The Eagles founding member, the late Glenn Frey, knew what he was saying when he dubbed Little River Band “the best singing band in theworld.”Through the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, LRB enjoyed huge chart success with multiplatinum albums and chart topping hits like:
“Reminiscing”, “Cool Change”, “Lonesome Loser”, “The Night Owls”, “Take It Easy On Me”, “Help Is on Its Way”, “Happy Anniversary”, “We Two”, “Man On Your Mind”, “The Other Guy”, and It’s A Long Way There”.
Worldwide album, CD sales and digital downloads now top 35 million and LRB has set a record for having had Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years – In fact, they were the very first band to achieve that remarkable status! According to BMI, “Reminiscing” has garnered rare status with over 5 million airplays on American radio, and “Lady” is close behind with over 4 million airplays.
Bassist/vocalist Wayne Nelson joined the band in 1980, and worked alongside founding members with some of the most distinctive harmonies and vocal abilities, creating the unique LRB sound. In 1981, Nelson was recognized by world renowned Beatles producer Sir George Martin whom, while producing ‘Time Exposure’, chose Nelson to record lead vocals on two of the band’s biggest hits, “The Night Owls” and “Take It Easy On Me.” Later that same year, guitarist extraordinaire Stephen Housden joined LRB bringing a rock element into the band’s sound and helped contribute to their string of Top 10 hits. As band members departed, both Housden and Nelson worked together to bring LRB into the new millennium.
To date, lead singer/bassist Wayne Nelson who is a 41 year veteran of the band has contributed his vocal and bass guitar talents on 22 Little River Band Albums/CD’s. Now Nashville based, LRB continues to perform to sold out audiences, and Stephen Housden continues to write and participate in all things Little River Band.
In 2004 LRB was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual ARIA Music Awards and in September 2015 the band was awarded Casino Entertainer of the Year at the G2E Gaming Expo in Las Vegas Nevada.
Turning the page brings us to the current lineup of Little River Band…
Keyboardist Chris Marion is a Dove Award winning producer. Chris is the creator of all the orchestral arrangements and charts on The Big Box. It is amazing to watch him play, sing, and conduct from his riser!
Lead Guitarist Rich Herring is a highly skilled player, singer, and producer of many Nashville artists…not to mention a great songwriter. He and Wayne have co-produced every LRB project since he joined the band.
Drummer Ryan Ricks has locked down the rhythm section, and rounds out the vocals with his incredible range. Great singing drummers are rare…and LRB is lucky to have Ryan as part of that all-important vocal blend.
Nashville Guitarist Colin Whinnery plays rhythm and lead guitar, and shares lead vocal duties with Wayne. He brings a brand new voice and a fresh outlook to the rhythm section.
Early 2014 saw the release of Little River Band’s, ‘Cuts Like a Diamond,’ on Frontiers Records. “What If You’re Wrong,” went to #1 and stayed there for 3 weeks says Jim Shoe of CLASSX Radio. “Forever You, Forever Me,” and “You Dream, I’ll Drive,” both climbed into the station’s TOP 3.
In November of 2016, LRB released, ‘The Hits…Revisited,’ on Wurld Records – a CD consisting of 9 re-recorded hits along with 2 new songs.
May of 2017 brought the release of ‘The Big Box’ – a box set consisting of 6 discs’s featuring a DVD with live footage from their 40th Anniversary Tour.
In November of 2020, during the Pandemic, and in partnership with TIME LIFE, the orchestral accompanied ear candy ‘BLACK TIE,’ was released to rave reviews.
Bringing their vocal and musical energy along with great arrangements to their timeless classic hits, each show creates new memories for the audience. The band enjoys watching their fans fall in love with the songs all over again as they are swept up by the show’s powerful performance and the volume of hits from LRB’s history.
With 90 -100 dates being scheduled for their 2021-2022 tour, Little River Band is hotter than ever selling out shows and making music coast to coast continuing their legacy of being “thebest singing band in the world.”
