Star Trek Vinyl Records

Star Trek’s Recording Artists:

BUZZ Newspaper Article: Sep 2016 (#66-sT)

By: RLSchwinden aka MrZerr0
When I was a toddler in Sioux City my favorite TV Shows were: ‘Batman’ ‘Lost In Space’ ‘The Monkees’ & ‘Star Trek’ I was too young to know what was considered good, I just knew I like the beautiful colors & images & pretty girls & the music on those shows. Well this year 3 of these TV Shows turn 50.  ‘Star Trek’ Created by Gene Roddenberry, (Eugene Wesley Roddenberry: 19 Aug 1921 El Paso, TX. – 24 Oct 1991) the 1st pilot was filmed in 1964 & the 2nd Pilot in 1965, the show aired from 8 Sep 1966 to 3 Jun 1969, for 3 seasons, with 79 Episodes on; CBS. Strangely, though ‘Star Trek’ was a Science-Fiction Show there were several Records released by the actors on the show! As ‘Star Trek’ reruns, took on a huge cult following in the Mid-70s into the 80s, these same artists released their own Cassettes & some records. Later when the CD extinguished Vinyl in Fall ’87, GNP Crescendo released 4 CDs from the series:  ‘Original Sound Effects’ & ’Vol.1: Cage & No Man Has Gone Before’ & ‘Vol.2: Doomsday Machine & Amok Time’ & ‘Vol.3: Shore Leave & Naked Time’ from 1987 -1996, respectively.

This part of history <

Nichelle Nichols (Grace Dell Nichols 28 Dec 1932 Robbins, ILL.) having toured with Duke Ellington & Lionel Hampton long before her stint as “Lieutenant Nyota Uhura” in 70 episodes of the show, it just made sense to have her release records too, the 1st being ’Down to Earth’ in 1967 on Epic Records (BN 26351) followed by a 45 single in 1968”Know What I Mean / Why Don’t You Do Right!” (Epic 5-10131) & just like her co-stars, she began releasing albums in the re-run days of the 70s, starting with ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ in 1974 on  Americana Records (EP-1) followed by the 45 single “Beyond Antares / Uhura’s Theme” in 1979 on ‎aR-way Prod. (RE-1001). In 1986 she released the Cassette ‘Uhura Sings’. Her last release was the CD ‘Out Of This World’ in 1991 on GNP Crescendo.
> What’s in the box? <

Next to release a record was the star of the show William Shatner (22 Mar 1931 Montreal Quebec, Can. of Jewish faith & Austrian descent) as “Captain James Tiberius Kirk” in 79 episodes. Bill released  ‘Transformed Man’ on Decca (DL 75043) in 1968, his only release while the show was running, this recording gets lambasted quite a lot, because people isolate individual parts, rather than reviewing the recording in its entirety, like the concept album  that it is. Shatner’s next release was in 1976 “Foundation: The Psychohistorians” By: Issac Asimov, a spoken word, was released on Caedmon Records (TC 1508). His 3rd LP was a 1971 “Live” recording of his one-man-show, released in ’77 on Lemli Records (L 00001). In 1978 ‘Captain of the Starship’ (a re-release) on K-Tel Records (NC 494) hit the market. Much later he released ’Fear Of Pop’ on Giant 550 Records in 1998 with Ben Folds. Taking some more time off  ‘Has Been’ was released in 2004 on Shout Factory, in the last few years ‘Seeking Major Tom’ was released in 2011 on Cleopatra  & most recently ‘Ponder The Mystery’ in 2013.


> Music: the final frontier <

Though the next 2 actors we discuss only appeared in the 2nd pilot of the show filmed in 1965, they still released records; Paul Carr (Paul Wallace Carr: 31 Jan 1934 Marreo, LA. -17 Feb 2006) was also a musician in the late 50s & early 60s appearing on ’77 Sunset Strip’ (in 1961) before getting into the acting field & eventually portraying “Lieutenant Lee Kelso” in “Where no man has gone before”. I met Carr at the “Creation Star Trek Convention” in Mar ’02 he had a table next to Gary Lockwood, Carr was selling some trading cards & two 45 singles he had recorded prior to ‘Star Trek’ Carr: “My mother saved a bunch of these, just after they came out, I didn’t know what to do with them so I thought I would try to sell them here” I only wish I had bought one of each or at least written down what the titles were, as now I can find no information on them.
Also in the same episode Sally Kellerman (2 Jun 1937 Long Beach, CA.) riding high on her ‘M*A*S*H” (1970) fame released an album ‘Roll With The Feelin’ in 1972 on Decca/Verve (DL-75359) followed by the 45 single “Triad” (produced by: Barry Manilow) in 1973 on Bell Records (#45-381), her last release was ‘Sally’ in 2009.


>Yeoman Star X <

And finally from the original series run; Grace Lee Whitney (Mary Ann Chase: 1 Apr 1930 Ann Arbor, MI. -1 May 2015) sang with the ‘Keith Williams Orchestra’ in the 60s before becoming famous for portraying ‘Yeoman Janice Rand’ for 8 episodes in the original series, & then later in the 70s she sang with the band ‘STAR’ & released a 45 Single “Disco Trekin b/w Star Child” in 1976 on Star Enterprises (#Stardate 2001) these songs were also written by Whitney. After taking to DeForest Kelley, she began appearing at ‘Trek Conventions’ & selling herself produced Cassettes, in 1980 she released ‘USS Enterprise’ later in 1991 she released ‘Yo, Yeoman’ followed by ‘Light At End Of The Tunnel’ in 1996. When I met her in ’02, her latest release was ’Yeoman Rand Sings’ from ‘99. I had several questions her Whitney, I asked if she was from Minnesota she answered “No, Michigan, but I was adopted & I am trying to locate my birth parents” the other thing we discuss was “AA” as she was a huge supporter of “Addition Recovery” at the time I was on my 15th year of recovery (at the time of this article I just celebrated my 29th year) Grace advised me “You really should attend more AA Meetings, as you do not want to “Fall Off” after all the work you have put into your Recovery”

So there you are fans, Star Trek in Music, some of these recordings are not great material by any stretch, however they are nostalgic & fun, however good luck in finding them, they are ultra rare &  even though I am a huge fan, I only have about 1/4 of these & some I have never even heard before !

Live Long & Prosper … MrZerrO

Mr. Zero’s

*Est. 2009

1744 Lexington Ave. N.
651. 489.0207

Roseville- St.Paul, MN. 55113


SOn Of Sarek

Spock Jams

Posted in Articles

ZEPHYR and Tommy Bolin

“See My People Come Together”

Tommy Bolin’s: ZEPHYR 1968 -73

BUZZ Newspaper Article Aug 2016 #65-tbZ

An Excerpt From The Forth Coming Book:

“Post Toastee” By: RLSchwinden aka MrZerr0 (w/ Johnnie Bolin)
When I was a little kid living on 34th & Douglas, my Uncle Jeff, moved in with us for awhile, & he used to hang with the local musicians on “The Scene” in Sioux City, one of which was, Tommy Bolin, so one day he says “You know that guy Tommy I used to hang out with? Well, he put out a record” I thought “A record? A guy from Sioux City, no, Beatles & Monkees put out records, not a guy from Sioux City”

So this time round I will be covering ‘ZEPHYR’ Tommy R. Bolin’s 1st Official release.


> Cross The River: 1967 -1968 <

A 16 year old Tom Bolin (Barry Fey added the “Tommy” later on) drops out of Sioux City Central High to take off to Cincinnati, OH. to join up with Guitar Legend Lonnie Mack (1941-2016) it was here Bolin met Keyboardist John Faris: (15 July 1947 -2006 Cincinnati), things didn’t work out in Ohio, so Bolin & Faris move out to Boulder, CO. the burgeoning “Hippy Scene” of the Mid-West, the pair joined up with Jeff Cook (1948) to form the band ‘American Standard’, by ’68, Bolin & Faris formed a new band ‘Ethereal Zephyr’ heavy organ based blues music not unlike like ‘Crabby Appleton’ & ‘Steppenwolf’. Also on the local music scene was a band ‘Brown Sugar’ with Bassist David Givens (4 Oct 1948: Detroit) & his wife Vocalist; Candy (Candace Ramey: 9 Dec 1946; Des Moines, IA. -27 Jan 1984). The 2 bands were urged to join forces, as many thought Bolin played so much like “Hendrix” & Candy sang much like “Joplin” this would be a band to be reckoned with, they added Drummer Robby Chamberlin (R.I.P. 17 Feb 2016) to round out the band. This line-up was so good they were the opening act both days to the “Denver Pop Festival” featuring head-liner Jimi Hendrix on 28-29 Jun 1968.

> Hard Chargin Woman: 1969

Manager Barry Fey was able to get the band signed to (ABC) Probe & their 1st LP was released in Oct ’69, commonly referred to as “The Bathtub” (#CPLP-4510-S @ $4.98), Produced By: Bill Halverson  9 songs (2 covers) Recorded At Wally Heider Studios Los Angeles. There was one 45 Single released “Sail On (3:35 edit)  b/w Cross The River” (#CP-475), a “Promo Clip” was released for “Hard Chargin Woman” the band made at least 3 TV appearances performing “St. James Infirmary” on the ‘Barry Richards Show’ & appeared ‘Music Scene’ & ‘American Bandstand’ in Jan ’70 performing “Cross The River”. There have been 3 versions of the 1st CD; on ‘Beat Goes On’ & ‘One Way’ & a 3-CD Deluxe Box-Set on Purple Pyramid, including 2 “Live” discs; CD2 “Live Cuts: ’69-73 & CD3 is the 2nd reunion show on 19 Jun ’73 @ Tulagi’s (released in May 2014). *David Givens: “I think our 3 song demo turned out to be a better recording than the LP recording, Tommy was playing a rented ’63 Gibson Mahogany SG: Les Paul Version, to get that sound everyone was going for at the time” *Jeff Schwinden: “When Tommy’s first ‘ZEPHYR’ record came out, It was a big deal among us guys, in that crowd, that hung with Tommy. I still have my first copy of that ‘Bathtub’ album. I went out & bought it right when it was released”

> Somebody Listen: 1970 <

While touring for the 1st LP, some tensions grew in the band as the members got to know each other better (according to Bolin). Chamberlin began to become less motivated than the other 4. At Bolin’s recommendation; Bobby Berge: (21 June 1948 In Sioux Falls, South Dakota) Drummer for the Iowa Band ‘The Velaires’ was brought in as a 2nd drummer, in May ’70 however in a very short time Berge was to become the Only Drummer in ‘ZEPHYR’ *Berge: “I always liked Tommy’s playing & ZEPHYR was touring behind a record, so I thought this was a great opportunity” It was also about this time (Jun ’70) Bolin began his song writing partnership with John Tesar, who he had meet in South Dakota sometime in ’67 when Bolin was playing in ‘CHATEAU’. Unfortunately not a lot of Video exists on ‘ZEPHYR’ there is one for the song: “Goin Home” from the”Day of Joy Festival” in Houston, TX. on Sun 19 Jul 1970. Tommy liked to tape record his shows onto reel-to-reel, so here is a set-list from one of Tommy’s personal reels;

Tuesday 11 August 1970 Santa Monica, California @ Santa Monica Civic Center (61:33 min Audio Recording Exists)
Cross The River
Going Back To Colorado/Blues Jam
Sail On
Hard Chargin Woman/Echoplex Solo
Under My Thumb/Gimme Shelter
The Creator Has A Master Plan/Tommy Bolin On Guitar
Hard Chargin Woman: Reprise

*Johnnie Bolin: “I was in ‘ZEPHYR’ for 1 show (Sep 1970 Sioux Falls, S.D. @ Empire Fairgrounds), I guess ‘Ides Of March’ was to go on last because they had the hit ‘Vehicle’ at the time. But Candy & David had missed their flight. So “Ides” went on 1st. Then ‘Zephyr’ didn’t know what to do, so Tommy asked me to go up with them, with just the 3 of them (Tommy, Berge, & John Ferris) to play percussion & do an “Instrumental Set”. So the 4 of us just went up & jammed. Later that same year, My Mom, Pudge & I took a bus up to Minneapolis (Fall ’70 @ Magoo’s New City Opera House w/ Headliner ‘SPIRIT’ w/ Opener “LIGHTNING’)to see them I remember it was quite a big complex. We ended up staying in a real nice hotel downtown, I’m not sure how that happened?”

