Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mad Dog - 617 (1977 us, heavy blues and hard rock - MP3 320K and WAV)

The group was formed in Bay City Michigan in 1973 and consisted of Robert Charlebois (born in Bay City in 1957) on lead vocals,guitar,piano,harp and sax,Joe Charlebois (born in Bay City in 1954) on drums and backing vocals, and Don Langenburg (born in Bay City in 1949) on bass guitar.

The group had a melting pot of influences which included the Motown sound, English blues, American blues and metal, as well as the great rock-n-roll bands coming out of
Detroit in the late 1960's.

In 1974, Mad Dog was asked to open for Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and MC5 at the Skidway Lake Music Festival.

The band played all original material and was making a name for itself.

In 1975 the group was again asked to open for Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band in Saginaw, Mi. at a club called Hidden Hollow.

In 1976 Mad Dog recorded its first album.

After a trip to New York and a slew of rejection letters from the major labels, the band released the record in 1977.

The album received airplay and made numerous college radio station playlists during 1977 -1978.

Commercial radio was not into music this heavy at the time.

Distribution was a problem and the internet did not exist.

Indie labels were few and far between.

Mad Dog recorded its 2nd album in 1980 and so far it has not been released.

After slugging it out for ten years playing up to 250 dates a year, the band broke up in 1983.

Track List:
01 – Goodnight
02 - Cold Steel
03 - Detroit Rambler
04 - Strange
05 - We'll Try
06 - Can You See
07 – Morroco
08 – Climbing

Robert Charlebois - Lead Vocals,Guitar,Piano,Harp and Sax
Joe Charlebois - Drums and Backing Vocals
Don Langenburg - Bass

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