Jacksonville’s Molly Hatchet meld loud hard rock boogie with guitar jam-oriented Southern rock. Formed in 1975, the group’s original lineup featured three guitarists — Dave Hlubek, Steve Holland, and Duane Roland — plus vocalist Danny Joe Brown, bassist Banner Thomas, and drummer Bruce Crump. They recorded a self-titled debut album in 1978, which quickly went platinum; the follow-up, Flirtin’ with Disaster, was even more successful, selling over two million copies. Brown left the group in 1980 after the constant touring became too tiresome; he was replaced by Jimmy Farrar for Beatin’ the Odds, but Farrar’s voice was less immediately identifiable, and Molly Hatchet’s commercial appeal began a slow decline. The band experimented with horns on Take No Prisoners, but Farrar left for a solo career soon afterwards. Brown rejoined the band in 1982, but the ensuing album, No Guts…No Glory, flopped, and guitarist Hlubek insisted on revamping Molly Hatchet’s sound. After The Deed Is Done, a straightforward pop/rock album, the group took some time off in 1985 while its Double Trouble Live album, a collection of some of its best-known songs, was released. Molly Hatchet returned in 1989 without Hlubek for an album of straight, polished AOR, Lightning Strikes Twice. Not even the group’s fan base bought the record, and Molly Hatchet disbanded shortly afterward. They reunited in the mid-’90s as an active touring outfit, releasing Devil’s Canyon, their first record since Lightning Strikes Twice, in 1996. Continuing to recapture the style of their glory days, Silent Reign of Heroes followed in 1998, and Kingdom of XII appeared in early 2001. A slew of live recordings appeared during the next few years, and the band’s studio follow-up, Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge, was released in 2005. Their 13th album, Justice, appeared in 2010.
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Songs, and songwriting keeps me inspired, moving forward.
I tend to scribble down notes, lyrics or just random thoughts on pieces of paper, backs of cigarette packs, sometimes on my shirt cuff. Rock n’ roll is closest thing I’ve got to a spiritual power. It’s been the higher voice in my life and it’s never let me down.”
Countless musicians of far lesser accomplishment have probably made similar statements regarding their own personal creative process, but when the confession comes from John Waite – whose been successfully writing, recording and performing some of the most listenable, enduring and appreciated popular music for more than 35 years – one cannot help but both recognize and marvel at the shimmering legacy of this British born rock star.
The ride began when Waite was tapped as bassist and lead vocalist for the Babys who rocketed to Top 20 chart positions with a pair of infections hits, “Isn’t it Time” from the band’s sophomore LP, Broken Heart in 1977 and the monster ballad, “Every Time I Think of You” off 1978’s Head First. But it was the album’s rhythmically aggressive and seductive title track where fans got their first glimpse of the authentic John Waite, a no-holds-barred rock n’ roll performer devoted heart and soul to live performance and making sure every fan in the audience left the concert hall just as elated and exhausted as the band they’d paid to see.
After John Lennon’s assassination, December 9, 1980, a bizarre thing happened during one of those furious Baby’s performances when John was pulled from the stage by an overzealous fan during an encore. The freak event seriously injured his knee and the group disbanded shortly thereafter. From the ashes of the Baby’s, however, rose an abundant and prodigious solo career, ignited by the well-received release, Ignition, that featured the single, “Change,” which rode the AOR charts for weeks in 1982, the year a new cable channel that would alter the course of popular media culture called MTV launched. At the forefront of its early play list was the video for the Holly Knight-penned track that in 1985, was included on the platinum-selling Vision Quest soundtrack.
John’s next solo effort, 1984’s No Brakes, did exactly what the title inferred, barreling at runaway train speed to international acclaim and U.S. platinum success thanks to the smash hit, “Missing You,” which did not stop until it reached Number 1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles, Album Rock Tracks and Adult Contemporary charts. The following up single, “Tears” was a top 10 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts.
Continuing to evolve as both a songwriter and formidable stage presence, Mask of Smiles was released in 1985, possessing a pair of muscular hit melodies, ”Every Step of the Way,” and “If Anybody Had a Heart,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1986 motion picture, About Last Night starring Demi Moore. John’s fourth solo LP, Rover’s Return, highlighted by the superlative, “These Times Are Hard for Lovers.” The same season that Bon Jovi was urging two lovers to live on a prayer, John delivered an aortal anthem of timeless resonance. “Baby we can make it ‘cause our love will pull us through/ these times are hard for lovers its down to me and you/Nothing’s gonna break us if we hang on to what’s true, these times are hard for lovers, I believe I you.”
“I don’t have a plan and most of the songwriting is a knee jerk reaction of being alive. I try to speak from an honest place where the listener can both hear and feel where I’m coming from; the job is mine, to help them understand me. There’s a real need as an artist to express who you are and where you’re coming from.”
A long and prodigious career often combines composition and interpretation, like in 1990 when John recorded the Martin Page and Bernie Taupin-penned track, “Deal for Life” for the Days of Thunder soundtrack. But two years prior to that cinematic adventure, superbly performing another songwriter’s work led to one of the biggest hits on John Waite’s illustrious resume. In 1988, a reunion with former Baby’s band mates, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips –along with uber-guitarist Neal Schon from Journey and drummer Deen Castronovo –resulted in the John Waite fronted supergroup, Bad English. And in 1989, the group’s ballad, “When I See You Smile,” – penned by Grammy-winning songwriter, Diane Warren – went to Number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was certified Gold. The album reached Top Five and sold more than two million units in the U.S. alone. Bad English released two albums before breaking up in 1992.
