Number 13 please

The record(vinyl) comes out and does very well! The arrangement by Gunnar and Richard of a Beatles song , Helter Skelter is Great! and receives a Grammy Nomination for best arrangement. 

We don't win? That goes to The Pointer Sisters with " Automatic" a real good tune.

1984/85 Our First manager, Tom Bradshaw, owner of The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. He brings on our first booking agent, Scott O'Malley and off we go! People are intrigued and interested in the sound. We travel, a lot. We open for big names, a lot, we perform at a lot of festivals. We are loved, at least by the stage managers and crew.

They have just coordinated the un-packing of three semi's for the Lyle Lovett Big Band and we walk up with 4 microphones and say, "that's all we have". Oh Yeah, momentary love.

#12 NWWI? Oh Yeah,

1984, Not Orwellian just the 1st OFFICIAL date of The Bobs.  We're playing all around the Bay Area from Santa Cruz to Davis. The release on Kaleidoscope records of "The Bobs". The record company was owned by two friends Tom Diamant and Jeff Alexson. They had gained some fame for re-issuing the Bobs Wills Tiffany Collection and I asked them if they would be interested and they said yes! Beth Weill did the original album cover, still cool.

Backing up a bit. Gunnar and Richard had started writing original tunes and that was going to dominate the 1st record. We had recorded it late at night at the Russian Hill Studios. Richard was working there as a recording engineer and producer. Usually starting after 10PM we would meet up in San Francisco at the studio and record for 3 to 5 hours. We all had day jobs at the time. Mine? Short Order cook at the Giant Hamburger on the north side of campus, my shift was 6am to 2pm. Ouch!

#11 Now where was I?

Side Bar: Things Change! Lately I've been thinking of some of my teachers from college, 1970's era.  The ones who told me to be flexible and open minded about the business of theater and entertainment.

The music business is not the same as when we started, but it is as well. The business part has changed.

It's still about connections but we used to have " people" who did that. A manager,agent,publicist, photographer and so on. Now most bands manage themselves, book themselves and promote themselves.

By the way, kind of easier when you're younger. I'm not so good sleeping in a car or van these days.

So embrace the era you're in young artists but don't be surprised if it changes and be ready to change with it.

#10 Now where was I ?

The Bobs are doing their thing around the Bay area mostly doing the opening act . But that is where we start to get attention. WE HAVE NO EQUIPMENT!! Bands and managers and promoters absolutely love us. We can squeeze onto a stage full of instruments and do the job! So we open for Frank Zappa at the LA Coliseum. We're big fans and we show up for sound check and get the brush off. He never speaks or acknowledge us. The only person who seems excited about our appearance is the guitar player who we witnessed being read the riot act by Frank for hitting a wrong note. It turns out it was Dweezil Zappa. We go on to open for Robert Palmer, The Grateful Dead, Ray Charles and so on.

Matthewbob says, OH YEAH!!

The Bobs pack it in! Yes, The Bobs are calling it a wrap. After 33 years, really if you have been reading the blog at all you know it's been longer, we are having are farewell tour. Is this the end and the earth cracks open to swallow us whole? No, we're just moving on. Artists sometime do this. We change what we want to do. Are inspired or drawn to a new project. Richard is pursuing the Duet thing with Dan and Angie. Dan has moved to Minnesota. Richard and Nell are moving back to Richard's family farm in Virginia. I have another band already called Sweet Spot Combo, I play the drums while singing. But I haven't finished my blog yet so I will be here continuing the story of The Bobs and other musical things. Plus we have paid for the website for the next 10 years. I get bored easy so it will keep me busy. There will be archived shows to hear and see so stay tuned were not dead!

Matthewbob says #8

Now where was I ? oh yeah,

So now we are a regular feature at the club and we are starting to sound good. Gunnar and Richard start writing and arranging new tunes. The first one they tackle is Helter Skelter by The Beatles. I was totally amazed at what they came up with and we learned the tune and did our first recording to preserve it. We started to perform the tune at Earl's and people went nuts!  I had a couple of friends who had a record company, Kaleidoscope records, and I invited them to one of our shows with the hope they would be interested in producing out first record. They were and our first record The Bobs was released in 1984. It was kind of a hit because no onehad ever heard an accapella band before like us. That arrangement of Helter Skelter gave Richard and Gunnar a Grammy nomination for best vocal arrangement. They didn't win, that went to The Pointer Sisters, but for years and years later people would tell me how they had to pull over to the side of the road when that tune of ours came on the radio.

#7 Matthewbob says

Now where was I? Oh Yeah,

We are now The Bobs, well not quite, I think at the time were going around being cute and calling ourselves the aural bobs. Janie knows Earl who is the owner of Earl's on Solano AVE.  a little night club type place where we start to play. These are 3 hour gigs without instruments but good training ground. We are doing covers at this time, nothing original in the sets yet. "Baby Snakes and Lonesome Cowboy Burt by Zappa, tunes by the Animals. This is also where the name comes from. One night, I guess they didn't have all the letters for the marque but they listed us as The Bobs dropping the aural part. We liked it and never looked back.

#6 Now where was I, Oh yeah

Let's add another voice. That was the next faze of The Bobs. Now Gunnar could sing hi in falsetto and so could I so it was decided that we would look for a female voice but a low alto type. Again free ad in local paper but this time, having a little bit of a local rep, we got about 7 people who called to audition. Janie Scott joined the group with what was almost a tenor voice, very cool and smokey and we become the form that we will maintain for the next 33 years. Three men and one woman, The Bobs