> Showbizzy: 1971 <

When ‘ZEPHYR’ opened for LED ZEPPELIN (for 4 shows) 23-26 Jan ’69 (in Boston @ The Tea Party), Jimmy Page recommended Eddie Kramer to produce the band’s next album & it was Kramer that helped the band get signed to WB Records as ‘Probe’ had been folded by ‘ABC’ in Apr ’70. The band’s 2nd album ‘Going back to Colorado’ was released in Jan 1971 on  Warner Brothers Records WB-1897, 10 original songs, with one 45 single released “Going Back To Colorado (edit) b/w Radio Song”  (#WB-7444), 2 CD versions have been released of this title, the newest; a 2 CD set (in July 2016) with 10 bonus tracks! There is a Video to be found from 5 Mar ’71 @ Santa Monica Civic Center for “Cross The River” It was about this time the band began to split into 2 parts; the Bolin-Berge duo, into experimentalism & Candy, David & Feris; the musical hippies. According to David, “Bolin wanted to be the star, & he Berge wanted to do more “Fusion Jazz” based music”, so the pair left in May ’71, to form ‘ENERGY’ with Jeremy Steig & Kenny Passarelli

> Moving Too Fast: 1972 -73 <
The band replaces Bolin with Jock Bartley & their 3rd LP ‘Sunset Ride’ is released on WB in ’72. By the Summer of ’73 both ‘ZEPHYR’ & ‘ENERGY’ had wound down & Candy, David, Feris & Bolin with Harold “Marty” Fielden: (Flash Cadillac), Otis Taylor, Mick Manressa & Dave Brown (Bolin’s friend & roadie) were playing “Tulagi’s” on Monday Nights as ‘The Legendary 4Nikators’ ,to make some extra money. The 4 had the idea to contact Berge & do 3 ZEPHYR Reunions starting on 2 May ’73 @ Art’s Bar & Grill; there is a CD of this show released by: Tommy Bolin Archives in 1997 & 2 other shows one more in Boulder & 1 in Denver in Jun ’73. David & Candy released a 4th LP in ’82 ‘Heartbeat’ on Red Sneakers Records & a ‘compilation’ CD released in 2002.

There you have it, Tommy R. Bolin’s 1st Recordings …

*The Annual “Tommy Bolin Festival” will be held on Sat 6 Aug 2016 in Sioux City @ The Icky Nickle & for the 7th year in a row Mr. Zero’s 55113 will be a sponsor & will have a booth there, so stop by & say “Hello”

Mr. Zero’s

*Est. 2009

1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville, MN. 55113


Zephyr on Probe 1970

Posted in Articles

Osmonds: 1970 -75; MGM Years

“What Is The Matter”

The OSMONDS: 1970 -1975 MGM Records

BUZZ Newspaper Article (#64-oS) July 2016

By: RLSchwinden aka: Mr.Zerr0
Growing up in Sioux City, my Uncle John was the Drummer in a band, out of Riverside “Freedom Of Wild Water II” with our family friend Rich T. who was the guitar player, I remember them playing songs like: Paranoid, Sweet Leaf, China Grove, Jesus Is Just Alright, Proud Mary, Down On The Corner & 2 of my favorites were Crazy Horses & Hold Her Tight by this newer group (to me, anyways) “The OSMONDS” though my Uncle John was the Drummer he did sing “Crazy Horses” I can still remember him bringing his girlfriend’s (Ruth S.) copy of the album over & practice singing that song, in my Dad’s office upstairs in our house on W. 17th St. & asking me “if I thought he sounded like the record”. In this installment I am only going to cover; The OSMONDS MGM years 1970 -75.

> Home Grown: 1958 <

Originally 4 of the brothers started out as a Barber-Shop Quartet in 1958 out of Salt Lake City, Utah, they began performing on the “Andy Williams Show” later they added a 5th brother & became a “Pop Group” (despite their devout Mormon upbringing) now called “The Osmonds” with their sound being developed by Mike Curb & Don Costa with Rick Hall. More or less coming off as a ‘Caucasian’ version of the “Jackson 5” Over a span of some 50 years they released: 27 Albums & 43 Singles, a Cartoon of 17 Episodes from Sep – Dec 1972 on ABC, with memorabilia such as Trading Cards, Lunchbox w/ Thermos & countless magazines.


> Meet The Osmonds: 1970 <

The entire band was born in Ogden, UT. Alan (22 Jun 1949) was the Rhythm Guitarist & Song Writer, each member had an accent color to their usual white outfits, Alan’s was: Blue & later Red. Wayne’s (28 Aug 1951) color was Orange & he was the Lead Guitarist & Co-Song Writer. Merrill’s (30 Apr 1953) color was Black; he was the Lead Vocalist & Bass Player & Song Writer. Jay’s (2 Mar 1955) color was Green & he was the Drummer & 3rd Lead Vocalist with Donny’s (9 Dec 1957) color being Purple, he was the 2nd Lead Vocalist & Keyboard & Theremin Player.

> Sho Would Be Nice: 1970 -71<

Their 1st “LP” was released in Nov 1970 with the 45 single “One Bad Apple b/w He Ain’t Heavy” hitting #1 on the Billboard Charts on 13 Feb 1971. UNI Records re-released a 45 Single they had cut in ’67 “I Can’t Stop b/w Flower Music”. The groups 2nd LP for MGM ‘Homemade’ was released in Jun 1971 with the #14 charting hit “Double Lovin b/w Chilly Winds” on 3 July 1971. The first; 2 records being aimed at a younger audience, the group started moving in a new direction of their own choosing; henceforth ‘Phase III’ was released in Jan 1972, with 2 singles, the #3 hit “Yo Yo b/w Keep On My Side” from 16 Oct 1971 & “Down By The Lazy River b/w He’s The Light Of The World” which rose to #4 on 4 Mar 1972.

>Life Is Hard Enough: 1972<

In ‘72 the group is at their “Pop-Rock” zenith their 1st concert LP ‘Live’  is released in Jun ’72, recorded at various shows from their ’71 Tour. Then group appeared on the single “We Can Make It Together” with Steve & Eydie. Their new 45 Single “Hold Her Tight b/w Love Is” hits #14 on the charts on 5 Aug ’72, followed by a US Tour where they played the Met Center in Bloomington on 19 Aug ’72, & there is an hour long video of them filmed in concert at the Ohio State Fair on 28 Aug ’72, at some point I saw a photo that showed Alan playing a White Gibson SG, so for the next decade or so I sought to have one of my own, & eventually I scored one (this is what I play in my band “MrZERo”)

Then followed by, what is considered to be their best album ‘Crazy Horses’ in Oct ’72 with the #14 hit single “Crazy Horses b/w That’s My Girl” released on 9 Dec ’72. I met Jay, Wayne & Merrill in Mar 2011 at Mystic Lake Casino   I told Merrill “You guys didn’t play my request “Life Is Hard Enough (without goodbyes)” He said “Oh you’re old enough to remember that one, eh?” I asked  Wayne “How come you’re not wearing Orange” he said “Boy, you are a fan to know that” & later I met Alan & Donny in Jul 2005 in St. Paul at Xcel Ctr. & I was lucky enough to have all 5 brothers sign my copy of ‘Crazy Horses’ (one of my prized possessions) I said to Alan “In my wildest dreams I never thought I’d get to meet you” & Donny told me as he signed my LP “There you go, all 5 of us” There is a DVD “Muzik Laden” released of the group on a German TV Show from ’72; here’s the set-list:

One Bad Apple

Yo Yo

Hold Her Tight

*Band Introduction

Too Young

Sweet & Innocent


Crazy horses

Puppy Love

Down By The Lazy River


Dance To The Music
> Are You Up There: 1973<

In the Mormon faith teenagers a required to go on “A Mission” as the group were all in their early 20s or teens, it was decided, instead of going on a “Mission” they would record a “Concept Album” about “Faith” & so  ‘The Plan’ was released in Jun 1973, with the singles “Goin Home b/w Are You Up There?” on 14 July 1973 & hitting #36, followed by “Let Me In b/w One Way Ticket To Anywhere” hitting #36 on 13 Oct 1973, followed by a 3rd single “Movie Man b/w Traffic In My Mind”

The group toured for this “Concept Album” & played the Iowa State Fair, where the group also performed at the local Mormon Church in Waukee, IA. My friend Dave V. was in attendance & told me “Jay was wearing a bandage on his nose”. I was able to ask Jay about this in 2001 & he said “Yea, that’s because at a previous show Merrill broke my nose in our karate choreography, you know it was Chuck Norris who taught us all those moves, & we took the idea for the white suits from Elvis.” 

> Send A Little Love: 1974 -75<

For some reason the band started recording songs written by others, instead of using their own compositions for the last 2 MGM records, ‘Love Me For A Reason’ was released in Nov 1974 & the 45 single “Love Me For A Reason b/w Fever” hit #10 on 19 Oct 1974 followed by the single “Having A Party b/w Sun, Sun”. The last studio LP on MGM was ‘The Proud One’ released in Aug 1975 & the single “Proud One b/w Last Day Is Coming” hit #22 on 20 Sep 1975. Their last MGM LP (as MGM folded into Polydor) ’Around The World’ released in the Fall of ’75.


Well there you are I have been a fan since ’72 & this was my favorite time period of this “Pop” band, a sidenote; in 1989 a young lady moved into the Apt. next to me in Des Moines, I saw her name on the mailbox, so I stopped her in the hallway once & asked “I’m sorry to bother you, but are you relate to them?” Stephanie said “I’m sure I am, I mean how many ‘Osmond’ families can there be?”

Until the next time Readers … this has been Mr.Zerr0 for “Remember When?”

