Member Had Five Songs Picked to Hit the Billboard Charts

Passenger Profile: Frank Longo

By Kenny Kerner
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Frank Longo didn't really learn much during his years of being forced to play accordion, but he did learn to read music. And that was the beginning of a career that has seen him and his two brothers place songs, make deals, and open the doors to a career that is thriving today. Here's how this TAXI member tells it:

When did you first notice that you were musically inclined? Do you play an instrument? If so, which one and at what age did you first start playing?

I believe I was around seven years old. I used to memorize the lyrics of all of the top hits of the day. Then, being Italian, my parents enrolled me in accordion lessons; a very painful experience learning how to play polkas! My instructor finally told my parents that the accordion wasn't for me (after seven years of torture!). The only good that came out of it was that I learned how to read music. After that experience, I taught myself how to play the piano, bass guitar, and rhythm guitar. I started writing many years later.

Do you come from a musical family?

My parents played the piano but their biggest influence was exposing us to all genres of music: Rock, Jazz, Sinatra, Martin, Bennett, etc. There was always music playing in the house, inside and outside.

What or who was it that really influenced you to pursue a career in music?

The Beatles, Sinatra, Paul Zaza, peers who were embarking on Rock music careers. I went to the same school as Tom Cochrane (Red Rider, "Life Is a Highway"), although, my band may have been more of an influence on him during middle school than he was on us. He's had an awesome career, of course.

What were the circumstances that led you to join forces with your brothers Larry and Dino in a musical venture?

I'm the oldest by six years over Dino and by three years over Larry. Larry and I had our own separate bands in high school while Dino was taking guitar lessons. Later, a close friend of ours introduced us to a talented musician/producer named Paul Zaza who had just opened a studio in Toronto. We hooked up with him, started writing and recording with the best Canadian musicians such as Moe Koffman, Guido Basso, Eric Richardson, Russ Little, Jack Zaza, and Lisa Dalbello, who had a hit with Boz Scaggs way back when!

How do you guys work together? Who does what?

We write our instrumentals individually, however, when it comes to vocals, I usually write the music then Larry and/or Dino draft the lyrics and we end up collaborating on the finished product.

What was the first big career success you had and how did it come about?

The first big thing was having five of our songs picked to hit the Billboard charts. It got us on the map and generated a lot of airplay. We are lucky to continue to receive royalties worldwide from songs we recorded back in the '70s and '80s. It was also exciting that, early in our career, we appeared on several TV shows which was awesome! We performed our songs on nationally televised shows over a three-year period. It all happened because of Paul Zaza and his connections.

How did you first hear about TAXI?

I used to subscribe to a song pitching service called "Song Plugger" which disappeared, so I went on the Internet, searching, and I found TAXI.

How has TAXI helped your career so far?

Well, thanks to TAXI, we recently signed a five-song deal with an L.A. publisher, so we very much appreciate the service TAXI gives. The TAXI reviewers have helped immensely. The critiques obviously come from years of experience and are always on the money.

What have you learned from TAXI that will help you with your career in the future?

I have learned to make sure, that when submitting a song, to understand what is being requested and send work that is in the correct genre. Also, that it takes time before you hit a deal, so, for anyone who reads this; never give up. Good songs last forever and never die. We have recently signed publishing deals on songs that we wrote in the '80s. There seems to be a demand for retro stuff lately and we have a lot of that. Thanks to TAXI, all of our music has a chance at placements.

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