Frankie Crocker

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I was weened, and I was brought up on blues, and jazz, and gospel, and rock 'n' roll

Frankie Crocker, youtube.com, 1988

Frankie “Hollywood” Crocker (December 18, 1937- October 21, 2000) was a famous New York radio DJ. He imbued the R&B format with a wide-reaching musical palette that includes music from just about every genre. In the early ’70s, Crocker began to shape an innovative and influential radio format that would become known as progressive R&B. His timing was perfect as a new kind of R&B station was beginning to spring up on the FM dial around the country. Their formats emphasized less jive talk, a cross blend of jazz, pop/rock, sophisticated soul, funk, and R&B.