Mr. Zero’s *Est. 2009

1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville, MN. 55113



The Osmonds: 1973

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: ,

PsychoGello Vol. #5

MrZerro’s PsychoGello Vol.5

BUZZ Newspaper Article Jun-Jul 2016 (#63-pG)
So for my birthday this year (29th) I was lucky enough to make my 5th appearance on the KFAI 90.3 fm radio show “The Pop-Shop” where host DJ Izzy allows me to take over the show, which I call “Mr. Zero’s PsychoGello” my mission is to play songs by famous artists & not-so-famous artists, that dot not  usually  get air play, to give the listener something totally different, so I thought I would list my playlist & explain a little about the songs. you can listen to the link on “The Pop Shop” 23 May 2016.

Trashmen: “Goofy Foot” recorded live Jul ’64 in Wis on Sundazed, my Dad used to sit in with this band back in ’63, so I like to pay homage to these local heroes.

Roy Orbison: “Dream Baby” from 1962 on Capitol, I 1st heard this song done by The Beatles on the BBC, McCartney sang it beautifully.
WHO: “Daddy Rollin Stone” from  1965 on Brunswick an out-take from ‘Sing My Generation’ I 1st heard this song from the ‘New York Dolls’ on their ’75 Live LP, so far I like every version I have heard of this song.


Rolling Stones: “I’m Free” 1965 Decca Sep 1965 ‘Out Of Our Heads’ from Sep ’65 on Decca, I always loved the mid-60s Stones, too bad it was ruined by being used in a car commercial.

Kinks: “Sunny Afternoon” from Jun 1966 ’Face To Face’ on PYE a fairly dark & downbeat tune from the usually upbeat Brothers Davis, I wish they could have agreed on doing the re-union tour.

Beatles: “And Your Bird Can Sing” from the ill-fated “Butcher Cover” also known as “Yesterday & Today” from Aug ’66 the 1 Beatles LP that cost Capitol a lot of money.

We The People: “By The Rule” from 1966 on Challenge Records a 45 Single only, no full full LP from this great band.

Byrds: “World Turns All Around Her” from ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ on Columbia from Dec ’65 a beautiful love song by Gene Clark, reportedly one of the reason McGuinn began to write more songs as Clark was making more money than rest because of royalties.

Rascals: “Find Somebody” from Jul ’67 from the Atlantic LP ‘Groovin’ one of the few lead vocals form Eddie Brigati, in 1966- 67 most of the Billboard #1 Spots were held by The Monkees or this band.

Boyce & Hart: “Where Angels Go” released in Mar 1968 on A&M from the film of the same name the 2nd soundtrack for B&H. I told Hart’s Grandson I’d play this for him that night.

Nilsson: “Together” from ’Ariel Ballet’ in Jul ’68 on RCA, Jones & Co. performed this song live  in ’69 & there are 2 other Monkees’ related songs on this 1 LP, “Mr. Richland’s Favorite Song” & “Daddy’s Song”

Monkees: “Time & Time Again” an out-take from ‘Changes’ written by Bill Chadwick who wrote 10 other songs for the Band, recorded in May ’69 from LP ‘Missing Links’.

David Bowie: “Oh You Pretty Things” found on ‘Hunky Dory’ from  Dec ’71 on RCA, I 1st heard this one from Peter Noone of ‘The Hermits’ I believe it was his 1st solo 45.

George Harrison: “Wah Wah” from ‘All Things Must Pass’ on Capitol from Nov ’70 Capitol, George was always my favorite Beatle, he wrote this one about the headache he received from McCartney, who constantly was telling him how to play on Paul’s songs.

T -Rex: “Jeepster” from Sep ’71 found on “Electric Warrior” on Reprise, thanks to the intronetts, Mark Bolan is more popular now than he ever was when he was when he was alive (Feld died on 16 Sep 1977) & my home town hero Tommy Bolin is usually confused with Marc.

Jorma Kaukonen: “Genesis” from ’74 on Grunt, ‘Quah’ is his 1st Solo LP after ‘Jefferson Airplane’ this one is dedicated to Mr. Zero’s long time Model Missy Marrz.

Gypsy: “Unlock The Gates” from another Minneapolis band, released in July ’71 on Metromedia their 2nd LP ‘In The  Garden’, also this local band  has just released a DVD documentary, worth checking out. (Dedicated to Ms. Jellybeans).

Tom Jones: “I Who Have Nothing” from 1970 on Parrot, as a kid he was my Mom’s favorite (later it was Ricky Martin) I love the haunting production of his early records.

Graham Nash: “Chicago – we can save the world” released in May ’71 from “Songs For Beginners” on Atlantic, he was in ‘CSN&Y’ as well as formerly of the ‘Hollies’ I have always felt this was his best work.

Steppenwolf: “Draft Resister” from the LP ‘Monster’ on Dunhill released in Nov ’69, recently I was asked “When I was in Jr. High what was my favorite band?” thinking they knew the answer (KISS or RUSH) I informed them it was in fact this band! While all the other kids were listening to the ‘Bee Gees’ I was digging this.

Taj Mahal: “Take A Giant Step” from 1969 on Columbia, an obscure Monkees cover. He also did a great song on The Stones ‘R&R Circus’ from Dec ’68.

Curtis Mayfield: “Superfly” from the soundtrack released in Jul on ’72 Curtom, I just  love this type of early 70’s R&B, reminds me of when I used to work with Garius & Zack back in 2007.

Stevie Wonder: “I Wish” from “Songs In The Key Of Life” on Tamla   released in Dec ’76, probably the last great song released before Disco & “Urban Cowboy” ruined music for me.

Blues Magoos: There’s A Chance We Can Make It” from Apr ’67 on Mercury the LP “Electric Comic Book” hailing from The Bronx, Pepe’ Castro was KISS’ Ace Frehley’s neighbor in the Bronx, I sent Pepe’ a message I’d play this for him that night (he did thank me).

Boston Tea Party: “Straighten Up & Fly Right” released in 1968 on Flick Disc, I found  out about this  band as they did the original version of B&H’s “Words” in ’66.

So there you have it my 5th stint “On The Air” hopefully I will do my 6th guest spot  this fall. You can listen to the whole show at this link below….

Peace & Love & everything else…. MrZerr0


Mr. Zero’s *Est. 2009

1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville, MN. 55113


Pop Shop: KFAI

MrZerr0 On The Air

Posted in Articles

Last City In The East

“Let it be known, I am cheap & durable”


(Last City In The East: 2011)

Dr. Rox Time Machine Article #16 May 2016


I opened Mr. Zero’s 55113 in Roseville in 2009, when we opened I met a lot of interesting people, one being; “Paul the Bookman” turns out he was a real jack of all trades he has played in bands, reads at poetry slams, & as it turned out he is an actor. There was a local film made, based on his poetry “Last City In The East” in 2011 by: Erik Hammen. It’s a short film (about 7 min. total) with Dickinson reading some of his poems, over some stark black & white imagery, filmed in various in, locations here in St. Paul (Dickinson’s home town). Dickinson weaves a tapestry of descriptive words, I find intensely humorous, on the world we truly live in, a really great art piece, so much so, when it was over I found myself wishing it were a longer film.

I really enjoyed it, perhaps I am a little biased as I have known Paul for some time & seen him perform with 2 different local bands, as well as shared the same stage with him at a couple poetry slams, so I am very familiar with his humor, & fortunately (for you) on the DVD of this film, it contains a recording of Dickinson live at St. Paul’s Turf Club! Paul is also in another film “Tired Moonlight” (2015) the scene where he is driving a truck holding his melting ice-cream cone, out of the window of his truck on the way to his next destination is hysterical ! Dickinson will be featured in another film, being shot here in the Twin Cities, this summer “Lake Street Detective” (I myself will be in a very small scene of this same film). So if you’re into intelligent humor & “film noir” you should check  out this little gem.

Until the next time … Dr. Rox



Mr. Zero’s Inc.

1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville, MN. 55113


Turf Club

City Of St. Paul, MN.

Posted in Articles

2016 Prince and the Death of Rock

“2016: The Death Of Rock”

BUZZ Newspaper Article (#62-pR) May- Jun 2016

By: RLSchwinden aka MrZerr0


Hey Rik! I hope all’s well with you. I’ve been working on coverage about Prince’s death for the New York Daily News, I was wondering if people are coming in to Mr. Zero’s to get Prince Memorabilia? I thought I’d check in with you and see if you’ve been seeing a noticeable demand there. Thanks for your help, Anna P. Mon 25 Apr 2016: 11:35am


Hello Anna,

On the death of any Rock Star, I have been in the “Record Biz” for 31 years now, I started with RecordShop, in 1986 from there Archives, then my own Mail Order Business “Dr. Rox Remember When?” (Pre-internet), Wherehouse, Musicland, BestBuy, Disc Jockey, fye, all of these in 5 different states, & then Discland & finally I opened Mr. Zero’s in Roseville 55113 in 2009. When I 1st started in “The Biz” all those years ago, Ricky Nelson was the 1st to die in ‘85, followed by Benny Goodman in ’86 & in ‘87 Maria Von Trapp,  Liberace,, Andreas Segovia, Buddy Rich & then Peter Tosh kicking off  the Reggae movement in Des Moines.


> Feels Like The 1st Time <

It wasn’t until Mar ’88 when Andy Gibb died & his old fans started coming into  RecordShop, where I was working  in W. Des Moines, looking to buy Gibb’s Cassettes, Vinyl & CDs. (this was long before the internet started robbing retail stores of sales & States of Retail Taxes, which began around 2000) so Buying Cassettes, Vinyl & CDs was still a HUGE Deal at the time, but there was a term back then for Catalog Titles “In Print” or “Out Of Print” & Andy Gibb was “Out Of Print” (meaning no real demand for any of his recordings) at the time of his death, so there was nothing to purchase, for some time by then, as his last release was in sometime in ‘81 & his next release was 3 years later, a CD Hits package in ’91. So this was my 1st real exposure to this trend.


The next one to go, was Roy Orbison, who died in Dec ’88, this is where we in “The Biz” really took notice of the trend. Roy had a newer “Re-Recorded” Greatest Hits Album, released in Sep ’87, about a year earlier. When that album came out it did not sell very well, Then Roy Died. The Demand for that Record & Cassette was staggering, so from then on we “In The Biz” watched very carefully who was “ill or about to die or had died”, we would then stock up on that Artists Titles: Cassette, CD (Vinyl if it was available as Vinyl was put to death in Dec ’87) so this tread is not a new one for those who have been around in the biz for decades.


> Top 5 Prince Memories <

My 1st Prince memory; was at West High in ‘79 a girl in my English class made a “Photo Image Book” to Prince’s song “I Wanna Be Your Lover” I remember hearing the song on the  radio & I thought it was pretty good.  My 2nd Prince memory; I was living in Bemidji, MN. in ’83, working on the cleaning crew at the local collage & our crew chief was playing Prince records he had taped from records onto cassettes on his boombox, I really remember liking “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” this made me seek out the LP ‘1999’. My 3rd Prince memory; was, my girlfriend at the time, Cathy & I going to see “Purple Rain” in the theatre & thinking this is the greatest film I have ever seen, & Apollonia , was  the most beautiful woman I had ever seen.


