Livesong Entertainment Presents


Sun, March 8, 2015

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


This event is 21 and over

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.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014