Saturday, October 22, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- 169,012 VIEWS, 173 CHAPTERS GOING OUT TO 141 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD (Newest- Albania (10/10). Jersey (10/6), Grenada (8/30), Gambia (8/25).


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

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 2/22/2016)

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
                     (Updated Aug 22, 2016)

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 8/13/2016)
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 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

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". 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- June 30, 2016)

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, 2015

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 this week at Dinosaur Bar B Que (Hall
                      of Fame Inductions) also Awards Show at the Palace Theater- Mar 3-4.
                      (Updated) For Sammys Award winners see Chapter `162) 

Chapter 159   Syracuse Musicians win Top Awards- Hanlon, Nanni, Lyons Jr

Chapter 160    The Rods (Feinstein, Canedy, Bordonaro) hit the road touring
                       The Netherlands & Germany during April 2016

Chapter 161   More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY-1982

Chapter 162    Syracuse Area Music Award Winners at Palace Theater- 3/4

Chapter 163   Rockin the Redhouse Benefit event  hits the Landmark Theater on
                       Friday March 11, 2016 as 8 Bands perform- Results included..

Chapter 164   Sad loss of singer, actor, entertainer Franke Michaels 3/30/2016

Chapter 165    John Lennon's Sister & Mersey Beatles visits Syracuse  May 5th
Chapter 166   Another Beatles Visits & Performs in CNY- June 3, 2016-
                       Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band play new Lakeview Amphitheater.

Chapter 167    Two Great New Ronnie James Dio Box Sets to be released by Rhino.
                        The first a 6-Cd remastered Box (July 22, 2016), then a vinyl version
                        6 LP's Box w/ special 45 RPM included (October 3, 2016).

Chapter 168   Paul McCartney's "One on One" Tour rocks Washington's Verizon
                       Center , Aug 9, 2016 with Syracuse Music contingent watching.
                       Plus Joe English's tracks on new "Pure McCartney" 4 Cd package.

Chapter 169   More Famous People Who Have Performed or Spoke in CNY- 1983

Chapter 170    Brain Wilson along with  Herman's Hermits w/ Peter Noone rock the
                        New York  State Fair Aug 29, 2016

Chapter 171   Ridgestock II 2016 at The Ridge in Chittenango, NY  brings together
                       50+ of  Central New Yorks greatest musicians to celebrate the music
                       of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Chapter 172     Wilkesbury Brigade Band- Celebrate 40 year reunion- Sept 25,
                         2016 at Pensabenes - Tommy Forest, Joe Rao, Mike Campbell,
                         Tim Cleary &  Warren Paschetto, taking the stage one more
                         time w/  Dave Novak and the  PartyNuts.

Chapter 173    Ladies Night at the Palace Theater- November 12, 2016, 18 very
                        talented and  musically amazing women to perform One Night Only.


Update          Chapter 65-Women in Syracuse Music History- Update 9/15/2016
                      Major list of women who contributed to our music history A-Z            ..

Monday, October 17, 2016


One of those very special historic events will be held on November 12, 2016 "Ladies Night at the Palace Theater" in Syracuse, NY.  Coming together 18 of Syracuse's very-very talented musically gifted ladies will take the Palace Theater stage for "One Night Only". Here is a list of those who will perform.....

Ashley Cox, Donna Colton, Carolyn Kelly, Jess Novak, Joanna Jewett, Letizia, Lisa Romano, Joanne Troy Perry, Kate Kolb, Maureen Henesey, Moe Harrington, Susan Royal,Liz Friedich,  Robyn Stockdale, Kat Dooley- Wandersee, Tamaralee Shutt, Terry Bender and Anna Marle-Lopez White.

Give yourself a special treat and attended this amazing show. See you there +++

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Wilkesbury Brigade Band was born in a small unheated garage in Liverpool, NY (just north of Syracuse_ in the spring of 1969, Always known for its steady beats and great hi-harmonies honed music during a great time in our Syracuse Music history those early 1970's.

Their original members included- Paul Bradbury (lead vocals), Tom Nelson (guitar), Joe Rao (organ), Gary Goal (bass) and Joe Maggio (drums).

Members changed frequently during those first two years. In 1972, Wilkesbury had the fine distinction of having of the finest vocalist in the land in the band together- Dan Elliot and Ronnie Leigh. Both are now member of the Syracuse Music Hall of Fame (SAMMYS). 

Beginning in 1972, this awesome band performed at the Poorhouse North on Old Liverpool Road for over 200 consecutive weeks. Including an all-time record of 756 fans on one warm summer night. Here's just a few more names that were band members during their great ride- Garry Jenkins, Bob Petta, Dave Sperra & Brian Meegan.

