George Frega, the “One” of One Plus One, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. His love of music and the guitar soon became apparent when he picked up his father’s old guitar and started trying to play. He started taking lessons shortly thereafter and, unlike most boys, practiced for hours without nagging from his parents.
During his high school years, he taught guitar at a local music store while playing “gigs” with local musicians in the area at any venue that would host them. He soon became involved with a band called Sixpence whose strong 5 piece vocal harmonies and excellent musicianship landed them some renown around the NY/NJ metro area. This led to them being the only band chosen (to that date) to be a featured part of the stage show at Radio City Music Hall.
Marion Frega, the “Plus One” of One Plus One, also was born in Jersey City. Her mother first noticed that she was attracted to singing when she quietly “ran away” at a tender age to join the children’s choir at her church. She also joined her grammar school and high school choirs and had the distinction during that time of being chosen to be part of the chorus of the North Jersey Opera Festival presentations of Aida and Carmen.
It was in high school that she met her other half, George, while he was attempting to get a second date with another girl in study hall. Upon going away to college, her musical pursuits were put on hold but her passion for music was always there.
George and Marion moved their home base to the sunshine of Central Florida but did not spend much time there having joined a local traveling show band, Cloudburst. George was, by that time, playing guitar and bass and singing lead and backup vocals. He was also in charge of the magical portion of the production of the band’s second stage show. This included design and overseeing of construction of the close-up and stage illusions and teaching the skills to the other band members. Marion became stage manager and lighting director, dabbling at times with singing when one of the members lost their voice.
Upon leaving Cloudburst, George was going to pursue solo work in the Orlando area when the idea struck to have Marion join him and “One Plus One” came to be. They did mostly corporate work during this time as Orlando was the hub of conventions. They performed for clients such as Dean Witter, AT&T and Dupont.
George and Marion have used their approachable style and ability to field requests to the delight of audiences all over the world - literally. Having caught the bug to see the world and work on the high seas, they have performed on Carnival, Crystal and Princess Cruise Lines to name a few. They had the coveted distinction during this time of being the only American duo (band) to perform on the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) while it was under Japanese charter in Osaka, Japan. They were also chosen to be part of the Royal Viking Sun’s around the world cruise.
Individually & collectively George and Marion have shared the stage with such Oldies acts as The Platters, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge, the Five Satins and other stars such as Jack Jones, Vic Damone, Barry Manilow, Howie Mandel and Clint Holmes. One of the highlights of their career was performing for His Serene Highness Prince Rainer and Prince Albert of Monaco, who at the time were vacationing in Florida.
They currently reside in South Florida after a short stint living in Asheville in the North Carolina mountains.
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