David “Frankie” Toler’s breakthrough came in the 1970’s when he appeared on Dickey Betts & Great Southern’s album, Atlanta’s Burning Down, after which he toured extensively with the band. Later, Frankie played drums for The Allman Brothers Band and appeared on their album, “Brothers of the Road.” as well as on two albums of Gregg Allman Band.
In 1992 – 94 he toured with The Marshall Tucker Band before forming The Toler Brothers Band with his brother Dan. 2005 saw the release of Renegades of Southern Rock, all-star Southern rock project which also featured Marshall Tucker’s George McCorkle and Jack Hall from Wet Willie.
His health worsened in May 2011 and Frankie Toler passed away on June 4th 2011, at hospice care in Bradenton, Florida, after years of medical problems related to liver transplant. Marsha Toler remained by her husband’s side the entire time. Dan Toler and Chaz Trippy – percussionist for the Gregg Allman Band, who played next to and roomed with Frankie from 1982 to ’89 – were also present when he passed. He was age of 59 at the time of his death. Frankie is survived by his wife, Marsha, their daughter, Aja Kayle, and his older brother, Dan Toler.
David “Frankie” Toler June 28th 1951 – June 4th, 2011