Frank Pettis

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Frank Pettis
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Background Information


Commerce Twp


Retired - USPS


Music Photographer/Videographer

Years Active

1960's - Present

Notable Moment

Singing on stage with Rod Stewart


Frank Pettis has been taking photographs of musicians for what seems like forever. In addition to photographing almost every local musician that has played in the past 45 years including Legends such as Jim McCarty and Alberta Adams. Frank also has photographed many international musicians.

He wound up singing on stage with Rod Stewart & The Faces on April 18, 1970 at the Birmingham Palladium. Here’s how it happened in Franks words.

"The Faces came to perform at the Eastown Theatre on April 3th & 4th, 1970, as I was the official Eastown Staff Photographer I had backstage access. Upon my first meeting with Rod Stewart and the guys, I really enjoyed their music and we hit it off really good, not to mention that Ronnie Wood & I share the same birthday June 1st, so Rod invited me to a party the 2nd night at the local Holiday Inn where the Faces partied with their fans.

Since I was a photographer I made sure Rod had copies of the photos I took of them. The Faces came back to Detroit two weeks later, so I called up their manager Billy Gaff and he arranged for me to go down to the show at the Pallidium. I welcomed the guys back to town and they invited me to join them on stage. I was really excited and the big moment finally came when I joined the Faces on stage to sing.

The Faces played 7 more times that year including the November 7th concert at Olympia where 3 Dog Night opened the show. By the way because I always gave Rod copies of the Photos I took I was awarded the honor of having the group photo I took of them at the Holiday Inn used on the poster that was included in their 3rd album A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse."

Additional Reading Detroit Rock n Roll Magazine

External Links

Motor City Music Photo Agency Facebook
Personal Facebook