This Blog is designed to introduce you to musicians and bands that played in Wilmington, Delaware in the 1970’s and 80’s and many of them are still actively playing today in 2016. I first heard their music in the early 70’s when I attended the University of Delaware but I moved to Salt Lake City until 1988. After that I returned to Delaware and later re-met some friends and met new friends who play music and keep local music in the Delaware, Pennsylvania area active and alive.
The BlUE ROCKS, MARK KENNEALLY AND ROCKETT 88 WERE TWO OF MY FAVORITES.
THE BLUE ROCKS
GARY WATSON GUITAR AND VOCALS
WAYNE WATSON GUITAR AND VOCAL
CHRIS SHERLOCK DRUMS
RANDY COLEMAN BASS AND VOCALS
WAYNE BEARDWOOD SAX AND VOCALS
MIDNIGHT STROLL — 1987
YOU GOTTA TAKE THE FALL —1987
OUT ON THE WATER — 1987
DRIVE — 1987
GIRLS ON TV — 1987
SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T SAY NO LANA, TIME TO GO — BUGGY REUNION #1 BLUEROCKS
YOU GOTTA TAKE THE FALL AND MORE – 1ST BUGGY REUNION — THE BLUE ROCKS
MARK KENNEALLY — ROCKETT 88
The members of Rockett 88 included Alan Yandziak on Sax (since 1984), Bennett Sykes, Bass (since 1978), Dr. Seth L. Ivins MD Guitar (since 1984), and Tim Thorne on Drums (since 2010). Part time players included The Funky Starchild on Guitar Vocals (since he was 13 years old) and Bob Zynn on Trumpet (since 1991).
GOT THE BOOGIE DISEASE —
JC DOBBS INTERVIEW
ROCKETT 88 AT THE 1ST BUGGY REUNION
ROCKETT 88 AT THEIR REUNION AT KELLY’S LOGAN HOUSE
WAITING ON TIME
MICHAEL DAVIS AND THE BULLETS AT THE 1ST BUGGY REUNION
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NEARLY A WEEK
It has been nearly one week since the Horse and Buggy Reunion. Already Wayne Watson is talking about returning (perhaps this summer) for another reunion of some sorts. This time it might be more mellow music with his brother Gary. We will certainly be looking forward to his return.
I have it on good authority to report that Mark Kenneally will also be playing at the beach in Delaware as well as Maryland this summer. I will keep you posted on his dates as soon as I know when he’s going to be playing in Lewes or Rehoboth (and where!).
No one can play the harmonica like the Doctor!
Mr. Blue Rocks himself. He still looks like he did “back in the day!”
Wayne looks so happy being back in Delaware making all of us happy to see him.
Saturday night was amazing. There are really no words to describe it so far. I ask you to help me with your words.
The night started out with the band Hoi Polloi. Don told me they had not played together for over twenty years. Jimmy McFadden, Tony Winkler and Rick Bell played guitar and sang; Fred DiTomasso played bass and also did vocals. Tony Geddes was the drummer for Hoi Polloi.
They next band to play was Michael Davis and the Bullets. Michael (Kid) Davis was at lead guitar. Bob Bloomingdale played a hot upright bass and did vocals, and Walter Epting played drums
The next band to play was The Nik Everett Band. Nik has a new album available “Summer’s Gone”. Click here to listen to song “Everytime you Build Me Up”. Nik also spent a great deal of time planning the event with Don Bunnell. His website is at http://www.nikeverett.com/ .
Nik was followed by one my favorites, Mark Kenneally. He played with Dr. Harmonica and Rockett 88. Last summer Dr. H. won the National Blues Society Hall of Fame Award after the Riverfront Blues Festival.
Finally, The Blue Rocks arrived. Gary and Wayne Watson played guitar and Randy Coleman played bass. Wayne Beardwood backed them up with a hot saxophone and Chris Sherlock played the drums. Although they had not practiced together for nearly 23 years I believe everyone left feeling like they were home again; back at the Buggy (back in the 80s again.
Wayne Watson posted this list of the songs The Blue Rocks played Saturday night.