Wednesday, February 10, 2016



Chapter A    Sending 100's of Thank You's.. out to the following for over 50 Years of
                     helping us tell the History of Syracuse Music Story - Ron Wray

Chapter 1    A Look Back to the 1950's

Chapter 2    WOLF Radio Sandman Serenade & Dick Clark

Chapter 3    The Early Years & Big Bands

Chapter 4    First Syracuse Radio & Television Broadcasts

Chapter 5    Jimmy Cavallo, Alan Freed & The Early 1950's

Chapter 6    The Jazz Influence- Mark Murphy, Chris Powell, Anna Marie & Others
                    (Updated 10/26/2015)

Chapter 7    Dixieland, Sal Nistico & Mangione Brothers

Chapter 8   Birth of Syracuse Rock

Chapter 9    WNDR Radio, Dandy Dan Leonard, Rhythm Cadets, The Eldaros
                      Little Jan, Jeff and The Notes w/ Duane Hitchings

Chapter 10   Calm Before the Storm- Rock & Roll Loses Some of It's Biggest Stars

Chapter 11   Early 1960's - Part 1

Chapter 12   Early 1960's - Part 2
                      Ronnie Dio, Bobby Comstock, Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars

Chapter 13   Sam and The Twisters

Chapter 14   New Sounds, New Bands, Syracuse University Music Influences-
                     Felix Cavaliere, Lou Reed, Mike  Esposito & Garland Jefferies

Chapter 15   The Beatles & British Invasion, Mid 60's & Bud Ballou

Chapter 16   Bud Ballou Leaves, Dale Dorman Arrives

Chapter 17   Three Rivers Inn Nightclub 1934-2001

Chapter 18   Bobby Comstock, Alan Freed, American Bandstand

Chapter 19   John Lennon & Yoko Ono at the Everson Museum - 1971

Chapter 20   Jimmy Cavallo - Then & Now

Chapter 21   Howie Wyeth - From Sidewinders to Jam Factory

Chapter 22   50 Year Career of Jazz Great - Mark Murphy (Updated 1/25/2016)

Chapter 23   Sandy Bigtree & Bigtree Sisters

Chapter 24   Don Barber and The Dukes

Chapter 25   The Seven  (1969-1972) ** Updated**

Chapter 26   The Sermon  (1968-71)

Chapter 27   The Livin' Ennd (1967-1975)

Chapter 28   Ed Wool & the Nomads, Sure Cure, Pineapple Heard & Wool

Chapter 29   Great Record Stores in CNY 1950'S- 1980'S

Chapter 30   Suburban Amusement Park- Manlius, NY

Chapter 31   Ridgewoods are the roots of Dean Brothers, Joe Whiting, Mark Doyle,
                     Freewill & Jukin Bone

Chapter 32   Tex Roe- NYS Country Music Hall of Famer

Chapter 33   Dave Hanlon "Syracuse Hall of Fame Great" (Update 4/25/ 2014)
                    Hanlon a Sammy Hall of Famers was recently inducted into
                    the Rochester, NY Music Hall of Fame

Chapter 34   John Kane

Chapter 35   Irving Kaufman "Syracuse First Great Recording Artist 1914-1974

Chapter 36   Lloyd Baskin

Chapter 37   Famous Names Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1940-45

Chapter 38   The WHO in Syracuse 1969 & 1981

Chapter 39   Jazz Great - Chris Powell and The Blue Flames

Chapter 40   Ronnie France a Hall of Fame Musician "Who Plays from the Heart"

Chapter 41   WOLF Radio Welcomes Led Zeppelin to Syracuse 1969 & 1971

Chapter 42  Jimi Hendrix in Syracuse- May 4, 1969

Chapter 43  Dan Elliott from SAMMY's to Doo-Wop Hall of Fame (Updated)

Chapter 44   Eric Clapton w/ Derek & The Dominoes with special guest Duane
                     Allman Play Syracuse - December 2, 1970

Chapter 45   Elvis Presley Performs in Syracuse - July 25 & 27, 1976

Chapter 46   The Vikings (1962) to Carmen Licitra and The Vikings (1963-67)

Chapter 47   Jimmy Van Heusen

Chapter 48   Del Shannon's Syracuse Visits

Chapter 49   British Invasion - Searchers & Animals Play Syracuse in 1964

Chapter 50   Rolling Stones First Visit Syracuse- Oct 30, 1965

Chapter 51   First Syracuse War Memorial Rock & Roll Shows 1956-57

Chapter 52   Rolling Stones Return to Syracuse - July 6, 1966

Chapter 53   WOLF Radio Super Dances 1975-77

Chapter 54   Ten Famous Names Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1861-1905

Chapter 55   Famous Names Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1950-56

Chapter 56   Biggest Show of Star 1957 Review

Chapter 57   More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1916-1929

Chapter 58  More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1906-1915

Chapter 59   Do You Remember  1959-69 Syracuse Radio Hits ?

Chapter 60   Buddy Grealy Band

Chapter 61   Question- Ron During Your 40+ Years in Syracuse Music,
                     What are Your Top Ronnie James Dio Moments ?

Chapter 62   Clark Music Co. (1859- 2012), Syracuse Music icon closes it doors.

Chapter 63   Mark Bialczyk - "His Dedication Has No Bounds".

Chapter 64   Hall of Fame Fiddle King - Hal Casey Passes Away, Jan 17, 2012

Chapter 65   Women in Syracuse Music History 1950's- present.
                    Major listing of Women who contributed to our Syr Music success
                     (Update 11/12/2015)
Chapter 66   Sad to report the death of our friend Jean Gerber (Gerber Music)

Chapter 67   David "Rock" Feinstein Inducted into Syracuse Area Music Awards
                     Hall of Fame. Induction speech by Ron Wray - Nov 14, 2011.

Chapter 68    Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) - Hall of Fame Inductees,
                     Lifetime Achievement & Music Educators Award winners. (1993-pres)

Chapter 69    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1958-1959)

Chapter 70    Rock & Roll movies hit Syracuse theaters (Loews State, Paramount,
                       R.KO. Keiths, Loews Strand, North & Salina Drive-In, others)
                       ( listing still in process)

Chapter 71    Syracuse Area Music Awards "Hall of Fame" Class of 2013.
                     Inducted on March 7, 2013 at Dinosaur Bar B Que
                     (Update- Ron Wray's induction speech of "The Seven')

Chapter 72   "New Dio" products to hit market on May 28 (DVD, Blu Ray, Cd, Vinyl)

Chapter 73   "The Madisons"/ "Billy Kidd & The Madisons" includes Chuck Roberts,
                      Johnny Whipple, Carl Irvine, Terry Golden, Jimmy Foran (1960-66)

Chapter 74    The History of Syracuse Music Album /Cd series celebrates 42+ years
                     since snowy December 1970. Here's who was there at the beginning

Chapter 75    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1960)
                     (updated- see Chapter 104)

Chapter 76    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1962)

Chapter 77    Utica's famed "Mouseketeer" Annette Funicello dies at age 70.

Chapter 78    Jack Belle- "Mr Concert"  His concerts and professionalism brought
                      us to a new high". His concert list is amazing..(Updated 12/19/ 2015)

Chapter 79   "Rockin the Redhouse" Benefit Event @ Palace Theater- May 31, 2013

Chapter 80   More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1963).

Chapter 81    Passing of Syracuse R&B great "Little" Willie Gatewood,at  age 75

Chapter 82    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1964)

Chapter 83   More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1965)

Chapter 84 - New Dio "Magica" Deluxe Edition 2 Cd set & Just Joe's new Cd
                    "So The Story Goes" highlights June releases

Chapter 85 - David "Rock" Feinstein New CD "Clash of Armour" released
                    The Rods get ready to rock Brazil in July.

