Nora's News ~ Frank Fuchs and his "New Baby Train"
(December 16, 1947 - July 19, 2014)
We are deeply saddened that our dearest friend, Frankie, has left us. We spent a good part of our lives together, as our two families shared so many years and experiences. Frankie was raised in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn by his mother, Shirley Fuchs, who worked for years at our mother’s dancing school, the Marjorie Mazia School of Dance in Sheepshead Bay, and who was her closest friend.
Both Shirley and Frankie were always there at our side, whenever we needed help with my father’s medical condition, and later, with the founding of the Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease. Frank spent many summers with us, first at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks in the 1950s, where both our mothers were counselors, and in the ‘60s at Indian Hill Music and Arts Camp in Stockbridge Massachusetts, where our mothers also worked. He graduated from Elizabeth Irwin High School, class of ’65, and retained close friendships throughout his life with many of the campers and students.
Frankie moved to Los Angeles in the ‘90s, where he worked as a professional songwriter and record producer. In addition to his work with Cissy Houston among many others, he produced two recordings with our family; “Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs”, and “Daddy O Daddy”. Both highlighted his loving relationship with each and every generation of the Guthrie family. “Uncle Frankie” to our kids, “our brother” and oldest friend to us – we have had a lifetime together!
As our favorite Everley Brothers sang, and as we sang the harmonies so beautifully too - “whenever I want you, all I have to do is dream”. We will simply continue to love you, even without you.
- Arlo, Joady, and Nora Guthrie
"New Baby Train"
by Woody Guthrie and Frankie Fuchs
The song "New Baby Train", with words by Woody Guthrie, music by Frank Fuchs, and performed by Kim Wilson, appeared on the 2001 album Daddy O Daddy, produced by Frankie Fuchs.
The "New Baby Train" book was illustrated by Marla Frazee and released in 2004.