Feb 25, 2014
By AM740 Staff
The lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets has died. In 1955 Franny Beecher helped bring in the rock and roll era with the hit: Rock Around the Clock. Another guitarist played on the original recording of Rock Around the Clock but Beecher played on the song’s U-S national television debut and in films, remaining with the Comets until 1962. Beecher’s daughter, Pauline Grinstead, said her father died in his sleep Monday night in a nursing home near Philadelphia. Franny Beecher was 92.