Chapter 86 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1966)

Chapter 87 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1967)

Chapter 88 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1968)

Chapter 89 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1969)

Chapter 90 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1970)

Chapter 91 - Three Syracuse Area Music Hall of Famers (SAMMY's) release Cd's-
                     Mark Doyle & The Maniacs, David "Rock" Feinstein and the band
                     The Seven (Chuck Mellone, Chuck Sgroi, Chuck Wheeler, Frank Sgroi,
                     Russo, Al Ruscito, Tommy Forest).

Chapter 92 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1971)

Chapter 93- More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1972)

Chapter 94- More Famous People Who Performed in CNY (1973)

Chapter 95- Two great Central New York artists release super Cds in July
                    JUST JOE & FULTON CHAIN GANG.

Chapter 96-  The Rods - Live video's hit the internet- Hurricane Sandy Benefit
                     May 11, 2013  & "New" complete set video from Brazil- July 28, 2013.
                     Rods are- David "Rock" Feinstein, Carl Canedy & Garry Bordonaro

Chapter 97-  More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1974)

Chapter 98 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1975)

Chapter 99-  NIJI Entertainment releases  "New" Ronnie James Dio "Snapshot"
                     10-track Cd (6 Live) on Tuesday, August 20

Chapter 100 - From the Sidewinders to Jam Factory. From playing the SU Campus,
                       signing with EPIC Record and playing the famed Fillmore West

Chapter 101- More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1976)

Chapter 102 - Two Former ELF Members "Rock" Feinstein & Mickey Lee Soule
                       Still Touring The World

Chapter 103  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1961) update

Chapter 104  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1960) update

Chapter 105  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1959) update

Chapter 106  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1958) update

Chapter 107  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1957) update

Chapter 108   Three New 8MM Videos of Ronnie Dio & The Prophets found.

Chapter 109   Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1956)

Chapter 110   The Rods "Vengeance" Album released on 12 inch colored vinyl
                       in Germany by High Roller Records. Includes - Dio track.

Chapter 111   Upbeat TV Show out of Cleveland featured many CNY Artists
                       Ronnie Dio & Prophets, Larry Santos, The Seven, Wool, etc

Chapter 112   Passing of Rock Hall of Famer & SU Alumni- Lou Reed at 71
                        Former Syracuse University grad, musician and music legend.

                        For more on Lou Reed, also see Chapter 14, SU Music Influences.

Chapter 113    Syracuse Area Music Awards Announce 2014 Dates for Awards
                        Show & Hall of Fame Event.

Chapter 114    The Emeralds 1955-58 
Chapter 115    Dio at Dominos LP (Released  by JOVE Records in 1963)
                        Ronnie Dio & The Prophets, LP  song listing & liner notes
Chapter 116    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1976)

Chapter 117    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1977)

Chapter 118    Native Syracusan artist / producer Chris Goss "Sound City- Real To
                      Reel" Soundtrack nominated for 2014 Grammy Award. Cd includes
                      Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield & others.
Chapter 119    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1978)
                        Includes Frank Sinatra, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Santana etc

Chapter 120    Everly Brothers first visit Syracuse September 16, 1957, then return
                       four other times. Plus a stop near by at the Turning Stone Casino.                  

Chapter 121   Mark Doyle's many musical talents continues to make CNY a better
                       place to live (Career update)

 Chapter 122  Syracuse Area Music Awards 2014- Hall of Fame & Award Show
                      Dates, Show times and information..March 6-7, 2014

                      March 6- Sammys Hall of Fame Induction & Special Awards
                                        held at Dinosaur Bar B Que- Syracuse, NY

                      Sammys- Syracuse New Times- "Lifetime Achievement Award to-
                       Ronnie James Dio

                      Sammys- Music Educator Award to- John Spillett

                      Sammys Hall of Fame- Flashcubes, Art Robins, Gerber Music,
                      Tiffault Family, Homel-Alaniz Band

                       MC- Dave Frisina ("The Rebel")

                      March 7- Sammys Award Show -Palace Theater-Syracuse, NY
                         Live band performances & Awards

                        Live Bands who performed-
                                 Brownskin Band, Mike McKay Band, The Goonies
                                 Pale Green Stars,
                                 Flashcubes (Reunion) w/ special guest Tom Kenny

                          MC- Skip Murphy

Chapter 123     Syracuse Area Music Awards- 2014 Results from Palace Th  3/7

Chapter 124     Ronnie James Dio "Lifetime Achievement Award" sponsored by the
                        Syracuse New Times. Induction speech given by Ron Wray at
                        SAMMYs Awards Hall of Fame event the evening of March 6

Chapter 125    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1979)

Chapter 126    Jim O'Brien  "34 Year Syracuse Radio Legend"

Chapter 127    2014 "Rockin The Redhouse" Benefit Concert at Landmark Theater
                        April 25, 2014. Band performing, sponsors, 2014 Band Winner.

Chapter 128    Listing of Syracuse & CNY Record & Music Stores though
                        the years. (Updated- Dec 29, 2015)

Chapter 129   Great "British Invasion" Acts that played CNY in 1960's

Chapter 130    CNY World Music News-  Rods return from Spain Metal Fest
                       and Sweden Rock Festival of 78 bands.

                        New Dio Tribute 2 Lp set  to be released on RED Vinyl

Chapter 131     Career of Charlie Bertini & 30 Years of Apple Jazz Festival
Chapter 132      Dinosaur Radio's History of Syracuse Rock and Roll "Then and
                         Now" live music series at Pensabene's Rest 135 State Fair Blvd.
                          Syracuse, NY 13204 (between West Genesee & Hiawatha Blvd)
                         "New" 2015 updated schedule Feb - October 4, 2015

Chapter 133     Sad to report the passing of Syracuse Legendary Radio
                         Broadcaster Dale Dorman at age 71 in Tewksbury, Mass on
                        Oct 21, 2014. Short story here- you can see total updated career
                        on Chapter 16.

Chapter 134     National Record Store Day- November 28, 2014- Rhino
                         Records releases "New" DIO- "This Is Your Life" Limited
                         Edition 12 " Vinyl Picture Disc (5,500 copies only). This
                         tribute compilation also contain Side B-  'Live Tracks"- Neon
                         Knights, Rainbow in the Dark, Straight Through the Heart.
                         Along with tribute tracks by Anthrax, Halestorm and others.

Chapter 135    New Year's Eve 2014  Central New York- Happenings

Chapter 136    Syracuse Area Music Awards - 2015 Hall of Fame Class,
                       Lifetime Achievement and Music Educator Award Winners
                       Loren Barriger, Bobby Comstock, Chris Goss, The Works.
                       Lifetime Achievement Award- Jon Fishman.
                       Music Educator- David Rezak.
                      Plus- Listing of All 2015 Sammy Award Winners.

Chapter 137   Syracuse Area Music Awards- Bobby Comstock's Sammys
                       Hall of Fame Induction speech March 5th by Ron Wray

Chapter 138   Onondaga Historical Assn. open "New" Museum Exhibit "Salt
                      City Rock"- History of Rock N Roll in Syracuse - Feb 20, 2015

Chapter 139    Broadcasting Legend Ron Bee passes away- March 18, 2015

Chapter 140   Tony Trischka, Peter Asher, Jeff Alan Ross appear as surprise
                       special guests on History of Syracuse, Rock n Roll, "Then & Now"
                      live Creek Creek union show at Pensabene's Sunday April 12, 2015.
                      (Updated May 21)

Chapter 141    The Passing of Thomas M. Royal leader of 1950's vocal group
                        the Emeralds (1955-57)

Chapter 142    Dinosaur Radio History of Syracuse Rock n Roll  "Then and Now"
                       live shows reunites Sammy Hall of Famer The Sandy Bigtree  Band
                       May 31, 2015 at Penebene's. Also 20+ Syr musical great return.

