Frank Ellsworth Hinton, 57, a native Washingtonian and a singer and pianist in this area for many years, died of a stroke Feb. 12 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Hinton was the leader of the Frank Hinton Trio, which he started when he left the Army in 1961. Over the years he had appeared at The White House, the Smithsonian Institution and numerous clubs and hotels, including the Howard Inn Motel and The Tallyrand. Most recently he had been playing at Buck's on Duke Street in Alexandria.

He also had made a number of piano recordings, including "Frank Hinton Swings at The Tallyrand," and he had appeared on the old Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan television shows and on several radio programs.

Mr. Hinton graduated from Cardozo High School. He went into the Army in 1946 and for the next 15 years he was an entertainment specialist. He was stationed at various posts in this country and also in France, West Germany, Japan and South Korea. While in the service he played for a number of films made in Germany and in this country he played in the film "The Last Detail."

Mayor Marion Barry proclaimed Nov. 16, 1984, "Frank Hinton Day" in recognition of his musical career.

A resident of Washington, Mr. Hinton was a member of the East Washington Heights Baptist Church.

His marriage to the former Florence Ready ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Marcieta E. Hinton of Washington; three children, JoAnn and Frank T. Hinton Jr., both of Landover, and Anthony R. Hinton, who is stationed in the Philippines with the Navy; three stepdaughters, Yvonne, Yvette and Andrea Erwin, all of New York City; his mother, Helen Hinton, and his stepmother, Willa Mae Hinton, both of Washington; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.