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Peter Wolf

…he is currently gigging with his band The Midnight Travelers promoting this release. Recently, he was also a guest d.j. on Tom Petty’s Sirius XM Radio Show where he played Petty tunes and music from his own legendarily large record collection.   The legacy of Peter Wolf showcases his vibrant passion for music that has motivated him for most of his life and throughout a career that spans blues, soul, country, folk and jazz.   “Do you ever see you…


Peter Wolf

…to grab people‘s attention, then what to do with them once you had them.” Peter Wolf didn’t just arrive at the station for his overnight show with a box of records to play, he arrived with a plan. He had a theme song: “Mosaic” by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, plus an entourage including co-host Charlie Daniels, renamed ‘Master Blaster,’ who called his boss ‘Woofuh-Goofuh.’ Wolf explained, “I brought all my records and 45’s in; lots of blues…


The J. Geils Band

…Plant and Mick Jagger, America had no finer offering in the category than Peter Wolf. If there has ever been a better American front man in that tradition, it was from another band out of Boston, Aerosmith. Hardly anyone stateside else even comes close to Tyler or Wolf, and if you want to take that Gene Kelly, Ken Berry, Danny Kaye polished song and dance man into the rock idiom, it’s hard to imagine a non-instrumentalist frontman on either side…


Peter Green’s New England Journeys

…d on and on. One of the best bands I ever saw there was Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green. Peter’s tone and phrasing was so tasteful. It was the first time I ever heard a Sunburst Les Paul and in fact I went out the very next day and bought one, but that’s a different story. When Fleetwood Mac finished their set, we were walking through the club and Peter walked by us. My brother Stan said to him, “My brother has a Les Paul too.” (I actually had a 52…


Peter Simon

…n, in 1988. Today their son Willie lives in Boston with his wife Toni-Anne. UMASS/Amherst was thrilled that he listened to his father’s advice on saving every negative when the school bought his huge archival collection (available here). The Vineyard Gazette once printed: ‘with Peter Simon it was always hug first and talk later.’ Peter was never defined by his wealthy upbringing: he created a societal niche for himself throughout his lifetime; and…


The Hallucinations

…and forged a fiery local following with future J. Geils Band members Peter Wolf as frontman and Stephen Jo Bladd behind the drums, opening for a who’s who of blues greats while headlining shows at some of the rockin’est Boston venues of the day. Called an “attitude-heavy” group by Wolf himself, a 1966 review of the band’s earliest live shows said, “As a musical product, no attempt to describe them is sufficient. They must be heard to be appreciate…


A Blues Summit In A VW Bus

…r the album he would record that fall, Astral Weeks. After the show I gave Peter, Van and John Lee a ride to Cambridge, where Peter and I also lived. While I manned the wheel, the three of them sat together on the back bench seat of the Tea Party’s VW bus and carried on an animated conversation. Here you had a white kid from the Bronx who was a lover and interpreter of blues and R&B, an Irishman who grew up listening to that same music on records…


Hot Tin Roof

…s Ian, Susanne Vega, Chris Daniels, Robert Cray, David Bromberg, Lou Reed, Peter Wolf, Richie Havens, Marshall Tucker, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Money, Queen Ida, Phoebe Snow, Dr. John, The Mamas and the Papas, 10,000 Maniacs and Jorma Kaukonen. The long list of reggae performers that played at the Roof and its successor identities includes Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Steel Pulse, Eek-a-Mouse, Yellowman, Sizzla, Mor…


Peter Malick

…in bands – the first one was PPMWW (members were, as the initials suggest, Peter Ivers, Peter Malick, Michael Tschudin, Walter Powers, and Willie Loco Alexander), the second was The Listening – the music fell under the category of psychedelic. The Listening had one album on Vanguard records, did lots of gigs at the Boston Tea Party, and got regular slots at Brandeis, where they opened for Cream, Jefferson Airplane, and Sly & the Family Stone. But…


Peter Dayton

…ped the focused metallic drone that characterized his previous effort. The Peter Dayton Band prominently featured keyboards, which would soon become the dominating instrument in a decade of New Wave music. Ric Ocasek became a fan and musical confidant, his stature as the guiding force of The Cars boosting the younger rising star’s stock considerably. Ocasek wasn’t afraid to back his enthusiasm with action, producing the Peter Dayton Band’s first e…


Fat

…for a while.”  Christopher Newland, DeVito, and Perry leave the band, with Peter Newland and Michael Benson remaining to keep the fire burning. Which they did, beginning in late 1979 with a succession of new lineups. The first sees the two stalwarts being joined by bassist Peter Frizzell (Clean Living) and drummer Barry Blinn (Mama’s Little Jewel). This quite-different incarnation of Fat, a power trio with front man vocalist, was dubbed Hell’s Hou…


Jim Parry

…in school.” So, as simply as that, Parry joined the cast of characters on Wolf’s show, manning the controls, pushing buttons and cueing up records. At the end of each night, as dawn closed in, Wolf would launch into a closing rap in which he thanked his cohorts including “Jim Parry – looking so merry!” In May, when WBCN went 24/7 with free-form rock replacing all classical music programming, Tommy Hadges, Al Perry and Jim Parry all received their…


Steve Nelson

…dewinders (with Andy Paley) and Ultimate Spinach. The Hallucinations (with Peter Wolf) became the virtual house band. Steve was the foremost producer/promoter of concerts with The Velvet Underground, not only presenting many VU shows at the Tea Party and the Woodrose, but as well designing several posters for their appearances. Also playing at Woodrose shows were The Allman Brothers, Barry T and The Studebakers (with Barry Tashian and Bill Briggs…


The Boston Tea Party

…scene. Then came the Tea Party debut of The Hallucinations, whose frontman Peter Wolf went on to hit records and the cover of Rolling Stone with The J. Geils Band. Soon the film showings ended, and the Tea Party began presenting acts from out of town. The Velvet Underground first came up from New York City in May ‘67, and because they didn’t perform in New York again for the next three years, the Tea Party in effect became their home club. It also…


Orphan

…into the ’80s drumming with many notable artists of the time—Billy Squier, Peter Wolf, and Alice Cooper. While recording at Intermedia Studios in Boston, Orphan were introduced to Jonathan Edwards and his band Headstone Circus and collective elements of their music began to coalesce with shared songs and performing on each other’s recordings.  Orphan and Jonathan often performed together and they served as Jonathan’s backing band on his 1974 relea…


Peter Malick Listens To The Universe

Peter Malick is a guitarist and record producer from Boston who early in his career played with legendary piano bluesman Otis Spann and lived at his home in Chicago. My entry into the bigtime happened not long after my 14th birthday. The place was a bar on Huntington Ave, and it was my first gig outside of either school, or in a church basement. I was the youngest band member, and I innocently walked up to the big Irish police officer who was sta…


Johnny A.