Since returning to the recording studio and concert trek as a solo artist in 1995, John has produced a string of solid, existentially eccentric, courageously eclectic and blisteringly electric rock n’ roll records, including 1995’s Temple Bar, 1997’s When You Were Mine, 2001’s Figure in a Landscape, 2004’s The Hard Way, 2006’s Downtown: Journey of a Heart and 2010’s In Real Time –an extraordinary live recording that featured burning in-concert realizations of the Baby’s “Change”, “Back on My Feet Again” and “Head First”, not to mention Bad English’s “Best of What I’ve Got” as well as a mind-blowing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.”
In 2011, John teamed up with Matchbox 20 lead guitarist and songwriter, Kyle Cook. Their creative chemistry birthed the exhilarating Rough & Tumble, a long form exercise in raucous riffs and bloody truths highlighted by “Further the Sky,” “Shadows of Love” and the Classic Radio chart topping title track, a remarkable feat for any musician to reach number one airplay after three and a half decades in the music business trenches.
The story is far from over for the Lancaster, England-born rock star/balladeer/storyteller who was inspired onto his musical path by childhood blues-based heroes like Free, the Small Faces and Humble Pie, along with a deep connection to the Celtic folk music of his homeland. It was this lifelong passion for original Country that inspired John’s sensational 2006 duet with bluegrass legend, Allison Krauss, where the two combined honeysweet vocal forces to remake his international hit, “Missing You.” On February 5, 2007, they performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
We laid down some tracks in September in Philadelphia for a live record we’re working on. I’m gonna put two studio tracks on that and release it before summer 2013. There’s no name yet. It’s like a Frankenstein thing. You don’t really know what it is until it gets up starts walking around the room.
The legacy of John Waite is a beautiful monster of sound and vision, the chronicle of an authentic artist, a superstar, a seeker of truth and a soother of hearts. He walks and rocks among us. Hopefully for many more years to come.
— Lonn Friend
70’s/80’s Pop, Funk and R&B sensation Raydio scored 4 Gold Albums during both decades along with 20 singles that charted in the U.S. on both the Top 10 and Top 25 R&B and Pop charts respectively. Some of the groups biggest Hits Include “You Can’t Change That”, “ Jack & Jill”, “Two Places”, “For Those Who Like Too Grove”, “A Woman Needs Love”,and many more.
The Original Lineup consisted of Ray Parker Jr, Arnell Carmichael, Vincent Bonham and Jerry Knight, and with both Carmichael and Parker Jr. sharing lead vocal duties, Raydio dominated the R&B, FUNK, POP and Disco airwaves from 1978-1982. After the release of their Number #1 worldwide hit single Ghostbusters in 1984, the group disbanded to pursue solo careers.
In 2014 Carmichael and Bonham reformed Raydio and toured the U.S. once again performing all of the Raydio Hits along with bandmate Jerry Knight’s Hits like “Overnight Sensation”, “Perfect Fit” and “There’s No Stopping us” from the Hit Movie “Breakin”.
Still touring after all these years, they continue to bring the unique Raydio sound to their audiences courtesy of a Full 7 piece Band, and are wowing crowds with Carmichaels dynamic singing, dancing, and guitar playing, along with Bonham’s masterful arraignments….and “You Can’t Change That!!”
2020 will be the 50th year anniversary for Ambrosia, one of America’s best-loved Prog/Rock/ Pop acts. Ambrosia is enjoying its greatest success since reforming in 1990. The year of 2011 included some very exciting performances from the band including an appearance on The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show on May 2nd!
The buzz surrounding Ambrosia isn’t surprising given the heights the band scaled during the ’70s and early ’80s. Top 10 hits such as “Biggest Part of Me”, “How Much I feel”, “You’re The Only Woman” and “Holdin’ On To Yesterday” have earned the band five Grammy nominations, continual radio airplay, and multi-platinum status.
Ambrosia formed in 1970, in the South Bay/San Pedro area of Southern California. The musicians were inspired by the progressive rock era and developed a large regional following for their inventive musicianship and skillful arranging.
In an age where new bands come and go, FIREFALL has enjoyed a career that spans more than forty years and shows no sign of slowing down. FIREFALL’s commercial success includes three Gold albums, two Platinum albums, and eleven chart-topping singles. The band’s biggest hit, “You Are the Woman” has been played on commercial radio more than 7,000,000 times and has also appeared in movies and television shows.
