remember him always saying how georgeous we looked and what songs were pumpin' that night. He was a regular and metered all of the music by the crowd. Later that week, I could hear him filtering the music onto the airwaves and it was so surreal I guess because we were there from the musics' inception and watched the songs perculate throughout the R&B charts I guess we helped spearhead some very important music with our dancing LOVE YA FRANKIE MISS U MUCH

hedon |

There probably isn't a significant moment of my life growing up in Brooklyn that wasn't punctuated in some form or fashion by some song on the radio being played by Frankie Crocker. I grew up listening to Frankie and he orchestrated the soundtrack of my life. It's years later and I can still feel the pang of loss knowing that he's gone. I didn't even know the guy, but his voice and personality are an indelible part of my life.

Scott Hudson |

As a lover of radio from way back, Frankie Crocker was probably one of the first radio dj's that I knew of that had this rock star quality. He was sharp, the ladies loved him, and as a child, when I was out playing, and I heard ''there I go, there I go...'', I knew it was eight o'clock and time to go in the house. Even his name was cool.

As I Do 2 |

WBLS. New York. # 1 When you hear /

To-To hey beep-beep/Holiday/These are the Good Times/Love Comes Down/Bounce,Rock,Skate,Roll/Use to Be my Girl/Keep on/Its a LoveThing...

All happening now on WBLS. America best 107.5 FM Frankie its him my idol Crocker

Remeber:

(((W))) (((B))) (((L))) (((S))).

DeeJayDoc |

I remember listening to WBLS on those hot, sweltering summer night in Hell's Kitchen, sitting with my friends inside the outdoor yard of Printing H.S with Frankie Crocker taking us on a musical journey.

Spider |

''This is the show that's bound to put more dip in your hip, more cut in your strut, more glide in your stride, and if you can't dig it, you know you gotta whole in your soul.......AND YOU DON'T EAT CHICKEN ON SUNDAY!" Frankie's lyrics and creative chacterizations RULED the airways when I grew up in Queens during the 60's. I really can't say that there was ANY dj before him or since who was as cool. Frankie please don't go. Don't leave!

KLYNCH |

FRANKIE,THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME A CHANCE TO LISTEN TO THE BEST DJ IN NEW YORK HISTORY.I WAS ONE OF THOSE WHITE GUYS WHO ENJOYED LISTENING TO YOU EVERY AFTERNOON AT 4 P.M.NOW I KNOW WHAT YOU MEANT BY MAY YOU LIVE AS LONG AS YOU WANT,BUT NEVER WANT AS LONG AS YOU LIVE, MAY YOU LIVE TO BE 100,BUT ME 100 MINUS A DAY SO I NEVER KNOW NICE PEOPLE LIVE YOU HAVE PAST AWAY GOD BLESS

BillyNYC (Billy Smith) |

Thanks Frankie! From the clubs in 60's while at WWRL to WBLS in the 80's . I knew you so well. Thanks for the good time and you help - anytome you neede to get into Studio 54 I was there to make it happen, even thou Steve Rubell did not like black. - Billy Smith (NYC)

DJ STEVE THE SAGA |

TO FRANKIE,YOU WERE WBLS..GAVE ME,AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THE GIFT OF MUSIC..TILL WE MEET AGAIN YOUR FRIEND NOW AND ALWAYS DJ STEVE THE SAGA PEREZ...R.I.P.

JudyDoggie |

Elsewhere in this marvelous site there's an entry for Arthur Prysock. A number of real old-time blues and R&B performers had worked my club (the youngest I believe was 75). They confirmed that King Pleasure wrote "I'm In The Mood For Love" and that Prysock first performed it right here in Hartford, Connecticut. Queen Latifah did a wonderful cover of it on "The Dana Owens Album," which I was playing during the break, and that's how we got to talking about it. Looking above at the post by hkmsyr33 and all of those songs -- Where is Junior now? -- make me long for the man who, if not on your radio, then "your radio really isn't ON!" And I'm a white boy.

hkmsyr33 |

Frankie Crocker was the best radio DJ! He wanted to educate his listeners. He would go to London and bring back the best R&B, dance, pop or the combination of all them. He played the Go-Go-s and the Police, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Junior(Mama Used to Say fame), Kajagoogoo (Too Shy) and Talking Heads (Once in a Lifetime) during his set. He made me love Moodys Mood for Love by King Pleasure and the George Benson remake in 1980. If I have not heard the original song, I would not have been able to sing along with the George Benson with Patti Austin version.

Thank you brother, Black Radio and I miss you.

tehuti |

The name of that song is "Moody's Mood for Love" I believe. I don't know the artist but I hope that helps.

misslin19074 |

Hello; I am looking for a recording of "There I go..." - the original one, whomever the artist was who sang it at the end of Frankie Crocker's radio show, in NY, many years ago. Can someone help me? Thanks.

RTHOMAS631 |

I had a cookout this weekend and the talk turned to Frankie. We told stories of how Frankie was it. Like he said if your Frankie was not on your radio, your radio was not on. I have not had a feeling for radio since he left the scene. He had a powerful impact not only on the industry but with his listeners as well. " Frankie please don't go" Ooh Hollywoood"

The Best

JudyDoggie |

I think we all had our radios tuned to WBLS ("The World's Best Looking Sound") during Frankie's reign. I've had the pleasure to meet a singer in CT who can do justice to the (I think) James Moody tune that Crocker always ended his program with ("There I go, there I go..."). Crocker was a singular person, but he had the advantage of having at his disposal some of the best R&B, Soul and Disco records ever cut.

TheTall1 |

There were many great DJ's back in the day in NYC, particularly in the 1960's. The Late Hal Atkins, Jack Walker, and Murray The K; etc. Frakie Crocker was young, brash, full of sass, and immedialtly became a ledgend along with these great men. He'll never be forgotten.

tehuti |

I was a Frankie Crocker dvotee for all of the 1970s. Still the best radio deejay I've ever heard.

ALS96 |

Thank You Frankie!!! for so many nights hanging out on the block on West 96 Street while getting down to WBLS and their disco jams.

 

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