The Frantics - Photo Courtesy of Ron Petersen
Joel, Ron, Chuck and Gary
The Frantics
aka: The Four Frantics
Seattle, Washington
1955 - 1966


Nancy Claire ~ Vocals
Don Fulton ~ Drums
Gary Gerke ~ Piano
Joel Goodman ~ Drums
Bob Hosko ~ Saxophone
Joe Johansen ~  Guitar
Jon Keliehor ~ Drums
Jeno Landis ~ Bass
Jimmy Manolides ~ Bass, Vocals
Jerry Miller ~ Guitar
Bob Mosley ~ Bass
Ron Petersen ~ Guitar
Chuck Schoning ~ Keyboards, C-Melody Sax, Accordion
Don Stevenson ~ Drums
Dean Tonkin ~ Bass, Bass Mandolin
Joe Valentine ~ Drums

In Memory of

Bob Hosko
Joe Johansen  d:  4 June 1997
Chuck Schoning
Don Fulton
Jimmy Manolides

The Frantics Timeline - History


Ron Petersen and Chuck Schoning form a duo in the 7th grade.

Ron and Chuck


Petersen and Schoning form  “The Four Frantics
adding Joel Goodman (drums), Gary Gerke (piano),  Joel Valentine (drums),  Dean Tonkin (bass).

1957- 1958

The Frantics are born: Ron Petersen (guitar), Joel Goodman (drums), Chuck Schoning (keyboards), Bob Hosko (saxophone), and Jim Manolides (bass).  This was the beginning of the recording group.

I was the second drummer (1954-58) with the Frantics.  I'm Joel Goodman.  I think that I was asked to join the Frantics because I had a full set of drums and a car that could carry everyone and everything all at once.  The practice sessions were held in my families "rec room" with all the doors wide open.  I remember my dad being very proud of our music and the guys in the band.  We had a small organ that my dad turned over to Chuck to give us a little fuller sound.  We then bought a "Family Car" from one of the funeral homes and it was our mode of transportation for all of us and the instruments for awhile.  I remember getting all of the different outfits like the Plaid jackets and the white "Overhauls".  I had a heck of a time getting the same type of shoe as I was a 13-14 and everyone else was a 8-9.  I tried singing once but was asked not to try again.

We made our first recording in a basement recording studio in West Seattle.  We were introduced to the "Fleetwoods" there and we made their first cut of "Come Softly To Me" at that time (they then went to California for the recording that we all know and love). Bob Hosko joined us after we heard him doing solo's "jamming" in the lunch room at Lincoln High School and this brought a "raunchy" sound to our music.  As Joe Valentine says...."The rest is history - ancient history... but what a good time and all of the memories for all of us.

Joel Goodman,  October 2003

1958-61 – The Frantics change drummers and add Saxophone

Ron Petersen (guitar), Chuck Schoning (piano), (Bob Hosko (saxophone), Don Fulton (drums), Jim Manolides (bass).

Jim Manolides   Chuck Schoning   Bob Hosko   Don Fulton   Ron Petersen

Jim, Chuck, Bob, Don, Ron

Ron, Bob, Jim, Chuck, Don

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Straight Flush

The Frantics was the backup band for Bobby Darin's Dream Lover

A CD was recently released on Collector's Choice containing 26 tracks of Frantics Music
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1 Straight Flush
2 Young Blues
3 Fog Cutter
4 Black Sapphire
5 Werewolf
6 Checkerboard
7 No Werewolf
8 The Whip
9 Delilah
10 Yankee Doodlin'
11 One Minute Of Flamenco
12 San Antonio Rose
13 Trees
14 Oh Yeah!
15 Walkin' The Beat
16 Richmond Stomp
17 Ventura Blvd.
18 Dirty Robber
19 Sweet Cucumber
20 Hold It
21 Lost Loland
22 Mio Amore
23 Letter From Jennie
24 Love Of My Life
25 Don's Tune
26 Lost Love

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Last Update: 9 May 2016

Band # 180


Frantics:  Joel Goodman, Jon Keliehor, Jeno Landis, Jimmy Manolides, Ron Petersen, Dean Tonkin, Joe Valentine

Tammi (Petersen) Liston, Brian Boad, Jim Doidge, Wendi Dunlap - Simpson, Little Bill Engelhart, Don Gardner, Jeff Miller, Ed Nadorozny, Eric Predoehl, Darryl Riffero, Carolyn (Berner) Yadon, Malcom Kennedy

The Frantics, available on Norton Records Northwest Series