Bones (the rock band) video of hit – ‘Roberta’

March 3, 2016 in Happenings

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Album photo and design by Phil Hartman

 

My brother Jimmy and I led four different bands.
Although each group was fun to be a part of, the experience as a member of Bones was probably the most exciting. We were four young guys chasing a dream full throttle in a rapidly changing world. Oh, those halcyon days!

The four of us, Jimmy Faragher, Casey Cunningham, Greg Tornquist, and myself, were already a seasoned studio band, having charted a hit record in 1968 with Baby, You Come Rollin’ Across my Mind, and recorded a future cult classic with the eponymously titled album,  The Peppermint Trolley Company.  However, there is no resting on one’s laurels in the music business. We were creatively restless, and felt boxed in, confined within the four walls of the studio. Full of fire and eager to take our music to the streets, we chose to walk away from our contract and not look back, changing both our moniker and our direction.scan

It took us a couple years of wood shedding and playing dives to find that direction, but find it we did. We became a great live act. Crowds flooded to venues like Gazzarri’s, the Whiskey, the Topanga Corral, and the Venice Beach House to listen and dance to Bones. In concerts as an opening act for artists like Little Richard,  Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, and the Eagles, the band always projected a visceral excitement that was contagious.

Through it all we remained a tight recording unit, always arranging  our songs as if we were making records. We great material to work with. Jimmy, the main writer in the group was churning out quality song after quality song. In 1972 the groups first album, Bones, produced by Richard Perry, was released on Artie Mogul’s Signpost label. The following year, after adding our former Trolley mate, guitarist Patrick McClure to the band, we released a second LP,  Waitin’ Here, produced by Vini Poncia (Future producer on three of the four Faragher Brothers albums), on MCA.Bones - 1973 - Waitin' Here

 

Roberta, the hit single, and first release, was the result of  a spontaneous and unrehearsed rendition of the Huey Piano Smith song at the suggestion of producer Perry. He’d heard me singing the tune and thought it might capture some of that live excitement.  It’s the rock and roll side of Bones.

The band’s hybrid sound, an amalgamation of rock, power pop, and soul, was way ahead of it’s time, and provided a template for the Faragher Brothers to step into. The music biz connections the band had cultivated didn’t hurt, either.

So why does Bones seem to be lost to history? I believe part of it is the lack of visual documentation. There are simply very few photos and, unlike both the Peppermint Trolley and the Faragher Brothers, there is no footage of the band (Strange to contemplate a world where folks aren’t catching every moment with iPhones or video cams!). Being more of a counter culture phenomenon Bones never appeared on television. Thankfully, the music still remains.

With pride I recall how committed we were to the idea of peace and social justice. We not

Bones - Opening for Peace Rally - Oceanside, CA - May, 1970

Bones – Opening for Peace Rally – Oceanside, CA – May, 1970

only talked the talk, but in performing pro bono at numerous peace rallies for the cause, we walked the walk. We were a band of brothers. On a mission. Committed to the power of rock and roll and its ability to bring people together. We lived together, made music together, and at times,  starved together. Through the good times and the hard times we had each other’s backs. Bones lives!

Watch Roberta video.

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Faragher Brothers Perform ‘Stay the Night’ and ‘Open Your Eyes’

February 11, 2016 in Events, Happenings

In the Spring of 1979 the Faragher Brothers – Danny, Jimmy,
Tommy, and Davey. along with younger Albums-31 copysiblings, Pammy, and Marty filmed a video for the release of their first Polydor album – Open Your Eyes. It was the band’s third LP.  Spirits were high. Not only had they gotten a second record contract,they’d reunited with producer Vini Poncia, as well.  The vibe in the studio had been positive and full of creativity and fun.

Watch as they perform Stay the Night and Open Your Eyes. Apologies for the poor quality of the tape. We’re just glad it came to light.

