Black was born near Limington, Maine in 1853. He graduated from Lebanon Academy in West Lebanon, Maine, in 1871. He taught school for several years. Later, he was an editor of the Johnstown (N.Y.) Journal. Then he moved to Troy, New York and engaged in newspaper work. He was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from 1895 to 1897, when he resigned to become Governor. He served as the Governor of New York. After his term ended, he resumed the practice of law in New York City. He died in Troy, New York in 1913.
Bio: Inverting his stage name from Black Francis to FrankBlack, the former Pixies lead singer/songwriter embarked on a solo career after he broke up the band in early 1993; actually, he began recording his solo album before he told the band the news.
Black's second album, 1994's Teenager of the Year, was a sprawling and diverse album that amplified all the best points of FrankBlack.
That fall, FrankBlack Francis, a double-disc set of early Pixies demos and reinterpretations of Pixies songs by Black and the Two Pale Boys, arrived in the midst of all this activity.
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