History of The Corvettes

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The Legends Doo Wop 'n Roll Revue was formed in 1988 by Howard Blank (back row, far left), who served as manager as well as drummer. There were several short-lived incarnations until 1989 when I answered Howard's ad in the San Diego Reader and auditioned as guitarist. Fine, but there already WAS a guitarist. Keyboards? Lug around all the equipment? Well, OK...

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Within the next few months, more personnel were added. My wife Carol (far left) was brought in to help with the harmonies. The original bass player didn't work out, and I took over left-hand bass on the keys. At least, I could do something a little interesting! The group's nucleus at that time, including Howard, Carol, myself, and Butter (center), another of our lady singers, remained stable though the next fourteen years!

Our layout included the "band" of drums, keyboard (me), bass (my other hand...), guitar, and sax. Up front were three ladies in beehive wigs doing choreography and tight harmonies, and our male lead vocalist. We all sang. Lots of sequins and glitter. The LEGENDS strove to provide an entertaining show based on the music of the fifties and sixties. We recreated the music as authentically as possible- the ultimate compliment was when we are asked if we were lip-synching. From there, we went crazy and had fun. Costumes, gags, props-no holds barred. Good stuff!

In March of 2003, The LEGENDS changed their name to THE CORVETTES, with Carol assuming the role of manager. THE CORVETTES are continuing the celebration of fifties and sixties music that I have enjoyed since my Sha Na Na days. We rock! - check us out!

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