Here's some news... The Baltimore Sounds book is back in print! See the Ordering page to get your copy!

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Announcing the 2022 Record Show schedules for Arbutus and KRC!






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Announcing the long awaited book and CD set by Jay Bruder
DC R&B: 1940-1960 (Bear Family 17052)
Co-produced by Jay Bruder with the assistance of Bear Family Records founder Richard Weize.
R&B in DC is "A comprehensive survey of Washington, D.C.'s contribution to the rise of Rhythm & Blues music from the swing era to the dawn of soul. This detailed history places music made by performers with significant ties to the Washington region in the context of the local and national scene. From street corner vocal quartets to national stars over 100 artist biographies trace the development of the D.C. Sound. Based on a chronology drawn from extensive research in contemporary sources, it includes vignettes on local record companies, the African-American press, and radio and television in the Washington area. It illustrates the role of Washington's schools, churches, and amateur shows as a launching pad for local talent and Washington's clubs and theaters as major destinations on the R&B circuit. 478 audio tracks, 16 CDs, and an illustrated book bring this long overlooked musical community to back to life."
  See Washington Post article published on September 23, 2021: "https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/randb-in-dc-box-set-washington/2021/09/21/1ca21e2c-1aee-11ec-a99a-5fea2b2da34b_story.html



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Mark your calendars...

The Higgins Family of Bill's Music House competes on TV's "Family Feud" game show
. Episodes to air on Thursday November 4 and Friday November 12 at 6:30PM on WBFF, and at 7:00 PM on WNUV
Good Luck!!!


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Christmas with Ronnie Dove
December 12, 2021 at American Legion Post #109.
Featuring entertainment by Ronnie, with Annie B, Bob Mathers, Mr. Charisma, and The Doug Lester Band.
Rumor has it that radio legend 'Emperor' Paul Rodgers may be making an appearance to co-emcee and sign copies of his books!


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Saying so long -

Dawoud Said , pianist, bassist, producer, composer... originally from Gwynn Oak, as a youngster his family moved to D.C. and he ultimately went on to perform professionally with many top artists including Walter Beasley, Angela Bofill, Najee, Roy Ayers, Michael Henderson, Stacy Lattisaw, the Graingers, Spice... to name a few.

Bryan Queen , bass guitarist of many Baltimore groups most recently to include BADD, The Spindles. Passed away October 2021.

Barry Hart , guitarist of Baltimore groups The Centurions, The Chevelles, The Chosen Few, as well as many other D.C./Baltimore regional groups. Passed away October 2021.

John Tracey , extroidinary drummer for many notable Baltimore bands and recording sessions. Groups included Trigger Happy, Climbadonkey, The Ravyns, Crack the Sky, No Heroes, Rob Fahey's Pieces, and many others. Passed away October 2021.

Charlie Thomas , guitarist / vocalist of Street Life, Chuggalug, Us, Face Dancer... passed September 15, 2021.

Bernie Saggese , bass guitarist of Rocket Science, StilBound... passed September 2021.



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Stan Gibson announces the release of his new book "The Adventures of Verdell Katmandu - Gansta Kitty" published February 2021 is now available...
"What do you get when a man in a wheelchair and his girlfriend take in a stray (Verdell / Max) cat that smokes catnip, runs a numbers game, and is always conjuring up a get rich quick scam?" website: https://verdellkatmandu.com/
Also available at Amazon




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Congratulations to Appaloosa celebrating 50 years together in 2021!


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Vinyl is still alive and well!


Records, CD's, tapes, music memorabilia...
Free admission!



Returning for the 5th Season! Back at Peabody Heights Brewery (401 E 30th Street)
20 Vendors; Vinyl, Tapes, CDs, Stereos, Music Memorabilia, etc.
Free Admission

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The 2020 Maryland Entertainer Hall of Fame has been postponed due to the covid virus.

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Notice:
Unfortunately the 2020 Stanstock Festival has been cancelled



Hopefully will be back bigger and better in 2021!


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Mark W. brought to my attention that bass guitarist of Mission / When Thunder Comes should be noted as Norm Crouse. His name is misspelled in the book. Apologies to Norm. Thanks Mark.