My 4th memory of Prince, was the song “The Cross” from 1987’s ‘Sign O The Times’ I thought how cool is this, an artist of his caliber wrote such a song about God. My 5th best memory of Prince is the song “Bob George” from 1988’s ‘Black Album’ my then Boss Matt M. gave me a recorded cassette copy of the album, as it was not released to the public until 1994 (on CD & Cassette). If you haven’t heard it give it a listen, I loved that song so much, I often quoted it, some years later my co-worker Damon, turned me in onto “Cloreen Baconskin” from ‘Crystal Ball’ (CD only), from ’83 with Morris Day on Drums.


However, my all time best memory  of Prince: Sometime in late ’08, Record Producer Greg H. had told me Prince was interested in playing on a Tommy Bolin Guitar Tribute CD: ‘Whirlwind’ which did not come to fruition, however shortly after this conversation Prince did perform Billy Cobham’s “Spectrum” live in Jul ’09.


> Back Where We Started <

Around the early 2000’s when “Hard Product” was being phased out in “New Retail Stores” we saw a “New Trend” in the “Used Stores” the availability of certain Artists product at all, whether Alive OR Dead, some artists were simply, very hard to have in stock, in any form in the “Used Shops”. Here’s a brief list in no Particular Order:



David Bowie

James Brown

Gram Parsons




Townes Van Zant

Tom Waits


Frank Zappa


SO … it was hard enough to get a hold of these Artists before they DIED, so when they Died…. Forget about it, that Very Limited Supply dries up in a hurry. So when I heard Prince died, that Thurs morning I knew what to expect. Since I have known about this trend for almost 30 years, I was not taken by surprise & on that, I think more Musicians have died in 2016 than any other year, one of my piers stated recently “2016 the year Rock Music Died” HOWEVER with PRINCE:
The Requests we received In Order Were:

  1. ‘Purple Rain’: DVD
  2. ‘Purple Rain’: Vinyl
  3. ‘HITS: 1 & 2’ on Vinyl BUT WAS ONLY MADE ON CD & Cassette: NO VINYL
  4. ‘Crystal Ball’: on Vinyl BUT WAS ONLY MADE ON CD! NO Vinyl or even Cassette
  5. ‘Black Album’ on Vinyl BUT WAS ONLY MADE ON CD & Cassette … NO VINYL
  6. 12″ Mixes on CD… BUT Only Made ON VINYL not Even Cassette
  7. Full Size Prince Posters 3 x 2 feet
  8. Prince T-Shirts
  9. ‘Hit & Run’ 1&2: on Vinyl, BUT Only Made on CD … NO Vinyl
  10. A DVD of all of “Prince’s MTV Videos” … which has NOT Been Made Ever (few artists have been)
  11. ‘Batman’ on Vinyl very hard to find (but at least made) as it mostly sold on Cassette & CD


I find it Strange in the “Information Age”, where people can “Google” anything & do all the time … it seems to elude them they are looking for & asking for things that were simply NOT MADE ….. So being in the Twin Cities we did try to always stock up on Prince, & we did have many Records & CDs, a few Cassettes & some VHS, & yes we did sell many of them. I write a monthly music column for St. Cloud’s “BUZZ Newspaper” (my 5th year) & “Roseville Patch” on-line, in June of last year I wrote an article on Prince (for his Bday), I was a little nervous to publish it, because Prince has his company closely monitor anything pertaining to him, though I never print “Gossipy” material I was still a little nervous to put something out there, the article was never flagged. I did re-run the Article upon Prince’s passing, because up to his death you could not find any on his music on “YouTube” (& why should you, NO Artist receives any money from being pirated on YouTube). Now that he’s gone you can find all sorts of video of Prince on “YouTube”

So there it is, my experience of the death of musicians in Rock N Roll over the last 3 decades. You can catch my Bi-Annual Radio Show “Mr. Zero’s: PsychoGello” Music from 1965 – 1972 on KAFI 90.3FM & 106.7AM at 12:01am till 2am (Mon) Tues 24 May 2016.

Prince 58-16

BUZZ Newspaper Article #62-pR

Mr. Zero’s *Est. 2009

1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville- St. Paul, MN. 55113



Posted in Articles

Twisted Sister: 1982 -87

“What you don’t know (sure can hurt you)”

Twisted Sister: 1982 -1987

BUZZ Newspaper Article: (#61- tS Apr -May 2016)

By: RLSchwinden aka MrZerr0

For Mr. Zero’s 7th Anniversary & My 5th Anniversary of writing this Article, I am going to cover one of my favorite “unsung” bands: Twisted Sister. My good buddy Eric used to work at our local recordshop “Uncle John” one time when I was hanging out in there, I saw strange looking album by a band called “Twisted Sister” I asked Eric “So what’s with these guys” he said “Oh, they’re great, here I’ll put it on” & then “What You Don’t Know” “Shoot ‘Em Down” & “Under The Blade” came blasting through the P.A. & I was hooked …


> Sliver Star: 1972 <

The band started out as ‘Silver Star’ in 1972, essentially the New Jersey version of the ‘New York Dolls’ when their new guitarist John Segall later known as; Jay Jay French (20 Jul 1952; NYC)  who; was earlier passed over for joining ‘Rainbow- Wicked Lester’ (KISS) recommend a name change  to ‘Twister Sister’ in Feb ’73, after the current “Glam Rock Scene” happening in New York City, to compete with the local heroes like: ‘The Brats’ & “Harlots Of 42nd Street’ & ‘Teenage Lust’ well, that list goes on & on. There was no less than 10 different members of the band, before French recruited Eddie “Fingers” O’Jeda (5  Aug 1955; NYC) on Guitar in ’75, followed by Danial “Dee” Snider (15 Mar 1955; Astoria, NY) on Vocals, in ’76 & Mark “Animal” Mendoza (Glickman: 13 Jul 1955; W. Hampstead, NY) the Bassist from ‘The Dictators’ who joined in ’78  & finally  A.J. Pero (Anthony Jude Pero: 14 Oct 1959; Staten Island, NY – 20 Mar 2015) on Drums in ’81, there were 6 other members in the band from 1977 to ‘81 but this is what is commonly referred to as the classic lineup.

> Shoot ‘Em Down: 1982 <

The band released an Independent 45 Single in ‘79I’ll Never Grow Up, Now” on their own before their 1st official release ‘Ruff Cuts’ on Secret Records in 1982. Starting in Summer ’82 MTV started broadcasting “Music Videos” which by Dec ’84 had essentially replaced the 45 RPM, 7″ Vinyl Single as a viable marketing medium. ‘Twisted Sister’ released the 1st full LP on Secret Records  ‘Under The Blade’ in Sep ’82 (later re-issued on Atlantic) taking full advantage of the “Promo Music Video” the band released 2 videos for this LP; “Bad Boys” & “Under The Blade”.

> We’re Gonna Make It: 1983 <

The band gained some notoriety on the BBC program “The Tube” & was soon signed to Atlantic Records, releasing their 2nd LP ‘You Can’t Stop Rock & Roll’ in Jun ’83 with these 3 videos; “I Am , I’m Me” “Kids Are Back” & “You Can’t Stop R & R”. In the UK 12″ Vinyl Singles were more popular than traditional “Full Length Albums” & especially 45 singles. Since Twisted Sister was way more popular in the UK they released several 12″ Singles, on the “A-Side” was the featured song & on the “B-Side” they included up to 3 “Live” tracks from a 1983 Concert, so if you had all of the 12″ Singles (like I did) “I  Am, I’m Me” & “Kids Are Back” & “We’re Not Gonna Take It” you could assemble the “Live Show” that the band was so famous for! Here is the track list:

*1983 Mar 5 & 6 Marquee Club UK
What You Don’t Know

Bad Boys Of Rock N Roll

Run For Your Life

Tear It Loose
It’s Only Rock N Roll (Dee’s Rap)
Kid’s Are Back
Sin After Sin

Shoot Em Down


>  The Price: 1984 <

In 1984 MTV was at its zenith & so was ‘Twisted Sister’ they released their 3rd LP  ‘Stay Hungry’ in May ’84 with the videos; “I Wanna Rock” “We’re Not Gonna Take It” “SMF” & “The Price” & made an appearance in “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” film with “Burn In Hell”. In the mid 80s MTV was the driving force in the music industry (they could make you or break you) 1 of the unique programs they broadcast was the “MTV Saturday Night Concert” which, the band appeared; here’s the track list from the 19 May 1984 in San Bernardino @ the Orange Show Pavilion


Kids Are Back

We’re Not

I Wanna Rock

Under Blade


You Can’t Stop


Stay Hungry

Burn In Hell



> King Of Fools: 1985 <

With the band’s 4th LP ‘Come Out & Play’ released in Nov ’85 they also released 3 videos; “Leader Of The Pack” “Be Crool to Your Scuel” & “You Want What We Got”, unfortunately, the very thing that made the band so popular, was the very same thing that effectively ended their popularity, after 18 months (which is the average zenith of any Pop Star or Band) of humorous MTV videos, the band was now seen as a one trick pony, this LP did not do well at all, compared to the previous LPs sales. They did release 1 final LP under the ‘Twisted Sister’ name: ‘Love Is For Suckers’ which came out in Aug ’87 with the accompanying videos”Hot Love” & “Tonight” a departure from sound & image, just wasn’t enough, as the LP didn’t do anything for the band or the tour that followed for this LP, their final show was in MPLS: 10 Oct 1987 @ Orpheum, when, after the show Dee quit the band. They did reunite for a”911 Tribute” in 2001, but that’s another story. I do have a 45 Picture Disc signed by the classic lineup & I was able to catch them live in 2007 & 2015.

So until the next time Fans … Happy Anniversary to Mr. Zero’s


Mr. Zero’s *Est. 2009


1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville, MN. 55113


Twisted Sister: 1984

Twisted Sister: 1984

Posted in Articles

Micky Dolenz: Circus Monkee

“Circus Monkee: Micky Dolenz Solo”

“BUZZ Newspaper Article (#60 mD) Mar 2016

By: RLSchwinden aka MrZerr0

Excerpt from the forth coming book: “Here We Come” 


When I was a kid in ’72 in Sioux City, my friends Spencer, Chris & I used to watch “The MONKEES” on Saturdays about noon, & I thought Micky Dolenz was about as cool as it got, (to me) he had a cool haircut (in the 1st season 66-67) he was the Lead singer & played Drums, on a cool Champagne Pink Gretsch 5 piece drum set & sang lead on songs like “Saturday’s Child” & “Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day”.

> Count of Monte Cristo: 1956 -1965 <

He was born George Michael Dolenz Jr. on 8 Mar 1945 in L.A.CA. his parents George Sr. (Jure Dolenc: 5 Jan 1908; Triste: Slovene: Austria-Hungry – 8 Feb 1963; L.A.) appeared in some 45 films & TV shows, & his mother Janelle Johnson (2 Dec 1923; Austin TX. – 2 Dec 1995 CA.) was a singer with her own radio show in Austin & an actress in a couple of films, his younger sister Coco (Gemma Marie Dolenz: 5 Apr 1949) is also a talented singer who appeared in the TV show “Circus Boy” with her brother & sang on several MONKEES recordings.