Chapter 143    Ronnie James Dio- 5th Year Memorial Events to be held in Los
                       Angles, Ca-  May 15-17 (Updated)

Chapter 144   Loren Barriger honored by Jordan-Eldbridge High with "Graduate
                      of Distinction" award- May 27, 2015.

Chapter 145   Dio Day Cortland June 20, 2015- Ronnie James Dio Music
                      Scholarship Fund Concert- Saturday at J.M. McDonald Sports
                     Complex... 9 acts. Including The Rods, Cafferty Band, Timeline,
                     Blue Monday, Black & Blue (Austin & Schell), Sons of Sabbath

Chapter 146   Songs that Charted #1 on WOLF, WNDR, BIG 50 surveys on July 4
                       1959- 1988. Also CNY Music happening July 4.

Chapter 147   Say goodbye to Sports O Rama - Opened December 17, 1959

Chapter 148   WOLF-WNDR Radio celebrates 75th Anniversary with huge reunion
                       event on Saturday- August 8, 2015. Many greats return to Syracuse,
                       a total list of those attending provided.

Chapter 149   Passing of Walt's Record Shop GM/Operator Eddie Grudynski at 92

Chapter 150   Howie Wyeth Story- SU to the national music scene.

Chapter 151   Otis & The All Night Workers- Otis Smith, Lloyd Baskin, others

Chapter 152    "RESPECT"- CNY Celebrates Women in Music at "Sold Out"
                          Palace Theater- November 13, 2015

                          Also see Chapter 65- Women in Syracuse Music History-update

Chapter 153   Syracuse's Palace Theater Hosts - 'That Metal Show" w/ Eddie Trunk,
                      Jim Florentine & Don Jamieson- Saturday Night-  November 14, 2015

Chapter 154   Greg Spencer's Blue Wave Records Celebrates 30 years of great music
                      releases on December 27, 2015 at the Palace Theater.

Chapter 155 - Passing of FIVE more rock figures- Glenn Frey,  David Bowie,
                     Gary Loizzo, Dale Griffin & Troy Shondell.

Chapter 156    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY -1980

Chapter 157    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY- 1981

Chapter 158   Syracuse Area Music Awards hold their 2016 Press Conference
                       announcing Hall of Fame Class, Music Educator and Lifetime
                       Achievement Award selections. Plus 11 music category finalists.

Update          Chapter 65-Women in Syracuse Music History- Update 11/12/2015
                      Major list of women who contributed to our music history A-Z            ..

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Syracuse Area Music Awards held there annual Press Conference at the Palace Theater..Tuesday Morning.. Feb 2, 2016 at 10 AM to announce their 2016 Hall of Fame Class, Music Educator Award & Lifetime Achievement Award winners plus the finalist in the 11 musical categories.


Bells of Harmony
Jam Factory (Band)
George Rossi
Savoy Brown (Band)


Marl Copani


Mark Murphy  (Worldwide Jazz Great)

Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) Hall of Fame Inductions will be held on Thursday evening March 3 upstairs at the Dinosaur Bar B Que starting at 7 PM where all the above will be honored.

The Syracuse Area Music Awards 2016 with be held at the Palace Theater Friday  evening March 4 starting at 7 PM.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


More Famous People Who Performer or Spoke IN CNY - 1981

Jan 25, 1981      Cindy Bullens w/ Mark Doyle                       Club 37

Feb 6, 1981       Black Sabbath                                                War Memorial
                           Alvin Lee

Feb 10, 1981    Henry Paul Band                                           Landmark Theater
                          Goods Rats

Feb 27, 1981    James Taylor                                                 SU- Manley

Mar 6, 1981     Cindy Bullens, Doyle & Friends                  Uncle Sams

Mar 16, 1981   Screen Test   & The Natives                         Sparky's

Mar 17, 1981   Bon Jovi                                                        Lost Horizon

Mar 20, 1981   Dreggs                                                           Drublins
                         Steve Morse

Mar 22, 1981   REO                                                              War Memorial

Mar 28, 1981   Boxing- Sugar Ray Leonard vs Larry Bonds     Carrier Dome

Mar 31, 1981   Ted Nugent                                                   War Memorial
                         Donnie Iris

Apr 10-12        SU Dance Marathon
                         Alec Star, Harvest, Pictures, Whizz Kids, others

Apr 12, 1981    Todd Rundgren & Utopia                             Landmark Theater

Apr 25, 1981    Santana                                                         Carrier Dome

Apr 26, 1981    Chuck Mangione                                         Landmark Theater

Apr 30, 1981    Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard Tour                   Landmark Theater
                          with Randy Rhodes
                          The Rods

May 7, 1981    Grateful Dead                                               War Memorial

May 21, 1981  Harry Chapin                                                Landmark Theater

May 30, 1981   Jamesville Grove Music Festival
                         Kentucky Moon, Full Tilt, Free Wheelin, Dakota, Locoweed

May 31, 1981   Big Wheelie & Hubcaps                             Lost Horizon

July 6, 1981      Styx                                                           Carrier Dome

June 13, 1981   Rodney Dangerfield                                   Landmark Theater

July 11, 1981   Wayne Newton                                           War Memorial

July 11, 1981   Joe Whiting-Bandit Band w/ Mark Doyle   Poorhouse North

July 18, 1981   Judus Priest                                                  War Memorial
                         Iron Madden

Aug 23, 1981   Foghat                                                          War Memorial

Aug 29-30       Richard Nader's Rock & Roll Revival         NYS Fair
                        Bobby Comstock, Chubby Checker,
                        Freddy Cannon, Drifters, Belmonts

Aug 30, 1981   3 Dog Night                                                NYS Fair

Aug 31, 1981   George Benson                                           NYS Fair

Sept 1, 1981    Marshall Tucker Band                                NYS Fair

Sept 2, 1981    Beach Boys                                                 NYS Fair

Sept 3, 1981    Charlie Daniels                                           NYS Faie
                         Juice Newton

Sept 6, 1981    Stevie Nicks                                                Weedsport Fair Gr
                         Peter Frampton

Sept 8, 1981    Pat Benatar                                                  War Memorial

Sept  23, 1981  Blue Oyster Cult                                        War Memorial

Sept 28, 1981    Long Branch Park Fall Festival
                          Free Wheelin, Full Tilt, Dave Hanlon's Cookbook,
                          Kentucky Moon, others

Oct 9, 1981      Journey                                                        Carrier Dome
                          Loverboy, Billy Squire

Oct 31, 1981   Eddie Fisher                                                 SU Bookstore

Nov 3, 1981   Frank Zappa                                                  SU- Manley

Nov 7, 1981   Paul Anka                                                      War Memorial;

Nov 7, 1981  David Brenner                                                Landmark Theater

Nov 27-28     Rolling Stones                                                Carrier Dome

Dec 12, 1981   Genesis w/ Phil Collins                               Carrier Dome

Dec 19, 1981   Joe Engish                                                   Lost Horizon

Monday, January 25, 2016


More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in  CNY during - 1980

Jan 3-5, 1980      Alec Star                                            Stage East
                           Out a Kontrol (Chris Goss)

Jan 11, 1980      The Works                                         Country Tavern

Jan 11, 1980      Cab Calloway                                    Landmark Theater
                           Morey Amsterdam

Jan 22, 1980      Aerosmith                                         War Memorial

Feb 12, 1980      New York Flyers                              Poorhouse North

Feb 19, 1980     Jerry Garcia                                       Landmark Theater

Feb 23, 1980     The Rods                                           Grape & Grog

Feb 27, 1980     Glen Miller Orchestra                       Landmark Theater

Mar 4, 1980      The Kinks                                          Landmark Theater

Mar 5, 1980      Steve Forbert                                     Drumblins

Mat 19, 1980    Ramones                                            Drumblins

Mar 22, 1980   Jay & The Americans                          Stage East

Apr 5, 1980      Z Z Topp                                              War Memorial
                         38 Special