Love and Harmony,
The Faragher Brothers

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The Faragher Brothers ‘Givin’ It Up’ and Gettin’ Funky

April 3, 2015 in Events, Happenings, Thoughts

The Faragher Brothers ‘Yellow album’ is jam packed with great songs. The LP is a harmonious blend of grooves – soulful. jazzy, mellow, steppin’ – but each  one stands on its own, shining like a jewel.

The Faragher Brothers performing Live at The Roxy - Spring 1976

The Faragher Brothers performing Live at The Roxy – Spring 1976

‘Give It Up’  shows off the funkier, grittier side of the band. Recorded in 1975 at Richard Perry’s Studio 55. the players are: Danny Faragher -B3 organ, lead vocal, Tommy Faragher – clavinet, bg vocal, Davey Faragher – bass, bg vocal, Jimmy Faragher – bg vocal, Patrick McClure – electric guitar, John King – drums, Charles Crewes – talking guitar, Vini Poncia – producer.

‘C’mon! C’mon! C’mon, Baby! Give it on up!’

‘Get ready! You got to get ready!’

 

 

Watch and listen to ‘Give It Up’ video.

The Faragher Brothers outside Brothers Studios in Redondo Beach, preparing for the concert at the Roxy

The Faragher Brothers outside Brothers Studios in Redondo Beach, preparing for the concert at the Roxy

Podcast, Photos and More From Danny and Jimmy Faragher’s Live Performance on KCSB 91.9 FM

March 15, 2013 in Events, Happenings, Uncategorized

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Danny and Jimmy Faragher teamed up with DJ Tibo “Tibonious Funk” Cuellar of KCSB 91.9 FM Santa Barbara to take over the Sunday afternoon’s broadcast. Spanning from 1:30-4:00pm Tibo interviewed the Faragher Brothers and played many of their classic tracks from back in the day, including the hard to find original Brady Bunch Theme from the pilot. The Brothers also performed several songs live, ranging from gospel to the Beatles to the Impressions. He brought back a ton of photos and even a Podcast of the event.
SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM FOR THE PODCAST. 
 

It was great way to spend a Sunday- driving up the California coast with my wife, Jeanne, and my adult son, Bryan. The air was mild, the sky was clear, and I had to let out a sigh as the blue Pacific appeared on our left . Our destination was the beautiful city of Santa Barbara. The Faragher Brothers have had a special relationship with the town since the seventies, and as the engine hummed,  my mind wandered back to a magical night at the Arlington Theater, and to the concert at the Earl Warren Show Grounds. Wonderful memories!

Traffic was light , and in no time we were pulling into the parking lot of the hotel where my brother, Jimmy, and his wife, Lisa, had gotten a room. We broke out the guitars, and within two minutes we’d begun harmonizing,  just as we’ve done all our lives. Like getting back on a bicycle once again, one never forgets. It feels so natural I thought as appropriately  we sang “We Belong Together”.  Soon my brother Marty, his wife, Anita, and Jimmy’s daughter, Jordan arrived, making it truly a family affair.

Suddenly, our host, DJ Tibo Cuellar appeared, backlit by the sunlight flooding through the door. Some good vibes. What a friendly, and big-hearted guy. It was great meeting him.

On we proceeded to the gorgeous UCSB campus. The carillon was ringing sweetly from the bell tower as we entered the KCSB studio to get prepared. I love that slightly chaotic feeling of trying to pull things together before the countdown, knowing we’ll be flying by the seat of our pants. Tibo played some choice Faragher Brothers cuts, as well as earlier sides Jimmy and I’d recorded with the Mark Five, the Peppermint Trolley Company, and Bones. The two of us sang some duets, and we had some good conversational moments. I found it particularly moving when my brother talked about hearing Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By” for the first time and having to pull to the side of the road as his eyes filled with tears, and years later meeting a fan who described the same reaction to hearing his song “I’ll  Never Get Your Love Behind Me”.

Some fans called in to chat, and after the show we met some really nice people. Some had brought albums for us to sign. It felt  so good to be appreciated for the music we created way back when. It was great fun, and I can’t wait to do it again.

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