Frank Salamone

Pause Growing Up by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“I can still remember the first time I saw Frank perform, Fri. June 4.1971 at Festival in downtown G.R. on the Old Kent stage. I was amazed then and...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Chuck Matko - Grand Rapids, MI

“I was present at the studio when Frank was recording with Dan Pavlides. Those sessions are among my most valued remembrances. I remember Frank as a...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: David Demmink - Grand Rapids, MI

“I will always remember Frank as a nice, kind, man. Sincerely from his sister- in- law................Alice ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Lee Alice Salamone - Kentwood, MI

“One of the best memories I had with my Uncle were back in the early 60's just hanging out in his bedroom and he would play his guitar..I would just...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Thomas Salamone

“I will always remember when Frank's first CD came out and he told my youngest daughter Mikki ,at that time, how the song, "Girl on the Porch"...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: cindy soto-keenan - grand rapids, MI


Salamone - Frank Salamone aged 64 of Grand Rapids. It is with deepest sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of Frank Casey Salamone following a twenty-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He died peacefully at home on Sunday, April 29, 2012, while being cared for by his longtime partner, Francelle "Fran" Huber. He was preceded in death by his parents, Casey and Sadie Salamone, brother Marco, and beloved grandmother Giuseppa "Josephine" Lima. Frank dedicated his life to music and was a well-known performer in Grand Rapids and the Midwest from the late 1960's to the 1980's. He was a master of finger-style acoustic country blues guitar, playing solo and as part of the band Suitcase with his longtime friend, Jimmie Stagger. Although incapacitated by his illness, he remained active in music. He was a devoted collector and listener of acoustic music and helped produce three CDs of his music from archived material. Frank is survived by his sister Delores "Nina" Henry; sister-in-law, Alice Salamone; several nieces and nephews, and his partner and number one fan Fran Huber, whose selfless and enduring care enhanced his quality of life immeasurably over the many years of his illness. Friends and family will gather to celebrate Frank's life Monday May 7, 2012 from 7 to 9PM at the Ronan-Vanderpool-Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 3131 S. Division Ave. Donations to Heartland Hospice of Grand Rapids in Frank's memory would be welcomed.