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The Maryland Entertainers Hall of Fame (MEHOF) induction ceremony #12 scheduled for November 17, 2019.
This year is another great group of honorees!
Look up MEHOF via sankonis.com or on facebook.




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MEHOF NEWS 2019!



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Congratulations to all the MEHOF inductees on November 18, 2018!


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The Maryland Entertainers Hall of Fame (MEHOF) induction ceremony #11 on November 18.
As always a great group of honorees.
Look up MEHOF via John Sankonis via sankonis.com or on facebook.

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Announcing a new book release: "Alias Emperor Rodger: A Majestic Memoir by Baltimore's Emperor of Insanity In The Crazy Daze of '60s Top 40 Radio" by Paul H. D. Rothfuss
"ALIAS EMPEROR RODGERS..." is a memoir of the crazy days of Top 40 Radio, the "new" format that launched like a rocket in the 1950s and blasted whacky DJs and Rock 'n' Roll music across America like a streaking comet. Top 40 hit Baltimore, Maryland in 1956 when WCAO "grabbed it and ran" - that story is told here through the journey of a high school kid from Pennsylvania who hopped aboard the juggernaut early and rode it to the top.
This radio history is filled with fun and frivolity, just as AM Radio was back then - with promotions people scheming up crazy stunts that would never be allowed today. The story combines insight into the business of radio, told with genuine affection for the many people who helped this writer build a radio career that reached heights far beyond his wildest dreams.
On a whim, seventeen year old Paul Rothfuss auditions for an announcer's job at a small AM radio station in South Williamsport, PA. While learning the business at minimum wage he cements a lasting bond, and begins a journey with a serious upward trajectory - first to WSBA in York, PA and WARM in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA as Paul Roberts (Alias #1), then to Baltimore's premier Top 40 radio station, WCAO, where he rises to prominence as Paul Rodgers (Alias #2), and where he is soon elevated to the exalted rank of 'Emperor Rodgers' (Alias #3).
Eventually the Emperor hung up his toga and laurel wreath (actually, they were plastic grapes). Yet another dream was fulfilled when he left Top 40 radio to join the staff of radio personalities at Metro Media's WCBM, an early adopter of yet another 'new' radio format called Hot Adult Contemporary - 'Hot AC' for short.
All along the way it was Paul's privilege to be working with the best, which enabled him to become one of the best.
"ALIAS EMPEROR RODGERS..." is also a story of friendship; a bond between two boys making a pact at an age when wiser observers would dismiss it as the silly musings of two clueless kids. But defying those odds, they followed it through in parallel careers that propelled them to achieving their ultimate goal. (That part of the story to be explored in our sequel: PAUL AND KERBY'S GREAT ADVENTURE.)
Finally, the book is sprinkled with links and images that illuminate the story and enhance the reader's experience.
If you enjoyed watching 'WKRP In Cincinnati' you'll love reading, or listening to, ALIAS EMPEROR RODGERS: A Majestic Memoir by Baltimore's Emperor of Insanity in the Crazy Daze of '60s Top 40 Radio.
Now available through Amazon Books!
6.10.18

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Announcing the new book by Tom Carson
is now available thru Amazon.com
Titled "One Singer's Legendary Journey - A Baltimore and Beyond Musical Memoir"
is a no-holds-barred autobiographical account of Tom's experiences through the years as a member of popular local bands The Lafayettes, The Fugitives, and Legend. There are tales of legendary local night clubs, his brushes with major stars, anecdotes and stories about other local musicians and bands, experiences as a booking agent, his work as a Stanstock Festival organizer, and many other facets of his life as a lead singer in a rock and roll band.
Nice read, lots of nostalgia. It's only available at Amazon.com.
5.2018

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We recently heard from Ken Kaplan of The Hi Notes
Ken spent a few years living in Florida and has recently returned to Baltimore. He said all along he has continued playing with two members of The Hi Notes, and there are several of the band members itching to get something going again. Ken asked if there are any reunions on the horizon - or any interest in organizing another reunion? Anyone???
1/30/2018