…ing the guitarist and music director for The J. Geils Band front man Peter Wolf. He played on Wolf’s albums and also co- produced one of them (Long Line, 1996 which received four stars from Rolling Stone) as well as joining him on several world tours. In 1999, Johnny A. launched his solo career and independently released his debut CD Sometime Tuesday Morning. Soon after, he signed a licensing deal to re- release the album with Steve Vai’s label an…


The Crosstown Bus

…Van Morrison among others – before two of that band’s members, lead singer Peter Wolf and drummer Stephen Bladd, joined the J. Geils Band. Other Boston acts that played at the Crosstown Bus were the psychedelia-influenced power-blues quintet Beacon Street Union – fronted by vocalist John Lincoln Wright, a Maine native who reached local-legend status in the 70s with The Sour Mash Boys – and the impressively improvisational power trio Eden’s Childre…


J.J. Jackson

…er it,” Jackson told Record World in June 1978. “I went up to visit Peter [Wolf] while he was on the air, and I just fell in love with the station and everyone I met.” “I knew JJ Jackson to be a 300-pound R & B singer,” Wolf recalled. “So he called me. I said, ‘Come on by.’ I opened the door and there was this thin cat there, wearing the whole ‘Super-fly’ outfit. I realized, ‘This is not the R & B singer.’ Hey says, ‘I love your show; can I come u…


WBCN

…first DJs operated out of studios at 171 Newbury Street and included Peter Wolf in his pre-stardom days, Jim Parry, Al Perry, Tommy Hadges, Sam Kopper and Steve Segal. Soon the station moved across town to Stuart Street with JJ Jackson and Charles Laquidara joining the circle. Except for Wolf’s up-tempo shtick rockin’ the wee hours, a laid-back, “stoner” style prevailed with a free-form attitude toward the music – no restrictions and no playlist….


Al Perry

Al Perry appeared on the air during the nightly Peter Wolf broadcasts, working the controls for ‘Wooa-Goofa’ during ‘BCN’s formative months in 1968. But he’d actually been at the station for six months by that point, hired when WBCN still featured classical music. “I swept floors; then I got my FCC license and did a little news and weather at the top of the hour. When Ray Riepen came in I started selling [commercial time].” This meant that Perry…


Bunratty’s/Melody Lounge/Local 186/The Wonder Bar

…and The James Montgomery Band. PEOPLE YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN IN THE AUDIENCE: Peter Wolf (The J.Geils Band) who once almost had his car towed away while watching a band inside. Jimmy Miller, producer extraordinaire of The Rolling Stones, Motor Head, Blind Faith, Jethro Tull and many others. Bob Gamere, who once hosted ‘Candlepins For Cash’ on local TV 38, was a sportscaster for The Yankees, and is in the Hall Of Fame as a notorious bad boy. MAGNIFICE…


Opening for The J. Geils Band at Boston Garden

…d I was scared knobless. We were set to go on promptly at 7:15pm and Peter Wolf came into our dressing room prior and offered some advice; ‘ hit ’em hard, hit ’em fast and don’t falter !’. We took that advice to heart, by the end of that Cobo Arena show we knew that this was going to rank high as one of the most electrifying experiences of our lives. And it was- until the Boston Garden shows beginning on 2/22. There are no words, no way to communi…


Charlie McKenzie

…es we sent out. We’ll always be grateful to him for that.” The great Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band called Charlie a “true rock n’ roll character” and has said he always asked Charlie to listen to J. Geils Band songs before they were released due to Charlie’s amazing ears for what made a hit record. Charlie was known as a gentle giant at 6′ 4″ he could be an imposing figure…he loved to party like the best of them but his talents and amazing ear f…


Kate Taylor

…ed by Peter Asher, her manager at the time, who had many hits with his duo Peter & Gordon in the ’60’s. Kate: “I met Peter Asher in 1969 when I went to London to visit brother James when he was making, with Peter producing, his album for Apple Records. James and I were invited to a tea party out at Peter’s summer cottage in the countryside. It was early June, and there was an empty and ancient swimming pool in the yard. JT and I went down in the b…


Peter Rowan

…aying guitar and mandolin, and at singing and yodeling, Wayland, MA native Peter Rowan is best known as a local king of bluegrass, since he first joined Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys in the mid-’60s. But he’s been involved with many styles of music, from Tex-Mex with The Cupids to folk-rock with Earth Opera and a mix of blues, jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical in Seatrain. He played full-out bluegrass with his brothers Chris and Lorin as Th…


Steve Berkowitz

…Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Eden’s Children, Peter Malick, Ian Whitcomb, Branford Marsalis, James Brown, Booker T. & The MG’s, Charles Mingus, Charles Lloyd, Charles Wright and Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Sly Stone, Lonnie Mack, Robert Johnson, Elvis Costello, Elvis Presley, Nick Lowe, Dennis Brennan, Peter Goff, Herb Ellis, Luther Vandross, Luther Johnson, Joni Mitchell, Max Roach, Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Mon…


Ed Vadas

…y music at the level he demanded, it seemed hollow to play any other way.” Peter Newland, longtime recording artist and frontman for Fat (whose first album was released on RCA in 1970) and Radio Xile, played many of the same venues as Vadas over the decades. “Any retrospective of the Vast One,” notes Newland, “would not be complete and honest without mention of his famous temper and heated outbursts. I’ve been on the receiving end of his ire, and…


Seatrain

…r drummer Julio Coronado, keyboardist Bill Elliott, and guitarist/vocalist Peter Walsh. This was the fifth and final lineup of Seatrain, leaving Andy Kulberg as the only remaining original member.  Lloyd Baskin and Peter Walsh shared lead vocals while a bevy of session musicians were invited in to contribute, adding a string section, a tuba, an oboe, and banjo to the mix.  The resulting album, and the final for Seatrain, was titled Watch and was p…