Apr 15, 1980    Chuck Mangione Quartet                    Landmark Theater

Apr 20, 1980    Harry Chapin                                      Landmark Theater

Apr 22, 1980    Frank Zappa                                       SU- Manley

May 2, 1980     Johnny Cash                                      War Memorial

May4-5, 1980   Bob Dylan                                         Landmark Theater

May 9, 1980     Cheap Trick                                       War Memorial

May 31, 1980   Rick Derringer                                  Jamesville Grove

June 17, 1980   Henry Paul Band                              Landmark Theater

June 28, 1980   Humble Pie  w/ Stevie M.                Uncle Sam's

July 4, 1980     Bobby Comstock                             1000 Islands Fest

Aug 24, 1980   Benny Mardones                              Club 37

Aug 26, 1980   Frankie Valli & 4 Seasons                NYS Fair

Aug 27, 1980    Charlie Daniels                                NYS Fair

Aug 28, 1980    Al Hurt                                             NYS Fair

Sept 12-13         Henry Mancini & Syr Symphony

Sept 12-13        Fred Paris & 5 Satins                        Marriott

Sept 13, 1980    1st Lady- Roselyn Carter                  Syr University

Sept 24, 1980    Queen                                                War Memorial

Oct 4, 1980       John Cougar                                      Uncle Sam's

Oct 8, 1980        Pat Benetar                                        Landmark Theater

Oct 31- Nov1    Terry Johnson's Flamingo's               Marriott

Nov 2, 1980      Orlean's                                              War Memorial

Nov 17, 1980     George Thorgood                             Club 37

Nov 18, 1980     Cars                                                   War Memorial

Nov 20, 1980     Stray Cats                                         Landmark Theater

Dec 12, 1980      Duke Jupiter                                    City Limits

Dec 21, 1980      Alligators                                         Lost Horizon

Dec 30, 1980     New York Flyers                              Poorhouse North

Monday, January 18, 2016


I started my Syracuse Music History search on December 10, 1965 over 50 years ago and our History of Syracuse Music album series five years later.  I would like to thank the following who have dedicated hundreds of hours helping me collect information, photos, bios, posters, backstage passes, 331/3, 45, 78 rpm records, cylinders, Cd's, cassettes, 8 track tapes, live recordings, artwork, giving interviews, Video's (DVD's, Beta, VHS, Lazerdiscs) and sending and receiving items from all over the world. Thanks for making the History of Syracuse Music Story what it is today - Ron Wray.

Very special thanks to the one guy who's put up with all the craziness through 50 years, almost every day, my great friend Pete Shedd.

To the great research expert John D'Angelo along with David Rezak, Jessica Amidon, Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman, Dave Novak, Bill Weiss, Don Shoudy, Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto.

History of Syracuse Music "Official Site" now at 138,057 hits to 127 different countries around the world. 

PS- Still working on our History of Syracuse Music "Official" Book project now over 6,048 pages and that's not including photos.

Very Special Thanks to:

Jessica Amidon, Chet Andrews, Chris Baker, Don Barber, Loren Barrigar, Jack Belle,  Charlie Bertini, Mark Bialczak, Sandy Bigtree, Jack O. Bocchino, Don Bombard (Bob Shannon), Garry Bordonaro, Dick Bottoff, Brian Burke, Carl Canedy, Nick Caplan, Guy Capone, John Carapella, Mike Carapella, Howie Castle, Chuck Cavallaro, Jimmy Cavallo, Jeff Chappelle, Dick Clark, Bobby Comstock, Bobby Comstock Jr,  Rick Cua, John D'Angelo, Michael Davis, George Day, Dean Brothers (John, Bob, Peter Dean), MaryAnn Deming. Pat DeSalvo, Ronnie James Dio, Wendy Dio, Mike Donohue,  Mark Doyle, Gary Dunes, Dan Elliott, Jim Falsey, Mike Featherstone, David "Rock" Feinstein, Denise Feinstein, Mike Ferrante, Jan Fetterly, "Big Mike" Fiss, Debbie Foley, Craig Fox, Tim Fox, Gary Frenay, Dave Frisina, Rick Gary, Bill Gerber III, Jeff Gersbacher, Nancy Gersbacher, Joe Glisson, Lee Goodman, Chris Goss, Bobby Green, Mike Greenstein, Holly Gregg, Dave Hanlon, Todd Hobin, Mark Hoffmann, Tim Huppman (Rick Ryder), Art Judge, John Kane, Jenna Kenyon, T.J. Kenyon. Sean Kirst, Kate Kolb, Joe LaGuardia, Gary Lavancher, Ronnie Leigh, Joe Leo, "Dandy" Dan Leonard, Bob Lindberg, Sue MacKay, John Mangicaro, Skip Murphy, Dave Murray, Mickey Nicotra, Dave Novak, Rod Novak, Liz Nowak, Jim O'Brien, Patsy & Anna Padavona, Mickey Palumbo, Jim Pantas, Dave Pasternack, Terry Pensabene, "Little Jan" Perolla, Gary Podsiedlik, Dave Porter, David Rezak, Frank Rhodes, Dave Ridgeway, Art Robins, The Rods,  Tom Rozzano, Nick Russo,  Joe Sawmiller, Dean Schachtel, Rick Schell, Chuck Sgroi, Paul Shedd, Pete Shedd, Stephen Shedd, Bob Sherman (Bob Lowry), Don Shoudy, Jim Sims, Mickey Lee Soule, Ted Storto, Carol Thoryk-O'Leary, Chris Tso, Stacey Waterman, Bill Weiss, Joe Whiting, Jack Wolak, Al Wolf  and the "Official" Ronnie James Dio Fan & Facebook pages & NIJI Entertainment Group.

Thanks also to:

Colin Aberdeen, Jack Abert, Donna Acchione, Glenn "Gomez" Adams, Marc Albert,  Marv Albert, Dave Alexander, Tommy Allen, Joe Altier, Sam Amato, Andy Anderson, Andy Andrews, Mike Andrews, Tim Anthony, Larry Arlotta, Paul Armstrong, Frank Arrigo, Jimmy Ashby, Buke Babikian, Bob Baggett, Barry Baker, Bill Baldwin, Billy Baldwin, Bud Ballou, Sam Barone, Kevin Barriger, Rick Barry, Howie Bartolo, Lloyd Baskin, Terry Beacham, John Beardsley,  Jeff W. Beck, "Stereo" Steve Becker, Ron Bee, Greg Belinski, Dick Belle, Dick Belle, Tink Bennett, Mary Bigtree, Len Bilotti, Bernie Binnick (Swan Records), Enrique Blanco, Ron Bloom, Teddy Boileau, Gary Branch, Frank Brandon, Alan Braum, Laura Brazak,  Lafayette Breland, Frank Briggs, Julie Briggs, Steve Brodie, Peter Brohl, Brouther Vic, Bill Brown, Bob Brown, Dave Brown,  Don (Ryan) Brown, Jerry Brown,  John Brown, John T. Brown, Mike Brown, Steve Brown (SubCat), Rolland Brunet, Dominick Bruno, Dave Bullard, Mike Burke, Rolland Burnett, John Cadley, Carl Cafrarelli, Victoria Calandra, Jerry Cali, Mike Campbell,  Ron Caruana, Cresenzo Capece Jr, John Capazzolo, Eric Capotto, Dickie Capotto, Rock Carbone, Herm Card,  Bill Carey, Mike Carletta, Brian Carr,  John Carucci, Mike Casale. Felix Cavalierre, Peter C. Cavanaugh, Jon Celi, Chuck Chao, Rick Charles (Yacobush), Rick Chisholm, Dan Christy, Skip Clark, Bernie Clarke, Tim Cleary, Donna (Brohl) Cochran, Len Colella, Stan Colella, Augusto Collacchi, Donna Colton,  Debbie Condon, T.J. Condon, Dennis Connors,  Bill Cooper, Mark Copani, Dick Cappotto, Rick Cappotto, Steve Corey, Tom Corradino,  Joe Couch, Tom Coulter, Bob Couse, Ashley Cox, Jimmy Cox,  Windy Craig, Fred Crittela, Buzzy Cua, Nick Cua, Rick Cua, Ron Curtis,  Frank Cutri