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Goodbye WAMA...
Thanks for all you have done for the Washington area and Mid-Atlantic music community!
The following general message was sent out by email:
Dear WAMA Members,
Thank you for your patience during the last year as we examined the organization and the value it can add to the DC music community at this time.
It is with great sadness and regret that we have come to the decision to close WAMA's doors effective December 31, 2017. At this time, there simply is not enough energy, funding, or leadership to continue this wonderful organization at the level its members deserve.
WAMA has had an incredible 33-year run, mainly because of Mike Schreibman and founding members Tom Carrico, John Simson, Michael Jaworek, and Charles Stephenson. The countless hours donated by volunteers, including the inimitable Loralyn Coles, gave WAMA its wings to produce the Wammies, the Crosstown Jams, concerts, workshops and other events over the years.
The Board has created a web archive to preserve WAMA's legacy and make available historic information, including the WAMA Hall of Fame, The Wammies (TM), and AskMike. This archive can be found at www.wamadc.org.
Per federal law, WAMA will donate any remaining funds to another non-profit, The MusicianShip, an organization founded by D.C. area musicians Gary Grainger and Greg Grainger that promotes music education to the next generation of area musicians. For more information on The MusicianShip, please visit www.themusicianship.org. We feel that providing opportunities to the next generation of musicians aligns with WAMA's mission.
If you have any questions, please email us at wamadcmusic@gmail.com.
It is always difficult to say goodbye to something we love, and we wish everyone in the DC music community all the best in your musical endeavors.
Thank you for your support over the last 33 years!
The WAMA Board:
Carey Colvin, Maggie Coulter, Marco Delmar, Granger Helvey, Diana Quinn, John Simson, Bev Stanton, Stacey Williams, Janine Wilson
12/30/2017

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RU-JAC LIVES!!!
Omnivore Records releases excellent 4-disc retrospective of the legendary Baltimore soul label!
From Omnivore Records:
The Baltimore soul/R&B label Ru-Jac Records was founded in 1963 by local promoter Rufus Mitchell and investor partner Jack Bennett (their names forming the Ru-Jac name). The label primarily released regional soul/R&B singles from 1963 until the mid 1970s, when Mitchell stepped away to focus on another business venture. Omnivore has already released albums by two of the label's biggest names, Winfield Parker - Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker at Ru-Jac (Parker also serves as the consulting producer for all of Omnivore's Ru-Jac releases) and Gene & Eddie - True Enough: Gene & Eddie With Sir Joe at Ru-Jac.
In January, Omnivore will roll out four various-artists volumes, collecting for the very first time anywhere the audio history of Ru-Jac Records. Kevin Coombe, series co-producer and East Coast soul historian, provides liner notes detailing the rise and eventual closure of the label, and its close ties to the then-segregated beaches and performance spaces of the region. Rare photos and ephemera will be included in each volume to help illustrate and trace the history of the label.




Various Artists - Something Got a Hold on Me: The Ru-Jac Records Story Volume 1, 1963-1964 (CD/Digital)
Various Artists - Get Right: The Ru-Jac Records Story Volume 2, 1964-1966 (CD/Digital)
Various Artists - Finally Together: The Ru-Jac Records Story Volume 3, 1966-1967 (CD/Digital)
Various Artists - Changes: The Ru-Jac Records Story Volume 4, 1967-1980 (CD/Digital)

Omnivore Music Publishing has also acquired the accompanying publishing catalogs for Ditty Bop and Ru-Jac Publishing.
All releases have been produced and compiled by Pawelski and Coombe, with mastering and restoration by Graves. Ru-Jac artist Winfield Parker, serves as the consulting producer and is helping oversee the projects.
This package has all the original remastered releases, many never before heard unreleased tracks and great liner notes.

AND they graciously mentioned yours truly (Joe V) for my relatively tiny contributions to the project. Thanks Omnivore, maybe we can work on getting some more very deserving Baltimore sounds reissued!

Speaking of which...

Did I mention the Omnivore releases of Winfield Parker and Gene & Eddie retrospectives? Both are great releases of music and historical information about these Ru-Jac artists.



1/30/2018

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MEHOF ceremony number 10:
Congratulations to all the inductees!





