Frank B. Converse

Born: 17th June 1837

Died: 5th September 1903

Birthplace: Elmira, NY, USA

Frank B. Converse was called “The Father of the Banjo,” Converse was born in Elmira, NY in 1837. He lived just long enough to see it drop from popular culture (died 1903). Running away as a teenager to join a minstrel troop, he eventually left us a lifetime of work in print. His “Analytical Banjo Method” has not been excelled by any banjo publication to date.

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