Frank Capano, Sr. was a songwriter and publisher based out of Philadelphia who remained active on the early rock & roll scene after contributing to songs recorded by top artists in the previous musical era dominated by big bands and vocal groups. Capano was one of several Pennsylvania music business movers and shakers who became involved with Bill Haley & His Comets during that band's early days as a developing and innovative regional act. Smoothie crooners such as Bobby Vinton, Jerry Vale, and Frankie Laine kept songs such as "Tears (For Souvenirs)" and "You Wanted a Plaything (I Wanted Someone to Love)" on the hit parade during the '60s, the last decade in which this writer's material was still in demand among popular recording artists.
Capano first began publishing songs in the early '40s, including the song "Heartbreaker," which was a hit for the Andrews Sisters. The material he helped create shows signs of enduring in popularity beyond the two-and-a-half decades which represented the main body of his career. While some of his peers in the publishing racket had the clout to insert their names into the lineup of a co-writers on particular songs simply to collect some extra doolah, Capano was a serious lyricist whose sentimental poem, "Mother," was recited aloud on the Larry King Show in 1982, creating a demand for the verse on greeting cards. "The High Cost of Living Is Keeping Me Broke" is another of his songs from the second World War era that has, unfortunately, remained topical.
"Tears (For Souvenirs)", written by the team of Capano and Billy Uhr, was a 1965 chart-topper in England recorded by vocalist Ken Dodd, and then introduced to American audiences the following year by teen idol Vinton. If anything has contributed to the deterioration of Capano's reputation, it has been the sloppy publishing credits that sometimes seem to be the norm in the recording industry. Songs that were written by teams of three, and sometimes even four, songwriters have wound up being credited solely to Morty Berk, leaving Capano and co-writing brethren out in the cold. In other instances, he has been credited -- but only sort of, since his name has appeared as "Campo," "Capana," and "Cabana," among other variations. There was a Frank Capano, Jr., who contributed to the odd baseball song "Connie Mack We Love You" in 1944. The other co-writers on this ditty include daddy Campano, Sr., of course, as well as Pennsylvania baseball legend Connie Mack himself.