Duke Levine

…ry Chapin Carpenter, played in the J. Geils Band, and is still a member of Peter Wolf’s Midnight Travelers. He also built up a detailed knowledge of guitars in his high school days while working at Union Music in Worcester, and has a degree in jazz performance from New England Conservatory. “My first cool guitar was a Gibson SG Special that I got when I was around 14,” he said. “But it was stolen out of our parents’ house. That house got broken in…


The Woodrose Ballroom

…ekend on March 14-15 featured Tea Party homeboys The J. Geils Blues Band.  Peter Wolf later sang of their eating at a local joint before a show at the Woodrose and then crashing there afterwards (“Ate in the Four Winds Diner / Slept in the Woodrose Hall”), in the band’s classic cut “Hard Drivin’ Man” on their first LP. The next weekend it was The Velvet Underground, an unlikely gig for this most urban of bands, but friends from the Tea Party who w…


James Montgomery

…ls, Gregg Allman, Lavern Baker, Patti La Belle, Jonathan Edwards, J.Geils, Peter Wolf, Magic Dick and D.K. (The J.Geils Band), Huey Lewis, Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Rick Derringer, Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan and Sib Hashian (Boston), Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett and The Blackhearts), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Michael Carabello (Santana), Jon Butcher, Bruce Marshall (The Toy Caldwell Band), Dennis Fly Am…


The Green River Festival: Wherever Is Your Heart I Call Home

…e, Emmylou Harris, Booker T. Jones, Mavis Staples, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Peter Wolf, Bombino, Lucinda Williams, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Allen Toussaint, John Hiatt, Los Lobos, Wanda Jackson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Anaïs Mitchell, Kermit Ruffins, and Steve Earle… to name a few. Slowly but surely, the Green River Festival has evolved into an institution for music lovers throughout New England and beyond. These days…


“Little Walter” DeVenne

…1968 to 1978.  He then went to WROR from 1978 to 80. During his ROR days, Wolfman Jack, the legendary DJ that graced the movie American Graffiti, had a syndicated show on station. On occasion, The Wolfman would actually show up in Boston and the two would do shows together. Little Walter’s Time Machine also ran locally on WDLW, WCGY, WFNX, WMRE, and WBOQ.  Walter loved doing events at clubs all around New England that would be broadcast on the ai…


Maurice Starr

…who’s who of artists, writing songs and appearing on albums for LL Cool J, Peter Wolf, Con Funk Shun, The Stylistics, Shirley Caesar, Tiffany, Anita Baker, Jean Carne, Ma$e , and Puff Daddy and others.   His success with New Kids On The Block and New Edition was of course the foundation that would later spawn the Backstreet Boys, *NYSNC and restart the whole boy bands/girl bands phenomenon that continues to dominate the recording industry today in…


Cabot Performing Arts Center

…Los Lobos to an all-star tribute to Bessie Smith. Boston musicians such as Peter Wolf and Jon Butcher have made regular stops, and in December 2020 the venue marked its 100th anniversary with a virtual celebration that featured James Taylor, Raul Malo, Paula Cole and many more. Originally known as the Ware, after the two brothers who built it, the venue was renamed the Cabot Cinema in 1960. When its mid-century incarnation as a movie theater began…


Mark Baxter

…here’s nothing I’d rather be doing.” THE CLIENTS Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Peter Wolf (J.Geils Band), Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen, Tribe of Judah) Johnny Rzeznik (GooGoo Dolls), Steve Augeri (Journey), Aimee Mann (‘Til Tuesday), Emerson Hart (Tonic) Johnny Lang, Grace Potter, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Del Fuegos, Treat Her Right, Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), Martin Johnson (Boys Like Girls), Kristen Welchez (DumDum Girls), Ezra Koeni…


Ron Robin

…d at the “Swing Thing”. A few years later that little blues band featuring Peter Wolf became the J. Geils Band. During his time in Manchester Ron hosted several rock concerts before moving back to Boston.  In 1967 he applied for a job at WMEX in Boston after Arnie Ginsburg left that station to go to WRKO. He got the job but owner Mac Richmond didn’t like the name Rumple because he thought it sounded to much like Rumble. The owner proudly proclaime…


Exploring The Catacombs With Van Morrison

…he Doors and Universal Underpass took place there. Local celebrities, like Peter Wolf from the J. Geils band, were in the audience that night.   There was an old tapestry behind the stage, and a small dressing room behind the curtain. Van sequestered himself back there just before the set to get ready for the gig. Behind the tapestry was where the real catacombs were, tunnels, passages, and underpasses weaving beneath the building. One supposedly…


Billy Ruane

…one would drink it and then sue us;’ which only made us laugh even harder. Peter Wolf once said of him: ‘There’s a thousand stories about Billy. He was a great ambassador for music in Boston.’ Loony Tunes record store owner Pat McGrath was hired from Mr. Ruane’s Trust to look after him for the last eight years of his life; and Billy was hospitalized in October, a few weeks before he died, for heart trouble but checked himself out that same day; ag…


Long View Farm Studio

…re Gettin’ Even While I’m Gettin’ Odd, which was recorded without frontman Peter Wolf. Aerosmith recorded “Chip Away the Stone” in June 1978 and returned in the 1990s for pre-production of Get a Grip and later drum recordings for Nine Lives and Just Push Play. The Pat Metheny Group recorded American Garage in 1979. Other jazz projects over the years included albums from Max Roach, Larry Coryell, Archie Shepp, Oregon and Jon Scofield The Rolling St…


David Minehan

…David took over former studio 10-Spot in the Boylston space.  Clients like Peter Wolf, Henley Douglass, Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Dave Mattacks and the van Gogh Brothers began to solidify David’s clientele and the rising rents gave rise to another plight. David established Woolly Mammoth in Waltham in 2006, which has, over 14 years, become a “Holy Grail” studio for regional and national artists. The gear is spectacular, with a wide array of instru…


