The contents of this article comes from an issue of "Eye on the Hand Dancer" written about the talented, creative, energetic, positive, happy, and successful man known as the one and only--Captain Fly--"Let's Ride".
Captain Fly born March 28 (Aries) as Robert A. Frye is a native Washingtonian. He went to Calvin Coolidge High School, Anacostia HS, but graduated from Macklin High School. He retired from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan police force after giving 20 years of service. He is married.
Captain Fly came over to my house for the interview. He is a very proud man of his accomplishments because he brought over many, many momentums of his life. "Let's Ride".
I asked Captain Fly how he got his nick name. He told me that he likes boats. On his boat, he was called Captain Frye, however, somehow Frye turned into Fly and he liked it. His stage name remains Captain Fly. Back in the day in D.C., he would be considered "fly" because he dressed so cool. In my opinion, he still does. He had a Corvette and was member of the Sting Ray Club.
Starting in the 1970's, he was a much in demand deejay; owned a beauty shop; owned a group and a band; toured, worked, and opened acts for celebrities such as Patti Label, Intruders (it was rumored that he sounded like the late Sonny Brown), James Ingram (his mentor and related by marriage), Dionne Warwick, Peabo Bryson, Al Green, Pepe, Al Johnson, Denise Williams, Delfonics, Temptations, and many more. He was curator of the Smithsonian project to include hand dance in the museum and helped inspire the Teenarama Project. He was challenged into his singing career and made six records; we all still enjoy "House Party". He wrote, directed, produced, and stared in the play "7th and T". The proceeds went to the National Coalition Children's Fund. "Let's Ride".
On every Saturday morning from 8-11 a.m., he is on WPFW (89.3 FM). The first hour of his show is dedicated to soft and warm music representing "early morning love". The second hour reflects music that brings out your imagination. The last hour is the train ride where you call in if you want to be picked up--then its--"Let's Ride" music. This man is super cool and together. Of course, an Aries. He has produced many shows.
Captain Fly is also philosophical. For instance during one of our conversations, he mentioned that "if nothing is right, who is wrong". I liked that. I asked him his view point on "success" and he answered, "the road to success is always under construction". I liked that too. I asked him for remarks on being talented and he said, "talent is the spirit in you that goes with your peace of mind". "Let's Ride".
When I saw the play, 7th and T, at the Eclipse, I observed that Captain Fly was an extremely energetic man. He was running here and there directing, coordinating, acting, repairing, setting up, and doing this and that to get the show in order and executed. On the contrary, when I interviewed him, he was so serene, relaxed, fun, joyful, and the picture of a man that truly enjoys his life, music, and people. "Let's Ride".
I am honored and privileged to be able to interview the one and only Captain Fly. He has charm, quick wit, a beautiful personality, and a rhythmic flavor about him. He is humorous and adventuresome and still is very young to complete his many endeavors. From what I understand as of this writing June 2011, Captain Fly runs the senior program at the Eclipse. He also planned to cut another CD and complete other ventures.
My prayers are with you Captain Fly. May you succeed in all of your endeavors because they are about making people happy. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to experience the pleasure of being in the company of the mighty, mighty, Captain Fly, now...............