Darius — aka Robert J. Ottwere — wan American singer/songwriter from Cleveland who released a self-titled album on Chartmaker Records in 1968. Material for a second album was later released by archivists World in Sound. Discography: Darius (1968) II (2002, recorded 1967–71)

James Gang

The James Gang was an American hard-rock band that debuted with the 1969 Bluesway release Yer’ Album, followed by four studio albums and a live disc on ABC Records, including the popular 1970/71 titles Rides Again and Thirds. Two songs, “Funk #49” and “Walk Away,” remain staples of classic rock radio. Multiple guitarists passed through […]

Damnation of Adam Blessing

Damnation of Adam Blessing were an American hard-rock/psych band from Cleveland that released three albums on United Artists between 1969 and 1971, followed by a fourth as Glory on small-press Avalanche in 1973. Members: Adam Blessing [Bill Constable] (lead vocals), Bob Kalamasz (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jim Quinn (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Ray Benick (bass […]

The Innocent

The Innocent were an American melodic-rock band from Cleveland that released the album Livin’ in the Street on Capitol-subsidiary Red Label in 1985. Most of the members hailed from local legends Breathless and Donnie Iris and the Cruisers. Members: Rodney Psyka (vocals, percussion), Alan Greene (guitar), Trent Reznor (keyboards), Albritton McClain (bass), Kevin Valentine (drums, […]


Dragonwyck were an American hard-rock/psych band from Cleveland that self-released two albums between 1970 and 1972, followed by a further round of recordings during the subsequent three-year period. All of these recordings were reissued in more widely-distributed quantities during later decades. Members: Bill Pettijohn (vocals), Tommy Brame (guitar), Kenneth Staab (keyboards), Michael Gerchak (bass), Jack […]


S.O.U.L. — short for Sounds of Unity and Love — were an American soul-funk band from Cleveland that released two albums on Musicor in 1971 and 1972. Members: Lee Lovett (bass), Gus Hawkins (saxophone, flute), Paul Stubblefield (drums), Walter Winston (guitar, ?-1972), Larry Hancock (vocals, organ, 1971-?), Bernard “Beloyd” Taylor (guitar, 1972-?) Discography: What Is […]

Purple Image

Purple Image were an American soul-psych band from Cleveland that released a self-titled album on Map City in 1970. Members: Warren Adams (vocals, piano, organ), Kenneth Roberts (vocals, rhythm guitar), William Adams (vocals, congas), Frank Smith (lead guitar), Del Moran (bass), Richard Payne (drums), Diane Dunlap (vocals) “Living In the Ghetto” – yelping voices herald […]

Dazz Band

The Dazz Band was an American soul-funk nine-piece from Cleveland, first named Kinsman Dazz for two 1978/79 albums on 20th Century Fox. As Dazz Band, they released seven 1980–85 albums on Motown and scored R&B crossover hits with “On the One for Fun,” “Let It All Blow,” and the electro-funk anthem “Let It Whip.” Members: […]


Granicus were an American hard-rock band from Cleveland that released a self-titled album in 1973. Members: Joe Battaglia (drums), Wayne Anderson (guitar), Dale Bedford (bass), Woody Leffel (vocals, guitar), Al Pinelli (guitar) Discography: Granicus (1973) Thieves, Liars, and Traitors (2010, recorded 1973–74)