[Dixielandjazz] RIP Frank Haggerty
charlie at easysounds.com
Fri Nov 26 10:38:17 PST 2004
Everyone who ever met him will lament the passing of jazz guitarist Frank
Haggerty, who died in Rocklin, California on Thanksgiving day.
Frank began his music career during the thirties depression and became a CBS
radio staff musician in San Francisco in the forties. He told of hearing
that Turk Murphy was looking for a banjo player, so Frank bought one for
twenty-five dollars at a hock shop, auditioned, and was picked by Turk over
several virtuoso banjo soloists. Turk wanted a rhythm player, not a star.
Frank later moved to Sacramento, free-lancing with local groups and playing
in most of the early Jazz Jubilees. He had a unique laid-back style that
fit in with any kind of music.
Even more than his fine guitar work, Frank will be remembered for his
wonderful wit and stories. He was a natural comedian.
Frank's health deteriorated in the last decade. His respiratory problems
required an oxygen tank and his vision failed. His last playing was in 2002
when several of us would go to his place and jam with him. Frank is
survived by his sweet wife, Opaline, also blind, who says there will be no
funeral service but a memorial party will be planned.
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