Francis Eugene Beecher was the lead guitarist of Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 to 1962, and is best known for his innovative guitar solos combining elements of country 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 the surviving members of The Comets in 2006. In 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Beecher as a member of the Comets by a special committee, aiming to correct mistakes. The former is not attributed to Comets with Bill Haley.
|Birth name||Francis Eugene Beecher|
|Also known as||Frank Beecher|
|Born||September 29, 1921, Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Died||February 24, 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Years active||1940s–2014 (his death)|
|Associated acts||Benny Goodman Orchestra, Bill Haley & His Comets|
|IMDb||Franny Beecher's IMDb|
Lead guitarist for Billy Graham & His Comets from 1954 to 1962.
He started with Bill Haley as a session musician, and much later joined the band permanently.
He composed "Blue Comet Blues," "Goofin' Around," "Week End," and "Shaky."
He grew up in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
He joined the Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1948, staying there for more than six years.
- Members of the Benny Goodman Orchestra
- Bill Haley and his comet members
Latest information about Franny Beecher updated on June 14 2021.