Frank Hovington

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1970s 1980s 2000s


9 January 1919, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 21 June 1982, Felton, Delaware, USA. Raised in Frederica, Delaware, Hovington was playing banjo and guitar by 1934, learning from Adam Greenfield and William Walker. From 1939-71, he played intermittently with Gene Young. Hovington’s music and repertoire were influenced by the omnipresent Blind Boy Fuller, but he played with a firm thumb beat, and sometimes took considerable rhythmic liberties. Moving to Washington DC in 1948, Hovington occasionally went to Philadelphia, where he worked with Doug Quattlebaum and Washboard Slim (Robert Young); in Philadelphia. He also played with Blind Connie Williams, and this, together with his occasional work in jazz and gospel groups, probably accounts for the relative sophistication of his harmonies. He was recorded in 1975 by Bruce Bastin and Dick Spottswood in his home in Delaware, his only recording session prior to his death from leukaemia in 1982.

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