By ‘Bob The Record Guy’ Paxon
Frankie Nestro was active in the local music and radio businesses in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He had two groups of musicians he worked with – the Fascinates and the Belvederes – and they both appear on the labels of his multiple local releases, as backing groups. Additionally, he released a great instrumental single by the Belvederes on one of his two labels, Fran-Co and Count Records.
I hope to have his complete story by next week. In the meantime, here’s a teaser. Credited to the Fabulous Frankie Nestro & The Belvederes – “Without Your Love” appeared on Fran-Co 1000. The flip side was a cover of “You Cheated, You Lied” which was originally done by the Slades and covered by the Shields – and much later, the Shangri-Las. It was a rare version of a doo-wop song by a White group that was covered by a Black group! In fact, the Shields were created (by Los Angeles producer George Mottola) for the express purpose of recording this cover version, and were a kind of R&B super-group – including Frankie Ervin (former lead vocalist for Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers), the great Jesse Belvin, and Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson!
“Without Your Love” is an original, a rocker credited to Frank Aguglia, which I’m pretty sure is the real name of Frankie Nestro. It features an energetic backing vocal, a nice raw-sounding rhythm guitar, a somewhat rudimentary saxophone line, and a hook that’s very similar to Bobby Comstock’s “I Want To Do It” (actually written by Feldman, Gottehrer and Goldstein – aka The Strangeloves).