Joe Franco, a 1969 graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, was an original member of the band The Good Rats. He also played in the horror rock band Van Helsing's Curse, which also featured Twisted Sister lead vocalist Dee Snider, and on the Magellan album Hundred Year Flood. Franco replaced A. J. Pero in Twisted Sister in 1986, and stayed in the band for about a year until its break-up in 1987. He also played in Snider's group Widowmaker; and with guitarists Vinnie Moore and Blues Saraceno.
Franco is the author of the book Double Bass Drumming (1984; Alfred, 1993) and is featured in the accompanying video (1988; Warner Bros., 2005). He is also has lectured and written articles about drumming and is a music producer involved in recording and post-production work as owner of Beatstreet Productions in the Flatiron District of New York City, New York.