FRANCIS BACON, a vocalist, song writer and composer, was the star of the musical Hamilton and the founding member of the pop-country band, HER ARTIST, from 1974 until his death at the age of 90 on Saturday.
In addition to performing as Her, Bacon sang in Broadway musicals such as It’s a Wonderful Life and A Man Called Ove, and in the movies, The Producers and The Butler.
His songwriting career also spanned Broadway, film, radio and radio commercials.
His voice was also heard in a number of TV series and films, including the TV show, The Cosby Show, and the TV miniseries The Young and the Restless, about the life of comedian Bill Cosby.
Bacon was born in Montreal, Canada, on January 6, 1919, the eldest of six children.
Born to the British-born composer Richard and his German-born wife Marie (Bacon) Bacon, Bacon was raised in London, England, and grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Toronto, Ontario.
He started writing songs in the early 1960s while attending McGill University in Montreal.
In the late 1970s, Bacon wrote a number for the group Her, which was based in Toronto and recorded several songs, including “I Won’t Lose Your Heart,” “You Won’t Be Forgotten,” “A Little Rain,” “The Good Woman,” “Birds in a Cage” and “The Great Gatsby.”
Bacon also sang and recorded with the band for several years, including a recording of “The Sound of Music” in 1982.
“The Girl with the Golden Hair” was included in the 1973 album, The Great Garsby, which is the song he later performed on Broadway, and is now one of the best-known and most widely recognized songs in pop-music history.
He was also a vocal performer for several singers, including Jennifer Holliday, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Usher.
Bacon, who had also written a number called “Happily Ever After,” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1988 for the song.
In 2000, he won a Grammy for Best Vocal Performance in a Rock Performance.
The singer died on Saturday at a hospital in Montreal where he had been undergoing treatment for a brain tumor, the CBC reported.
His daughter, Lisa Bacon, told the Associated Press that Bacon had been in hospice care for the past year.
“He was a very gentle and sweet man who was an artist,” she said.
“And he had this amazing voice that would have been very appealing to anyone who knew him.”
In 2018, Bacon’s band Her was inducted into the National Music Hall of Fame.
The group had released several albums, including her last, The Girl with a Golden Hair, in 2012.
She was also an accomplished performer.
Bacon performed at the 2018 Grammy Awards, performing her song “A Lot of Love.”
In November 2018, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Bacon has received multiple honorary doctorates.
In his obituary, the Canadian Medical Association said Bacon’s “professionally and professionally distinguished life and contributions to Canadian health care, education and public health have been remarkable.”
“He is an outstanding member of this community,” the association said.