PAUL GURVITZ AND THE NEW ARMY

PAUL GURVITZ AND THE NEW ARMY

LEWIS RAY CAMMARATA

Sun, June 19, 2016

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$12.00 - $16.00

This event is 21 and over

PAUL GURVITZ AND THE NEW ARMY
PAUL GURVITZ AND THE NEW ARMY
It all started back in the early sixties. I was listening to Elvis, Buddy Holly, Cliff Richard & The Shadows and at the age of 15 I bought my first guitar. My father at that time was the Road Manager for the Shadows, so I started to get a taste of the music scene. I taught myself to play a few chords and it wasn't long before I was playing in some local bands. My first professional gig was in France playing on US Army camps. From there I came to to England with the same band and started to play gigs around London, that group was called The Londoners.

We were then booked to play the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany. After spending six months in the Star Club we began playing all over Germany at different venues.

Once again I returned to London with The Londoners and decided to change the name of the group to The Knack. The Knack was signed to several different labels and recorded several singles for Pye and Decca. A short while after, the psychedelic era started and once again I changed the name of the band to The Gun. The Gun started to slowly get noticed around the London clubs and by 1968 had their first hit record, that was "Race With The Devil". It went to number 4 in the English charts and number 1 in most European charts. The Gun recorded 2 albums "Gun" and Gunsight". In 1971 The Gun broke up and I started a group called Parrish & Gurvitz, which was produced by George Martin. There were two albums recorded but only one was released called "Parrish & Gurvitz". That band toured the US and the UK. At the same time I was recording with my brother Adrian with "Three Man Army". After Parrish & Gurvitz broke up Three Man Army became a touring band and recorded three albums in all, "A Third Of A Lifetime", "Mahesha" and "Three Man Army Tw .

Three Man Army was getting ready for a fourth album but the drummer (Tony Newman) was asked to join David Bowie. That left my brother and I with no drummer, but not long after we teamed up with Ginger Baker and started a new group. This was "The Baker Gurvitz Army". B.G.A. (as it was called) recorded the first album titled "Baker Gurvitz Army" and then gook on two more members for touring. The second B.G.A. album recorded was "Elysian Encounter" and the third was "Hearts On Fire". During the recordings of B.G.A., my brother and I teamed up with the drummer of the "Moody Blues" Graeme Edge, and recorded two more albums. The band was called "The Graeme Edge Band". The first album was "Kick Off Your Muddy Boots" and the second was "Paradise Ballroom".

In 1976 the manager of B.G.A. was killed in a plane crash and that was the end of "The Baker Gurvitz Army".

After a long break my brother and I started to record again. But this time they were solo albums by Adrian and I played bass and produced. The first single from the first album was a top ten hit in England and the UK. The single was called "Classic" and was also the title of the album. There were two more albums, the second was "IL Assassino" and the third was "Sweet Vendetta". Although I had played rock music most of the time I had wanted to write R&B music so I moved to the US and started to write and produce Pop and R&B artists and it wasn't long before I had my first hit with a group ironically from the UK, they were called "Five Star". I wrote three singles for them that were all hits. From then on I continued writing and producing other R&B artists sucha s Jody Watley, Jellybean, Melba Moore, Stacy Lattisaw, Jean Carne, Jermaine Stewart, Jermaine Jackson, The Fat Boys, Imagination, The Cover Girls, and many more. Since then most of the early rock music I recorded has been re-released on CD so around and around it goes.
LEWIS RAY CAMMARATA
LEWIS RAY CAMMARATA
When Funzalo asked me to write a short 'bio' for my new album my initial reaction was one of abject befuddlement. How exactly does one go about writing about one's self without coming off as a self-
aggrandizing twit? Once I was assured that it would be reviewed for 'twittyness' and self indulgence, and revised by saner minds, I became more comfortable with the idea. And this is what came of it.

All of the songs on “Carry Your Own Water” (except for “This Girl's Got Murder on Her Mind”) were recorded, along with approximately 20 other songs, in my home studio during an 18 month period starting in early 2010. Thirteen of the songs were included on my first Funzalo release “Lemme Outa Here”. Again risking any semblance of humility, I played all the instruments and did all the vocals myself. This was a decision born out of a combination of pragmatism and a sense of self reliance. Basically it was just
easier to do everything myself, and I just didn't trust anyone else to interpret the parts the way I heard them. The lone exception to this is the aforementioned “This Girl's Got Murder on Her Mind”. It was recorded at my friend Bob McCarrol's studio as a late substitution for a song I'd decided didn't fit the new album. All the mixing was done on my humble software.

As for the songs themselves, I very, very rarely write from personal experience. It's not that my life is uneventful. I just find it difficult to relate the events in a context that doesn't come off as metaphorically cumbersome. So instead, I work from the viewpoint of an observer … Inspiration comes more readily from books (thank you Elmore Leonard), television and movies (pop culture rules), snippets of overhead conversations (barroom intellectuals), and observational reconnaissance (the deaf couple on
the beach watching the fireworks display). In the end this may smack of cultural copyright infringement. But as a great man may possibly have once said, “You take your inspiration where you can get it, stick it in your pocket, and take it to your grave”.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/