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tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE , aka BalTimOre is still alive and well and residing in the Pittsburgh area. Recent experimental usic collections include retro as well as contemporary tracks.
2013(CD) - mm bad 001 -- MM26
2015(CD) - mm bad 002 -- 12 selections from 40 years
2016(CD) - mm bad 003 -- Significantly Different from the Other One
2017(CD) - mm bad 004 -- Amusical Music Atheatrical Theater


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A great time was has by all at the May 7, 2017 Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame (MEHOF)
awards banquet.
Congratulations to all the inductees!
The MEHOF honors individuals and groups who have made signifigant contributions to the history of entertainment in the State of Maryland.
Honorees include Musicians, Singers, Radio and Television Personalities, Promotional Icons, and all facets of entertainment.



It's quite an honor to be recognized by your peers for your contributions to the local music scene!
Congratulations to all the May 2017 inductees!!!
03/2017

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Had the pleasure of speaking with Jack Boucher (Boucher Brothers Band) 30+ years since he and his group were playing as our regular Sunday night band at Back of the Vac. They also performed regularly at Spittel's Salty Dog Saloon, and The Horse in Fells Point among others. Jack has since relocted to Nashville where he continues to be quite busy producing, songwriting, performing, and running a nightclub. He has promised to provide some updates and additional information...
I was very saddened to learn that his brother Steve Boucher passed away in January 2015 after a long battle with cancer.

Steve Boucher at Back Of The Vac circa 1983
4/10/2016

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The Maryland Music Awards is an annual event that will highlight some of the great musicians in Maryland to help raise money for children with cancer, namely the The Nicole Van Horn Foundation, while honoring Maryland's Great Music.

Tickets are available on-line through MissionTix.

What: The Maryland Music Awards 2016
When: May 13, 2016, 7:30 PM
Where: Kraushaar Auditorium - Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204
Posted 03/2016

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The Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame honors individuals and groups who have made signifigant contributions to the history of entertainment in the State of Maryland.
Honorees include Musicians, Singers, Radio and Television Personalities, Promotional Icons, and all facets of entertainment.

Congratulations to the May 2016 inductees!!!



Posted 03/2016

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Songwriter extrordinaire (and Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee) Kenny Kerns stopped by the Arbutus Record & CD Expo in February to say hello, and to make sure I had copies of his songs as recorded by Baltimore groups Blueberry Blend and Billy Joy & The Verdicts.
Thanks, Kenny, for the records!


Kenny Kerns and Joe Vaccarino Feb. 21, 2016


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Psychedelic States: Maryland In The 60s
Various Artists (Artist) Format: Audio CD



Gear Fab Records presents the 20th edition to their Psychedelic States series. This one features Maryland and DC area artists. Released in 2014"The definitive collection of over 40 great bands from the Chesapeake State. Featuring many never before heard and unreleased songs from 1965 through 1970. Double CD Jewel Case with a 20 page full color booklet."
Most of the original records are quite rare. This is your chance to own remastered versions of them all at a reasonable price.

Disc: 1
1. Get Off My Back - The Henchmen
2. It's True - The Looms
3. Please Don't Go - The Second Hand Bitter Sweet
4. Tangerine Guides - The New Diablos
5. The Fugitive - The Dagenites
6. Hey Little Girl The - Marauders
7. All I Want Is My Baby Back - Piece Kor
8. I've Been Fooling Around - The Smacks
9. Been A Long Time - The Koffee Beans
10. Psychedelic Ride - The Ides
11. Letters Of Love - The Creatures
12. I Wish I Could - The Juveniles
13. Shadows - Attic Sounds
14. Little Latin Lupe Lu - The Invaders
15. I Want You All The Time - The Limits
16. Sweet Life - The Urch Perch
17. Cumberland Railroad - Tomorrow's People
18. I Don't Want To Try Again - The Dagenites
19. Savin' All My Love For You - Bob Brady & The Con Chords
20. You Won't Find Me - The Executioners
21. In The World Of Our Own - Cherry Pink Reason
22. Flower Children - Sodom & Gomorrah
23. Gone And Left Me - Mike's Messengers
24. She Still Loves You - The Henchmen
25. Watch Out - Paper Cup
26. Come With Me - The Trespassers
27. Dance, USA! - The Shoremen

