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Hackettstown man celebrates 100th birthday (VIDEO)

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A Hackettstown man got a special birthday celebration on Saturday, courtesy of his family.

Frank Clark turned 100 years old on Dec.5, so his family decided to throw him a surprise birthday celebration. The Hackettstown Police Department and the Hackettstown Fire Department did a drive-by and stopped to wish him a Happy Birthday.

Frank Clark played in a band in the US Navy after which he spent 14 years as the piano player for Les Brown and his band of Renown.

Frank was also a songwriter, and one of his songs was sung by Nat King Cole on his TV show in the 1950s. The song is called Home (When Shadows Fall).

The song was later covered by Paul McCartney, Sam Cook and many other artists. RNJ helped Frank celebrate his birthday by playing Nat King Cole’s version of Home (When Shadows Fall) on Saturday afternoon.

(Photo: Frank Clark (Center)/Courtesy Hackettstown Police Department)


(Photo: Courtesy Hackettstown Police Department)

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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