Frank M. Condatore, 80, a bassist who long led a swing band around his native Washington under the name Frankie Condon, died Oct. 6 at his home in Adelphi. He had lung cancer.
Stafano Michele Francesco Condatore was born to immigrant Italian parents.
He learned the banjo at age 6, played in the D.C. police and Elks Club boys' bands and by 14 was playing bass and sousaphone with professional groups in the area.
He attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York.
During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard and continued to play music.
He was a bassist with Jimmy Dorsey's swing orchestra for three months before starting his own band in Washington in November 1946.
He played at the Shoreham Hotel, the Hamilton Hotel and Club Kavakos, among other D.C. supper clubs and ballrooms, before disbanding the group in 1960.
He started the big band again in 1969, and its engagements included Blues Alley, the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Supper Club in New York.
The band had four releases in recent years: "Til Next Time," "Mistletoe Swing," "Moonlight Serenade" and "Sophisticated Lady."
Over the years, Mr. Condatore was a real estate broker and owned several supper clubs and restaurants: the Spotlight in Washington, Frankie Condon's in Rockville and the Olney House Inn.
His marriage to Gloria Caruso Condatore ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline C. Condatore of Adelphi; two daughters from his first marriage, Kathleen Roberson of Kensington and Anita Besmen of Rockville; a brother, Lawrence Condatore of College Park; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.