Rank #1: Under The Classic Rock - Toto
After the Success of working with Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan, Seals and Crofts, and a host of other successful acts, Jeff Porcaro and David Paich wanted a band of their own. The new band was made up of mostly high school buddies that had played together in a group called 'Still Life' at Grant High School in Van Nuys. The original Toto was Steve Lukather- guitar, David Paich-Keyboards, Jeff Porcaro drums, brother Steve Porcaro on an another set of Keyboards, David Hungate-Bass, and Bobby Kimball-lead Vocals.
Jul 05 2017
Rank #2: Under The Classic Rock - Mamas and Papas
The name of the first Mama Papa’s album is Lou Adler’s actual reaction to when he first saw the group. Adler made it habit of not looking at bands who auditioned for him… When the Mamas and Papas were finished… he looked around and said to himself - "If you can believe your eyes and ears…" Wow.
Mar 03 2017
Rank #3: Under The Classic Rock - The (Young) Rascals
Gene Cornish remembered that first rehearsal as a life changing event. He said, “They immediately jelled and were a tight little band right from the start.” After getting a show list of cover songs, The Rascals were off playing local Jersey and New York Clubs and getting noticed. From the time the band first sat down as a simple basement band to their first single, was less than a year.
May 18 2017
Rank #4: Under The Classic Rock - Moody Blues Pt 2
It was not so much the orchestra that molded the Moody Blue’s sound as it was the Mellotron… a keyboard instrument that essentially has a tape player hooked up to each note of the keyboard. It enabled them to take an orchestra to their live shows. It was an early form of sampling.
Listen to part two of The Moody Blues:
Mar 24 2017
Rank #5: Under The Classic Rock - Yes
Bill Bruford, Yes’s original drummer, once described the band as Multi-cultural and Multi-Ethnic… he was not describing the personnel of the band… but the musical influences of the band.
Yes pulled elements, and actual melodies, from Country Music, Jazz, Classical, and were even influenced by American TV themes.
Yours Is No Disgrace, according to Bill Bruford was pulled from the 1960’s America TV show Bonanza.
Jun 02 2017
Rank #6: Under The Classic Rock - Kansas
As with many of the Classic Rock Bands of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s lucrative branding was developed so bank accounts could keep full and so the Bands Play on… sometimes even without any original members; as it is with Iron Butterfly. Such is not the case with Kansas. There have been get-togethers of the original members from time to time in the past twenty years. But as of 2017 drummer, Steve Ehart is the only original member playing with Kansas.
Apr 28 2017
Rank #7: Under the Classic Rock - Steppenwolf
When you think of Steppenwolf, the band’s two songs huge top 10 songs come to mind, both released in 1968, Magic Carpet Ride and Born to Be Wild. But dig a little deeper, and you find that Rock Me did reach number 10 on the Billboard charts and The Pusher got a lot of airplay from FM jocks… So I discount some critics saying this band was one short of being a one hit wonder.
Aug 30 2017
Rank #8: Under The Classic Rock - Focus
Every band is like a Dysfunctional family. Fights and arguments rule the day with such strong egos. Soon chaos broke out in Focus and bass player Cyril Havermans left before the first worldwide tour. He was replaced by Bert Router.
Their next album in 1972 was Focus 3. A double album that FM radio wore out the grooves again and it produced a mild hit with Syliva.
Find out the whole story in the latest Under The Classic Rock.
Apr 17 2017
Rank #9: Under The Classic Rock - Four Seasons
In the late 50’s Bob Gaudio had been picking up studio work as as keyboardist for producer Bob Crewe. Then Crew started to use the whole Four Seasons band working as session players and singers. One night Crewe decided to take in a four seasons performance at a local New Jersey club. It was that night, on a whim, Frankie Vallei started messing around on stage mimicking Jazz Singer, Rose Murphy’s High falsetto voice.
It was just a goof. Crewe heard it said that’s it: That’s the sound.
Apr 05 2017
Rank #10: Under The Classic Rock - Three Dog Night
The band grew out of three hard working LA solo singers deciding to make a go at it as a threesome. Danny Hutton, Corey Wells, and Chuck Negron were lead vocalists moving around the LA music scene all having various degrees of success. But nothing on the scale that was about to become Three Dog Night.
Jul 28 2017
Rank #11: Under The Classic Rock - Grand Funk Railroad
Grand Funk Railroad sprang up in 1966 from Don Brewer’s band The Jazz Masters. A former Disc jockey, who wanted to be a singer in a rock and roll band approached Don one night after a gig and not only talked his way into the band but also got them to rename the band to Terry Knight and the Pack. He got his way because he could get gigs. Soon Mark Farner joined as a bass player.
Aug 12 2017
Rank #12: Under The Classic Rock - Blood Sweat and Tears
In 1968 the 2nd generation of BS&T went to work on the album that became the band's best-selling album. It was a mixture of pop, jazz, folk, and R&B. James Willian Guercio was brought in to produce the album because of his work with the Buckinghams and their horn arrangements.
The 2nd BS&T album was called simply "Blood Sweat and Tears." It had many top 40 hits that are sill propelling the band today.
Jun 21 2017
Rank #13: Under The Classic Rock - Steely Dan
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.
Sep 16 2017
Rank #14: Under The Classic Rock - The Moody Blues Pt 1
Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder had been playing with a band in Hamburg Germany called El Riot and Rebels… when they returned to England they had both decided that they wanted to become professional musicians and started recruiting the best players from the 250 bands in and around Birmingham to form the Moody Blues.
Mar 17 2017
Rank #15: Under The Classic Rock - Four Tops
Their biggest hit and some say Motown’s biggest hit, was initially just an instrumental track created by the Motown recording unit The Funk Brothers. Holland, Dozier, and Holland wanted to experiment with the track and called in the Four Tops first to try some new ideas. They laid down some vocal tracks thinking it was nowhere near complete. Then Berry Gordie heard it and said, no, it was done. The Tops pleaded with him not to release I Can't Help Myself.
Mar 10 2017