27/02/2014

Goodbye Mr. Francis Beecher (2014/02/27)





































beecher.pngLastScan.jpgFranny Beecher (b. 1921/09/29 (Norristown) - d. 2014/02/24 (Philadelphia) aged 92. He first played guitar for the Buddy Greco Orchestra in 1947 then joined the Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1948 until 1949 for whom he played lotsa song i.a. The Hucklebuck; Jercy Bounce; El Greco...Ooh, look-a-there, ain't she pretty for Buddy Greco and his Three Sharps, Musicraft 515, 'round July 1947.

Frank Beecher was a very well-known lead guitarist for Bill Haley And His Comets from June 7, 1954 until September 23, 1959 (DECCA) with whom he played several songs of which he composed himself Goofin' Around, Blue Comet Blues, The Catwalk, Shaky and also played guitar on many other songs including Happy Baby, Birth of the Boogie, Mambo Rock,Two Hound Dogs, Razzle Dazzle, R-O-C-K, Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie, Burn That Candle, See You Later, Alligaror, Hot Dog Buddy Buddy and also (New) Rock The Joint...

On October 14 and 15, the band played at l'OLYMPIA, Paris (France) i.a. a new compostion composed by Beecher entitled Beecher's Boogie Woogie. This concert has been available in January 1997 and in France, a few years later.

In 1960, Bill Haley signed for Warner Bros. and let it albums a.o. entitled "Bill Haley And His Comets, Sep. 1960 and Haley's Juke Box / Songs of the Bill Haley Generation, Aug. 1960 and some singles such as Tamiami; Crazy Man, Crazy; Chick Safari; Let The Good Times, Creole; Spanish Twist; Florida Twist and also a live album called "twinstin' knights AT THE ROUNDTABLE CLUB IN NEW YORK CITY" (ROULETTE), March 1962. By the time, Bill Haley moved himself with Franny including Rudy Pompilli and the other Comets to Mexico where they recorded under the name Bill Haley y Sus Cometas songs (mostly instrumentals) like Tampico Twist (composed by Beecher himself.)

http://youtu.be/ys5T3ARJxQA (Blue Comet Blues // http://youtu.be/DPJ-eG91aSg (Goofin' Around)

http://youtu.be/0pQrAvE_69I (The Catwalk) // http://youtu.be/Yl6sOXlpMpQ (Shaky)

http://youtu.be/b-rv3Dl0Kuc (Tampico Twist) http://youtu.be/q8qyXBDcgLQ (Ooh! Look-a there, ain't she pretty by Buddy Greco and his Three Sharps) http://youtu.be/it20dB3ohCY (Ooh! Look-a-there, ain't she pretty by Bill Haley and His Comets)

 Francis BEECHER was inducted into Norristown Area High School's Hall of Fame in 2013. R.I.P

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