SARANAC LAKE'S ORIGINAL ROCK AND ROLLER, BILLY LEE HUGGINS


In 1958 the USA was in an uproar over the new music called ROCK AND ROLL. Here's what the Adirondack Daily Enterprise was saying.
ROCK AND ROLL -- JUST A FAD?


Although not a "rocker", Saranac Laker Phil Klein is a great musician and entertainer. He is Professor of Music Emeritus at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, a solo pianist, band pianist, composer, arranger and raconteur. Along with these pursuits he is also in the process of putting together a book based on his memories of Saranac Lake. Give a listen to some of Phil's stuff and see if you are as hooked as I am. Phil was a student of the late-great Lorreto Leonard, who taught piano on Park Avenue for many years.

Phil has written many songs for movies and TV and here are a couple of his country tunes. He does the vocal on Take My Love And Shove It Up Your Heart using the alias "BIG BILL GASPER"!

WE MAY BE DOWN


TAKE MY LOVE AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR HEART





BACKSPIN PARTIES AT THE WATERHOLE



WATERHOLE CONCERTS



LARRY LaGASSE AND EVEN THE ODD ARE ROCKING THE CAPITAL!! STOP IN HERE FOR A VISIT!






GAIL GALLAGHER SINGS ABOUT A FEW OF HER FAVORITE MEMORIES WHILE GROWING UP IN SARANAC LAKE.
(From her album, "Warm as a Late Spring Day")
Note the Berkley Hotel in the background of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival scene.

FOR MORE OF GAIL'S MUSIC CHECK OUT GAIL'S WEBSITE



CHECK OUT TENNESSEE BILL CAVE'S SARANAC LAKE MUSIC VIDEO
FEATURING NATHAN AND MAYBE YOU


VISIT BILL'S MYSPACE PAGE FOR MORE OF HIS TUNES



MY OLD BUDDY, CHUCK "MYSTIC" PORTER AND THROG ARE DOING THE 70's IN PENNSYLVANIA!!




CLONING COOPER ON A RAINY BLOCK PARTY DAY AT THE WATERHOLE


CHECK OUT THE CLONING COOPER "MYSPACE" SITE HERE!!

CLONING COOPER
L-R: Steve Hardy, Josh Clement, Bruce Arnold, Brian Lewis, Rob Stout and Walt Lewis

Cloning Cooper's first CD is a must-have, especially if you're an Adirondacker and particularly if you're a Saranac Laker. It's hard to pick a personal favorite because every track on it is great. Not only is the music and editing outstanding but there is a lot of thought behind the lyrics. I was impressed by the sound and message behind "SAGITTARIUS", a tribute to the average guy, "BIDING MY TIME", a statement about the local political situation and "THE INNER CRITIC". (The lead-in is an actual scanner sound bite of a notorious SLPD incident.)

The track, "PAMPLONA", has a distinct Spanish accent and it's fitting that the release of the album coincides with the eight days of the "running of the bulls" in Pamplona, Spain. This daredevil event was popularized by Hemingway in, "The Sun Also Rises".

"We each run our own personal "PAMPLONA" every day of our lives". says Josh. "We try to keep one step ahead of the bulls of financial failure, health worries, family concerns and then there's that secret bull we keep hidden deep inside."

"That's the one that will get you.", says Rob.

"Ole!" shout Walt and Brian in unison.

The offbeat final track, "I DON'T GET DRUNK ANYMORE", is guaranteed to leave you laughing. If you didn't make it to town for the CD release show at THE WATERHOLE on July 11th you can get the CD at: AMAZON.COM. and CD BABY
You can also download the CD or single tracks at iTunes. Below is a sample:




JUST A FEW YEARS BACK

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Remember Major Dawson's in Lake Clear? Here is the group who entertained you there. the MAJORS included Jay "Major" Dawson, Jim Goodrich, Dan Spada and Steve Thomas on the drums. (Thanks to Steve Thomas)
THE MAJORS


Steve's daughter, Jenn, inherited Steve's skills at the drums. Here she is beating the skins at Schue's Adirondack Grill. Remember Schue's? (Thanks to Steve Thomas)
JENN "ANIMAL" THOMAS


THE SUNSET TRAVELERS
L to R: Bruce Arnold, Jack knight, Pat McCormick and Frank Camelo at the Mar-Mac (now Romano's)



ANONYMOUS 1997
L to R: Scott Walker, Chris Juneau, Jeff Goff, T Kilroy and Josh Clement.