Wilkesbury Brigade celebrated its 40 year anniversary with a special one-night only live concert in front of a jam packed Pensabene's Casa Grande Rest on State Fair Blvd in Syracuse- September 25, 2016 (5-8 pm). As part of the Dinosaur Radio's History of Syracuse Rock n Roll 'Then and Now" Music series. Members taking the stage this special evening were together in Wilkesbury for the longest period, they are- Two time Sammys Hall of Famer- Tommy Forest (lead vocals), Mike Campbell (drums- formerly with The Alligators and currently tours with Tommy Roe), original member Joe Rao (keyboards), Tim Cleary (bass) and Warren Paschetto (guitar).

 Also taking the stage that evening was Sammy Hall of Famer- Dave Novak & The PartyNuts (John Dancks (another Sammy Hall of Famer) along with , Ed McBarron, J.T. Hall, Mike Kallet, Tom Link Dave Novak and special guest Dave Hanlon)

Roses were given to the first 100 ladies attending as well as digital download of the bands newest release.

The band finally separated in late 1975, with Tim Cleary joining "Loose' and later "Too Loose'. Mike Campbell left to become the new drummer for "The Alligators" later "Pretty Boy" before touring the country with Tommy Roe.

Through the years Wilkesbury Brigade was known for their incredible diverse song list. Thei set list included songs by the Beach Boys, Four Tops, Seals and Croft to a nearly 30-minute Beatle medley. More recently the band released its first Cd "Movin On" recorded a few years ago at the LeMoyne Manor. 

Can you imagine a band that had three of CNY's all-time greatest vocalist- Tommy Forest, Dan Elliott and Ronnie Leight. Well that was Wilkebury Brigade...

Friday, September 2, 2016


On August 27, 2016-  50++ of Central New Yorks Top Musicians gather to once again join forces to celebrate performing the music of the original Woodstock Festival held back in 1969 in Bethal, NY. This is the second year Jordan Davies has transformed the Ridge Golf Course in Chittenango, NY into the festivals ground. Event tickets were $25. I'm going to try and list here the following musicians who tool the stage-

Skip Murphy & The Merry Pranksters, The Barndogs, Grupo Pagan, Skip Murphy, Edgar Pagan, Charley Orlando, Kim Monroe & Chris Eves, Donna Colton & Sam Patterelli,, Loren Barrigar, Kevin Dean, Liz Friedel, Todd Fitzsimmons, Maureen Henesey , Mark Hoffman, Tim Robinson, Ron Spencer, Bernie Clarke, Ashley Cox, Mark Nanni, Dave Hanlon, Brian Golden. Mark Westers, Lisa Romano, Miss E, Wendy Ramsey, Butternut Creek Revival Band, Pearly Bakers Best, Andy Comstock, Sarah Hiltbrand, Eric Brown, George Newton, Mark Gibson, Mike Ranger, Sharon Allen, "Big D" Dave Schneider, Dave Liddy, George Devaney, Jeffrey "Pepper" Rogers, Joanna Nix Jewett, Kris Heels, Ronnie Leigh, Rick Chisholm, Nick Finley, Frank Neubert, Bill DiCosino, Wayne Stevens, Jose Verona, Riley Mahon, David Donley, Jim O'Mahoney, Rhonda Paduaro, Paul Davie and I'm sure there are a few names I may have missed, and will add soon....

Congrats goes out to the committee and staff for an amazing event....

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Wow the Great New York State Fair brought back many great memories for me on Monday August 29, 2016 as both Hermans Hermits with Peter Noone and Hall of Fame legend Brian Wilson took the Chevy Court stage. Noone at 2 PM while Wilson along with Al Jarmine & Blondie Chaplin thrill the 8 PM nighttime crowds, together totaling close to 25,000 CNY music fans.

Hermans Hermits- first visited and performed in Syracuse with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars back on May 25, 1965 at the Syracuse War Memorial Auditorium. Peter Noone fronted Great Britians third most popular band Hermans Hermits. That nights concert  included such stars as Bobby Vee,  The Hondells (Little Honda),  Little Anthony and the Imperials, Freddy Cannon, Brenda Holloway, Round Robin, Reparata & The Delrons, Billy Stewart , The Ikettes and other. The Mc of that show was George McCannon III and presented to you my WOLF Radio. Hermans Hermits were riding high the the US charts following Mrs Brown, Henry the VIII and others.

They have performed in CNY a number of time including at the Brookside Club (early 1970's) and NYS Fair stage August 24, 2014.

