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HEARTBEAT (It’s a Lovebeat)

August 9, 2007

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.
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