Over the past four decades, Firefall has toured the world and shared stages with other iconic bands such as Fleetwood Mac, The Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins, Journey, Heart, ELO, Cheap Trick, The Allman Bros., and The Marshall Tucker Band.
Currently touring with three original members – Jock Bartley, David Muse, Mark Andes – longtime drummer Sandy Ficca & talented newcomer from Nashville Gary Jones, FIREFALL continues to make great music for a loyal following, adding new fans at each show. FIREFALL’s new album, ‘COMET’, will be released and available on 12/11/2020.
In the year 1963, some high school pals decided to get together to form a group because of their love of music. After 43 years, several dozen albums… three of which became gold, one of which became platinum, and one gold single from a song known as “Jim Dandy To The Rescue,” which was told to them to record by none other than Elvis Presley himself (!), this group of friends still manages to stay together. (After talking to Elvis, Black Oak Arkansas was told the following week by their producer Tom Dowd and by their label president Ahmet Ertegun that these two industry giants were also about to ask BOA about recording that same tune! Ahmet himself only personally signed 5 groups to recording contracts in his long, long recording history… and Black Oak Arkansas had the honor of being number 5!) Many testimonials and awards have been presented to this band by everyone from Bill Graham, (who founded and ran Winterland Ballroom and both the Fillmore East and West), to Wolfman Jack from the Midnight Special; from First Lady Betty Ford to President Bill Clinton!
In their long musical history, the BOA boys have shared a stage with the likes of James Gang, Kiss, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bob Segar, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Black Sabbath, Foghat, Bad Company, Bruce Springstein, Boston, Iron Butterfly, Grand Funk Railroad, B.B. King, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, The Outlaws, Deep Purple, 38 Special, Marshall Tucker, Buddy Miles, Billy Preston, Jerry Lee Lewis, BTO, Robin Trower, Humble Pie, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Eagles, Blackfoot, Credence Clearwater, Johnnie Winter, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Stepphenwolf, Allman Bros., The Doobie Brothers, Z Z Top, Chuck Berry, Lynard Skynard, Charlie Daniels, James Brown, Steely Dan, J. Geils Band, Cheech and Chong, Steve Martin, Danny Thomas, Evil Kenevil, and the list goes on and on and on! Warner Bros. has released a DVD on the early years of the band, and recently charged forth with a release of a Black Oak Arkansas DVD live at Royal Albert Hall in London. BOA has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities in their career, and the governor of the State of Arkansas even declared a “Black Oak Arkansas Day” on October 6th. There is now a permanent display in the Arkansas State Museum and the Barton Coliseum in Little Rock dedicated to the band.
Black Oak Arkansas – Jim Dandy to the Rescue
Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper, actor and television host. Born in South Dallas, and raised in Texas and South Florida, Ice released his debut album, Hooked, in 1989 on Ichiban Records, before signing a contract with SBK Records, a record label of the EMI Group which released a reformatted version of the album under the title To the Extreme. Ice’s single “Ice Ice Baby” was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts.
Spokesman for Habitat for Humanity, Vanilla Ice also supports The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Little Smiles Organization, and the Toys For Tots Organization.
1910 Fruitgum Company:
In 1967 The 1910 Fruitgum Company® was signed to a recording contract with Buddah Records. The first release in 1968, Simon Says, hit the top of the charts
in the US and reached number two in the United Kingdom staying on the charts
for over 12 weeks. The group followed up with 1-2-3 Red Light which cracked
the charts at number four on the US national charts. Following was Indian
Giver in March of 1969 which became The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s third
gold record. All three records sold millions of copies and credited The 1910
Fruitgum Company with a place in rock and roll history. The group had a total
of seven charted hits and several albums.
Today, The 1910 Fruitgum Company performs their original hit recordings
along with some of the very best songs from of the sixties. The 1910 Fruitgum
Company has performed all over the United States. The members have toured
with and still perform with a multitude of top acts. Their show is for the entire
family to enjoy.
For a great evening of entertainment that will bring back some wonderful
memories, come and see the 1910 Fruitgum Company.