Now its August 29, 2016 and we all knew what to expect watching Hermans Hermits with the great frontman Peter Noone - Lots of Fun, High Energy and all there big hits. And that's exactly what we got for close to 90 minutes through 18 songs with audience participation throughout. 

Here's Hermans Hermits set list for you to enjoy.

 I'm Into Something Good, Wonderful World, Love Potion #9, A Must to Avoid, Ring of Fire, Dandy, I'm Telling You Know, Sea Cruise, Daydream Believer, Jumpin Jack Flash, Just A Little Bit Better, Silhouettes, Listen People, Can't You Hear My Heart Beat, For Your Love, Mrs. Brown, Henry The 8th, ending with A Kind of Hush. 

After the show Peter Noone signed autographs for fans and if you wish you could purchase Cds, T-Shirts and 8x10 color photos to have signed. I brought with me my original 1965 Dick Clark Caravan Hermans Hermits tour program for Pete Noone to sign, that he kindly did..After a quick chat about the 1965 first tour he say to me ..Ron don't wait another 51 years to stop and say hi.....Thanks to Dinosaur Radio's Nick Caplan for his help and for taking some great photo of Peter Noone and myself. Our great Syracuse Music History Rock On ++

Next we'll talk about that evenings special Brian Wilson's 50 Years Anniversary of the Beach Boys amazing album "Pet Sounds'. Brain was joined by special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. This album (Pet Sound)  is considered by many as the second greatest album of all-time after The Beatles" Sgt Pepper"

Through the Beach Boys first arrived in Syracuse on September 3, 1964 for an outdoor concert at old MacArthur Stadium. After Carmen Licitra & The Vikings performed it started to rain. The Beach Boys waited and took the stage, to this day a question...some say they played one song before the rains ended the day, other say the Beach Boys they never did perform. Well anyways the Beach Boys performed in and near Syracuse many times through the years, but without the great Brian Wilson. Now it Monday evening August 29, 2016 and the great Brian Wilson arrived to play at the great New York State Fair at Chevy Court at approx 8 PM.

Here's Brain Wilsons set list as I  remember it .

California Girls, (Medley of- I Get Around- Shutdown- Little Deuce Coupe), California Saga, Wild Honey, Sail on Sailor...Then they performed the full Pet Sounds album- (Wouldn't It Be Nice, You Still Believe in Me, Thats Not Me, Don't Talk, I'm Waiting For The Day, Let's Go Crazy For A While, Gold Only Knows, I Know There's A Answer, Here Today, Just Wasn't Made For This.) Sloop John B, Caroline O, Hang on To Your Ego.....(The Encore songs- Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Barbara Ann, Surfin USA and ended with Fun, Fun, Fun.  A historic night from one of musics all-time greats..right here in Syracuse. How luck for all of us.+++++

Wednesday, August 24, 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, Frank Rhodes and many other

History of Syracuse Music "Official Site" now at 169,012  to 141 different countries around the world. 

PS- Still working on our History of Syracuse Music "Official" Book project now over 6,275 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, Rick 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, Joe Gabriel, 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, Mike Angiolilio, Tim Anthony, Larry Arlotta, Paul Armstrong, Frank Arrigo, Jimmy Ashby, Buke Babikian, Bob Baggett, Barry Baker, Bill Baldwin, Billy Baldwin, Bud Ballou, Sam Barone, Brain Barrigar, Kevin Barrigar, 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,  Rock Carbone, 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,  Steve Corey, Tom Corradino,  Joe Couch, Tom Coulter, Bob Couse, Ashley Cox, Jimmy Cox,  Windy Craig, Karen Crego, 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, Tommy DeAmbra, Justin 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 Dettrich, 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, Charrie Foglio, Jimmy Foran, Don Forbes, Earl V. Ford Jr., Tommy Forrest, Ron France, Alan Frank, Dave Frateshi, Andrew Frazo, Sam Furco, Mick Fury, 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, Garnett Grimm, 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, Jam Factory, 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, Alex Lavon, Freddie Lawrence, Kim Lembo, Arty Lenin, Bev Leonard, Debbie Leonard, Jon Lessels,  Ron Levine, 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, Gap Mangione, 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, Mark Mazengarb, Nick Mazza, Ed McBarron, Steve McCord, Gene McCormick, 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, Jason J.J. Mudge, 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, John Nucifora, Brandan O'Connor, 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, Warren Paschetto, 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, Joe Rao, 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, Amanda Rogers, 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, John Saltamach, Billy Sanders, Brian Sanders, Tom "T.W." Saunders,  Bob Scarlota, Steve Schad, John Schrack, Paulie Scire, The Seven, Wendy Shoen, Cecile Scott, Fred Sears, Lou Segreti, Larry Serifini, Skip Seyerle, Frank Sgroi, "Duke" Shanahan, Jack Share, Chris Shaw, Dick Sheridan. Tom Shine, Wendy Shoen, Tamaralee Shutt, Dennis Sick, Kim Simmonds, 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, Mark Sukornig, Fred Sweet,  Gael Sweeney, Ian Taddeo, Russ Tarby, Jim Tate, Chris Taylor, Greg Tearney, Gerry Testa, Bruce Tetley, Doug Thaler, Ron Thompson, Eric Thorgren, Lee Tiffault, Mark Tiffault, Sox Tiffault, Joe Toscano, Tom Townsley, Tony Trischka, Dave Truax, Scotty Trudell, Chris Tso, Mike Tucker, Sheila 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, Dave Ridgeway, Larry Liberman), 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, Mr & Mrs G.), Syracuse Blue Print (Rocky Lockhart), Post Standard Newspaper past & present (Brian Burke, Mark Bialczak, Sean Kirst, Chris Baker), Maplewood Inn & Carnegie CafĂ©- Liverpool, NY,  Pensabene's Casa Grande Restaurant (Terry Pensabene), 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, Dr. 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),