Disc: 2
1. Love - The Bad Boys
2. Everything Would Be Fine - The Fallen Angels
3. I Do - Jay Dee & The Chasers
4. Tiny Little Seeds - The Persuaders
5. All My Life - The Koffee Beans
6. I Was Wrong - Human Freedom And Security
7. J-J (Come Back To Me) - The Souls Of Britton
8. I'm Fake - The New Diablos
9. Fools Live Alone - The Lost Tribe
10. Haight Street Dream - Brandi Laine
11. I Can't Wait Till Friday Comes - The Hard Times
12. I Don't Know - The Penmar Stompers
13. Throw Stones - The Stratfords
14. Something For You - The Marauders
15. They Threw Sticks And Stones - The Nunsuch
16. Words Of The Raven - Piece Kor
17. What A Drag It Is - The Patriots
18. I'm Gone Slide - The Dagenites
19. I Can't Believe - The Omegas
20. Dawn - Summer's Misfits
21. Land Of Love - The New Diablos
22. Little Heart - The Newports
23. Carousel Of Dreams - Cherry Pink Reason
24. She's Bad - The Shoremen
25. Turtle Neck Sweaters - The Verdicts
26. I Need Love - The Mad Hatters
27. Things I See - The Urch Perch

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20 years and still going strong... (as of March 2021)
Richard Taylor's ROOTS ROCK RADIO SHOW presents the best of indie ROOTS ROCK/POP, ALT COUNTRY/AMERICANA, BLUES ROCKABILLY, GARAGE/PUNK, and Real ROCK & ROLL from around the globe. Now in its 11th year in (2015)! The show has been reviewed in Rolling Stone Magazine, http://rrradio.com/images/RS_RRR52web2.jpg, Apple's iTunes has included the show in their list of a "special set of pioneering shows."
You can listen to the ROOTS ROCK RADIO show 24/7 on the Web at: Roots Rock Radio http://RRRadio.com/
You can also find Richard's 'Roots Rock Radio' show on facebook

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Just sayin'...



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I have NO JOB
I have NO MONEY
I have NO CAR
BUT I'M IN A BAND!


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Congratulations Winfield Parker for receiving the 2015 ALTA Award!
From The Maryland State Arts Council website:
BALTIMORE (November 19, 2015) - A concert by Winfield Parker, legendary R&B, soul and gospel singer and musician, will highlight the Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland Traditions annual Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts (ALTA) Awards ceremony and concert on Saturday, December 5th at 7 p.m. at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring.
The ALTA Awards is the state's highest recognition for the traditions, people, and places that are emblematic of Maryland's rich cultural heritage.
Winfield Parker, who has enjoyed a long and storied career as a rhythm and blues, soul and gospel singer and musician, has performed with Little Richard, appeared as a featured artist with The Temptations, James Brown, Etta James, and Carla Thomas. As a gospel singer, Parker has participated in productions with The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Vicki Winans, and the Jackson Southernaires. He is a role model and mentor to generations of R&B, soul and gospel singers and musicians in Maryland and beyond.
- 12/2015

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Congratulations Bill's Music House on their 50th Anniversary!
Providing musical instruments, service and instruction to the Greater Baltimore Area.
Visit their store at 743 Frederick Rd., Catonsville.
Thanks to Bill, his family and staff for supporting the "Baltimore Sounds" book!

(Photo: Bill in front of the old store)
11/2015

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Anybody heard of a R&B group circa late-'60s-early-'70s called The Accents ?
Recently a demo acetate pressing of two songs has been discovered by this group. The tracks are "West Side" (similar to a mid-'60s Drifters sound), and "Elephant Jerk" (a R&B Watusi type dance record). The recording is from Accent Studios on Biddle Street. I don't know if the songs were ever released as a single. Please let me know if you know anything about this group.

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Now available - The Kenny Hamber Story "Tears In My Eyes"

Congratulations Kenny on the release of your book!

