BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS LEAD GUITARIST DIES

Feb 25, 2014

By AM740 Staff

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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.

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