Having finished the first Big Daddy album in late 1982, and looking for a home base nightclub in the Los Angeles area, a fairly new spot came to mind in Santa Monica… At My Place.
I had been there a few times since it opened in 1981 and was intrigued by its unique format: featured musical acts with opening comedians. Billy (Vera) & The Beaters were tearing up a storm on weekends to … read more
And now for the final installment on Big Daddy’s “Adventures in England”…
Just as we were preparing to head back to the US from our first tour of the UK in February of 1985, Our record label there (Making Waves) hinted that we might need to return very shortly to appear on “Top of the Pops.”
For those of you not familiar with this BBC-TV show, “Top of the Pops” was THE music … read more
“How ‘bout a beer mates?”, yelled Dave Taylor, our UK piano man. We were on the way back to London from a TV appearance in Birmingham in February of 1985. The show was Pebble Mill at One, the second stop on the tour (after Whistle Test). True to its name, the live afternoon variety program -- similar to the old Mike Douglas or Merv Griffin Show(s) here in the states -- aired live at 1 … read more
Our first album "What Really Happened To The Band Of '59" had already peaked here in the US when we got word from Rhino in 1984 that a small record label in England - "Making Waves" - was interested in releasing the album in the UK.
We had experienced a few false alarms about foreign releases of the LP in the past, but this offer appeared to be different. Making Waves, a new label run by well … read more
In 1987, Big Daddy traveled to Sydney, Australia. The month was January, which put us right in the middle of summertime half way across the world. We left a cold and rainy Los Angeles and landed in a warm and sunny land very far away. How fantastic! We were to stay there for two months and perform 6 nights a week at a very popular theatre called Kinsellas, right in the heart of the Kings Cross. … read more
"Bubba" (Tom Lee) with a few notes about a wonderful experience...
I remember my first introduction to Duane Eddy as an 8 year old kid, living in Detroit. I was sick, home from school listening to my big brother's records in bed . I heard Rick Nelson's "Hello, Mary Lou", Jimmy Jones "Handy Man", and Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser", and had to listen to them over & … read more
Lightnin' Bob here with a Big Daddy "Blast From The Past"...
The year was 1986 and we were in the heyday of our "casino touring years." The current stint was at Caesars Tahoe (now known as The Montbleu Resort) in Lake Tahoe California. We got word that on this particular night, Duane Eddy, one of our major musical influences might be in the audience to see our show!
The band was very excited … read more
Sunburst Recording, Established 1983 - Closed 2014. Homebase for Big Daddy and many others. Over the years Sunburst's clients included Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Steve Allen, David Hildalgo, Freddie Cannon, Lou Christie, Mickey Dolenz, Richie Havens, Darlene Love, Firesign Theater, Lily Tomlin, George Carlin, Adam Sandler... and the list goes on... Thirty years of recording music, spoken word, and … read more
Big Daddy was touring all over the place, back in the 80's & 90's. We were fortunate to have
success over in Europe and Austrailia, thanks to record support with Rhino Records our label.
As much of blast that it was, after a while it sure was good to be back home. Los Angeles, that is.
Yeah, the traffic, smog, the best mexican food, and yes of course our families. And the great thing
was … read more
Hey there, Donny D here. Want to wish everyone Happy Thanksgiving! The holidays are here and I'm so glad to have finished the new Big Daddy CD and Documentary. I'm so proud of the Big Daddy guys, Bob-Marty & Tom and all the musicians who worked so hard to make "Smashing Songs of Staage & Screen" a wonderful creative CD. We're all taking a well needed break to re-energize for the next stage … read more