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Franny Beecher

Francis Eugene Beecher (September 29, 1921 – February 24, 2014) was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 to 1962, and is best remembered for his innovative guitar solos combining elements of country music and jazz. He composed the classics "Blue Comet Blues", "Goofin' Around", "Week End", and "Shaky" when he was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets. He continued to perform with surviving members of the Comets into 2006. In 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Beecher as a member of the Comets by a special committee, aimed at correcting the previous mistake of not inducting the Comets with Bill Haley.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 29th, 1921 (Norristown), Died February 24th, 2014 (Philadelphia)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1954 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: lead guitar

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 94 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 86809 9/21/1954 Happy baby Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 86810 9/21/1954 Dim, dim the lights (I want some atmosphere)-1 Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 87325 1/5/1955 Birth of the boogie-1 Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 87326 1/5/1955 Mambo rock Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 87921 5/10/1955 Two hound dogs Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 87922 5/10/1955 Razzle dazzle Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 88690 9/22/1955 R-O-C-K Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 88691 9/22/1955 Rock-a-beatin' boogie Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 88692 9/23/1955 The Saints rock 'n' roll Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 88693 9/23/1955 Burn that candle Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 88995 12/12/1955 See you later, alligator Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 88996 12/12/1955 The paper boy (on Main Street, U.S.A.) Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 89594 3/23/1956 Goofin' around Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 89595 3/23/1956 Rudy's rock Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 89596 3/23/1956 Hide and seek-1 Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 89597 3/23/1956 Hey then, there now Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 89598 3/23/1956 Tonight's the night Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 89599 3/23/1956 Hook, line and sinker Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 89611 3/27/1956 Blue comet blues Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 89612 3/27/1956 Calling all comets Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 89613 3/27/1956 Choo choo ch'boogie Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 89614 3/30/1956 A rockin' little tune Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 89615 3/30/1956 Hot dog buddy buddy Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 89616 3/30/1956 Rockin' through the rye Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
Decca 100316 7/12/1956 Teenager's mother Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, lead guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 94 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Beecher, Franny," accessed August 6, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/303629.

Beecher, Franny. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 6, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/303629.

"Beecher, Franny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 6 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/303629

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