Micky, then known as “Micky Braddock” (to avoid confusion with his father who was also still active actor) landed the role as “Corky” in the  NBC TV show “Circus Boy” for  49 Episodes from Sep 1956 to Dec 1957, there was a soundtrack 45 Single with Picture Sleeve released for this TV show, however; though Micky is pictured on the cover, he does not appear on the record, after that show ended he appeared on the “Zane Gray Theater: The Vaunted” in ’58 as “Ted Matson” then in ’59 he appeared as “Melvin” on “Playhouse 90: Velvet Alley”. Micky took some time off from acting & went to technical school for drafting, until the early 60s, when Dolenz took up singing, his 1st band was “Micky & The One-Nighters” where they mostly performed 50s Rock & Roll Covers, such as “Johnny B. Goode”, “Too Much Monkey Business” & “I Got  A Woman”.

In Feb ’64 The BEATLES hit America, & Dolenz finds himself back on the small screen in Dec ’64 as “Ed” on “Mr. Novak: Born Of Kings & Angles” followed by a 3 episode stint on “Payton Place” as “Kitch Brunner” in Mar ’65. Improving his guitar skills he was the Lead Vocalist & Rhythm Guitarist for “The Missing Links” (at this time there was no less than 3 different bands with this name; including 1 in NYC with a young man named Eugene Klein who eventually became Gene $immons of “KISS”) this band cut a 3 song demo for “Challenge Records” which was eventually released when Dolenz was famous for being in The MONKEES. There was another 45 Single released under the name “Missing Links” however when I gave a copy to Dolenz in ’93 in Lincoln NE, he stated “Thanks for that, but those 2 songs are not me, I remember my 1st recording sessions, & it wasn’t either of those 2 songs”

> I’ll Meet You At The Station: 1965 -1970 <

In the Fall of ’65 Dolenz auditioned for a TV show titled “The MONKEES” & won the role as the Lead Singer & the Drummer, signing a 7 year contract, they filmed 58 TV Episodes, 1 Film & a TV Special, as well as 13 single 45s, 10 LPs & 4 CDs, & 4 concert tours for the band, Dolenz also appeared in Sonny & Cher’s 1967 film “Good Times”. It was during the height of Dolenz’s popularity his 1st 45 Singles were released “Don’t Do It (Dolenz) b/w Instrumental” in 1966 & “Huff Puff b/w Instrumental” in 1967 both 45s were released on Challenge Records. Dolenz last official job for The MONKEES was a concert with David Jones on 16 Sep 1971 in Philadelphia for the radio station WFIL, and then, The MONKEES were no more.

> Don’t Care Who’s Side You’re On: 1971 -1972 <
Dolenz’s mother helped Micky invest his MONKEES’ money wisely, so he didn’t really need to work, after about a year of rest & relaxation, Dolenz went back to work as “Skip” on the “Funky Phantom” in 1971 he also released his 1st post MONKEES solo single “Easy On You b/w Oh Someone” in Oct 1971 on MGM Records, the president of MGM was Mike Curb (24 Dec 1944) an old high school buddy of his, & signed him to a recording contract. The “A -Side” was entirely done by Dolenz himself, it seems Dolenz liked a little bit of comedy or goofiness to his original compositions. & the “B-Side” was his 1st work released with MONKEE: Peter Tork since Dec ’68.

In 1972 Dolenz really kept himself busy, cutting a version of “Family Of Man” (released by: Three Dog Night) in Jan (still unreleased) & then appearing in 3 TV Shows “My Three Sons” in Apr,“Adam 12” & “Canon” in Sep & the Film “Night Of The Strangler” as “Vance” which was released in Oct ’72. His 2nd MGM 45 Single “Unattended In The Dungeon b/w A Lover’s Prayer” (Randy Newman) was released in Jun ‘72, Oddly enough there is a lyric in the song “Unattended” that Dolenz expressed a little concern over being released, as it was written “I’d rather be kicked in the groin, than Make me play another gig in Des Moines” now I lived in Des Moines, Iowa from 1984 -99, I finally got a copy of this song in Apr ’87, & I played this record to death, & I never caught the lyric, even after having written an article for “Monkeeshines” in Sep 1991 on Dolenz’s Solo recordings. Several other songs were recorded at this time (Jun ’72) with a 7 piece band & 26 piece orchestra “Since I Fell For You” “A Long Time Since St. Louis” “Love Is All I Have” & “It’s Amazing To Me” (ver #1)


In the summer of ’72 Dolenz teamed up with MGM House Producer Michael Lloyd (3 Nov 1948)& several members of: “Superband” (containing 2 members “3 Dog Night”) to create the band “Starship” (in an effort to hide Dolenz’s identity) to release the single “Johnny B. Goode b/w It’s Amazing To Me” (ver #2) (Dolenz)  in Oct ’72 on  Lion Records from the forth coming album “Future Rock” here are the other songs recorded for this unreleased LP: “Monkees Medley (4 songs)” “Long Tall Sally”  “Little Bitty Pretty One” “Fools Gold” “Apple Cart” “What Can I Do” “When I’m With You” “Let The Good Times Roll” (released by The Osmonds), once the LP was released the band was to open for The Osmonds on the ’72 -73 “Crazy Horses Tour” unfortunately the LP was never released therefore they were unable to participate on the tour & the project disbanded.

> Where You Been: 1973 -1974 <
Things began slowing down for Dolenz in ’73, for his next single he teamed up with his old friend Harry Nilsson (see BUZZ Article #40-Nn) “Daybreak b/w Love War” (Dolenz) was released in May ‘73 on Romar Records. Nilsson had a new film “Son Of Dracula” coming out in Apr ’74, a 2nd promo copy of “Daybreak” remixed & was sent out to radio stations to promote the film. MONKEES Producer Chip Douglas (27 Aug 1942) created a promo video for this song, being the very 1st Dolenz solo video. The “B-Side” is another Dolenz original, hysterical, lyrically, there were 2 other songs recorded during these sessions “(listen to the) Mocking Bird” & “Long Time St. Louis (ver #2). In Sep ’73 Dolenz auditioned for the role of “Fonzie” on “Happy Days” he lost out to Henry Winkler. Micky did make 2 TV appearances on  the TV shows “Butch Cassidy” & “Owen Marshall Attorney At Law” in Oct ’73, from here on out Dolenz usually did voice over work in cartoons. Dolenz’s final single for MGM was released in Mar ’74 “Buddy Holly Tribute:”PeggySue, EveryDay, Maybe Baby, That’ll Be The Day” b/w Ooh She’s Young” (Dolenz) on Romar Records to capitalize on the “American Graffiti”  film trend, he also appeared on the TV shows: “These Are The Days” & “Devlin”. Sometime in ’74 Dolenz traveled to London to begin work on a 50s Covers album tentatively titled “I Hate Rock & Roll” along with the title song, these other songs recorded for this LP  “Purple People Eater” “Splish Splash” & “Wing Walker” a song written by former MONKEES songwriter Bill Martin (R.I.P. 27 Jan 2016), legendary “RAINBOW” member Cozy Powell (1947-1998), provided the drums for these tracks.


> I Remember The Feeling: 1974 -1977 <

The McDonald’s company had the idea to unit all 4 original MONKEES for a TV commercial, at the exact same time a promotion company offered all 4 original MONKEES a US Summer Tour, problems arose when Tork informed McDonald’s he was a vegetarian & would not be part of the commercial & Nesmith would only do a tour if a new album was part of the deal, the company only wanted a tour & did not want to fund a new LP. Dolenz & Jones, now seasoned entertainers & never afraid to work, contacted their former MONKEES Songwriters, Producer & Musicians Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart (see BUZZ article #11-K) to form “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” from 1974 to 1976 for  2 Concert Tours 1 LP (with 1 song being written in a Des Moines airport) & 2 Singles & 1 TV Special (Betamax). Dolenz in his down time appeared in 2 films:”Keep Off My Grass” in Mar ’75 & “Linda Lovelace For President” in Apr ’75. Boyce & Hart hung with the project long enough to complete their 2 year contract, where as the other 2 continued as “Dolenz  & Jones (w/ Coco)” from 1977 -78 releasing 1 LP & performing 2 Concert Tours & 2 Musicals & a couple TV & Radio appearances (once on Rodney Bingenheimer’s KROC Dolenz confessed he was a fan of the band KISS). Dolenz also did voice work in “Skatebirds” “Captain Caveman” in ‘77 & “Scooby Doo & Dynomutt Hour” in Nov ’78.


> Me, I Got Nothin To Do: 1979- 83 <

Dolenz & Jones went to the UK to perform in Nilsson’s “The Point” Musical, when the play ended Dolenz stayed in England, he did release “Love Light b/w Alicia” (Dolenz) on Chrysalis Records in ’79 with a Promo Video starring his wife Trina, before hanging up his musical & acting career to become a  BBC director for the next few years. Then Kodak in Japan used a MONKEES’ song in a 1981 TV commercial which launched the 2nd big MONKEES’ resurgence. Dolenz came out of musical retirement to do his very 1st solo tour in ’81, unfortunately it was only in Japan, followed by a Japanese only LP release of “Micky Dolenz & Davy Jones: MGM Years” in 1982 followed by his 1st single in 3 years “To Be Or Not To Be b/w Beverly Hills” (Dolenz) on JARMC Records in ’82, followed by his 2nd solo tour of Japan with the backing band “Marlboro” here is the setlist for a show in Jan 1982:

Theme From The Monkees: (Boyce & Hart)
Sunny Girlfriend: (Nesmith)
Last Train To Clarksville: (Boyce & Hart)
You Just May Be The One: (originally sung by:Nesmith)
I’m A Believer: (Neil Diamond)
Randy Scouse Git: (written By: Dolenz)
Zor And Zam: (Bill Chadwick)
Mary, Mary: (Nesmith)
I Wanna Be Free: (originally sung by: Jones)
Pillow Time: (written By:Janelle Dolenz)
Shades Of Grey: (originally sung by: Jones & Tork)
No Time: (written By: Dolenz & Nesmith & Tork)
Daydream Believer: (originally sung by: Jones)
(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone: (Boyce & Hart)
Goin’ Down: (written By: Dolenz & Nesmith & Tork)
Pleasant Valley Sunday: (Goffin & King)
Beverly Hills: (written By: Dolenz)
To Be Or Not To Be: (Britten & Robertson)

While on tour in Japan Dolenz appeared on several TV shows, 1 Variety show he performed “I’m A Man” Live (written by the same person who wrote his last 45 release). Upon his return to the UK he was in the Paul Williams (19 Sep 1940) Musical “Bugsy Malone” & released his final single “Tomorrow b/w Fat Sam’s Grand Slam” on A&M Records in 1983, where upon he returned to his BBC Director status, some of his credits included “Metal Micky” & “Spitting Image” where he worked on 1 episode with Nesmith. Dolenz has a new 45 to be released in Apr 2016 “Chance Of A Lifetime b/w Livin On Lies” his 1st in 33 years!