Jacquie Dacey, Baron Daemon (Mike Price), Phil Dallesandro, Ronnie Dark, Billy Davidson, Jordan Davies, James K. Davis,  Tony "Oscar" Davis, Joe Davoli, Desiree Day, Tom DeAmbra, Kevin Dean, Leila Dean, Kal Dee, Kent DeFelice, Joe DeFio, Frank DeFonda, Bill DeLapp, Dick Deline, Jim Deline, Bob Dell, Joe DeMaso, Joe DeMaio, John Denega, Gary Dennis, Ron DeRollo, Maria DeSantis, Mario DeSantis, , Mike Desnoyers, John Dettrick, Scott DeVaul, John Diano, Chuck DiCosmo, Jack DiLauro, Rocco DiMento, Dan Dishaw, John Dittrich, Scott Dixon, Joe Donelan, Mike Donohue, Kat Dooley-Wandersee, Dale Dorman, Kevin Dorsey, Liz Lanza Doyle, Gary Driscoll, Dan Dunn, Bill Dutch, Mike Easterly, Dan "Cato" Eaton, Billy Elmiger, Tom Emmi, Bob English, Joe English, Mike Estep, Chris Eves, Paul Fairbanks, Jennifer Falco, Jimmy Falco, Tony Fallico, Don Familo, Vince Faraoni, Kevin Farrell, Donnie Farrington, Frank Farnsworth, Jeff Favallo, Charlie Featherstone,  Frank Feinstein, Nancy Fetterly, Kim Fetters, Conan Fioramonti, Ben Fiore, Jon Fishman, Don Fitzgerald,  Todd Fitzsimmons, Dave Flansburg, Herb Flower, Jimmy Foran, Don Forbes, Earl Ford, Tommy Forrest, Ron France, Alan Frank, Andrew Frazo, Sam Furco, Mick Fury, John Gabriel, Joe Galuski,  Greg Gannett, Matt Gee, Mike Gentile, Lisa Gentile, Dave Gersony, Howard Gersony, Tom, Giamceuski, Mark Gibson, Dave Gnatowski, Gary Goal, Maury Goldberg, Terry Golden, Mike Goss, Austin Gravelding, Dan Green, Mimi Griswold, Kurt Grow. Gary & Ed Grudynski.

Isreal Hagan,  Marcia Hagan, Sylvestor Hagan, John Halko, Garry Hall, John T. Hall, Bob Halligan Jr, Ed Hamell, Bobby Hamilton, Earl Hamilton.  Nanci Hammond, B.J. Hayes, Mike & Eileen Heagerty,  Peter Heitzman, Tom Helsher, Maureen Henesey, Pete Hennessy, Tim Herron, Duane Hitchings, Jerry Hludzik (The Buoys),  Shawn Hobin, Bob Hodge, Anna Hoffmann, Eva Hoffmann, Gustav Hoffmann, Nancy Lorraine Hoffmann, Jack Holton, Bob Holz, Tom Honan, Fred Horton, Tom Hosmer, Larry Hoyt, Ton Hunter, Harold Hyde, Earl Irons, Carl Irvine, Paul Iskander, Greg Italiano, Mike Jachles, Greg Jackson, Ron Jarman, Joe Jewell, Jimmy Johns, Jeff Jones, W. Jeffrey Jones, Mike Julian, Juan Junco, Mark Kalsuga, Joel Kane, Lou Kaplan,  Ron Kaussner, Irving Kaufman, Ron Keck (SubCat Studio), Tapio Keihanen, Kathy Kellish,Jim Kelley,  Nancy Kelly, Pete Kennedy, Tom Kenny, George Kilpatrick, Phil Kline, Evan Knight, Bill Knolton, Keith Kobland, John Kokot, Kate Kolb, Jack Kreischner, Jeff Kulikowsky (WSYR TV9), Dave Laird, Phil Lambrinos, Arthur Lane, John Latocha, Jeff Laurence, Ron Lauback, Freddie Lawrence, Kim Lembo, Arty Lenin, Bev Leonard, Debbie Leonard,  Carman Liberatone, Tony Licameli, Carmen Licatra, Dave Liddy, Jack Lipton, Rocky Lockhart, Ted Long, Bob Lorenz, Wilma Lung, Larry Luttinger

Gordon MacRae, Joel Mackey, George Madigan, Jack Maheu, Frank Malfitano, Doug Mancabelli, Dave Mance, Vince Mangiamelli, Harold Mantor, Steve Marcone, Phil Markert, Syd Marshall,  Don Martell,  Dave Martin, Don Martin, Mike Martineau, Mike Marzullo, Langston Masingale, Dick Mastriano, Elliott Mattice, Todd Mattraw, Nick Mazza, Ed McBarron, Steve McCord, Gael McGear, Fran McGrath, Pete Mckay, Mike McKay, John McKenna, Pete McMahon, Dave McQuillan, Chuck Mellone, Karen Michaels, Melissa Midgeley, Brian Miles, Dave Miller, Brian Mingle, Terry Mingle, Bob Mitchell, Bernie Milton, Miss E, Liz & Tony Modafferi, Jeff Moleski, Doug Moncrief, Kim Monroe, Spencer Montague, Ted Monto, Larry Monty, Jerry More, Dan Morrison, Brandon Morse. Jack Morse, Sandra Morse, Dave Moziak, Rick Mozzo, Terry Mulhauser, Wayne Mueller, Tip Munger, "Austin" Jimmy Murphy, Ed Murphy, Dick Murphy, Mark Murphy,

Mark Nanni, Tommy Nast, Peter Naughton, Joe Neri, David Northrup, Jamie Notarthomas, Jon Notarthomas, Jess Novak, Dan O'Neil, Charley Orlando, Harold Osborne "Oz", Beth Owens, Phil Owens, Tom Owens, Dan Padavona,  Bob Papaleoni, Donald D. Park, Lonnie Park, Claude "Red" Parton, Dusty Pascal, Tom Payne, Mike Peden, Alex Periales, John Periales, Dave Perkins, Tony Perolla, Joanne Troy Perry, Bob Perry, Bobby Petrella, Mike Petroff, Sam Petrolli, Bill Pfohl, Chynna Phillips, Kaaren Pierce, Dave Priola, George Plavocos, Jody Pucello, Penny Jo Pullus, Carl Pynn, Terry Quill,  Missy Ragonese (Miss E), Mike Ranger, Larry Rand, Danielle Rausa, Leo Rayhill, Dave Read, Dusty Rhodes, Hanna Richardson, Dave Ridgeway, Joe Riposo, Mike Riposo,  Charlie Robbins, Rob Robbins, Art "Legs" Robins, Hal Robinson, Tim Robinson, Tex Roe, Tommy Rogers "George Rossi, Kimberley Rossi, Kathy Rowe,  Alan Rowoth, Susan Royal, Andy Rudy, Al Ruscito, John Russo, Ron Russo, Michael P. Ryan,  Rick Ryder (Tim Huppman),

