Born in Athens, AL and grew up listening to the music of the 60's and 70's.
My first exposure to music was singing "Hello Dolly" by Louis Armstrong at family get togethers. With many of my relatives being somewhat involved in the music business, it was only natural for me to want to perform.
My grandmother was raised in the Muscle Shoals area and use to sing on live radio as a young girl. My uncle and some of my cousins still perform locally around the Shoals.
My first live performance was at the Tanner Talent Show with a few of my friends from school. We had a lead guitar player, a bass player, and a drummer playing one snare drum. A true Elvis experience. We performed Cherokee Nation by Paul Revere and the Raiders.
The Flashbacks were formed in 1975. Carlos Hall, Tim Lambert,and I started singing before class one day and decided from there to begin a doo-wop singing group.
The Flashbacks first live performance was with the banjo player at Shakey's Pizza in Nashville, TN. We were playing a basketball tournament at David Limbscomb College. After our first game we all went to Shakey's. Barbara Ann was an awesome combination with the banjo. ;)
The caption underneath my senior picture said, "he has music in his blood". So true...
After a few years and a few member changes Stan Leopard and Andy Coffield were added to The Flashbacks. This group remained in tack for several years and with the help of promoter/sound engineer Brian Legg, the group achieved new heights, culminating in receiving a Musical Achievement Award from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
Being the lone remaining orignal member of The Flashbacks, I continue to enjoy the thrill of the performance today as much as the day I started in April 1975.
The Flashbacks continue to thrive and remain a music force in the Southeastern region of the United States playing at Wedding Receptions, Festivals, Corporate Events, etc...
ABOUT Gordon Franklin
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