"...Frank Bessinger, Three Feminine Notes, and singing waiters started at reopening of Radio Franks, New York..."These 16 words tell us something interesting. The proprietor of Radio Frank's is Frank Bessinger. We know it was open before 1944, and we know it closed, and furthermore that it reopened. But we don't know why or why Frank is Radio Frank. Ultimately, with a little reading I was able to answer all of those questions.I'll start with a 1939 listing in the Stage:
"Jerry White and Frank Bessinger host here and there's a spicey little floor show with new lively entertainers. 70 E 55, Eldorado 5-9258."Frank Bessinger was a singer, pianist and song-writer who recorded for Victor and Brunswick in the 1920s. He recorded a number of sides as part of the "Radio Franks" Who were Frank Wright and Frank Bessinger. Frank Wright was replaced in the late 1920s by Jerome "Jerry" White. In 1926 they did a short film for DeForrest Phonofilm. Together they had a weekly show on WMCA sponsored by a furniture company. they recorded mostly 20s jazz, very foxtrot-based with lots of banjo. He opened the bar Radio Franks in 1929. In early 1944 it had a fire, and re-opened in May of 1944. It was open until at least 1949.