The Boston Sound

…One band that Uncle T liked was the Hallucinations, featuring lead singer Peter Wolf (later of the J. Geils Band). But the Boston music scene was not easy to categorize, since not all the popular bands fit into the psychedelic genre.  For example, The Bagatelle was an eight-piece band whose music blended rock and rhythm & blues.            Around this time, it was becoming obvious to record companies that top-40 was no longer reaching college-age…


The Unicorn Coffee House

…The Monkees.  And it hosted local groups such as the J.Geils Band (before Peter Wolf joined the group), Colwell-Winfield Blues Band,  The Modern Lovers, Ultimate Spinach and Orpheus, who were discovered there and signed to a record deal.  For a while WBZ’s great DJ Dick Summer did a weekly MC gig at the club. With no liquor license, coffee and music were the only intoxicants.  Like many smaller venues, the Unicorn succumbed to the changing econom…


Tommy Hadges

…dges was one of the first regular jocks on the station, along with Rogers, Peter Wolf, Sam Kopper, Al Perry and Jim Parry. But, less than a year later, the Brockton native would depart, only showing occasionally for fill-in shifts as he concentrated earnestly on his studies at Tufts Dental School.  Eventually the pull of music and radio overwhelmed the desire to fill cavities and listen to that noisy saliva-sucking device all day.  Hadges returned…


Crystal Syrup: Unfinished Business in the Brockton, MA Music Scene

…s well—songs like “Why Do I Cry” and “Don’t Look Back.” Local rock pioneer Peter Wolf called them; “The band that led the way for Rock n’ Rollers in Boston.” That certainly applied to me. And, it started from that one performance by The Remains opening for The Beatles in 1966 that inspired me and three other young impressionable musical wannabees to form a band using them as the initial model of who’s footsteps we’d aspire to follow. Thus, began T…


Face to Face

…, where Sargent, in particular, has been a mainstay on the local scene (often working with the Twinemen). Kimball has recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Carly Simon, Debbie Harry and many others. He recorded, produced, and toured for several years with Peter Wolf most recently on the critically-acclaimed 2002 LP Sleepless. Since 2004 he has been a member of Bob Dylan’s constantly touring caravan, recording with Dylan on Modern Times. Two of Face to…


Van Morrison

…roke and wondering what to do next. He was befriended by J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf and readily accepted by the local music community. Given time to think and breathe after the hectic start of his career, Morrison began working on music totally different from his previous efforts and first unveiled it in a Boston club called the Catacombs. That album, 1968’s Astral Weeks,secured Morrison’s place in pop music history and laid the groundwork for t…


Amphion

…Amphion was representing the J. Geils Blues Band when they added frontman Peter Wolf and drummer Stephen Jo Bladd from The Hallucinations. Ray insisted that the group keep its name, that of its guitarist. The band eventually left Amphion but became a huge success as The J. Geils Band, with several albums and hit singles on Atlantic Records. That same year Amphion worked briefly with another group recorded by Lorber, Chamaeleon Church, with singer…


Bobby Chouinard

…han, James Montgomery, Duke and the Drivers, and Wiley Crawford, he moved to the New York City nightclub scene, where his powerhouse drumming style fueled late ’70s rock ‘n’ rollers Robert Gordon and Chris Spedding. Chouinard spent the Eighties working with everyone from Billy Squier, Ted Nugent, Peter Wolf, and Cher, and drummed on Alice Cooper’s 1989 hit album, Trash; Chouinard’s raw energy and pure attack led Cooper to call him one of the best…


Charles Laquidara

…ire career). But his timing at WBCN was perfect: he replaced the departing Peter Wolf just as the station moved into its second home on Stuart Street. Laquidara revealed, “With the advent of underground radio, there was a place for a guy who was simply – real. He didn’t have to have a deep voice, he didn’t have to talk fast or have a golden throat.” Laquidara became a radio legend when he took WBCN’s AM drive time shift and turned it into his coun…


Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble

…a winner.  Some of the national acts to have headlined the Rumble include Peter Wolf, the Alarm and Joan Jett.  In recent years, the Rumble has brought back past participants to headline the finals, including acts such as The Gravel Pit, The Dogmatics and The Neighborhoods.  Today, the Rumble is hosted and produced by Boston DJ Anngelle Wood, host of Boston Emissions.   The Rumble has become a legendary event.  When it comes to the Boston undergr…


Aztec Two-Step

…ddy” Roues, who’s played alongside with B.B. King, Bo Diddley, and Howlin’ Wolf, on bass and harmonica, and Peter Hohmeister, a locally renowned performer and public-school music teacher, on drums. Speaking in 2012 about Fowler and Shulman’s unprecedented number of years together as a venerated folk act, John Platt of the National Public Radio station WFUV in New York said, “The secret of Aztec Two-Step’s longevity isn’t just the harmony between R…


Wendy Carlos

…ast in the 1990s to develop Digi-Surround Stereo Sound, a digital process for soundtrack restoration and surround stereo conversion. There was also a rather unexpected collaboration with “Weird” Al Yankovic: a spoof of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Carlos then spent five years digitally remastering her entire catalog. Her most recent release was 2005’s two-volume Rediscovering Lost Scores, which featured previously out-of-print material…


The Short, Beautiful Life of The Performance Center

Peter Wassyng has spent a life surrounded by music. In addition to his work below, he had a long career as a record promo man for Capitol Records, EMI-America and A&M Records, among others. My lifelong journey in the music industry began in earnest when I helped Roger Abramson manage The Performance Center, a small two-room club on the third floor of The Garage in Harvard Square at 36 Boylston Street (now JFK Street). Although the club only laste…


Clean Living

…“best area band” recognition in regional readers’ polls. Singer/songwriter Peter Newland, a Western MA music-scene pioneer, fronted Fat, who often shared bills with Clean Living. He recalls, “They were a great band, and for me as a lover of songs, it was Norman’s songs and voice that came shining through. There isn’t a song he has written that I don’t love, from ‘Far North Again’ to ‘Backwoods Girl,’ but ‘Charles Street (In The Morning)’ is the on…


Grabbing the Horn by the Bulls at Boston Garden

…nnie Raitt, J Geils, Aerosmith, Boston, Spider John Koerner, Reeve Little, Peter Bell, James Montgomery, Peter Johnson, Robin Lane and so many more were hanging out in the midst of the best period I can remember. Boston was rocking. Because of my association with Don, I used to witness some surreal rock ‘n’ roll events.  One night, Don brought me to the Boston Garden to see The Who. Don’s security crew “bulls” were the linebackers and other player…


