Confirmation of the artist's death came on Friday (July 19) via a tweet from Light in the Attic Records. The label was responsible for the 2014 reissue of Frank's 1972 self-titled album. As of press time, it's unclear how Frank died.
Frank was born in 1944 in Memphis, TN, and attended Rhodes College where he earned his degree in English. He served his country for two years in the Vietnam War and began his recording career following his return in 1968. His debut album was released via Vanguard Records in 1972.
Frank played with a band called the Hardheads through mid-'70s after a split with Vanguard Records. He later quit music to focus on a new career in Oakland, CA, as an irrigation specialist and raising his four children.
Despite low initial sales of his debut album, it became a cult favourite among a die-hard fanbase. In the early 2000s, his highly sought-after self-titled album would go on to fetch as much as $100 online. His newly received acclaim prompted him to start recording new music for his own label, Bowstring Records, in 2002.
Frank went on to record more than a dozen albums in his lifetime, with most recent work, Dancing in Dallas, being released just last year.
Light in the Attic's statement about the artist's passing can be read below.
LITA is incredibly bummed to hear that Bob Frank passed away yesterday. In 2014 we reissued Bob's 1972 album and loved working with him. He took elements of Dylan, Johnny Cash, Ian Tyson and filtered it through a pot-smoked haze infused with Bob's friend, Jim Dickinson. RIP, Bob. pic.twitter.com/YAkkmyEmRN— Light In The Attic (@lightintheattic) July 20, 2019