FRANK “SUGAR CHILE” ROBINSON

Scarce vintage 8×10 glossy black and white portrait of the child jazz and boogie virtuoso of the late 1940s and early ’50s, boldly signed in red fountain pen.  Fine condition, with scattered mild handling bends, primarily to the borders. A notation on the reverse side indicates that this photograph was  signed in April 1948.  Detroit-born Frankie Robinson was “discovered” at age five by big band leader Frankie Carle. In 1946, at age six, he played for Harry Truman at the White House, and would later appear with Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, making his first recordings in 1949. In 1954, following a European tour and some additional recordings, the youngster literally seemed to vanish off the face of the earth. In 2002 he re-emerged and began appearing occasionally in Detroit jazz clubs, after having lived in apparently self-imposed anonymity during the previous five decades.

$150