Tony Raine

…he managed to get hired as a bartender at The Channel to make extra money. Peter Boras who was running the club thought he did a pretty good job and  asked Tony what else he was doing and Tony told him about Victoria Station. Peter suggested Raine finish the extensive training program  and keep bartending part time; and once he finished the training The Channel would hire him to manage their bar operations. ‘There were many crazy nights at The Cha…


Orchestra Luna

…anted to enlarge the band further and asked my poet friend from New Haven, Peter Barrett, if he’d join the band as a singer/performer/spoken word artist. He did. Peter brought an entirely new vibe and presence. He named us: Orchestra Luna and the girls – The Lunettes. My sister, unsure of herself on stage, wanted guidance. I asked Barry Keating (whom I’d met in Grenada, West Indies – on a wild ride, failed movie) to choreograph. His New York frien…


Ray Mason

…o everyone from the Lovin’ Spoonful to Thelonious Monk.  Springfield-based Peter Newland, a Western MA musical legend and frontman for Fat, who recorded their debut album for RCA in 1970, has known Ray much of his professional life. Peter tells us, “Ray Mason is one of my heroes. He’s led, I think, an exemplary creative life. As time passes, so many of us get distracted and diverted; striving to remain relevant, looking for the new sound, struggli…


La Peste

…the 70’s was sudden and striking. Fronted by the tall, dark, and handsome Peter Dayton, the band blasted out of its rehearsal hall/apartment and quickly made a mark in the local circuit, winning a high-visibility 1978 Battle of the Bands at the Inman Square Men’s Bar in Cambridge, releasing a superb local single (“Better off Dead” b/w “Black”), and reaching the finals of WBCN’s “Rock and Roll Rumble” the following summer. Having learned little mo…


B.B. King, his B.B. ring, and B.B.

…f the Tea Party, I booked electric blues greats like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker, as well as many American and British blues rock bands influenced by them. That night B.B. King wore a gold ring on his left hand with B.B. spelled out back-to-back in diamonds. During his set the ring broke, with one of the “B”s falling off the stage and into the audience. Someone could easily have walked off with it and cashed in the gold and diam…


Wilson Pickett Goes “Surf”ing at The Midnight Hour

…Bluegrass were the focus of my existence………but when I first heard Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters (and had the pleasure of watching both thru a tiny window on Palmer St. in Cambridge) my life was changed.  Son House, Bill Monroe, Tom Rush, John Hammond Jr., Spider John Koerner and a multitude of folk/blues artists had been staples of my existence………… But my world all of a sudden broadened to include Electric Blues and R&B! The Music of New Orleans,…


Cliff Goodwin

…‘The Anthology’- A&M Records 1999   * Mohegan Sun All-Stars- ‘Live at The Wolf Den’    2001   *Joe Cocker– ‘Standing Here’ – Fruit Tree Records    2001   *Joe Cocker- ‘The Ultimate Collection’- Hip-O /A&M Records 2004   * Joe Cocker– ‘Gold’- Hip-O/A&M Records 2006   * Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez– ‘Re-Hive’-   HMG Records  2008    *Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez– ‘The Deep End’- HMG Records    2009   * Deric Dyer- ‘Renaissance Man’- Delboy Re…


Fat City Band

…n Mission Hill, Roxbury to B.B. Kings at Foxwoods Casino and Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den in Connecticut.  They’ve shared the bill with numerous music legends such as  B.B. King at theaters in the round in Warwick, Rhode Island and Cohasset, Massachusetts.  They also opened for Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, the Neville Brothers, and Redmond’s teenage inspiration, James Brown in NYC to Ray Charles at the Hampton Beach Casino in NH.  The band also played Se…


15 Lansdowne Street

…Tom Rush, Santana, Rod Stewart, The Velvet Underground,  The Who, Howlin’ Wolf, Neil Young, Frank Zappa and, in several appearances, Boston’s own J. Geils Band. But even the Tea Party was not immune to the economics of the music business; as acts grew in popularity, so did the cost of hiring them.  The club closed in late 1970, and Law took his rock concert business to larger venues like the Orpheum Theater and Boston Garden.  The Tea Party site…


Dale Dorman

…hat wit, it didn’t take him long to get better at his craft. He worked for WOLF in Syracuse and KFRC in San Francisco for two years when station management suggested to Dale that he do mornings; and in August of 1968 he landed the gig at WRKO and the legend of “Uncle Dale” was born in Boston. Over his impressive run on the airways in Boston Dale worked for WRKO, WXKS, and WODS among others. He was an on air personality at WRKO for over ten years a…


Norman Greenbaum

…and The Lost.’ In the sixties, Norman also performed under the name Bruno Wolf with The Jim Kweskin Jug band; and in 1966 as leader and composer of Dr. West’s Medicine Show And Junk Band, released the novelty hit ‘The Eggplant That Ate Chicago.’ In 1970, his song ‘Canned Ham’ made it to number forty-six on the Billboard charts. Best known for his classic hit ‘Spirit In The Sky’ with its memorable mix of a great riff, guitar effects, hand clapping…


Far Cry

…itional blues background, with people saying Jere was a mixture of Howlin’ Wolf and Captain Beefheart. It was new and free-form and varied night to night from brilliant to disjointed, but it seemed to be working and between all the colleges in New England, the festivals and the protests going on, work was plentiful on the weekends. The band also had a large following at the Electric Circus in NYC as well as playing in Washington Square and outdoor…


Eden’s Children

…dren with The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, J. Geils Band, and Howling Wolf – and on bills with The Yardbirds, The Rascals and others. Signed to ABC Records in ’67, the group put out two albums of original material by Schamach, with Kiely contributing two songs on the second album. The first album was essentially a live in the studio session with a heavier sound, while the second had a more produced feel and a noticeably lighter sound, owing t…


David Woodford

…, Steve Gadd, Jeff Golub/Avenue Blue, Emmy Lou Harris, Don Henley, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, Rickie Lee Jones, Chaka Khan, Nicolette Larson, T. Lavitz, Albert Lee, Will Lee, John Mayall, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Graham Nash, Ivan Neville, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Rivers, Tom Rush, David Sanborn, Sha Na Na, Boz Scaggs, The Shirelles, Ben Sidran, Jimmy Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Stills, Sting, Stuff, Supertramp, Richard Tee, Tower of Power, Phil Up…


