A DAY devoted to the Scottish rock musician, Frankie Miller, is to be run by a Glasgow music radio station, which is also releasing, as a single, a demo track recorded by Miller in 1993.
Rock Radio has identified Monday as ‘Frankie Miller Day’ and is releasing Bottle of Whiskey, as a download single, for 79p.
Miller, who inspired everyone from Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker to Aerosmith and the Eagles, suffered a brain haemorrhage in 1994 which left him unable to sing or play guitar.
And to mark the release of Bottle of Whiskey, Rock Radio will be playing some of Frankie’s most popular tracks throughout Monday, alongside music by people who’ve been touched by his music, including Aerosmith, Free, the Quireboys (currently performing Bottle of Whiskey on their European tour), Procul Harum, Ten Years After, Cher and many more.
The hope is that enough downloads take place to propel Miller into the charts for the first time since in 1992, with Caledonia, in Scotland, and (with Clint Black) Burn One Down, in the USA.
Rock Radio broadcasts in the Glasgow area on FM and across central Scotland on DAB, plus Manchester and the north-east of England, and is also available online at www.RockRadio.co.uk
Says Rock Radio editor, Martin Kielty, who came up with the idea of a Frankie Miller Day: “Rock Radio were approached by Jim MacNee and Danny Chestnut Snr, who started the Facebook campaign after hearing Bottle of Whiskey on Billy Rankin’s show. They wanted it released, and Rock Radio likes to do what the fans want, so we arranged it for them. We asked our colleagues at Classic Rock Magazine and other music publications to join in, and we’re really pleased to see how far-reaching our impressively passionate fans can be. FMD is our way of giving back to the fans for their support – and to Frankie for all the great music.”