> That Was Then This Is Now: 1986 & On <

As the 20th Anniversary of The MONKEES TV show was approaching in Sep ’86 David Fischoff was able to get 3 of the 4 MONKEES back together Dolenz, Jones & Tork, (remember Dolenz, Jones & Nesmith toured as a trio in ’69) & thus a whole other chapter of the MONKEES began from 1986 to 1989 (see future BUZZ article) a Dolenz solo EP was released “Don’t Do It” on Vinyl in ’87. In 1991 Dolenz embarks on his 2nd solo career finally releasing several solo CDs (no vinyl) ”Puts You To Sleep” in 1991 & toured with Donnie Brooks for the “30 Years Of Rock N Roll Show” I saw Dolenz, 3 times on this tour in Burlington, IA. Merrilleville, IN. & Okaboji, IA. I was able to speak with Dolenz several times & give him several cassettes of his solo records “Thanks man, I don’t have any of that stuff anymore, I have been divorced twice!” Micky appeared on the “Ben Stiller Show: With Rob Marrow; The Grungies” in Nov ’92, (this is absolutely worth watching) & “Batman: Animated Series” & once again touring with the “Classic Rock All Stars” in ’92 I saw him in; Des Moines, IA. Williamsburg,  IA. & Lincoln, NE. He appeared in the film “Deadfall” in Oct 1993,  & released his book “I’m A Believer” also in ‘93  followed by his 2nd solo CD “Broadway Micky” in 1994 & also appeared in the TV series “Monty”, “Ah, Real Monsters”, & “The Tick” & “Boy Meets World” in ’95.


The MONKEES Trio reunited from 1996 -97, & Dolenz was directing the TV series “Pacific Blue” & then surprisingly Nesmith joined them in ’97, releasing a CD, a TV Special, a Rockumentary & a Concert Tour, until they called it quits in late ’97. Dolenz made an appearance in the TV movie “Love Bug” also in ’97. Then Dolenz embarked on his 3rd solo career releasing his 3rd solo CD “Demoiselle” on his own in 1998 & was in the TV show “Secret Files Of Spy Dogs” & “Invisible Mom 2”. The Trio: Jones, Dolenz & Tork reunited from 2000 -2001, after this last tour Jones had no interest in working with the others again until 2011. Micky appeared in “Power Puff Girls” in 2000 & in the “Drew Carey Show” in 2001 & & in “As the World Turns” in 2002, I myself saw Dolenz in 2002 & 2003 in Mille Lacs, MN. @ The Grand Casino.

In the last few years Dolenz appeared in “Johnny Bravo” in 2004. He was in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” in 2007 & released his 4th solo CD “King For A Day” in 2010, shortly after the final reunion with Jones, Dolenz & Tork. Micky released his 5th solo CD “Remember” in 2012, about the same time the 3rd version of the MONKEES Trio emerged: “Dolenz, Nesmith & Tork” which performed 2 separate concert tours in 2012 & 2014. Dolenz released his 6th solo CD “A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” in 2015 & most recently his 7th & yet 1st solo LP “MGM Singles Collection” Fall 2015.

So you see Micky Dolenz, was not just an Actor or Musician or a Director, he has spent his last 60 years working at all 3 roles in his career !

See you in St. Cloud on the 26th of March, KISS fans ….

Mr. Zero’s *Est. 2009 “Some People, Just Don’t Get It”

1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville, MN. 55113
651. 489. 0207


KISSin Time “fb”

In Lincoln, Neb.

In Lincoln, Neb.

Posted in Articles Tagged with: , ,

Clear Lake, Iowa ’59

“Clear Lake Iowa ’59”

BUZZ Newspaper Article (#59 -cL) Feb -Mar 2016

By: RLSchwinden aka: MrZer0
When I was a kid in Sioux City, I was really into music & records, I still am, I once asked my Mom “Why can’t I find any Monkees’ records at any of the stores?” she said “Because they only stock the titles that sell” I asked “How do you know that?” she answered “Because I used to run the “Record Dept.” @ Kresge’s downtown” then in  1986 I started working at “RecordShop” in W. Des Moines, Iowa until they were purchased by “Wherehouse” in 1993, I worked there at Southridge until they filed bankruptcy in 1995 & closed 1/3rd of their chain, I then worked at “Best Buy” on the south-side of Des Moines from 1995 -98, until I left to work for “DiscJockey- Wax Works” at Merle Hay until 2000 when they were purchased by “fye -Trans-World” where I worked in Burnsville until 2005, though down-sizing I was laid-off & worked for “DiscLand” in Bloomington, until I left to open my own MusicShop “Mr.Zero’s” in 2009 &  I have managed to keep it open for the past 7 years, despite all the obstacles  & competition, so see I have literately done one job my whole life retail sales of Records, Cassettes & CDs, & for the past 5 years I have authored this Music Article.

The thing I have found most interesting over the past 7 years is the gross misinformation the internet has created about music history. Every Feb we get a lot of people coming in looking for “Original” Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & Big Bopper Vinyl Albums. So with this article, I decided to cover the original records of the artists from the “Clear Lake, Iowa Plane Crash” the 1st of many plane crashes that killed Musicians. Here are some of the others who also died in plane crashes: Patsy Cline: 1963 in Tennessee, Otis Redding: 1967 in Wisconsin, Jim Croce: 1973 in Louisiana, Lynyrd: 1977 Skynyrd: Ronnie VanZant,Steve & Cassie Gaines in Mississippi, Ricky Nelson: 1985 in Texas, Stevie Ray Vaughan: 1989 in Wisconsin, John Denver: 1997 in California & Aaliyah: 2001 in the Bahamas


*Buddy Holly: 1936 -1959

He was born Charles Hardin Holley on 7 Sep 1936 in Lubbock, TX. His nickname “Buddy” was given to him at an early age. Buddy learn to play piano at age 11 & about a year later learned to play guitar, influenced by Country & Western Artists from the late 20s to the early 50s. In ’49 Buddy made home recording of Hank Snow’s song “My Two Timing Woman” on “Wire Recorder”  Buddy started performing as a Country & Western Duo in ’52 -53, then in ’54, Buddy started adding R&B into his Country music, thus creating his style of Rockabilly fully developed by ‘55. Buddy opened up for Elvis & Bill Haley’s Comets several times in 1955, which lead to Holly being signed to Decca Records in 1956, & 2 singles were released “Blue Days, Black Nights b/w Love Me” & “Modern Don Juan b/w You Are My One Desire” it was Decca who misspelled “Holley’s” last name on the record labels, therefore changing Buddy’s professional name. In Jan ’57 Holly was dropped from Decca. Then Holly meet producer Norman Petty (27 May 1927 -15 Aug 1984) who was impressed with Holly’s music & recorded some demos for him, & eventually was able to get Holly signed with Brunswick Records in Spring ’57.


As Brunswick was part of Decca Records, the new single “That’ll Be The Day b/w Looking For Someone To Love” released in May ’57 (& went to #1), would be under the band name “The Crickets” as suggested by their drummer Jerry Allison (31 Aug 1939; Hillsboro, TX) which consisted of Joe (Joseph Benson Mauldin, Jr. 8 Jul 1940 – 7 Feb 2015) on Stand-up Bass & Niki Sullivan (23 Jun 1937 – 6 April 2004) on Guitar, while Buddy’s Solo Records would be under his own name on Coral Records. The next single “Peggy Sue b/w Everyday” was released in Sep ’57, & hit #3 on the Billboard Charts, the song was re-named for Allison’s girlfriend, (I remember this was one of my Mom’s favorite songs, & she used to sing it to me, I asked why are you singing that way” (with a sort of hiccup), she answered “Because that’s the way he (Holly) sang it”). The next single “Oh Boy b/w Not Fade Away” was a #10 hit in Oct ’57. His next charting single was “Maybe Baby b/w Tell Me How” & hits #17 on the charts in the Fall ’57. Holly’s 1st “Long Player” album ‘Chirping Crickets’ was released in Nov 1957 on Brunswick, as well as a total of 7 singles was released in the year of 1957. Holly & The Crickets made 5 TV appearances in ’57 & 11 more in ’58.

Holly’s 2nd LP ‘Buddy Holly’ was released in Feb 1958 on Coral Records followed by the #37 hit single “Rave On b/w Take Your Time” in Apr ’58, his 3rd LP ‘That’ll Be The Day’ was released on Decca with Sonny Curtis (9 May 1937; Meadow TX) on guitar, who had played with Holly since 1951 & who wrote many well known songs like the theme to “Mary Tyler Moore Show” Sonny took over lead vocals in ‘The Crickets’ when Holly died. Holly & The Crickets played Minneapolis for the 1st time on 25 Apr 1958 @ the Municipal Theatre. Their single “Think It Over b/w Fool’s Paradise” hit #27 on the charts, was released in May ’58. Holly made a 2nd appearance in Minneapolis on 11 Jul 1958 @ the National Guard Armory, remarkably I can find no set-lists for any concerts he performed, although it’s safe to say they probably played 2 shows a night averaging 20 to 30min a set, which back then equated to about 10 songs. Buddy’s next charting single was the #32 hit “Early In The Morning b/w Now We’re One” was released on 30 Aug 1958, a total of 8 singles were released in 1958.

In Dec ’58 Holly split with ‘The Crickets’ & their Manager- Producer Petty, over unwarranted song writing credits & unpaid royalties. His single “Heartbeat b/w Well Alright” was released on 24 Jan 1959 & hit # 82 on the charts, Holly assembles a new band with Tommy Allsup (24 Nov 1931; Owasso, OK) on Guitar, Waylon Jennings (Waylon Arnold Jennings: 15 Jun 1937 Littlefield,TX -13 Feb 2002) on Bass & Carl Bunch (24 Nov 1939; Big Springs, TX – March 26, 2011) on Drums to embark on the “Winter Dance Tour” stopping in St. Paul on 28 Jan 1959 @ the Promenade Ballroom, & only 5 days later was killed in the now famous plane crash just 132 miles south of MPLS. Holly was quite prolific in his short recording career of; Jan ’56 – Dec ’58 (unlike most other artists of the day) he released 17 Singles (32 songs) & 3 LPs before he died. Here’s some Buddy trivia for you The Beatles recorded a very loyal cover of  “Words Of Love” in 1964, Don Mclean: recorded “American Pie” in 1971 which was his telling of the day he found out about the plane crash, the song went #1 in Jan ’72. Micky Dolenz of The Monkees recorded a single “Buddy Holly Tribute” in 1974 on Romar Records, as the  50s revival was in full swing by then. In 1975 Paul McCartney bought publishing to Holly’s songs as part of MPL Communications & then in 1978 “The Buddy Holly Story” biopic film was released starring Gary Busey. I 1st saw ‘The Crickets’ in the Summer of ’93, a 2nd time in W. Des Moines, When I spoke to Mauldin, Allison & Curtis in 2005, Mauldin: told me “Well, that movie was more of Gary’s (Busey) version of the Buddy story, Buddy wasn’t confrontational like that movie depicted him to be” Allison: “It was probably as close as it was going to get, better than not being made at all, they didn’t use my real name because I had already sold the rights to someone else, before that movie was made”  


Ritchie Valens: 1941 -1959


He was born Richard Steven Valenzuela: 13 May 1941 in Pociama,CA. (3 Feb 1959) a Mexican- American, a son to migrant workers, who spoke no real Spanish. At the age of 5, though he was left handed learned to play Guitar right handed, he also learned to play Trumpet & Drums. Ritchie’s 1st band was ‘The Silhouettes’ he was hired 1st as Guitarist, Valens being from a meager background played a low-end Harmony H44 Stratatone originally a Bronze finish  he had it painted (probably because of wear) Chrysler forest green in shop at school.  Later he took over Lead Vocals in the band, they 1st performed live in Oct’ 57. As he was gaining a reputation, it was suggested to Bob Keane (Robert Verrill Kuhn: 5 Jan 1922 Manhattan Beach, CA. – 28 Nov 2009) that he should check out the new “Little Richard”. Keane saw Valens perform at a Sat. Matinee, impressed with what he heard, Keane convinced Valens to come down to his ‘Gold Star Studios’ & cut some Demos, Keane became Valens Record Producer & Manager & signed Ritchie to “Del-Fi Records” in May ’58, it was Keane who changed Valens name to be less ethnic, for a broader appeal.

