Franco Indiana Gazette Jan 30 1980

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Franco Indiana Gazette Jan 30 1980 - Word from the Watchmen: 'We Miss You Franco 7 A...
Word from the Watchmen: 'We Miss You Franco 7 A memory like an elephant I don't have. But those lyrics from the original Steelers fight song are etched in my mind as clearly as is the Black and Gold's current 1-1 record. ...Franco, Franco, now we have the running game...He's the rookie of the year, we 're so glad he's playing here... Truly tested was the speaker on my General Electric AM transistor radio when Pittsburgh's fave polka first hit the airwaves. The volume that little radio cranked out, I swear, matched decibel for .decibel the rock 'n roll that challenges my stereo's life span to this day. Now, the fight song of a decade past is history, and so are its heroes — Mean Joe Green, Roy Gerela and his gorillas, Count Frenchy Fuqua, etc... And Franco. Mr. Harris is Seattle's new Curt Warner now and the twilight of his career seems destined to be in Seahawks blue and silver. His jersey reads not 32, but 34. Yet, get this: another Franco tune is catching on in the Tri-State area — and we're not talking about Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Right here. A contract holdout tended the career of the National Football League's second all-time ground gainer in Pittsburgh, bnt some guys called the Watchmen aren't holding out any affection for their departed idol. - The Watchmen, a Clymer-based contemporary Christian music group, miss Franco enough to spread the word through music. ^The song's title, simply enough: We Miss .'You Franco. "This is the craziest thing that ever hap• pened to us," said band member Ken Abraham. "It just kind of exploded on us. The idea for the song came up after he signed with Seattle. We were kind of wishing he would be in Pittsburgh to break Jim Brown's (rushing) record, even though he's sure to be passed up (by Walter Payton). But the song is not even so much for him being a Steeler. He's the kind of guy who did so much for the community. He's somebody who people can look up to." Tink Abraham, Ken's brother and also a Watchman, initially thought of doing the ByJIMORR Gazette Sports Writer WWSW received a positive response of 80 percent — about 100 percent among women and 60 percent among men. "Our phones are ringing off the hook here (the Watchmen's office in Clymer)," said Abraham. "People are calling and saying it's great." Potential popularity is such, said Abraham, that the area's National Record Marts "asked for 600 copies right off the bat." The first wave of vinyl — under the group's Studio 64 Productions label for the time being — will hit the stores Monday and continue arriving throughout next week. "I'm sure it's going to be a temporary : We Miss You franco Abraham thing," said Abraham. "We did it partially for sentiments and partially for fun. It's not a Christian song, really, but it has Christian sentiments... "It's the kind of song I think Franco would say, 'Hey, I'm glad somebody thinks that way.'" Abraham said the Watchmen plan to send copies of the single to Franco's new stomping grounds around Seattle, too. The song has already been mailed to ABC-TV in hope that it will be aired during Pittsburgh's Monday night home game against Cincinnati on Oct. 1. The Watchmen, thanks to tickets Steelers guard and friend Craig Wolfley gave them, will be there. So will a chance for nationwide publicity if Frank, Dandy Don and O.J. become deejays for a minute or two. "We're still great Steelers fans, avid fans, in fact," said Abraham. "You'll find us on the 50-yard line for the Monday night game." So might millions of viewers. tribute to Franco just last week. Then, the two teamed to write it. And no sooner than • Franco once dashed through defenses at Three Rivers Stadium, the Watchmen — also including manager John Abraham, Gary Koreiba, Loren Greene and Mike Campbell — darted to Susquehanna Sound Studios near Williamsport to record. Resulting was & ballad is the group's Christian pop-rock style, and it was soon broadcast — via an early casette copy — over radio stations KDKA and WWSW in the Steel City. "(KDKA morning disc jockey) John Cigna played it, not knowing who made it, and liked it," said Abraham. "It had great reception. People were calling into KDKA like crazy to play it." Abraham said a survey of the song on -Ofc,Mr.tfari« The Watchmen, from left: Gary Koreiba, Leren Greene, John Abraham, Tink Abraham and Ken Abraham. (Gazette photo by Fisher)

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  1. Indiana Gazette,
  2. 30 Jan 1980, Wed,
  3. Page 14

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