Carousel Theatre

…er, Tom Jones, Ray Charles, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Ten Years After, the Association, Jack Benny, Carol Lawrence, Andy Williams, The Osmonds, Phyllis Diller, Danny Kaye, Jack Benny, Joan Rivers, Jerry Lewis, Chicago, Liberace, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Peter, Paul and Mary, and, of course, Tiny Tim. The Carousel Theater closed in the early 1970s and was destroyed by fire shortly thereafter. It has been replaced by Carousel Office Park, which consists o…


John Cafferty

In real life, Peter Falk was not Columbo, Ted Danson is not Sam Malone, Daniel Radcliffe is not Harry Potter and John Cafferty is not Eddie Wilson, the rock star in the 1983 box-office flop Eddie and the Cruisers, for which Cafferty wrote the chart-topping soundtrack. And quite unlike the character in the movie – spoiler alert: Eddie crashes his car and vanishes without a trace, ending his rock ‘n roll dreams forever – in the almost 40 years sinc…


Big Dipper

After parting ways with Peter Prescott and his post-Mission of Burma project Volcano Suns two years before that group released their 1987 debut The Bright Orange Years, guitarist Gary Waleik and bassist Steve Michener (who also served in fellow-Bostonians Dumptruck) recruited guitarist/vocalist Bill Goffrier, and drummer Jeff Oliphant to form Big Dipper. Mixing post-punk jaggedness with Amerindie jangle, the band gigged regularly throughout Bosto…


Boston

…the Streets, the Steve Miller Band’s Fly Like an Eagle, KISS’s Destroyer, Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive! and ELO’s A New World Record. But the 1976 release they all had without fail – the very “coolest,” on every “cool” stereo in every “cool” kid’s room and on every “cool” radio station – was Boston’s eponymous debut. Knowing every word of every track by heart was de rigueur for any zit-faced boy who wanted any semblance of respect from h…


Tim Jackson

…our) * THE UNDERTONES (tour) * THE RAMONES * IRMA THOMAS * JIMMY BUFFETT * PETER, PAUL AND MARY * JOE JACKSON * THE WAILERS- Paul’s Mall- Boston, MA. * BONNIE RAITT * THE CARS- Wang Center- Boston, MA. * THE KINKS- Providence Civic Center * SQUEEZE * LEO KOTTKE * THE FOUR SEASONS   RECORDINGS Robin Lane and the  Chartbusters – 3 Records Unreleased Jonathan Edwards and Tom Rush Albums Bill Stains David Mallett Daring and Stahl Young Rationals Live…


Shakespeare Got Booed Too

…r faraway critics and the local Newport drunk sailors, yes they did lambaste the act.  Shakespeare got booed too.     By Peter Schofield…


Iron Horse Music Hall

…as country star Chely Wright, rockers The Flamin’ Groovies, local legends Peter Newland (Fat, RadioX) and Norman Schell (Clean Living) together, bluesman Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, The Bad Plus, Elizabeth Cook, Willie Nile, and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Although Jordi Herold has moved on, much of his original vision for an eclectic listening room remains intact, and more than four decades after that inauspicious opening night, the club,…


Tom Guerra

…song, “Overend Watts,” written about the legendary Mott the Hoople bassist Peter “Overend” Watts. Heavy Days was named “CD Release of the Week” by the Hartford Courant in 2009. In this review, rock writer Eric Danton said “Accordingly, Guerra is the focal point here, and deservedly so: he peels off blistering slide guitar licks on opening track ‘She Just Wants to Ride,’ dials in an acoustic-Zeppelin feel with the faintly Eastern-sounding riff on ‘…


Bruce Springsteen Proves It All Night

…tly after the release of their first album. Heck, I saw Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green (twice) and The Kinks at the Lansdowne Street Tea Party. I got to see Bob Dylan and the Band twice on January 14, 1974, at the Boston Garden (at the afternoon and evening shows), and had choice seats for the Rolling Thunder Revue concerts in Springfield, MA and Providence, RI.  Over the decades, I’ve been fortunate to see hundreds of concerts and write about a g…


Bob & Grace French

…o became close friends with Sonny and Bobby Osborne, Mac Wiseman, Joe Val, Peter Rowan, Dan Tyminski, Jimmy Cox, Lee Moore, Don Reno, Everett and Bea Lilly, Don Stover, Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell, and many, many other nationally known artists. Bob was also honored by the Kentucky Bluegrass Museum as being among the first pioneers of bluegrass musicians. He also has a large collection of music awards from various organizations and Halls of Fame through…


Paradise Rock Club

…J Geils Band,  Blondie, The Pixies, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, Rage Against The Machine, Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Phish, Bruno Mars and so many more.   In 1998 The Don Law Company dba Blackstone Entertainment was sold to SFX Entertainment for a whopping $92 million dollars. SFX Entertainment, by the way, is now known as Live Nation.  With that sale, control of The Paradise was also transferr…


Paul Leka

…at his studio which included Chapin’s only number 1 hit, “Cat’s in the Cradle.” Leka wrote, arranged and produced for many A-listers including Gloria Gaynor, Bobby Vee, Tommy James and the Shondells, the Left Banke, Kris Kristofferson, Peter Nero, Paul Mauriat and many more.  Paul Leka was born in Bridgeport Connecticut on February 20, 1943 and died of lung cancer at a hospice near his home in Connecticut on October 12, 2011 with family members b…


Jon Aldrich

…Archies Cartoon Show, The Richie Rich Cartoon Show, Sesame Street, and the Peter Pan Record Company and more. Custom songs that Jon wrote, produced and performed have been heard on Touched By An Angel, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Disney Channel, The Hallmark Channel, and in many movies. Jon has made countless recordings for industrials, album sessions, MUZAK, New Kids On The Block, and Radio and TV “I.D. Packages”. Music legends that he has performed…