Tears in My Eyes: The Kenny Hamber Story
by Kenny Hamber and John Smith (Author)
Paperback: 194 pages
ASIN: B00NI5FPZY
Price: $15
Available from Amazon.com



Kenny Hamber was born in Baltimore in 1943. Growing up in the projects there, he was strongly drawn to singing (much more so than to general education). After embarking on a musical journey as a member of a vocal harmony group, he struck out on his own as a solo singer just as soul music's golden age was dawning. He spent much of the 1960's performing in & around his home city though he headed off to New York and Philadelphia to progress his recording career (working with the likes of Bert Berns, King Curtis, Cissy Houston, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and others in the process). Towards the end of the 1960's, once again a member of a group, he relocated to Providence, Rhode Island to seek new opportunities. After establishing himself there, he built a new group and landed another recording contract. Moving on once again, this time to Hartford, he continued his career meeting numerous challenges along the way. After getting to perform overseas, Kenny finally learnt that all his efforts had not been in vain and that his old records were much sought after in various parts of the world. Over fifty years after he started out, Kenny is still chasing his dreams. He has experienced a lot en-route and 'Tears In My Eyes' tells his fascinating story. (from book intro)
2015.1.31

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Heard from Dominic Cappelletti who offered kudos for the book and website.
Dom expressed that it is "an awesome thing that so much musicianship has been in this town forever." Some of the groups Dom played with include Sabotage ('70s), Locked Up, Breaker ('80s), Fragmentz of Tomorrow ('95-98 - listed in the book as Fragments), Shimmer (2000-'05), Driven ('07-09), and since 2010 has been playing live every weekend with classic hard rock band CORE
www.core-live.com , a group that includes former members of The Urge, Burn, Deadlock, Mystic Force, Cypher, Shimmer. Check 'em out!
Oct.2014

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Jay Graboski (OHO, et al) surprised me with a package of two new CD releases.

First is a single by OHO titled "Ocean City Ditty" a song about everyone's favorite summer vacation destination. This is the current OHO configuration with Jay (vocals, guitar, bass), David Reeve ("rhythmelodic deployment, engineering") and Ray Jozwiak (keyboards), with Bill Pratt (engineering, keyboards, vocals), and Gene Meros (tenor sax). I've been a fan of OHO since first witnessing a performance at the Catonsville Community College Santa Claus Anonymous benefit in 1974, and shortly thereafter obtaining their first album "Okinawa".

Second is an awesome retrospective of the group Grok . The CD consists of vintage studio and live recordings of Grok, plus a new song by the group, and remastered recordings of precursor group The Verdicts. All this comes in a very nice package with extensive liner notes. Grok members included Bob Funk, Dale German, J.P. Graboski, Don Henritz, Bill Joy, and Colette Kelly, with appearances by Garrett Henritz, Bill Pratt, and Jamie Wilson.

Both discs are available at CD Baby.
Oct. 2014

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For all the news about the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame
see www.sankonis.com/
www.sankonis.com

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Congratulations to Bad Neighbors , together for 25 years!
6/2014

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Howard County band The Rebels have reunited!
Guitarist Eric Neilson sends news that The Rebels performed for the first time in 45 years (since 1969!) on Saturday April 19th at the annual Ellicott City Music and Wine Festival.
The band now has 6 of the 8 original members, and recently recorded a new demo CD.
-2014

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Another great event by The Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame !



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The 2014 R&B Awards ! was an awesome event!
Thank you Viola Griffin, AAT Productions , for organizing and sponsoring these events!




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Check out Joe's new Baltimore Sounds Facebook page!
Joe is now posting now&then photos and ads of local night clubs and entertainment venues of yore.
Stop in, check it out, and feel free to add your comments and memories to the postings!


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2013 Sowebo Arts And Music Festival:
was held on Sunday, May 26 and a great time was had by all
Many videos of live music performances are posted on Facebook's Baltimore Bands of the 70s-80s-90s, and the Facebook Marble Bar sites.