Valens 1st 45 Single “Come On Let’s Go b/w Framed” a #42 hit on the charts, was recorded & released in Jul ’58 featuring a backing band of the legendary session people Carol Kaye, Earl Palmer & René Hall. Valens 1st TV appearance was on “American Bandstand” 6 Oct 1958 & his 2nd single “Donna b/w La Bamba” #2 & #22 charting hits; respectively was released on 18 Oct 1958. Donna was Valens’ real life girlfriend Donna Ludwig. In the Fall of ’58 Valens quit school to make music full time. Valens 2nd TV appearance was on “Saturday Night Beechnut Show” on 28 Dec 1958. There is a 30 second “Home Movie” in 8mm color, taken in his Mother’s home in L.A. at a party playing a Tobacco Stratocaster  & singing wearing a blue satin frilly shirt & horsing around with his brother Robert, from about this same time period, it really gives you a sense of what Ritchie looked & moved like. Sometime in late’58 or early ’59 Ritchie filmed a scene in the movie “Go Johnny Go” for the song “Ooh My Head” released in Jun 1959..

Valens released a 3rd 45 single under the name “Arvee Allens” titled “Fast Freight  b/w Big Baby Blues” on Del-Fi #4111, but this was re-issued under Valens’ name after his death, Actually the real “Star” of the 3 who died in the plane crash; at this time was Valens who was currently on the top of the charts. Valens won a coin toss over Allsup on the morning of the 3rd that resulted in his death. In summation, Valens released 3 singles before he died, his 1st LP was released a month after his death. Here’s some Valens Trivia; Led Zeppelin’s 1975 song “Boogie With Stu” is based on “Ooh My Head” a lawsuit was filed (1 of many) & Zeppelin lost, & had to give credit to Valens. A Biopic film “La Bamba” was released in Jul 1987, which was fairly accurate as it had Valens Family involvement (& Local Hero Brian Setzer). I spoke to Valens older brother Bob in 2008 about the film & the scene where Ritchie tells Bob he doesn’t want to use him on drums. Brother Bob Morales: “Yes I was a great artist like the film depicted I was a good musician too, it’s just Ritchie didn’t want to play with me, because I was his older brother” at the time I saw the film with my girlfriend at that time, this was the impression she walked away with Michele: “Can you believe he (Valens) was afraid of flying & that’s the way he died”


Big Bopper: 1930 -1959


He was born Jiles Perry “J. P.” Richardson, Jr. on 24 Oct 1930 in Sabine Pass, TX. & was primarily known as a Disc Jockey on Station KTRM in Beaumont, TX. & a Novelty Song Writer. He served 2 years in the US Army, before becoming a full-time DJ. J.P. at a function he hosted, had seen some collage kids doing a new dance, they called “The Bop” & he decided, because of his size, to go under the moniker “The Big Bopper”, prior to his very short recording career, he broke the “Continuous On-Air Broadcasting” record, by broadcasting live for 5 days & 2 hours & 8min. in May ’57. While Richardson was a musician, he mainly wrote songs for other people, some 18 in total, his most famous being “White Lightning” a #1 hit in Feb ’59, “Running Bear” (which he sang back-up on the record) also a #1 hit in Jun ’59, & “Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor” released in Jun ’58.

Richardson himself was  signed to Mercury Records in early ’58, he only recorded & released 4 Single 45s, the 1st being “Beggar To A King b/w Crazy Blues” on the “D Records” label. Big Bopper’s 2nd record is of course what he is most famous for “Chantilly Lace b/w Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor” a #6 hit in Summer ’58 (interesting note; Jane Mansfield cut a response record to this titled “That Makes It”) Richardson is given the credit for creating the 1st “Music Video”, filming himself for a potential TV appearance. His 3rd single release

“Big Bopper’s Wedding b/w Little Red Riding Hood” Mercury in the Fall of ’58. Richardson made 2 TV appearances on the “Dick Clark Show” Sep & Nov ’58, whereas upon his 4th single “Walking Through My Dreams b/w Someone Watching Over You” was released in the Winter of ’58, just before the “Winter Dance Party”, as far as I can tell this was Big Bopper’s only tour, which he had come down with the flu & was able to secure a seat on the Beechcraft Bonanza, which tragically crashed only a few minutes after take-off. In his life-time he released 4 singles, his 1st & only LP (Long Player) was released a month after he died.

You see fans, back in the olden days, Artist released 45 Singles, & once you had 2 or 3 big hits their Record Label would release an Album ….

Stay tuned for next month’s installment … Also

You can catch my Band “KISSin Time” @ The Pickled Loon – Nest in St. Cloud on Sat 26 Mar 2016

Rock N Roll '59

Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, Big Bopper

Posted in Articles Tagged with: , , ,

The Cat has Nine Lives; Criss of KISS

“The Cat has Nine Lives; Criss of KISS”

Post- KISS

Peter in the “Criss- Penridge Alliance”

What Peter Criss did outside of KISS: 1967 -2012
“BUZZ Newspaper” Article (#58 -pC) Jan- Feb 2016

By: RLSchwinden aka MrZerr0 & Starchild of: KISSin Time


As this is my 1st article in the new year of 2016 & approaching my 5th year of writing these things for you all, I will address one of my favorite drummers from one of my favorite bands: Peter Criss #3 as he just turned 70, last month.


> Barracudas: 1965 <

He was born George Peter John Criscuola in Brooklyn NYC, on 20 Dec 1945 the oldest of 5 kids from an Italian Father Joseph Sr.  & a Irish Mother Loretta, (his younger brother Joey would be 1 of the 1st roadies for ‘KISS’) “Georgie” as he was called then, received a toy drum-set at the age of 7 & then his 1st real kit a Slingerland Radio King in 1960. Peter’s best friend & partner -in -crime Jerry Nolan (7 May 1946 – 14 Jan 1992) gave him his 1st real lessons, Jerry & Peter were childhood friends, they were in the street gang “Phantom Lords” together, also Peter lost out to Jerry to join the ‘New York Dolls’ in Fall ’72. “Georgie” wrote his 1st song @13 “Oh, Honey, You Know I Love You Baby” Peter’s 1st real band was ‘The Barracudas’ in the early ’60s, they were already a band before Criss joined in 1962 or 63 with Carlos Cancel on Vocals & Guitar, Alan Rosen on Lead Guitar & Criss on Drums they had a regular gig @ ‘The King’s Lounge’ where they played songs like “Wipe Out” “Tequila” “In My Life” & “Green Tambourine” in 1965 they put out a 45 Single on M.F.T. Records #102 “It’s Been So Long b/w Affection” Produced By: Marty Craft, a 2nd single followed in 1966 “Chicken b/w No Use” on Delite Records #DE-502. While playing with Buddy Greco @ ‘The Metropole’ Peter was able to open for his Drummer Hero Gene Krupa (15 Jan 1909 – 16 Oct 1973) where eventually Peter was able to take lessons from Krupa.

> Sounds Of Soul: 1967 <

While playing the local NYC circuit Peter ran into his friend Joe, the 2 got to talking & they decided to form ‘The Sounds Of Soul’ with Joe Luceti on Guitar, PepeGenneralli: Organ, Angelo Opper: Bass, Tommy Ventimiglia: Sax & Jack on 2nd Guitar, this R&B band played the NYC club circuit of “Trudy Heller’s” “Night Owl” “Purple Onion” & “Cafe Wha?” they recorded a EP @ Gotham Recording Corporation on 2 West 42nd St. consisting of: “Since I Fell For You” “My Girl” & “Respect” Criss sang lead on the last song. Sometime in ’68, Ventimiglia was drafted & they renamed themselves ‘Brotherhood’ this was the 1st band Criss was in, where they really started to work in “Originals” apparently Opper then left the band in late ’68 & they evolved into ‘The Vintage’ with John Balsamo on Bass, they recorded 1 original “What Is A Man”.


> Nautilus: 1969 <

As with most bands (even into today), they evolve from1 band to another & so Genneralli & Criss went on to form ‘Nautilus’ in late ’69 with Kevin Reese on Guitar &  Peter Shandis on Bass, playing mostly originals & usually playing @ ‘The Headliner’. Peter married his 1st wife Lydia Di Leonardo on 31 Jan 1970 (with Jerry Nolan as his “Best Man”) the 2 took a trip to the UK as part of their honeymoon (where Peter picked up the exact same type of shirt white long sleeve with red stars, that Bill Ward of Black Sabbath made famous), when Criss got back to the USA he left ‘Nautilus’.

> Chelsea: 1970 <

Having left his last band, Criss ran an ad in “Village Voice” where he was called by: Peter Shepley: Vocals & Mike Brand: Guitar, they asked Criss to join with Michael Benvenga (1949-1977) on Bass & Chris Aridas on Lead Guitar, they called themselves ‘Chelsea’ & were signed to a 2 record deal with Decca Records (at the time Decca was a huge record label) they released their 1st LP: #DL-75262 in Feb ’70, the LP did not do well & the band had some issues when performing live, Aridas left the band & was replaced by; “A Greek kid from the Village” Stan “Doc” Penridge (1951- 2001) who took over on lead guitar, demos were written & recorded for a 2nd LP; “Beck” “Run Mr. Greene” “You Make Me Feel” & “Heaven With Stars Above” however Decca suffered financial difficulties in 1970 & the band were dropped in Aug ’70, & so, no 2nd LP was released. The band limped along until 1 night in Oct ’71 in Fort Lee, NJ, Brand & Shepley were late & the trio of: Penridge, Criss & Benvenga went on & decided to move forward & from then on known as ‘LIPS’.