Dave Salce, Billy Sanders, Brian Sanders, Tom "T.W." Saunders,  Bob Scarlota, Steve Schad, John Schrack, Paulie Scire, Wendy Shoen, Cecile Scott, Lou Segreti, Larry Serifini, Skip Seyerle, Frank Sgroi, "Duke" Shanahan, Jack Share, Chris Shaw, Dick Sheridan. Tom Shine, Wendy Shoen, Tamaralee Shutt, Dennis Sick, Freddie Simmons, John Simone, Tex Simone, Mike Sims, George "Bebo" Singleton, Jimmy Singleton, Mike Skowron, Curt Smith, Otis Smith, Taylor Smith, Dennis Snow, Dick "Rick" Snyder, Ted, Snyder, Jerry Sorn, David Soule, Rob Stagnoletti, Ron Spencer, Dan Sperato, Steve Starmer, Rick Starmer, Scott Sterling, Dave Stevenson, Bill Storm, Shane Storto, Liz Stroedel, Fred Sweet,  Gael Sweeney, Ian Taddeo, Russ Tarby, Jim Tate, Chris Taylor, Greg Tearney, Bruce Tetley, Doug Thaler, Ron Thompson, Lee Tiffault, Mark Tiffault, Sox Tiffault, Joe Toscano, Tom Townsley, Tony Trischka, Dave Truax, Scotty Trudell, Chris Tso, Mike Tucker, Alan Tyler, Gary Vann, Andrew VanNorstrand, Mickey Vendetti, Floyd Otis Vincent, Meegan Voss, Mick Walker, Kat Walters, Rance Walters, Stacey Waterman, Richard Webb, Gary Weeks, Phil Wells,  Randy Wenner, John West, Chuck Wheeler, John Whipple, Mark Wildrick,  Eric Will, Eddie Williamson, Scott Wilson, John Wisniewski, Billy Cathers Wolf, Billy Wolfe, Rod Wood, Courtney Woods, Dr. Rick Wright, Howie Wyeth, Dave Yawman, Gregg Yeti, Bob Volk, Mark Zane, Bob Zenter, Phil Zeppetello, Roger Zinszer.

Also To-
Syracuse New Times past & present (Mike Greenstein, Bob Lorenz, Roland Sweet, Mike Davis, Bill DeLapp , Art Zimmer, Joe Glisson,  Bill Broad, Jessica Novak, Russ Tarby), Onondaga Historical Association (Tom Hunter, Dennis Connors), Syracuse Area Music Awards (Liz Nowak, Debbie Foley, Carol Thoryk-O'Leary), Walts Record Shop (Eddie & Gary Grudynski, Mark Kalsuga, Gary Podsiedlik), Jack Wolak's Rare Necessities,  Rise n' Shine Dinner, Blue Wave Productions (Greg Spencer), D.M.R. Enterprises (Stacey Waterman), Hollywood Restaurant- Cortland (Rock & Denise Feinstein), Landmark Theater, PetCap Music (Guy Capone), Syracuse M&T Jazz Festival (Frank Malifitano), Dayson Studio (George Day), Gerber Music Company (Bill Gerber III), Syracuse Blue Print (Rocky Lockhart), Post Standard Newspaper past & present (Brian Burke, Mark Bialczak, Sean Kirst, Chris Baker), Maplewood Inn & Carnegie Café- Liverpool, NY,  Pensabene's Casa Grande Restaurant, Palace Theater.

2014-15,  Live Show Reunion Bands-

Don Barber & The Dukes (Don Barber, Joe Sawmiller, Joe Leo, Brian Miles, Chuck Cavallaro,  Skip Seyerle, Dave Read).

Livin Ennd-- (Jan Fetterly, Mickey Palumbo, Al Wolf, Adrian Lezotte, Sandy Bigtree w/ special guest Mike Price aka Baron Daemon)

The Nightcaps (Dave Novak, Bill Weiss, Don Shoudy, Al McNeil, Tom Rozzano).

Campus Walkers (Mickey Nicotra, Tom Rozzano, Mike Carletta, Bill Weiss),

Art "Legs" Robins & Prestige, (Art Robins, Don Martin, John Mangicaro, Jerry Brown, John Cappozzolo and guest Chuck Sgroi ),

Mark Hoffmann Family Band, (Mark, Eva, Anna & Gustav Hoffmann, Dave Solazzo, Kenyatta King and special guest former NYS Senator- Nancy Lorraine Hoffmann),

The Outcasts (Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto, Jack Share, Shane Storto, Tommy G, Curt Smith).

The Coachmen  (Mike Davis, Joe Neri, Mark Wildrick, Dickie Cappotto, Rick Cappotto, Carl Putzer, Wayne Mueller, Bob Petta, Bill Willis, Dennis Goettel, John Saltamach),

Timeline- Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto, Curt Smith, Shane Storto, Rance Walters, Tommy G, Steve Schad,

AdVentures- (Ed McBarron, Byron Tiejen, Frank Dehner, Mark Tiejen, Kurt Schmidt),

Dave Porter & Bob, 
Skip Murphy,
Bob Brown, 
Courtney Woods, 

Kat Tale-  (Kate Kolb, Kat Dooley-Wandersee, Mike Featherstone, Eric Wilson, William Blanchard, Steve Robinson) 

Lawless Brothers- (Scotty Trudell, Dave Flans, Michael Brown, Dave Truax).

Fab Cats- (Gary Freany, Arty Lenin, Dave Novak, Dave Miller, Mike  Kallet).

Cross Creek- Danny Weiss, John Cadley, Dave Novak, Fred Lawrence, John Dancks,
Jimmy Johns, George Newton and Tony Trischka

Skip Murphy's Merry Pranksters- Dave Liddy, Mark Gibson, Mike Ranger, Sharon Allen,
Wayne Stevens, Dave "Big D" Schneider, George Newton & Skip Murphy..

Sandy Bigtree Band-  Sandy Bigtree, Gary LaVancher, Dan "Cato" Eaton, Jimmy Johns, Pat Hodson

History of Syracuse Music All-Star Band-  Buke Babikian, Ted Boileau, Mike Ferrante, Mark Hoffmann, Ed McBarron, Skip Murphy, Dave Novak, Frank Rhodes, Steve Schad, Don Shoudy, Curt Smith, Shane Storto, Ted Storto, Scotty Trudell, Bill Weiss, Mark Wildrick.

Carnege (Reunion band)- Bob Lindberg, Chuck Cavallaro, John Favalo. Chuck Pietra, Bob Powell,  Bob Stasko, Dave Wellner

The Strangers-   Joe DiCiano, John DiLauro, Mike Ranger, Ronnie Dark

New York Flyers-   Chris Tso, Phil Dalessandro, Mike Marzullo, Earl Hamilton

Timeline, Outcasts (Reunion) & Timeline- Christmas Show- December 6, 2015 with Bruce Tetley & Jack Share joining the Outcasts while Bob Papaleoni, Buke Babikian & Al McNeal performed with the Nightcaps. Traveled in from San Francisco, Cleveland & Boston to be there.

Note- Special December 14, 2014- Xmas Show special guests- Sandy Bigtree, Dave Novak, Dave Porter, Skip Murphy, Mark Hoffmann, Courtney Woods, Bob Brown, Mickey Nicotra & Steve Schad.

Syracuse Radio Stations- WAQX- 95X, WFBL AM-1390, WHEN AM-620 (Pete McKelvin). WNDR AM-1260 (Jim O'Brien, Dave Laird, Dan Leonard, Fran McGrath, Big George, Dick Mastriano), WOLF Country (Skip Clark, Taylor Smith), WSEN 92.1 FM (Gary Dunes, Dick Mastriano, John Carucci, Diane Wade, Dan Elliott) WSYR AM 570 (Joe Galiski), WSYR Y-94 FM (Howie Castle, Tommy Nast), WZUN-Sunny 102 FM (Rick Gary, Mike Fiss), WXTL 105.9 "The Rebel" (Dave Frisina),  WYYY 94.5 FM (Kathy Rowe), The Dinosaur (WOLF-WNDR) 93.5/ 94.1/ /103.7/ 103.9 FM (Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman, Bob Brown, Tony Fallico, Melissa Midgely,  Peter Naughton, John Schrect, Gary Michaels, Sam Furco, Craig Fox).

