It is a genuine rarity for any jazz musician to get his profession interrupted for any 30-yr period and have the ability to create a complete return. Frank Morgan demonstrated significant amounts of guarantee in his start, nonetheless it was quite a while before he could fulfill his potential. The child of guitarist Stanley Morgan (who used the Ink Places), he used clarinet and alto in early stages. Morgan moved along with his family members to LA in 1947 and received a talent competition, resulting in him record a single with Freddy Martin. Morgan done the bop picture of early-’50s LA, documenting with Teddy Charles (1953) and Kenny Clarke (1954), and leading his personal recording for GNP in 1955. But 30 years of darkness intruded. A heroin addict (pursuing in the footsteps of his idol Charlie Parker), Morgan was caught for ownership of medicines and is at and from jails for many years. He performed locally on an intermittent basis, nonetheless it had not been until 1985 when he previously a chance to business lead his second day. Morgan were able to completely kick medicines and after a short period, where he sounded extremely near Charlie Parker, he created his personal bop-based design. Frank Morgan offers documented a string of superb sets for Modern, Antilles, and Telarc, and is becoming an inspiring number in the jazz globe. His latest albums consist of Tribute to Charlie Parker(2003), Town Evenings: Live in the Jazz Regular (2004), Raising the typical (2005), and Evening in the life span: Live on the Jazz Place (2007).
Full Name Frank Morgan
Date Of Birth June 1, 1890
Died September 18, 1949, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Music Songs There's No Place Like Home, The Nearness of You, Listen To The Dawn, Neil's Blues, Milt's Tune, The Champ, You Must Believe In Spring, Helen's Song, Lullaby, My Old Flame, This Love Of Mine, Chooch, Wholey Earth, The Merry Old Land Of Oz, Parker's Mood, While The Gettin's Good Blues, Crescendo Blues, It's Only a Paper Moon, We Three Blues, Bernie's Tune, Blue Monk, In the Sentimental Mood, Quiet Fire, Bessie's Blues, Well, You Needn't, Get Happy, I Didn't Know About You, You've Changed, Ten Cents A Dance, A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing, A Moment Alone, Mood Indigo
Albums Major Changes, Central Avenue Reunion, Listen to the Dawn, A Lovesome Thing, Mood Indigo, Love, Lost & Found, Double Image, A Night In The Life, Words of Life, Bop!, Twogether, Gene Norman Presents Frank Morgan, Frank Morgan, You Must Believe in Spring, The Wizard of Oz, In the Sentimental Mood, Explore, Express Yourself, Easily Stop Time, Jazz 'Round Midnight, Broken Colour, Days To Come, Leisure Time
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor, Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Movies The Wizard of Oz, The Shop Around the Corner, Tortilla Flat, The Affairs of Cellini, The Human Comedy, The Great Ziegfeld, The Mortal Storm, The Good Fairy, Key to the City, Any Number Can Play, The Stratton Story, Courage of Lassie, Summer Holiday, Bombshell, Boom Town, Broadway Melody of 1940, The Kiss Before the Mirror, Naughty Marietta, Yolanda and the Thief, The Three Musketeers, When Ladies Meet, Dimples, Green Dolphin Street, A Stranger in Town, Lady Luck, Honky Tonk, Sweethearts, I Live My Life, The Crowd Roars, The Cat and the Fiddle, The Great Sinner, Reunion in Vienna, Trouble for Two, Saratoga, Casanova Brown, The Cockeyed Miracle, The Billion Dollar Scandal, The Half-Naked Truth, Rosalie, A Lost Lady, Hullabaloo, Dancing Pirate, The Nuisance, The White Cliffs of Dover, Broadway to Hollywood, Henry Goes Arizona, Keeping Company, The Emperor's Candlesticks, Broadway Serenade, Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman, The Ghost Comes Home
Was considered a heavy drinker but kept his imbibing in the dressing room and seldom let it interfere with his professionalism and jovial manner on the set.
His father was born in Venezuela and was of Spanish and German descent. His mother was born in the United States and was of English descent.
He did not live to see The Wizard of Oz (1939) become one of the most famous films ever made through its annual network telecasts.
Morgan was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Tortilla Flat (1942).
He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1708 Vine Street and for Radio at 6700 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz (1939) said that whenever she saw the scene in the film where Frank Morgan as the Wizard is giving Dorothy's friends gifts from his "black bag" (a diploma for the Scarecrow, a ticking heart for the Tin Man, and a medal for the Cowardly Lion), she got teary eyed, because "Frank Morgan was just like that in real life - very generous".
Of his ten brothers and sisters, he was closest to brother Carlos Domaso Siegert Wuppermann (aka Carlyle Morgan) (1887-1919) whose death while serving in the United States Army's Corps of Intelligence Police in Germany was initially deemed a suicide. It was later learned he was murdered by a fellow soldier. Carlyle was a writer, poet, playwright and actor. Frank appeared in his deceased brother's play "The Triumph of X" in 1921 on Broadway.
Wife Alma Muller (1895-1970) was the daughter of a New York real estate magnate and a woman suffragette. They eloped in 1914.
Was a lifelong member of the Lambs Club, the theater's oldest professional club.
Was a deeply conservative Republican.
Was involved in a serious car accident in New Mexico in December, 1939. Frank and his son George Morgan were not hurt, his wife Alma re-injured an already bad knee that often left her incapacitated, but their chauffeur/house servant was killed.
Morgan owned a 550-acre ranch in Hemet Valley, California, and raised cattle. He also owned yachts, one of them winning a race from Los Angeles to Honolulu in 1947.
Was cast in the role of Buffalo Bill Cody in the MGM film Annie Get Your Gun (1950) but died in his sleep of a heart attack after shooting only the opening scene. He was replaced by MGM contract player Louis Calhern.