Les Franklin & Oaktown Blues gang
Inspired by artists such as James Brown, Otis Redding, O’Jays, Billy Preston, LIttle Richard, Gatemouth Brown, B.B. King, Lionel Richie, Jeffery Osborne and more, Les Franklin is a seasoned veteran. His musical journey began at the age 4 with children’s choir and by the age of 12 he was singing in school choirs and churches. Franklin then sang in the Landmarks Spiritual Temple Choir, pastored by Bishop I.E. Nero television/radio programs, which inspired him to continue in music.
At the age of 14, Les started his formal training at Emery High School; the first instrument he learned to play was the slide trombone. He then joined the high school marching band, concert band, jazz band and performed in city, state, county events and competition. By 17, he joined a group of young musicians called “Togetherness” and the group became a household name in Venice, CA. After winning a battle of the bands contest, they were recognized by David Hunt (Producer) and Sergio Levine (film maker from Poland) and Les was given the lead role in a musical stage production called “Street Children.” He has recorded and traveled the world with the Legendary Little Richard (fifteen years across forty eight countries with five years on the Legends of Rock ‘n Roll tour.)