Syracuse Television Stations folks past & present- WCNY TV-24 (Pete MacKay, Bill Pfohl, George Kilpatrick), WSYR TV-9 & Bridge Street (Tim Fox, Rod Wood, Dave Bullard, Jim Campagnia, Carrie Lazarus, Chris Brandolino, Kaylea Nixon, Jeff Kulkowsky, Jim Teske), WSYT TV-3 (Don Edwards), WTVH TV-5 (Ron Curtis, Dick Deline), Time Warner Cable News 10 (Bill Carey, Tom Blandin) & Time Warner Cable (Bob Papaleoni),


Jack Abert, Fred Aboud, Sam Amato, Andy Anderson,  Larry Arlotta, Bud Ballou, Sam Barone, Tom Bean, Ron Bee, Jack Belle, Mary Bigtree, Len Blanchard,  Brian Bourke, Lafayette Breland, George Brewer, Dominick Bruno, Ron Bruno, Bill Carey, Hal Casey, Jeff Chappelle, Dick Clark, Stan Colella, Bob Couse, Freddie Critella,  Buz Cua, Ron Curtis (Izzo), Jeff Davis,  Tom DeAmbra, Roosevelt Dean, Tom Dean, Kent DeFelice, Ray Delaney, Dick Deline, Jim Deline, John Diano, Ronnie James Dio, Dale Dorman, Bobby Doyle, Gary Driscoll, Nancy Duffy, Rev. Larry Ellis, Frank Farsworth, Charlie Featherstone, Frank Feinstein, Don Forbes, "Jolly Rolly" Fowler, Jim Fricano, Joe Galuski, Sly Germano, Dave Gersony, Gary Goal, Terry Golden, Art Goodwin, Dave Goodwin, Monroe Gordon, Mike Goss, Ray Green, Paul Grillo, Kurt Grow, Craig Gruber, Eddie Grudynski (Walt's Record Shop), Dick Haggett, Fred Hart, Tom Haskell, Pete Hennessey, Larry Hoppen, Fred Horton, Tim Hubbard, Carl Irving, Greg Italiano, Kelly James, Mark Kalsuga, Phil Lambrinos, Dave Langham, Gordon Lavancher, 'Dandy Dan" Leonard, Myron Levy, Carman Liberatore, Jim Lucas, Gordon MacRae, Carl Mano, T. Sherman Marshall, Marty Martens, Dave Mazzoli, Chuck Mellone, Bernie Milton, Mike Money, Spencer Montague, Larry Monty, Steve Moosburger (Holly Rock), Rick Mozzo, Tip Munger, Mark Murphy, Al Nathan, Sal Nistico, Wayne Nugent, Jim O'Brien, Patsy & Anne Padavona, Nick Pantas, Dave Pasternack, Marty Patten. John Periales, Rick Plante, George Plavocos, Chris Powell, Lou Reed, Dave Ridgeway, Mike Riposo, Tex Roe, Tom Royal, Nick Russo, Rick Ryder (Tim Huppman), Rick Scapicchio, Scott Secaur, Stephen Shedd, Kyle Shirley, Anthony "Tex" Simone, Jim Sims, George "Bebo" Singleton. Jimmy Singleton, Otis Smith, Junior Stevens, "Sox" Tiffault,  Pat  Turk, Steve Uehlin, Bruce Van Brocklin, Jimmy Van Heusen, Jay Walker (Joe Waston), Johnny Whipple, Limey Wickwire, Eddie Williamson, Billy Wolfe, Bob Yeager and the so many more.

Though the years there have been so many national artists & groups that have given time to help us with memorabilia, interviews, photos and just great stories to enhance our Syracuse Music history, here is a list of just a few.

Alice Cooper, Duane Allman, Sam Andrew (Big Brother), Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), Rod Argent (Zombies), Peter Asher, Billy Baldwin, Loren Barrigar, Pete Bennett (Apple Records Ex), Black Oak Arkansas (Jim Dandy), Garry Bordonaro (The Rods, Savoy Brown), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), James Brown, Brownsville Station (Cub Koda), The Buoys (Bill Kelly, Jerry Hludzik), David Byron (Uriah Heep), Cactus, Carl Canedy, (The Rods), Canned Heat (Bob Hite, Henry Vestine), Freddy Cannon,  Felix Cavaliere, Peter C. Cavanaugh, Eric Clapton, Dick Clark, Joe Cocker, Bobby Comstock, Gene Cornish, Windy Craig, Rick Cua, Derek & The Dominoes  Neil Diamond,  Ronnie James Dio, Wendy Dio, Dion, Dale Dorman, Gary Driscoll (ELF, Rainbow), Joe English (Jam Factory, Wings), David "Rock" Feinstein (ELF, The Rods), Flaming Ember, Melvin Franklin (Temptations), Frijid Pink, Danny Goldberg, Chris Goss (Masters Of Reality, Queens of the Stone Age & famed Producer), Guess Who (Jim Kolb),  Jimi Hendrix, Herman's Hermits,  Duane Hitchings, Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night), Iron Butterfly (Lee Dorman, Doug Ingle), James Gang (Dale Peters, Joe Walsh, Jim Fox),  Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson), Elton John (w/ Nigel Olsson & Dee Murray), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Janis Joplin, Nancy Kelly, Al Kooper, Alvin Lee (10 Years After), Led Zeppelin,  John Lennon, Johnny Maestro (Brooklyn Bridge, The Crests), Paul McCartney, Moody Blues, Bruce Morrow ("Cousin Brucie"), Cliff Nobles, Yoko Ono, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Norman Petty, Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips),, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), The Presidents, Rascals (Gene Cornish, Felix Cavaliere), Dusty Rhodes, Smokey Robinson (Miracles), Rolling Stones,  Jeff Alan Ross (Badfinger), Mitch Ryder, Dean Schachtel, Rick Schell, John  Sebastian,  Bob Seger, Rick Snyder, Mickey Lee Soule, (ELF, Rainbow, Ian Gillan Band, Deep Purple),  Phil Spector, Steppenwolf (John Kay), Kate Taylor, Three Dog Night (Danny Hutton, Norm Sneed), Johnny Tillotson,  Tiny Tim, Tony Trischka, Turtles (Mark Volman),  Joe Walsh (James Gang, Eagles), John West, Leslie West (Mountain),  The Who (Peter Townshend, Roger Daltry, John Entwistle, Keith Moon), Carl Wilson (Beach Boys), Stevie Winwood (Traffic, Blind Faith).


Sad to report the passing of three more rock figures in the pass week.- First Glenn Frey of the "Eagles"at age 67.  Then David Bowie who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 on January 10, 2016 in New York at the age of 69 of cancer. Also the  passing was Troy Shondell who had the #1 hit "This Time" on Liberty Records October 30, 1961 and then performed at Sports-O-Rama on Mattydale, NY with Bobby Vee a few weeks later. Then American Breed singer- Gary Loizzo (Jan 16) at age 70 and Dale Griffin drummer of Mott the Hoople age 67

Grey Frey first performed in Syracuse at the War Memorial with the "Eagles' on September 10, 1972 sharing the stage with the Doobie Brother, Fabulous Rhinestones & Randy Meisner present by WOLF Radio & Buffalo Festival. Next a stop at SUNY- Cortland May 2, 1974 w/ Spanky Brown Band, then July 20, 1975 back in Syracuse w/ Poco presented by Tony Ruffino & Larry Vaughn and others though the years

David Bowie  performed at the Carrier Dome back on September 6, 1983 before 28,000+ fans who each shelled out $13.50 for his two hour performance. Bowie performed 19 songs that evening then finished with a four song encore finishing with "Modern Love". Note- this concert was originally scheduled for July 23, 1983 but was changed due to scaffolding for speakers and lighting fixtures that did not arrive in time. The concert was recorded unofficially and released on Bootleg CRD.

