The daughter of Bill Haley and His Comets guitarist Franny Beecher has confirmed that the musician died on Monday in a nursing home near Philadelphia. He was 92.
Although he didn’t play on the original “Rock Around the Clock,” Beecher had joined Bill Haley and His Comets by the time they performed the hit for the first time on national television, in 1955. The band’s other hits include “See You Later, Alligator”
Beecher started playing in front of audiences when he was 17, and he continued until he was 90. Before the Comets, he performed with Buddy Greco and Benny Goodman.