Why Celebrate?


Legendary Lindy Hopper Frankie Manning was born May 26th, 1914. Though Frankie passed away just one month before his 95th birthday on April 27, 2009, we continue to celebrate the date of his birthday annually and on a global basis. Read more about Frankie Manning here.

Frankie Manning Foundation

Please visit the Frankie Manning Foundation website for a full commemoration of Frankie’s life including his bio, timeline, photos and other fabulous resources. www.frankiemanningfoundation.org

We want you to join the celebration!

The intention of Frankie’sBirthday.com is to:

  • Celebrate Frankie Manning
  • Share his legacy
  • Further his dream of spreading the joy of Lindy Hop around the world

We hope that Lindy Hop scene leaders from around the world will rally around Frankie’s birthday to keep his legacy alive while also introducing Frankie and the history of Lindy hop to new members of their local communities. As part of the celebration, scenes are encouraged to host fundraisers for the Frankie Manning Foundation, contributing toward Lindy Hop programs and realizing Frankie’s dreams. The mission of the Frankie Manning Foundation is to carry on the work and the spirit of Frankie Manning in spreading the joy of Lindy Hop, danced to big band swing music, throughout the world.