As news about Frankie Manning's passing spreads around the world today, I witnessed an explosion of surprise, grief, and tearful remembrance live on the internet. It was like being surrounded by the voices of hundreds and hundreds of Frankie's friends and fans from around the globe in a collective, ever-changing memorial.
It's a fitting tribute to a man who has done so much in his 94 years on this plane to spread the joy of swing to every corner of the world. Here are some links for those of you who want to witness this yourself:
- Twitter Search "Frankie Manning"
- Facebook discussion in Frankie 95 Festival Event listing
- Yehoodi discussion "Frankie Manning: May 26, 1914-April 27, 2009"
Feel free to add other links to online forums, blog posts and other online tributes in the comments section.