Leroy Franklin Starbird Band

Star Bird

Release Notes


  • Deluxe limited edition silk screened packaging
  • The story behind the making of “Star Bird”
  • Beautifully remastered tracks from the original reels

In 1981, Leroy Franklin went into the San Antonio studio of Manny Guerra with a group of session musicians to record his 2-sided masterpiece, “Star Bird.” The A-side, a spiritual, funky slice of Modern Soul, is reason enough for DJs and collectors to put this 45 in their box. The flip, a spontaneous anti-drug rap over “Star Bird’s” instrumental track is a dancefloor filler. Recorded just over a year after “Rapper’s Delight,” “Star Bird II” is quite possibly, the first Rap record ever recorded in Texas.