Poster by David Wilcox

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Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame announces it's 2013 inductees:
1. Steve Rouse- media icon
2. Johnny Dark- media icon
3. Tom Davis - media icon
4. Doug Lewis/ Bonnie Lamdin-The Peppermint Rainbow- recording stars
5. Ronnie Dove- recording star
6. Tommy Vann- recording star
7. Bob Brady- recording star
8. Frank Bonarrigo- recording star
9. Bobby Anderson
10. Del Pushert
11. Barry G.- Grammy nominated recording artist
12. Gene Vincentt-bandleader/concert promoter/ radio show host/ TV/ newspaper columnist
13. Greg Moxley
14. John Sankonis- media/ Buddy Dean Show/ music promoter
15. Joey McCann- bandleader/ Karaoke show 'king'/ vocalist
16. Warren Blair
17. Joe Walsh
18. Clyde Allen
19. Joe Dyson
20. Warren Cassell
21. Bobby Berger/ bandleader/ Jolson Show/ club owner
22. Bobby Morris
23. Lew 'Diamond' Randall
24. Chick Hall
25. Jo Kellum
26. Carla Mandley
27. Trudy Cooper Morgal
28. Michael Hoover- National Elvis Show Stylist
29. Doug Lester-bandleader/talented multi-insturment performer
30. Annie Beccio- vocalist/ media personality
31. Johnny 'K' Kotrla
32. Jimmy Gilbert
33. Ed Hall
34. Loretta Paone
35. Walt Bailey
36. Mark Palmerino
37. Mark Elmore
38. Howard Brown
39. Mark Moree
40. Joe Norowoski

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Always great to hear from Richard Walton... Here's the latest scoop:
- Wanted to let you know my 10th CD, "Cover Me" just got released on (limited edition CD) and internationally, digitally over the internet. It's basically a 15 song, solo CD; 13 of which are cover songs from the 60's, 70's & 80's and the other 2 are mine. A lot of great friends/ musicians are on it.
Love your new book! Super job! Congrats!
(Thanks Richard! -Joe)
Hopefully, I'll see you around.
Richard Walton
www.mullenberg.yolasite.com
www.notlaw.com
www.reverbnation.com/richardwalton
www.reverbnation.com/threesacrowdus
-posted April 1, 2013

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AAT Productions AWARDS BANQUET
honoring Baltimore's Own Renowned Doo-Wop & R&B Groups
from the 1950's, 1960's & 1970's
Was a fabulous and awesome event. This was a long time coming in honoring many great R&B artists. I saw many familiar faces and met quite a few others.
A great big Thank You to Viola Griffin for organizing this memorable event! Looking forward to next year!!!



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Saying goodbye to Dundalk Music - An institution in Dundalk for over 36 years.
Thanks Dave Leoni - wishing you well in your current and future endeavors!
Dave says that he intends to "still play as much music as I can..."
-9/2013

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New radio program: Tune in to WAMU on Sunday nights to hear
"The Home Town Special" with your host Jay Bruder
playing rare sounds as well as classics ranging from rock and roll to hillbilly from Jay's vast collection.
Jay is on Sunday nights 7:00-9:00PM
WAMU FM 105.5 - 88.5 HD2 - 93.5


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Climbadonkey CD Release!!!
The legendary '70s group. Up until now there had been only one Climbadonkey song commercially released - it was on one of the original 98 Rock albums.
I'll never forget the day Bobby dragged out the box of Climbadonkey demo tapes and played them for me. They were so great I couldn't believe none of the material was ever released. Well now, only about 35 years later, their album (CD) is finally available!
What would you expect from a group consisting of Kyf Brewer, Bobby Hird, Fred Tepper, Doug Robinson, Lee Townsend, and John Tracey...
Get your copy now - CD format or digital download - at climbadonkey.com
- Jan 29, 2013

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Words of wisdom from Motorhead's Lemmy
who said "If you think you're too old to rock and roll, you are"
(12/2012)

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A Great Time Was Had By All - J512
- the 5th gathering of Baltimore musicians and guests - October 20, 2012 at Padonia Station.
You can view photos, video and more - just click on the Baltimore Jam Website

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Tim Landers
wrote to tell us The Landers & Heinz Project's recording of their song "It's A Shore Thing" has been posted on the web by the Greater Ocean City, Maryland Chamber of Commerce. The song has enjoyed radio play worldwide as far as Russia, and has received over 18,000 hits in its first six weeks on you tube. The song will appear on their upcoming CD that should be available by May 2012. The group is Tim on guitar and lead vocals, John Heinz on electric violin and vocals, Mike Picirrilli on keyboard, rhythm guitar and vocals.
Visit 'Tim Landers Music' for show schedule.

