Der Commander alias George Frayne ist bereits am 26. September im Alter von 77 Jahren verstorben.
George Frayne IV used a pseudonym taken from a 1950s TV series for his entire musical career: Commander Cody. In 1967, he formed His Lost Planet Airmen, with whom the keyboardist and singer recorded seven albums until 1976 (including Live). Stylistically, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen moved in Country Rock, but allowed other influences. With his band, Commander Cody had his only top ten hit in the U.S. with "Hot Rod Lincoln" in 1971, but consistently had respectable album sales. That changed with the switch to a solo career, which George Frayne sought not least because of changing trends in the music market. In the process, Commander Cody's stylistic orientation broadened considerably. In the meantime, the band leader strengthened himself with other musicians, who sometimes went by the names His Lost Planet Airmen, His Modern Day, His Western Airmen or simply Commander Cody Band.
The Commander aka George Frayne has already passed away on September 26 at the age of 77.