This lineup ‘LIPS’ recorded a demo for “Buddha Records” (Neil Bogart was president of the label at this time) consisting of:  “Baby, Don’t You let Me Down” “I’m Gonna Love You”  “Hooked On Rock N Roll”That’s The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes” “Beck” “Don’t Let The Blues Surround You” & “You’re My Woman” in the studio they used John Amato also on guitar, the band played some important gigs like ‘St. James Infirmary’ in Jan ’72, however disenchanted with the progress of the band Benvenga left, leaving ‘LIPS’ down to 2 members. Around this time Criss ran into Joey @ ‘The King’s Lounge’ & was asked to sit in with ‘Infiniti’ for a few weeks. Frustrated with going nowhere Criss ran an ad in the east coast printing of “Rolling Stone” in Apr ’72 & his brother Joey had business cards made up “Have Drum, Will Travel: Peter Criss” Joey had added the Extra “S” to Peter’s name, “It looked cooler”. This lead to a phone call from Gene Klein (Simmons) & a chance meeting at ‘Electric Lady Studios’ where Criss performed on Lyn Christopher’s 1972 Paramount LP #PAS-6051 on the song “Celebrate” (also with Stanley & Simmons), before he was hired in ‘KISS’. Criss was hired as the drummer in ‘Wicked Lester’ sometime in Jun 1972, which eventually became ‘KISS’.

> KISS: 1973- 1980 <

When Criss was in KISS he sang on these 13 songs: 1974: “Nothin To Lose” Black Diamond” “Kissin Time” “Mainline” “Strange Ways” 1975: “Getaway” 1976: “Beth” “Hard Luck Woman” “Baby Driver” 1977: “Hooligan” 1979: “Dirty Livin” 1998: “I Finally Found My Way Back To You” “You Wanted The Best” there were 5 other songs Peter demoed but not used 1976 “Ain’t None Of Your Business” “Bad Reputation” 1977 “Love Bite” 1978 “Beth (acoustic) 1979 “Rumble”. While Peter was in ‘KISS’ he released his 1st Solo LP in Sep 1978 ‘Peter Criss :KISS’ his was the only 1 of the 4 ‘KISS’ Solo LPs to have 2  singles released “I’m Gonna Love You b/w Hooked On Rock N Roll” & a short time after that followed “You Matter To Me” there was 1 out-take “Spotlights” written with Sean Delaney (1945 -2003).

Johnnie Bolin: ‘SIR Studios story’I (Bolin) was the drummer for Richard T. Bear who had played keyboards on Gene’s solo LP, who (Bear) at the time had a hit with “Sunshine Hotel” on RCA Records, Bear’s band, which included Bob Kulick (wearing a wig) was rehearsing for a tour at SIR Studios in NYC & in the main room, which was the largest room KISS was rehearsing for their “Return Of KISS Tour” in May 1979, I (Bolin) was walking through the hall & sitting there  on a bench was Peter Criss, with his right arm in a sling, & smoking a cigarette, I stopped & introduced myself & asked him how it was going? Peter said ‘Like shit, my arm is broken, I’m playing like shit, we sound like shit, awful, that’s how it’s going’ I (Bolin) ask “So is your arm really broken or are you giving it a rest?” Criss replies “Yea. its broken, what d’ya think, I got it in a cast” then Bolin asks “Well are you ok, how are you playing, if your arm is broken?” Criss fires back ‘Yea, I’m playin ok, It’s f******** rock n roll, not rocket science’
Later in 1979 Peter appeared “Sans- Makeup” on the “Lenny & Squigtones” LP #NBLP- 7149 on Casablanca Records, Criss under the name “Ming The Merciless “.

> By Myself: 1980 <

Criss was effectively fired from ‘KISS’ in May ’80 which he immediately began work on his 2nd Solo LP, but his 1st outside of ‘KISS’ in Sep 1980 ‘Out Of Control’ was released utilizing his long -time music partner Stan “Doc” Penridge & several songs not used by ‘KISS’ one 45 single “By Myself b/w I Found Love” was released there were 2 out-takes from this session:”Could It Be Love” & “You’re My Girl“. Sometime in 1981 Criss & Penridge recorded 2 versions of a “Budweiser” Commercial “This Bud’s For You” one at: 30 & 1min. In 1982 Criss 3rd Solo LP ‘Let Me Rock You’ was released in Europe only with the 45 single “Tears b/w Jealous Guy” this LP features songs by Gene Simmons & another by Vinnie Vincent, there were 2 out-takes “Jenilee” (Peter’s daughter) “Rock N Roll Survivor”. I talked to Peter about this LP in Dec ’93; Criss “It was only released in Europe, because at the time Paul & Gene felt it would interfere with ‘KISS” record sales, “Feel Like Heaven” was a song, I really liked, that Gene had from a ‘KISS’ LP that never materialized (“Louder, Harder”: 1981) since they didn’t use it I asked him if I could, no I didn’t use Doc on that album, we weren’t talking for a awhile, back then because of some stupid argument.”


Criss had not toured since Dec ’79 with ‘KISS’ so he & his musical partner Stan Penridge, of the past 14 years formed the “Criss-Penridge Alliance” & hit the road, 1 of the shows on the tour was 3 Mar 1984 in Newton, NJ. with Mike Hutchens: Guitar, Allen Woody: Bass, Tony Crow: Keyboards & John Moss: Drums, the band primary played late 50s & early 60s R&R standards, this line-up did record 4 originals: “Blame It On Love” “Run For Cover” “Tell The Valentine” & “Times Of  Our Lives” soon after in May ’84 the band got 2 new members: Benny Harrison: Keyboards & Tony Mercadante: Guitar, Stan & Peter appeared on a local Nashville TV show plugging their new band “Desperate Men” & new LP “One For The Sun” & then in Oct ’84 cut these originals: “Never Met A Woman” “Baby Hold On” & “Forever With You”.


> Face Without A KISS: 1987 <

By the late 80s Peter was not very prolific, he joined ‘Balls Of Fire’ in Aug 1986, & left after a few months. He sang with ‘Black N Blue’ on the song “Best In The West” from the LP ‘Nasty Nasty’ on Geffen #GHS-24111 with Gene Simmons & Tommy Thayer. He began work on the 1st draft of his book “A Face Without A KISS” in the Fall of ’87 & recorded the song for”Days Of My Greasepaint” to coincide with the book. In 1988 he sang on the song “Take It Off” from the ‘King Kobra’ LP “III” on New Renaissance Records. Then in 1989 Criss formed “The Tree” with Kevin Russel of “707” which soon became “The Keep” as 3 members of ‘White Tiger’ joined Criss; Mark St.John: (7 Feb 1956 – 5 Apr 2007) Guitar, Mike Norton: Bass & David Donato: Vocals, this line-up recorded these songs: “Love For Sale” “Do You Know What I Mean” “”All Night Long” “Between The Lines” & “(been a) Long Time” (several of these songs were released on St. John’s 1999 EP  “Project”) the band’s premier gig was 2 May 1990 in Lawndale, CA.

> Bad People Burn In Hell: 1993 <

The early 90s find Peter back with a vengeance, as he puts together “CRISS” with Ray Carrion: Guitar Mark Montague: Bass &  Phil Naro: Vocals, in  Nov ’91, the band’s premier gig is @ “Exposure 54” the band record these songs: “Wait For The Minute (to R&R)” “No I’m Not Afraid” “Spread The Word” “First On To Admit” “We’re All In This Together” before several line-up changes, then in the Fall of ’93 they release the ‘Criss EP’ #0004-2SE Tony Nicole Records which contains “The Cat” “Show Me” “Good Times” “What You’re Doin” “Beth” with Mike Stone: Vocals & Kirk Miller: Guitar. I saw Peter sit in with the KISS Tribute Band ‘STRUTTER’ in Dec’93 in Chicago, ILL. they performed “Strutter” “Let Me Go Rock N Roll” & “Love Gun” I had him sign a couple LPs & was able to ask him a few questions, Criss: “I plan on doing another Lennon cover for my next CD (1995) maybe “Oh, Yoko”, I was born in ’45 but they always list ’46 because I was born in Dec. age is just a stage, ya know, a frame of mind. Yea, Bogart had a statue of a maid leaning over dusting in his window to keep burglars away, (laughs). Still in touch with Glickman- Marks, no way they ripped me off for millions”

Then in the Spring ’94 the CD ‘Criss Cat #1’ on Tony Nicole Records, now with; Mike Mc.Laughlin on Guitar. In May through Dec ’95 Peter Criss & Ace Frehley embark on “The Bad Boys Tour” performing some 49 concerts together getting ready for the ’96 KISS Reunion. Criss’ performed these songs all of which were unreleased & played live: “Beg Borrow Steal” “Called You Crazy” “Crazy For Your Love” “Dont Come Crying To Me” “Knock Out” “Leave Me Alone” “My Reality” “Seeds (no evil)” “Wasting Love” “Adalyne” & “Shut Up”. This line-up did record these songs; “Surrender (in the name of love)” “Golden Arm” “The Shooter” “U Gotta Know” “Zig Zag” for a potential new CD slated in ’95, however the next CD was a Interview/Story CD, ‘Past, Present & Future’ on KISS Army International Records as Peter was unable to find a publisher for his book he had in progress, 1 demo was recorded “Easy Goin Guy” intended for the CD, but the song went un-issued.

> Found My Way: 1995 <
In late ’95 Criss rejoined ‘KISS’ from 1995 -2004, he made an appearance on the TV Series “Millennium” in 1998 as “Nice Cop #1” then on the “Family Guy” TV Series in 2001 as “Himself” , then in 2002 on the TV Series “Oz” as “Martin Montgomery” for 2 episodes. I was able to met Peter for a 2nd time in Nov. 2003. Finally in 2007 Peter’s 6th & final (so far) CD ‘All For One’ on Silvercat Records was released, this is primarily a “Easy Listening” CD, there were several other songs recorded for a pending “Rock” CD due out in 2009, those songs were “Bohemia” “Cat Nip” Crossroads” “Falling All Over Again” “Last Night” “Reason For Living” “What Does It Take” & “Whisper” so far this last CD has not been released; Criss: “I’m gonna take my time, as it isn’t really fair to the artist, you put out a record & it gets down-loaded for free & the artist doesn’t get paid”. Peter appeared in the Film “Frame Of Mind” in 2009 as “Mike”, then finally in 2012, Peter gets his book released “Makeup To Breakup” after 25 years in the making, it’s a good read, about a poor kid from Brooklyn who becomes 1 of the most famous musicians of all time.

Some of you know, some don’t, I own a Recordshop “Mr. Zero’s 55113” & I am in a KISS Tribute Band “KISSin Time” (with Peter Campbell: Catman, Anthony Wright: Spaceman & Joe Masanz: Demon) that covers the 1st 2 tours that KISS performed, so if you want to know more about KISS stop in the store, if you want to see what KISS was like in the very early years, you can catch us live in MPLS, St.Paul, Mankato or St. Cloud

Until the next time ….


Mr. Zero’s *Est.2009

1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville- St.Paul, MN. 55113


Posted in Articles Tagged with: , ,