Extreme

…band’s original 1981 lineup was Gary Cherone, Paul Geary, Eddy Goulart and Peter Hunt. By their first recording in 1984, Goulart had been replaced by David Rich, and they were known for energetic stage shows. For mystery-shrouded reasons, the band lost their name, and by 1985 they were the “ex-Dream,” which morphed into Extreme. Another lineup change resulted in Pat Badger and Nuno Bettencourt replacing Rich and Hunt, and their song “Mutha (Don’t…


Agora Ballroom

…70’s and 1980’s:  Talking Heads, The Ramones (played there a dozen times), Peter Gabriel, and The Clash to name just a few.  Metal legends Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, Motorhead, Overkill and Slayer all played at the Agora; usually more than once.   Blues artists such as Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Rory Gallagher, Roy Buchanan, and a young guitar slinger from Texas named Stevie Ray Vaughan (a bootleg recording of the show can still be found on t…


Fishman Transducers

…s Taylor, Aerosmith, Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), John Mayer, Aaron Lewis, Dropkick Murphys, Buffalo Tom, Hutch Hutchinson (bassist for Bonnie Raitt), Jonathan Edwards, Ellis Paul, Marc Erelli, Peter Mulvey, Chris Smither, Kris Delmhorst, Jeff Foucault, Will Dailey, Bridget Kearny (bassist for Lake Street Dive), Jeff Pevar, Killswitch Engage, and Marc Copely. (by Chris DeMaria)…


Fusion Magazine

…ffered comprehensive examinations of the careers of notable rock artists.  Peter Guralnick did likewise in the realm of the blues, rhythm & blues, country, and rockabilly.  Others providing extended appreciations were Ken Emerson, Ben Gerson, Gene Sculatti, Lenny Kaye, and Greg Shaw.  The Fusion review section also featured the comics and commentary coming out of The Mad Peck Studios in Providence, R.I.  The Mad Peck (aka John Peck) and I.C. Lotz…


Joe Spaulding

…Nashville. Perhaps his biggest score was to sign guitarist and songwriter Peter Green shortly after he left his spot in Fleetwood Mac. Green released the album In The Skies (on green vinyl, no less. An industry first) on the label, an event that taught Joe another lesson about the music business. It goes something like, “given how long it takes for the label to get paid for record sales when you’re waiting for the stores to pay the distributor so…


The Broadside

…k Scenes New York”), Ed Freeman (“Notes from a Variant Stanza Collector”), Peter Stampfel (“Holy Modal Blither”), Robert J. Lurtsema (“On the Scene”) and Jan Chartier (“Coffeehouse Theatre”). One of the most popular sections in the early days of The Broadside was “Spotlighting,” which featured in-depth interviews with internationally known folk artists like Woodie Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez as well as a host of others with New E…


Earth Opera

…h enthusiasm. The band’s core members featured singer/songwriter/guitarist Peter Rowan and mandolin virtuoso David Grisman, and also included John Nagy on bass, Paul Dillon on drums, and Bill Stevenson on keyboards. The group’s sound leaned more towards the new psychedelic movement than the bluegrass music at its roots. Signed to Elektra, the ensemble released an eponymous debut drenched in “far out” psychedelia, and though it didn’t sell well, El…


The Zulus

…produced by Husker Du’s Bob Mould, whose indie-rock credit limit was about as high as one could get. Sadly, the Zulus broke up in ’92. Travis was recruited into Mould’s post-Husker band Sugar, and also drummed for Peter Prescott’s Kustomized. Rich Gilbert, too, has continued to craft a brilliant musical career playing with such Boston heavyweights as Laurie Geltman, Frank Black and Tanya Donnelly. (by Carter Alan)…


The Fools

….” The band parted ways in the mid-1990s but is now back together, still doing spot gigs, in 2007. Their best cover recording remains the Peter Pan ditty “I Won’t Grow Up.” (by Ed Symkus)…


Lyres

…later with 8 albums and numerous singles and EPs, including such hits as “Buried Alive”, “Help You Ann”, and “Don’t Tell Me Lies”, the lineup of Lyres has changed over time with Jeff and drummer Paul Murphy as constants. (Of note, former guitarist Peter Greenburg left Lyres in 1983 and went on to form Barrence Whitfield and the Savages.) The band made a brief move to Los Angeles in 1989, only to relocate back to Boston the following year. Lyres re…


The Rusty Nail

…Marshall Crenshaw on the 28th.” RCA and Atlantic Records recording artist Peter J. Newland has fronted Fat since before the release of their now highly-collectable self-titled 1970 RCA album. Newland, who also performs solo and with RadioX these days, recalls the Rusty Nail as “an amazing place to perform, and the bands and musicians of Western MA were lucky to have it as ground zero for the music scene that exploded simultaneous with its incepti…


Michael Bolton

…sel studios (formerly Syncron). The band opened for major artists, such as Peter Frampton. Blackjack performed in various music venues in the New Haven area, such as the legendary Toad’s Place (previously known as Hungry Charlie’s), located on York Street in New Haven, Connecticut. Bolton went on to become the rock/soul icon Michael Bolton. Bolton has sold over seventy-five million records and won numerous impressive awards, including Grammys. The…


Brandy’s I

…asy” entertainment come over the river, as they closed at 12:00. Thanks to Peter Kastanos (owner of Speakeasy), Barney and Paula, by the likes of James Cotton, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, John Lincoln Wright, Billy Colwell, Rosie Rosenblatt and Pierre Beauregard to name a few musicians. Brandy’s I could be entered either from an elevator near the drug store or a side entrance on Fuller Street. The side entrance actually was the most frequented. I w…


The Western Front

…elvinators to name a few.   Boston’s Legacy acts like James Montgomery and Peter Bell when he was solo, often played the room.  The musical tastes at the Western Front continued to morph over the years reggaeton, Latin jazz, and gospel and always rock and roll.  In its last decade the Front remained current and featured electronica Deep House and hip-hop on the roster. In the latter days the Front became training ground for Boston emcees including…


Parker Wheeler

…chusetts. There have been changes over the years: guitarist extraordinaire Peter Giftos left, Tommy T.H. Hambridge (Grammy Award winning producer and player with Buddy Guy) moved to Nashville to become famous, and North Shore legend Fly Amero has gone on to other music projects; but the show still goes on and has consistently and continuously been showcasing stars for the past three decades. In May, 2016, after several years of discussion and trac…


