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Frank was a soccer fanatic. He missed Rivers' birth because he was at home watching the World Cup on television. He was the one who birthed Rivers' love in soccer. According to Frank, Rivers was named after the three stars of the 1970 World Cup: Rivelino (Brazil), Riva (Italy) and Rivera (Italy). Frank was once a drummer in New York during the '60s. He played in a band known as the Weather Report prior to their debut album. He also was the percussionist for Odyssey of Iska, a 1970 Blue Note Record released by saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The album was recorded on August 26, just over two months after Rivers' birth. This is the only known recording for which Frank lent his talents.
In addition to being a drummer, Frank was once a practicing Buddhist at the Zen Center in upstate New York. There, Frank was a cow farmer until he divorced Beverly in 1975. After divorcing Beverly, Frank was mostly nonexistent in Leaves' and Rivers' childhoods. Frank moved to Germany where he ironically reappeared as a Suffragan Bishop in Wiesbaden. This event is referenced during Say It Ain't So's bridge.
Frank Cuomo is also the father of Rivers' and Leaves' half brother Gabriel who was born in 1984 and became a semi-professional soccer player in Germany.