|Birth: ||Mar. 22, 1903|
|Death: ||Dec. 5, 1979|
Sam Franklin, musician, born in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Son of Eli and Marie (Bowers) Franklin. Educated in the public schools of Denver.
Young Sammy, started playing with the YMCA band in Denver, first playing the violin, then the trombone and later the trumpet. For several years he played with the George Morrison Band of Denver; later to Kansas City with the Benny Moten Band. During his career he played in such bands as Andy Kirk, Les Hite, Lionel Hampton and Eddie Barefield. He then formed the Sammy Franklin Orchestra, a society band and in great demand by west coast clubs, fraternities and sororities. Married to Vera Wysinger Franklin, a native of California and a registered nurse; they have one child, Henry Carl Franklin (The Skipper) who is also a musician, playing the bass.
Mr. Franklin was a 32nd Degree Mason, an Elk, Member of the Board of Directors of the Musicians Union, Local 767, member of the Second Baptist Church. Hobbies: Photography and golf.
Vera Wysinger Franklin (1908 - 1982)
Perris Valley Cemetery
Created by: Myra Wysinger
Record added: May 23, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 111060605