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Here's a note from John Pepsin
Hey Joe, just an interesting note for everybody that grew up listening to Jack Edwards and Johnny Dark on WCAO.
They are both working at the station I work for in Westminster that is owned by Pat Sajak, WTTR AM 1470. Talk about a couple of guys who have some stories!
Jack is on Mon.-Fri. from 9AM-Noon, and Johnny is on Noon- 3PM. They are still playing a lot of the music they did back in the day.
It's only 1,000 watts but streams online at www.wttr.com
http://www.wttr.com/ WTTR AM 1470 - The Greatest Hits of All Time
January 5, 2012.

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Nick Burke , bass guitarist of local groups The Uptowns, The Sentries, and Sideline, wrote to say hello. He runs a successful DJ business. Check him out at http://www.NickyB-Entertainment.com

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MID ATLANTIC DRUM THE STORE IS LOCATED OFF OF 695 BELTWAY EXIT 29
1 BLOCK PAST THE LIGHT AT JOPPA ROAD ON THE RIGHT
8630 LOCH RAVEN BLVD.
TOWSON, MD 21286-2307
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!
KEITH LARSEN
phone: 410.870.2649

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Tony Montone has a new tribute site for his band DRYED ICE. Check out all the photos and music http://www.dryedice.com/

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J4'08 The Baltimore R&B Jam was a great success! It was on October 4, 2008 at Bobby B's Palace (the old Hoffman's Red Devil Inn). You can see photos, sound clips, blogs, etc. on the R&B Jam website: http://www.baltimorejam.org/

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Winfield Parker has released a retrospective greatest hits CD! Then & Now - The Best of Winfield Parker The CD features rare and collectable recordings from Spring, Wand, Ru-Jac, GSF, and P&L record labels, plus two fantastic brand new songs! Available at CD Baby. Also available direct email winfield.parker@comcast.net.

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Local drummer / guitarist / recording artist Jerry MacNeish (of the High Tyde, Playmates, Cobblestone, Beginnings, Memory Lane, and solo recording projects) is now a member of the legendary Fireballs with original members Jimmy Gilmer, George Tomsco and Stan Lark. They are looking for bookings locally and throughout the country. See Jerry's website for a history of the Fireballs and photos from their 2008 July 4th bash http://www.Z28camaro.com/4thParty.html

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Steptoe sez "keep your eyes on the sky and your feet in the gutter!" His recently defunct band CHELSEA GRAVEYARD has returned.

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Announcing the "Bricologe" CD/DVD release for Jay Graboski (OHO). The "Bricologe" DVD anthology documents OHO 1988-1992 with video footage of the band's performance opening for Cheap Trick at Universal Amphitheater, Hollywood, CA., plus their Star Search auditions, and footage of the OHO 1990 CD release party at the Eight By Ten, The new CD release features 13 new songs plus eight bonus tracks spanning 1985-2007. There are already a number of notable reviews about these releases including Dirty Linen #106 "OHO sounds like Jefferson Airplane landing on top of Genesis and then taking a time machine ride with Fairport Convention to play at the H.G. Wells birthday party", and one from Rolling Stone "Shimmering Folk-Rock that would appeal particularly to fans of female vocalists: plenty of sprightly acoustic guitars and airy vocal harmonies." Note from Joe V: I first saw OHO at the 1974 Santa Claus Anonymous benefit concert at Catonsville Community College while working as a soundman for Top-40 group Sage. I enjoyed prog/keyboard laden groups such as ELP and Yes. I was blown away by OHO and went out and bought their album "Okinawa," an album that was quite progressive for the time. OHO has continued to evolve from those days in musical style and many quality recordings. Good luck Jay, and thanks for continuing to keep me in the loop with important happenings!

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STINSON BARTH Ellicott City's own country music songwriter-guitarist-vocalist has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame! Stinson released two singles on the Rebel label in 1960. The recordings have enjoyed continued popularity in Canada over the years. Mr. Barth is working on a re-release of the originals recordings along with some newer original tunes. See his story and photos at www.rockabillyhall.com