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To preserve, honor and showcase New England’s musical heritage.

The Fools

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Hailing from Ipswich, Massachusetts, the quintet first known as The Rhythm A’s, then later as The Fools, got together around 1975. Rich Bartlett, Doug Forman, Mike Girard, Chris Pedrick, and Stacey Pedrick assembled live performances that included rock-pop music wrapped around skits, slapstick, and audience participation. Radio programmers liked their “Psycho Killer” spoof, “Psycho Chicken,” and the record was a local hit, followed up by a bigger one, the poppy “It’s a Night for Beautiful Girls” — released after the group signed with EMI. After a couple of albums, they broke from the label and went independent, putting out the…

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