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.

Sermon (Reunion) & Timeline- June 12, 2016 - 
Sermon- Bill Weiss, Dave Novak, Jimmy Cox, Bob Stasko, Bob Papaleoni, Jimmy Johns......TIMELINE- Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto, Curt Smith, Shane Storto, Rance Walters.

Wilkesbury Brigade (Reunion) & Dave Novak's & PartyNuts,  September 25, 2016-
Wilkesbury Brigade -Joe Rao, Tommy Forest, Mike Campbell, Tim Cleary, Wayne Paschetto.
Dave Novak's PartyNuts - Dave Novak, Mike Kallet, John Dancks, Ed McBarron, Tom Link.
J.T. Hall and special guest Dave Hanlon.

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, WCIP, WHEN AM-620 (Pete McKelvin). WNDR AM-1260 (Jim O'Brien, Dave Laird, Dan Leonard, Fran McGrath, Big George, Dick Mastriano), WOLF 92.1 FM Country (Skip Clark), WSEN FM (Gary Dunes, John Carucci ) 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-WSEN) 93.5/ 94.1/ 97.1/ 103.7/ 103.9 FM (Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman, Bob Brown, Tony Fallico, Melissa Midgely,  Peter Naughton, John Schrect, Gary Michaels, Dan Elliott, 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, Leon Cominsky, Bob Couse, Freddie Critella,  Buz Cua, Jimmy Culkin, 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, Stephen Fishman, Bob Fleming, 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, Dick Lawrence, 'Dandy Dan" Leonard, Myron Levy, Carman Liberatore, Jim Lucas, Gordon MacRae, Carl Mano, T. Sherman Marshall, Marty Martens, Norm Mattice, Dave Mazzoli, Chuck Mellone, Frankie Michaels, 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, Dave Olsen, 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, Mike Secreti, Stephen Shedd, Kyle Shirley, Anthony "Tex" Simone, Kenny Simpson, Jim Sims, George "Bebo" Singleton. Jimmy Singleton, Otis Smith, Junior Stevens, Chris Sweet, "Sox" Tiffault,  Pat  Turk, Steve Uehlin, Bruce Van Brocklin, Jimmy Van Heusen, Jay Walker (Joe Waston), Art Wentzel, Johnny Whipple, Limey Wickwire, Eddie Williamson, Rick Wilson,  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, Badfinger, (Joey & Tom), Julia Baird, 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, Jim Capaldi (Traffic), Carl Canedy, (The Rods), Canned Heat (Bob Hite, Richard Hite, Henry Vestine, Fito De LaPadda), Freddy Cannon,  Felix Cavaliere, Peter C. Cavanaugh, Eric Clapton, Dick Clark, Joe Cocker, Bobby Comstock, Gene Cornish, Windy Craig, Rick Cua, Derek & The Dominoes, John Dettrich,   Neil Diamond,  Ronnie James Dio, Wendy Dio, Dion, Dale Dorman, Gary Driscoll (ELF, Rainbow), Keith Emerson, Joe English (Jam Factory, Wings), David "Rock" Feinstein (ELF, The Rods), Flaming Ember, Earl V. Ford Jr, (Jam Factory, Tall Doggs), 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, Ron Levine (Grammy Winner), Johnny Maestro (Brooklyn Bridge, The Crests), Paul McCartney, Roger McGuinn, ,Mersey Beatles Band, Moody Blues, Bruce Morrow ("Cousin Brucie"), Cliff Nobles, Peter Noone (Hermans Hermits), 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, Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown), 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).