HEARTBEAT (It’s a Lovebeat)

defrancofamily1.jpgThe DeFranco Family… another Osmond Family, Jackson 5. No such luck.

Heartbeat (It’s a Lovebeat) promised to be the start of something good, but the family (as a singing group) faded away into one-hit-wonder-ville.

Abracadabra, in 1974 would be the last Top40 hit with Tony and brother Benny singing lead harmony. The band officially called it quits in 1979.

From Ontario, Canada, the DeFrancos performed with little Tony on the maracas. A family friend submitted a photo of the family to Tiger Beat magazine. Charles Laufer, then publisher of the magazine thought he saw a winner. He financed the family’s trip to California, a photo shoot and a demo record. 20th Century Records signed them. Later, they went on to be prominently featured in the magazine with Tony leading the way.

Their first TV performance was a month after the release of Heartbeat on American Bandstand with Dick Clark.

After their second album, Save The Last Dance For Me, 20th Century tried to keep the group alive by re-billing them as Tony DeFranco and the DeFranco Family. Later Tony was asked to go solo… he refused and the family walked.

defranco1.jpgHEARTBEAT , it’s a LOVEBEAT
Girl,when I’m alone with you
I get a feelin’ through and through
Tellin’ me that love is comin’ on
My head starts spinnin’ round and round
And I don’t care what’s up or down
Cause deep in my soul, I’m out of control
When I start to hear the sound of

A heartbeat, it’s a lovebeat
And a lovebeat is a good vibration
Oh, a heartbeat is a lovebeat
And when we meet , it’s a good sensation

Listen to my heart pound
Listen to my love sound
Feel it gettin’ stronger
Can’t hold back any longer

Heartbeat, it’s a lovebeat
And a lovebeat is a good vibration
Oh a heartbeat it’s a lovebeat
And when we meet, it’s a good sensationyoung_tony_defranco.jpg

Pictures pass before my eyes
Like a vision in disguise
Tryin’ to explain the way I feel
And there’s a movement in my mind
Like a rhythm counting time
Breakin’ down all my defenses
Overcomin’ all of my senses

Listen to my heart pound
Listen to my love sound
Temp’rature is risin’
Girl, there’s no disguisin’


Here they are on The Jack Benny Show. Use the words above to sing along.

Have a quick look at the official site for Tony DeFranco. It’s a bit outdated, but something.

Here’s a peek at Tony now…
tonyd.jpg   tonyd2.jpg

What’s he doing now? He’s a Top 10 Performer at Sotheby’s International Realty in California. See for yourself at http://www.tonydefranco.com/ 


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