Each week this podcast gets to the heart of the talent that made classic rock bands great. Each week a new bio on classic rock acts.
Under The Classic Rock - Boston
The band Boston was designed and invented form an engineers perspective… that engineer is Tom Sholt. Sholtz is a graduate of MIT, with his formative years spent playing piano with Beethoven, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky… until he heard the Kinks.
Then he picked up the guitar when he heard Jeff Beck.
Then Jimi Page.
Under The Classic Rock
The band continued to play under the name Pigeons as they recorded their first album and played local clubs. According to Carmine Appice, from his book Stick It, the band was playing a club on Long Island, when they were on a break, they started talking to a waitress named Dee Dee. She mentioned that her grandfather used to call her Vanilla Fudge… The band looked at one another and said… "Yeah, that’s it." The band’s name would be Vanilla Fudge.
When Linda Ronstadt got to LA Bobby Kimbal was already working with folk-rock guitarist Kenny Edward's. The three of them played Coffee houses and restaurants in the LA area. It was a gig at Olivia’s soul food restaurant in Ocean Park that got them and her noticed by a couple of record company execs. Demos were recorded, and the Stone Ponys were born. The band was eventually signed to Capitol Records where Herb Cohen took over management of the band. But he was more interested in Ronstadt as opposed to the band.
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Under The Classic Rock
Greg Lake took on the management of the ELP. He stated in an interview in 2003 that the three were not good friends. They were very much a working partnership. He had been producing King Crimson’s records and took on the same role with ELP. But the band got so popular so fast that Lake realized he could not wear all the hats anymore. They needed management and quickly. They were just about to sign on with Peter Grant who was successful with Led Zeppelin… but Jimi Page stepped in.
Under The Classic Rock -Buffalo Springfield
The band was only together for two years. Buffalo Springfield was a collection of mutually ambitious, very talented individuals who happen to form a group that profoundly influenced the folk rock genre and showed the way for artists like Jackson Brown, Glen Fry, and Don Henley. The original band was Steven Stills Guitar, Neil Young Lead guitar, Rickie Furay Guitar, Dewey Martin Drums, and Bruce Palmer Bass. Stills, Young, Furay, and Palmer, met playing gigs in Toronto and Ontario with bands The Myna Birds… and The Ah Go Go Singers. Drummer Dewey Martin came from the country-side of music playing with artists like Patsy Cline and The Dillards.
After the 3rd album, Pretzel Logic, Steely Dan stopped doing live shows. Fagan and Becker were always impressed with the Beatles work, so they took another cue from them and became a studio band. The record company was furious… Until they saw the sales figures. The audience didn’t care. They just were hooked on the Steely Dan Sound.