Here is the set list from David Bowie's Carrier Dome appearance of September 6, 1983.

1. Look Back In Anger 
2. Heroes  
3. What in the World 
4 Golden Years 
5 Fashion 
6 Lets Dance
7. Life on Mars
8. Sorrow 
9. Cat People
10. China Girl  
11. Scary Monsters 
12. Rebel Rebel
13. White Light/ White Heat 
14. Station to Station 
15. Cracked Actor 
16. Ashes to Ashes
17. Space Oddity 
18. Young Americans 
19. Fame
Encores-  20. Star   21. Stay  22. The Jean Genie  23. Modern Love

Bowie who's worldwide record sales topped $140 million with 5 Platinum and 7 Gold Records (USA) to his credit. He started performing at age 15, and turned professional in 1963. Reached Top 5 in the United Kingdom (1969) with "Space Oddity".  His first US #1 song "Fame" came in 1975. David Bowie - singer, songwriter, musician, actor and glam rocker. His music will live forever.

Troy Shondell (Gary Schelton) released albums and 45's for both Liberty & London Records starting in 1961. His million seller 'First Time" was first released in April 1961 and later purchased by Liberty Records. It was on the Top 10 for five weeks and charted for four months (13 weeks). He was added to the Bobby Vee & The Shadows tour that stopped in Syracuse at Sports-O-Rama (11/22) and at the Utica Memorial Auditorium (11/23). It was a Top 10 hit on the WOLF Radio- Syracuse, NY charts starting November 16, 1961 for three weeks reaching #1 on November 30.

Thursday, December 31, 2015


Blue Wave Records was formed by Greg Spencer in 1983. It's goal of convincing people that local music could be, and often was, terrific. The label's first release was by Syracuse bluesmen the "Kingsnakes" and was produced by Mark Doyle (1985). The label's early recording included great material from such legendary CNY artist as Mark Doyle, Joe Whiting, The Kingsnakes, (Ed) Hamell on Trial and Stroke RnB.

Spencer's label also released a Blue Wave Sampler Cd titled "10th Anniversary Sampler" in 1995. It contained 70+ minutes of Rockin' Blues from the past 10 years from the Blue Wave archives.

Owner-producer Greg Spencer celebrated Blue Wave label's 15th anniversary in February 2000 with the release of a 17-cut highlight album. It featured Kim Lembo, Kim Simmons. Built For Comfort Blues Band, Ronnie D, Backbone Slip, Cub Koda, Tino Gonzales, Kingsnakes, Sean Costello, King Biscuit Boy and Downchild Blues Band.

April 2004, Greg released a compulation album of Jimmy Cavallo' spanning his over 50 years of performing Rock n' Roll called "Rock The Joint". The Jimmy Cavallo Collection 1951-73. 1973 also saw Greg Spencer being inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame (SAMMYS). June 2006 saw the great Jimmy Cavallo team with blueman Ron Spencer in winning a 2006 Sammy Award.

The Blue Wave Record catalog also included the last two volumes of the History of Syracuse Music Album series started some 36 years prior.

December 27, 2015 Greg Spencer celebrated Blue Waves Recxords 30th Anniversary by holding a fantastic live concert at the Palace Theater. This fantastic show mc'd by Dave Frisina featured super-group "The Kingsnakes". On stage that evening were Mark Doyle. Pete McMahon, Terry Mulhauser, Jerry Neeley, Steve Winston, Mark Tiffault, Joe Corello, Frank Grosso to name a few. Congrats goods out to our friend - Greg Spencer

Below is a total Blue Wave Label catalog listing

BW 101    Kingsnakes                   Take A Chance   (1985)
BW102     Doyle-Whiting Band    Good Rockin Tonight  (1985)
BW 103    Stroke RnB                   No Substute  (1985)
BW 104    Kingsnakes                   Hardlife Boogie  (1986)
BW 105    History of Syr Music   Volumes 12 &13  (1986)
BW 106   Doyle-Whiting Band     Flesh & Blood  (1986)
BW 108   Salt City Blues- Volume 1 
BW 109   Arthur Brown & Jimmy Clark Black      Brown, Black & Blue
BW 110   Hamell on Trail              Conviction  (1989)
CD 111    Kingsnakes                     19 Lucky Strikes (1989)
CD 112    Unholy Wives                 When Sanity Sleeps  (1989)
CD 113    Jumpin Joe Whiting        Rhythm n; Groove (1989)
BW 114   Kingsnakes                      Trouble on the Run (1990)
CD 115    Backbone Slip                 Swamp- Water  (1991)
CD 116    Kingsnakes                      Snakes Alive  (1992)
CD 117    Eric Burdon                     The Unreleased Eric Burdon  (1992)
CD 118   Built For Comfort Blues Band     Keep Cool  (1993)
CD 119   Doyle & Whiting              Buried Bones  (1993)
CD 120   Here Comes Another Christmas     Various Artists
CD 121   Cub Koda Collection 1963-93        Welcome To My Job (1993)
CD 122   Backbone Slip                    Avenue Breakdown (1994)
CD 123   (see below *)
CD 124   King Biscuit Boy                Urban Blues RE" Newell (1994)
CD 125   Kim Lembo                         Blue Heat  (1994)
CD 126   Downchild Blues Band       Good Times Guaranteed
CD 127   Kim Lembo                         Mama Lion  (1996)
CD 128   Blue Wave 10th Anniversary Collection - various artists (1995)
CD 129   Built For Comfort Blues Band    High Ballin  (1996)
CD 130   Eric Burdon                                 Unreleased Eric Burdon Vol 2 
CD 131   Kim Simmonds                            Solitaire (1997)
CD 132   Kim Lembo                                 Ready to Ride (1998)
CD 133   Ronnie D                                     Blues Demon (1998)
CD 134   Downchild Blues Band               Lucky 13  (1998)
CD 135   Tino Gonzales                             Double Feature  (1999)
CD 136   Sean Costello & His Jivebombers     Call The Cops
CD 137   Blue Wave 15th Anniversary Collection  (2000)
CD138    Kim Simmonds                             Blues Like Midnight (2001)
CD139    History of Syracuse Music Volume 14  (2000)
CD 140   Kim Lembo & Blue Heat             Paris Burning- Live Chesterfield Café (2000)
CD 141   Downchild Blues Band                A Matter of Time (2000)
CD 142   Kingsnakes                                   Trouble on the Run (2001)
CD 143   Jimmy Cavallo w/ Ron Spencer & Qumpstart - The House Rocker  (2002)
CD 144   Downchild Blues Band                 Body of Work- Collection Vol 2 (2003)
CD 145   Joni James Blues Band                 In The World  (2003)
CD 146   Jimmy Cavallo                              Rock the Joint- Collection 1951-73 (2004)
CD 147   Kingsnakes                                    Hot Snakes. Live Copperfields 1980 (2004)
CD 148   Ron Spencer & Qumpstart            Livin Low (2005)
CD 149   Jimmy Cavallo                              You Better Believe It (2006)
CD 150   Jony James Blue Band                  What About Tommorow  (2006)
CD 151   Kim Simmonds                             Out of the Blue (2008)
CD 152   Savoy Brown                                 Steel
CD 123*  Savoy Brown                                Too Much of A Good Thing (2009)

PRO 001  Kim Lembo & Blue Heat          Steamers
                                                                   (7-song limited edition of 200 pressings)

7243B4484620    Kim Lembo                    Mama Lion
                                                                    (Released in France on Virgin Sky Ranch label)

                             Kim Lembo                     Paris Buring Live at Chesterfield Café
                                                                     (Released in France in 2000)