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Kelly Seid

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Jun 29, 1998, 3:00:00 AM6/29/98
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Anyone know whatever happened to , Music Exploision, McCoys, Beau
Brummel, Crazy Elephant, Buchanan Brothers, Lulu, Merilee Rush, Melanie,
Left Banke, We Five, American Breed, Ohio Express, Petula Clark, Spanky
and Our Gang, Cowsills, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Harpers Bizarre, Toys,
Cowsills, and Every Mother's Son. Any ideas on these nostalgic 60s
singers??

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BigStar303

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Jun 30, 1998, 3:00:00 AM6/30/98
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Kelly wrote:

>>Anyone know whatever happened to [excerpts from list follow]...


McCoys

Rick Derringer (ne Zerhinger) is still alive and well. I think I read he has an
album forthcoming.


BeauBrummel [sic]

The Beau Brummels' lead singer Sal Valentino posted actively in the AOL Beau
Brummels board up to a few months ago. There hasn't been much activity there
lately, though. He still performs sporadically. Their brilliant lead
guitarist/songwriter Ron Elliot retired from music a few years back, as did
bassist Ron Meagher before him. Dec Mulligan was still playing as of a few
years ago as well.


Crazy Elephant

This was strictly a studio group, although a touring group of different
musicians was formed once "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" hit.


Buchanan Brothers

This was Cashman, Pistili and West, who produced a lot of people in one
configuration or another (Jim Croce, I believe, was their biggest success).
Terry Cashman was known in the 80s for his "Talkin' Baseball" bit, which he
eventually customized for most of the teams in the major leagues.


Melanie

Still performing, and I believe recording as well.


Left Banke

Keyboardist/songwriter Michael Brown put out an album backing his wife's vocals
a couple of years ago. I'm told it's not too good, unfortunately.


Cowsills

Susan Cowsill was involved with and recorded with the great Dwight Twilley a
few years ago, and also was a member of The Continental Drifters with one or
two ex-Bangles. A couple of years ago, some of the siblings reinvented
themselves as a power pop band and played clubs in L.A. to great critical
acclaim. They had a fantastic song, "Is It Any Wonder," on the Power Pop
compilation CD "Yellow Pills #2." I'm due shortly to get a tape of their
unreleased demos from that time period, and I'm looking forward to it.


Every Mother's Son

A CD of all their recorded works, including the wonderful "Put Your Mind At
Ease," was released recently. The keyboard player has been a dentist for many
years now.

Jeff March

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Jul 1, 1998, 3:00:00 AM7/1/98
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The Beau Brummels have not played together since an ill-fated reunion tour
in 1975.
Vocalist Sal Valentino, recently married after a hiatus of a dozen years
from the music business, has returned to performing and is thinking of
recording a solo CD featuring songs by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson,
Jackson Browne and others.
Composer-guitarist Ron Elliott no longer writes music, and now is an
artist specializing in photography, acrylics and computer-manipulated
imagery.
Rhythm guitarist Declan Mulligan still performs music, primarily in small
rooms and for weddings and private parties.
Bassist Ron Meagher is a sales administrator in the industrial computer
peripherals industry.
Drummer Ron Petersen is in residential real estate sales.

(In article <6n9mtg$m28$1...@news-1.news.gte.net>, Kelly Seid <ks...@gte.net>
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JR13157

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Jul 2, 1998, 3:00:00 AM7/2/98
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>Anyone know whatever happened to...
> Petula Clark

She seems to be doing fine. She'll be doing 6 concerts in Atlantic City from
Sept. 2-7, 1998.
You might want to check out her terrific web-site: www.Petula-Clark.com
Walt.

BigStar303

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Jul 2, 1998, 3:00:00 AM7/2/98
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>>The Beau Brummels have not played together since an ill-fated reunion tour in
1975.<<

This is true on the surface of it, but needs a little more explanation.

Four of the five original Beau Brummels participated in that tour (and the
album on Warner Brothers it was promoting). Original bassist Ron Meagher was
not with them at the time. Instead, original rhythm guitarist Dec Mulligan
switched to bass, and Ron Elliot's guitar was supplemented by Dan Levitt, who
played on the album but was not listed as a group member.

It's true that 1975 was the last occasion these four played together; however,
various combinations of Beau Brummels subsequently appeared and played under
that name until well into the 80s. Sometimes it was just Elliot and Mulligan
with others; sometimes it was Valentino only, Mulligan only or Elliot only
backed by unknowns. I have tapes and/or newspaper articles that back this up.

And yes, the 1975 tour could be said to be ill-fated, as it ended in
considerable acrimony between some of the members. But they made some great
music at that time, as two live tapes I have attest to. While the 1975 reunion
album was good, the songs took on new life when they were performed live.


Regina Litman

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Jul 2, 1998, 3:00:00 AM7/2/98
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BigStar303 wrote:
>
> Kelly wrote:
>
> >>Anyone know whatever happened to [excerpts from list follow]...
>
> Every Mother's Son
>
> A CD of all their recorded works, including the wonderful "Put Your Mind At
> Ease," was released recently. The keyboard player has been a dentist for many
> years now.

If you're referring to the one that came out on Collectables last
November, it does not have all of their recorded works. It's their
first album plus some of the singles that came out afterward, including
"Put Your Mind At Ease". I know they had an album called _Back_ after
their first one, but except for any of these singles, this CD does not
contain songs from _Back_.

If you know of a different CD that does have all the recorded works, I'd
certainly like to know about it.

BustertheK

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Jul 3, 1998, 3:00:00 AM7/3/98
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In article <199806302147...@ladder01.news.aol.com>,
bigst...@aol.com (BigStar303) writes:

>
>Cowsills
>
>Susan Cowsill was involved with and recorded with the great Dwight Twilley a
>few years ago, and also was a member of The Continental Drifters with one or
>two ex-Bangles. A couple of years ago, some of the siblings reinvented
>themselves as a power pop band and played clubs in L.A. to great critical
>acclaim. They had a fantastic song, "Is It Any Wonder," on the Power Pop
>compilation CD "Yellow Pills #2." I'm due shortly to get a tape of their
>unreleased demos from that time period, and I'm looking forward to it.
>
>

Susan Cowsill is still with The Continental Drifters, I believe. I know
they have a new album coming out. She is or was married to Peter Holsapple,
another member of that group.
Billy Cowsill surfaced a few years ago as co-leader of a great Vancouver
country-rock band called The Blue Shadows. They have broken up, but I think
he's still up there playing the same kind of music solo.

Here's an excerpt from the press bio of the first Blue Shadows album that
some may find of interest:
"To paraphrase Neil Young, Billy left the middle of the road and headed
for the ditch; in his words, "getting my ass kicked left and right, spittin' in
the devil's eye and watchin' it sizzle." Cowsill had a vision of forging the
honest emotion of stone-cold country with the passion and energy of rock and
roll. The vision took him to L.A. where he studied production with Harry
Nilsson, to Oklahoma where he played with J.J. Cale, to Lubbock where he hung
out with Joe Ely. He opened a bar in Austin with the last of his Cowsills cash,
and "drank it dry." Eventually, he wound up in Vancouver."


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