HARDY GARDY BAND 2001
Steve Hardy, Josh Clement and Rob Stout.



1953 PROM BAND
SAX-CRAIG McCALL, BASS-JOHN BASTONE, PIANO-MILES LAWLER AND DRUMS-VINCENT "VINNIE" VAN YSERLOO.



THE BLUE NOTE
MIKE KUNATH ENTERTAINING AT THE BLUE NOTE



THE SONS, A GREAT GROUP FROM THE 60's WHO PLAYED AT THE BIRCHES




HERE'S SOME INTERESTING INFO ON NORTH COUNTRY ROCK BANDS WHICH INCLUDES THE PERSUADERS AND THE FUGITIVES.
NORTH COUNTRY'S '60s GARAGE BANDS
YOU CAN BUY THE CDs, "HEARTS SO COLD! THE NORTH COUNTRY '60s SCENE" AND "CRY OF ATLANTIS: THE NORTH COUNTRY SCENE '58 - 67" AT AMAZON.COM! THESE INCLUDE SONGS BY THE PERSUADERS AND THE FUGITIVES. THE PERSUADERS AND THE FUGITIVES ARE ALSO FEATURED IN ISSUE #27 OF "UGLY THINGS". CHECK IT OUT AT UGLY THINGS.



THE FUGITIVES
Chuck Collela: vocals, Brian Patnode: lead guitar,Bernie Branch: rhythm guitar, Bumper Branch: bass and Donnie Martell: drums



THE PERSUADERS
Doug Kenny, Brian Patnode, Terry Tyler, Johhny Kains and Al Sutphen



HERITAGE


HERITAGE 2--RICK SUTPHEN, BUMPER BRANCH, AL HOYT, AL SUTPHEN


DOUG KENNY STRUMMING


DOUG KENNY--POSSE


DOUG KENNY


FRANK CAMELO ON THE SKINS


JACK KNIGHT


MIXX


BRUCE ARNOLD


SECOND WIND


THE BILLY ALLEN AND PEGGY AYRES JAM SESSION


Kevin Kunath has been stationed in Guam, Germany, Korea and Japan in his 12 years in the Air Force. Wherever he goes he brings his trusty guitar. Here he is at Osana Air Base, in South Korea.Check him out on his YOUTUBE site.

Kevin and group on YOUTUBE


Kevin and group

Kevin performs his solo

Kevin savoring his favorite Korean treat, chicken feet.

Kevin enjoys a quiet evening on the town.


HEEEERE'S---"CLONING COOPER", JOSH CLEMENT, ROB STOUT, BRIAN LEWIS AND WALT LEWIS.


CLONING COOPER'S GUEST ARTIST, TONY SCHENCK, PERFORMING HIS HOT RENDITION OF "MARGARITAVILLE" ON HIS HARP


HERE'S KEVIN KUNATH, JOSH CLEMENT AND "T" KILROY AND THEIR EARLY DAYS OF ROCK. THE GROUP WAS REFLEX.


HERE'S ANOTHER SNAPSHOT OF REFLEX.


CLONING COOPER'S HALLOWEEN SHOW DISGUISE FROM 2005


These guys will blow you away with some great Irish and Folk music.Be sure to check out their new release, LIVE TRADITIONS.





THE POLICE PIPES AND DRUMS OF BERGEN COUNTY, NJ
A GREAT GROUP OF TALENTED COPS WITH AN AMAZING SOUND


HERE'S SARANAC LAKER, PHIL LAVIGNE, WITH THE NYC SKYLINE AS A BACKDROP

PHIL LAVIGNE ON THE BEAT