Frankie "Hollywood" Crocker
(December 18, 1937, Buffalo, New York
, USA - October 21, 2000, North Miami Beach, Florida
) was a famous New York radio DJ
. (Coined "Hollywood" for his keen sense of showmanship and self-marketing tactics.) According to popeducation.org, Crocker began his career in Buffalo at the AM Soul powerhouse WUFO
(also the home to future greats Eddie O'Jay, Herb Hamlett, Gary Byrd and Chucky T) before moving to Manhattan
, where he first worked for Soul station WWRL
and later top-40 WMCA
in 1969. He then worked for WBLS-FM
as program director
, taking that station to the top of the ratings during the late 1970s. He sometimes called himself the "Chief Rocker"
, and he was as well known for his boastful on-air patter as for his off-air flamboyance.
When Studio 54
was at the height of its popularity, Crocker rode in through the front entrance on a white stallion. In the studio, before he left for the day, Crocker would light a candle and invite female listeners to enjoy a candlelight bath with him. He signed off the air each night to the tune "Moody's Mood For Love
" by vocalese crooner King Pleasure. Crocker, a native of Buffalo, coined the phrase "urban contemporary
" in the 1970s, a label for the eclectic
mix of songs that he played.
He was the master of ceremonies
of shows at the Apollo Theater
and was one of the first V.J.'s on VH-1
, the cable music video
channel, in addition to hosting the TV series......