GOODY GOODY GUMDROPS
1, 2, 3 Red Light
In 1975 Pablo Cruise released its first A&M album simply entitled Pablo Cruise. The album cover was shot in the tropical gardens of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and it featured a huge gorilla standing front and center. The band, David Jenkins (guitars & vocals), Cory Lerios (keyboards & vocals), Steve Price (drums) & Bud Cockrell (bass & vocals) was nowhere in sight. At that point there was a bit of a mystique as to who Pablo Cruise really was. When asked, “who’s Pablo,” the band, which is a quartet, would answer, “he’s the guy in the middle.” When asked what Pablo Cruise meant, the well-rehearsed answer went something like this,”Pablo,represents an honest, real, down to earth individual; and Cruise, depicts his fun loving, easy going attitude towards life.” In essence that’s what Pablo Cruise’s music is all about. Honest, real, down to earth vocals, accompanied by fun yet elegant, infectious grooves. To hear Pablo Cruise on record is one thing, but to experience the band live is an exhilarating event.
From 1975 to 1985 the band toured the United States, Canada and Japan extensively, welcoming fans to “Climb Aboard The Good Ship Pablo Cruise.” Reaching the top 10 with mega hits like “Watcha Gonna Do When She Says Goodbye” and “Love Will Find A Way,” and several other radio hits, the band went on to sell several million albums and singles collectively and established themselves as well respected writers and performers within the industry. They appeared on numerous TV shows, including Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, The Merv Griffin Show and in 1979 they broke Elvis Presley’s attendance record at The Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, becoming the first rock band to play a Casino Showroom. They also became the first rock band to grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, but by 1986 after completing several national tours and releasing 7 albums in all, the band seemed to have lost its focus and just stopped. It seemed like Pablo needed some time to think. Cory Lerios and David Jenkins the bands’ principal songwriters, along with Steve Price decided to take a hiatus. A hiatus that has lasted more than 20 years…
Throughout the late eighties, original vocalist David Jenkins continued touring and garnered acclaim in the country markets with the slightly ahead of their time country-rock band Southern Pacific. As they racked up hits like “Midnight Highway,” the chart topper “New Shade Of Blue” and “Honey I Dare You” (co-written by Jenkins) the band toured all over the U.S. In 1992 Dave connected with Hawaii’s native son, Kapono Beamer, and in ’95 the duo released the album “Cruisin’ On Hawaiian Time,” that became a critics’ favorite as well as being nominated for Hawaii’s prestigious Hoku Award for “Album Of The Year.” Since ’99 Jenkins has joined forces with the composite group, Rock & Pop Masters, that includes some of the great singers of the ’70′s and ’80′s. In May of 2011, Dave traveled to Iraq to perform for the troops with Bobby Kimball (toto), and Bill Champlin (Chicago)…..The troops really appreciated them being there in that hostile place to play for them.
Pianist and Vocalist Cory Lerios decided to turn his writing and producing abilities to Film and Television. In 1986 Lerios landed his first network series, scoring ABC’s critically acclaimed “Max Headroom.” ABC’s “O’Hara” and “Police Story” immediately followed. Writing to “picture” became Cory’s newfound passion and in 1989, Cory and partner John D’Andrea landed the theme and underscore for NBC’s “Baywatch.” Scoring 11 seasons of “Baywatch,” garnering several Emmy Nominations, Cory won the coveted award in 1998 for his participation in the music direction of “Days Of Our Lives.” In the new millennium Cory has scored several animated shows including Disney’s “Kim Possible” and Universal’s “Land Before Time”. Cory has a very active catalogue and his music can be heard around the world every day! Aside from composing music for Film and TV out of his Westlake Village, CA studio, Cory will be the first to tell you that “there’s nothing like playing live”! During Pablo’s hiatus drummer Steve Price went on to become a leading figure in providing E-LEARNING for many companies around the United States as well as handling the lion’s share of E-LEARNING for the State of California under Arnold himself! Steve also has an aerial photography company that utilizes model helicopters that Steve builds himself….very impressive stuff!!! Pablo’s latest member Larry Antonino, bassist and vocalist extraordinaire, is a very busy musician and aside from playing with Pablo Cruise, Larry has kept is calendar full, playing with the likes of Air Supply, Barry Manilow, Ronnie Laws, Jeff Beck, and Al Jarreu to name a few! In the fall of 2011 Pablo Cruise will team up with Red Red Records (distributed by BDG a division of Sony Music Entertainment) to release their first ever live DVD/CD. As part of the package, they’re back in the studio with Grammy Award winning producer Val Garay (Val produced Pablo’s 2nd LP “Lifeline”) re-recording two of their greatest hits featuring two new up and coming singers. Their re-arrangement of “Place In The Sun” will be featuring the incredible vocals of RED RED RECORDS’ KATRINA, and their latest version of “LOVE WILL FIND A WAY” will feature the intense vocals of TY TAYLOR OF VINTAGE TROUBLE. THERE’S NO QUESTION…..PABLO CRUISE IS BACK AND ALL THEY CAN SAY IS “IT’S GOOD TO BE LIVE”!