Tom Hambridge

…der/drummer. He also performed with super stars Bo Diddley, Martha Reeves, Peter Noone and a ton of others. For more than a decade, his band T.H. & The Wreckage played throughout New England and established a large following. They recorded three albums and won five Boston Music Awards. Hambridge also wrote songs for other local bands and artists and produced Susan Tedeschi‘s 1998 breakthrough, Just Won’t Burn. Besides writing and playing drums on…


Newport Folk Festival: A Triptych

…ored with folk music.  The easy sounds of Tom Rush, the Kingston Trio, and Peter, Paul, and Mary gave our parents a little break, although Bob Dylan and Joan Baez were always available to drive them over the edge to insanity.  According to them, Dylan couldn’t sing and Baez was just wailing. They had no taste in music. By 1965, folk was out of favor and the British Invasion was winning the war of the airwaves. More importantly, I had my driver’s l…


Tone-Cool Records

…ee out of the five nominations for ‘Best New Artist Debut’– Chris O’Leary, Peter Parcek and eventual winner Matt Hill. Since their founding they have released more than eighty albums from artists including Debbie Davies, David Maxwell, Louisiana Red, Trampled Underfoot, Sean Costello, Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, Mac Arnold, Mitch Woods, Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling, Pete Anderson, the Phantom Blues Band, James Montgomery, Candye Kane, Little…


The Proletariat

“People are always telling us to smile onstage,” said Peter Bevilacqua, bassist for the Proletariat. “But we’re serious. We believe so much in what we’re doing.” Why smile when it’s more fun to sneer? Dogmatic lyrics, belligerent vocals, shadowy, guitar-dominated soundscapes, a heavy de-emphasis on image—Fall River (MA)’s the Proletariat occupied that exhilarating, cramped space between punk and post-punk. Deranged with frustration and uncertaint…


Ric Ocasek

…oston music scene, producing and playing on releases by the New Models and Peter Dayton as well as national efforts from San Francisco’s Romeo Void, Alan Vega and Martin Rev of Suicide, and singer Bebe Buell. His 1982 solo album Beatitude, which reached #28 on the national sales charts, also incorporated musicians from the local area. The Cars’ purchase of Intermedia Sound Studios on Newbury Street — converting it into the state-of- the-art Syncro…


Monoman + Oil Truck = Mission of Burma?

…los, and said he wrote music too. The song he showed us that night was called, “Max Ernst.” I felt my life changing again. Editor’s note: Clint Conley, Roger Miller, and Peter Prescott formed Mission of Burma in early 1979. Their first single was “Academy Fight Song” b/w “Max Ernst”…


What’s the best concert you ever saw? Tommy Can You Hear Me?

…e the music.  By now, everyone was on their feet.  The crowd went crazy as Peter played the stage, performing his classic windmill antics.  Entwistle played bass.  Later he would die from a cocaine overdose.  Keith, the crazy man, flung his sticks into the air.  He would be one of the first to die, oddly enough, from an overdose of a drug prescribed to combat alcoholism.   Daltry swung his mic like a bolo, as much to protect himself as to complete…


The Dogmatics

…Paradise with The Neats, Last Stand, Band 19 and The Classic Ruins, friend Peter Sisco’s show on July 27, 2012 at Johnny D’s in Somerville with The Flies, The Bristols, Piranha Brothers, Sourpuss, Hired Men, White Dynamite, Lenny Lashley, New Frustrations, and The Lucky 88’s, and for Team Mr.8 on March 20, 2015 at T.T. The Bear’s with Jennie Dee and The Deelinquents, The Other Girls, The Hired Men and The Gypsy Moths. On November 16, 2017, The Dog…


DMZ

…thunderous pop-oriented rock and roll, so the album disappeared and the group blew apart before the end of the year. Monoman went on to front the vastly influential sixties-roots band the Lyres while guitarist Peter Greenberg later found success in Barrence Whitfield and the Savages. One footnote: drummer David Robinson powered the skins for DMZ until his departure for The Cars in ’77. (by Carter Alan)…


Canobie Ballroom Record Hops

…t was the Searchers (“ Needles and Pins” ), followed by Herman’ s Hermits, Peter and Gordon, and The Yardbirds (with Jimmy Page). By this time the original dress code had vansished, and people were showing up in bell-bottom pants and paisley shirts. Another era had begun. The final days of the record hops at Canobie began in 1965, right after what was probably the biggest night in the history of Canobie Lake Park and it’ s Ballroom. Through Dave M…


Barrence Whitfield

…Kenmore Square; where his singing was heard by a friend of fellow employee Peter Greenberg (The Lyres). Soon after, he and Greenberg started a band together. Barry White adopted the moniker Barrence Whitfield so he wouldn’t be mistaken for the superstar with the same name; and Barrence Whitfield & The Savages was born. Barrence notes: “he died a long time ago. I will only say this; HIS real name was BARRENCE Eugene Carter.”    The group gained a h…


Pousette-Dart Band

…Raitt, Little Feat, James Taylor, Yes, the The J. Geils Band, Eddie Money, Peter Frampton, Journey and Billy Joel. In 1973, he formed the Pousette-Dart Band with John Troy, his college mate from the University of Pacific, and a new recruit, John Curtis. Initially conceived as a string band, the band played college gigs and the Northeastern coffeehouse circuit. But in 1975, they moved towards more commercially-oriented folk rock and caught the ear…


The Pandoras

…Kelly Gifford. In the middle of all that, under the management guidance of Peter Bonfils and the booking expertise of David LaCamera, the band had some success, including a recording contract and a couple of singles with Liberty Records (“About My Baby”, b/w “New Day,” “Games” b/w “Don’t Bother”), and gigs that brought them from the Surf in Nantasket, the Rathskeller in Kenmore Square and the Boston Garden, to shows all around the U.S. as well as…


Mission of Burma

…e MoB gigs – and bassist Clint Conley, a Connecticut native, added drummer Peter Prescott, a Boston native who’d played with local punk band The Molls. Named after a plaque Conley had seen in a diplomatic building once and with Miller and Conley doing most of the songwriting, the trio made their debut at The Modern Theatre in Boston on April Fool’s Day that year. Shortly after that gig, Miller wrote the song “Nu Disco” and, thinking it would sound…