Dorian

Dorian Zero — aka Kenneth J. Passante (Jan. 16, 1948 — Jan. 7, 1994) — is an American art-rock musician and songwriter from NYC who released a self-titled album on Amerama Records in 1977. Passante hailed from an unrecorded rock group called Sweet Dirt, which was active in NYC circa 1973. He was briefly in […]

Airplay

Airplay were an American studio-based melodic-rock combo that released a self-titled album on RCA in 1980. The project was headed by writer/producers David Foster and Jay Graydon, both successful with other acts at the time. Members: David Foster (keyboards, vocals), Tommy Funderburk (vocals), Jay Graydon (guitars) David Foster, Jay Graydon Credits Airplay was assembled by […]

Babylon

Babylon were an American symphonic-rock band from Florida that released an eponymous album on self-press Mehum in 1978. The band morphed into Helicopter for a further self-issued title, Insect Perfect, in 1981. Members: Rick Leonard (bass, vocals, bass pedals), Doroccus (lead vocals, synthesizer, electric piano), Rodney Best (drums, percussion), David Boyko (guitar), Gary Chambers (synthesizer, […]

Mirthrandir

Mirthrandir were an American symphonic-rock band from New Jersey that issued the album For You the Old Women on self-press Mirth Music Inc. in 1976. Members: Robert Arace (drums), Richard Excellente (guitar), Simon Gannett (keyboards), James Miller (bass, flute), Alexander Romanelli (guitar), John Vislocky III (vocals, trumpet), John Callahan (guitar) Mirthrandir formed in New Jersey […]

Quill

Quill were an American symphonic-rock trio that self-released the album Sursum Corda in 1977. Members: Keith Christian (vocals, bass, classical guitar), Ken DeLoria (Hammond organ, Moog, Mellotron, electric harpsichord, grand piano, ARP Solina string synthesizer, keyboards), Jim Sides (vocals, drums, bells, tubular bells, timpani) Quill formed in California in 1975. Their 1977 singular album, Sursum […]

Sunrise

Sunrise were an American art-rock/pop band that released a self-titled album on Buddah in 1977. The album was produced by Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and engineered by Ralph Moss, whose other credits from the era include albums by Gladys Knight & The Pips, Glass Harp, Lou Reed, Mother Goose, Norman Connors, Ruth Copeland (Take Me […]

Happy the Man

Happy the Man are an American symphonic-rock band that released two albums on Arista in 1977 and 1978. Known for its lavish and intricate sound, the band largely focused on instrumental works. Members: Stan Whitaker (guitar, lead vocals), Rick Kennell (bass), Frank Wyatt (keyboards, saxophone, woodwinds), Kit Watkins (keyboards, flute, 1972-79), Mike Beck (percussion, drums, […]

Zoldar & Clark

Zoldar & Clark were an American symphonic-rock band that released a self-titled album on Dellwood in 1977. The band was led by former-Jasper Wrath/future-Arc Angel frontman Jeff Cannata. Members: Jeff Cannata [aka Cannata] (drums, guitar, woodwinds, lead vocals), Jeff Batter (piano, synthesizer, vocals), Michael Soldan (Mellotron, synthesizer, lead vocals), James Christian (lead vocals, guitar), Phil […]

Zebra

Zebra were an American symphonic/hard-rock band from New Orleans that released three albums on Atlantic between 1983 and 1986. Members: Randy Jackson (lead vocals, guitar, piano, Mellotron, synthesizer, percussion), Felix Hanemann (bass, keyboards, strings, synthesizer, vocals), Guy Gelso (drums, percussion, vocals) Discography: Zebra (1983) No Tellin’ Lies (1984) 3.V (1986)

Zazu

Zazu were an American symphonic/hard-rock band that released a self-titled album on Wooden Nickel in 1975. Members: Randy Curlee (bass, vocals), Mickey Lehockey (drums), John Melnick (keyboards, vocals), Paul Ripurero (guitar, vocals) Discography: Zazu (1975)