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Rodney Franklin

Fusion keyboardist Rodney Franklin was born in Berkeley, CA, in 1958. He began piano lessons at the age of six. After graduation, he worked with John Handy in San Francisco and toured with Freddie Hubbard, Marlena Shaw and Bill Summers. His debut album In the Center appeared in 1978 on Columbia. Two years later, Franklin hit the Top Ten with "The Groove," from You'll Never Know. The next six years brought seven more albums from Columbia; none were as successful as You'll Never Know, but Franklin continued to build his reputation as a respected fusion artist. He moved to BMG for 1988's Diamond Inside of You and has also released Love Dancin for Nova. ~ John Bush
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Track List: Jazzis

Disc 1

1. How Deep Is Your Love

2. Don't Look Any Further

5. Sunny

8. Mind The Gap

11. Love's Theme

12. Eleanor Rigby

13. Give Me The Night

Disc 2

4. Kasso

6. You'll Never Know

7. Just The Two Of Us

8. The Groove

9. Long Way From Brooklyn

14. Everybody Wants To Rule The World

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Track List: Television Themes - 16 Most Requested Songs

1. Bandstand Boogie

4. The Syncopated Clock

6. Green Acres

7. Petticoat Junction

8. The Ballad Of Paladin

9. The Rebel - Johnny Yuma

11. The Ballad Of Jed Clampett

12. Rawhide

13. The Virginian

16. Theme From "Hill Street Blues"

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first time i heard this i knew i had to add it to my collection , outstanding, representing jazz correctly, my man rod!!!!!!
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Rodney Funklin!!!
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Here is a musician that not enough is said about him. I've been a fan since the early 80s. I wish I could catch him in concert. Listen to Mediterranea n Shores and his version of Sailing.
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A musician.... . f o r real! :-)
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I played in the same high school jazz band with Rodney, such a great talent and wonderful person. He made the people of Berkeley, CA very proud.
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Love Rodney Franklin.... . w o u l d like to hear more from him
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Rodney Franklin-Mar a t h o n
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Add the theme of the Golden Girls.....Th a n k you for being a friend.
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Rodney Franklin deserves a bio, if for only The Groove which everybody copies.
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Jazz piano..light but funky.. very talented had a big hit, the Groove and also a version of "Broken Wings" that is absolutely beautiful.

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