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Ruby Starr And Grey Ghost


Ruby Starr And Grey Ghost - Ruby Starr And Grey Ghost - 1975 - Capitol Records

A very much neglected and now forgotten rock'n' roller, the late Ruby Starr had a dynamic voice with the power of a category 5 hurricane. If you think Janis Joplin and Elkie Brooks have strong voices listen to this lady who sadly never made the big time. As well as the vocals there are some great songs on this album. Try and listen to her explosive "Scene Stealer" album


A1 Burnin' Whiskey - Marius Penczner, R.Starr
A2 Sweet, Sweet, Sweet - J.Henderson, R.Starr
A3 Witchin' Hour - Marius Penczner
A4 Did It Again - J.Henderson, R.Starr
A5 Everything Comes And Goes - J.Henderson, R.Starr

B1 Long Wait - Marius Penczner
B2 You Need A Chain - David Mayo
B3 Fork In The Road - Marius Penczner
B4 Living Proof - Marius Penczner


Ruby Starr - Vocals
Gary Levin/Jimmy Henderson - Guitar
David Mayo - Bass
Marius Penczner - Keyboards
Joel Williams - Drums
Tommy Aldridge - Drums (Guest)


Singer Ruby Starr was best-known as a backup singer for '70s macho man rockers Black Oak Arkansas, but also issued several recordings as a solo artist as well. Born Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak in Toledo, OH, in 1949, the future rock singer got her start at the age of nine (performing renditions of Brenda Lee songs) before changing her stage name to Connie Little and forming the Phil Spector-esque Connie & the Blu-Beats. Following stints in such obscure outfits as the Downtowners and the Blue Grange Ramblers (aka BGR), the latter of which mutated into the outfit Ruby Jones (a name that the singer was going by at the time). Signed to Curtis Mayfield's Curtom label, the recording of Ruby Jones' 1971 self-titled was even supervised by Mayfield. Shortly after the album's release, Black Oak Arkansas frontman Jim Dandy spotted Starr singing in an Evansville, IN, club and persuaded her to join his band, as she assumed her best-known stage name Ruby Starr. Starr toured with the band for several years (appearing on the albums Street Party and Balls of Fire, as well as their lone hit single "Jim Dandy") before leaving the group to form the Ruby Jones Band in 1976, and issuing Scene Stealer the same year. By the dawn of the '80s, Jones/Starr had formed Grey Star, issuing a pair of recordings -- 1981's self-titled debut and 1983's Telephone Sex -- before forming the group Henrietta Kahn in the late '80s. In the '90s, Starr was diagnosed with cancer, eventually passing away at home in Toledo in January of 1995. After her passing, several archival releases that featured Starr were issued, including the live Black Oak Arkansas recording, King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents, and a reissue of Ruby Jones' debut album, retitled as Stone Junkie. © Greg Prato © 2010 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/ruby-starr-p128069/biography


Discovered by BLACK OAK ARKANSAS frontman Jim Dandy working in a bar in Evansville, Indiana, Ruby Starr not only shared the same manager as BLACK OAK ARKANSAS (Butch Stone), but actually wound up joining the band in 1976 after her solo work failed to take off. The strikingly sultry singer nevertheless had made an impact on the Rock media in an unexpected way when an enterprising photographer published an on stage up close and personal shot of Miss Starr minus knickers! Starr (real name Connie Mierzwiac) had previously been known as RUBY JONES releasing an eponymous album under that name in 1971. During the summer of 1974 erstwhile TARGET members drummer Joel Williams and keyboard player Marius Peczner were recruited into Starr's backing band. Other TARGET personell guitarist Buddy Davis and bassist Tommy Cathey had also rehearsed with Starr but negotiations between them and Butch Stone failed and this pair persevered with TARGET. Making up the band were guitarists Ronnie Mason and Gary Levin with bassist David Mayo. This band became RUBY STARR & GREY GHOST. The grey ghost in question being a referance to Confederate Civil war hero General Mosby. Heavy touring ensued as support to BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, MOUNTAIN and HEARTSFIELD. As 1975 dawned the band gained a major label deal with Capitol Records immediately after a television appearance on the 'Midnight Special' show. The band recorded their debut album at the legendary Muscle Shoals studios produced by former HOMBRES bassist Jerry Masters with later sessions taking place in Memphis. Throughout 1975 the band was rarely off the road opening frequently for BLACK OAK ARKANSAS as well as TODD RUNDGREN, OBLIVION EXPRESS, NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND, and conducted US East Coast support dates in July 1975 with BLACK SABBATH and PETER FRAMPTON. Later shows had the band guesting for TEN YEARS AFTER, ROBIN TROWER and FLEETWOOD MAC. As the album was released it entered the Billboard charts at number 172. Much in demand Starr and her cohorts were straight back on the road guesting for THE FACES, STEPPENWOLF, RARE EARTH, MAHOGANY RUSH and BLACK SABBATH once again including venues as large as the Long Beach arena. A headline club tour followed before more supports to PETER FRAMPTON, EDGAR WINTER GROUP, BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE and reuniting with BLACK SABBATH. In February 1976 Mike Neff took over the drum stool. Later the same year Penczner and Mayo quit to create the short lived TRIPLE CROSS with Williams. RUBY STARR's 'Scene Stealer' album, with the bulk of the songs penned by Penczner saw BLACK OAK ARKANSAS guitarist Jimmy Henderson contributing. Williams, Mayo and Henderson rejoined Starr for her third album 'Smokey Places' before the drummer joined the ranks of BLACK OAK ARKANSAS. Ruby made her live debut singing with BLACK OAK ARKANSAS at the California Jam that year, although she had appeared on 'Jim Dandy To The Rescue' back in 1974 on the 'High On The Hog' album. A top 30 hit in the States, the song was mysteriously banned by the BBC in Britain. During 1977 the singer united with Florida Rockers BLACKFOOT touring America billed as RUBY STARR AND BLACKFOOT. Starr left BLACKFOOT after falling in love with the guitarist Fred Hodnik from support band LUCY GREY. Starr wound up joining this band sharing lead vocals with Mike Finding. The other band members were guitarist Pooh (real name (Steve Godfriarx), bassist John Kerr and the enigmatically titled Mudslide on drums. The band adopted a new name of GREY STAR in 1980 adding ex-CAPTAIN BEYOND and IRON BUTTERFLY man Robb Hanshaw and would go on to release two albums 'Grey Star' and 1983' 'Telephone Sex'. Finding would quit renaming himself Mike Grey. A further name change was adopted to Chainsaw Caine, a guize in which he fronted Metal band SLAVE RAIDER for two albums. GREY STAR split Ruby put together the RUBY STAR BAND with Hodnik, Mudslide and new members keyboard player Steve Marino and bassist Cary Kaylan. This unit toured the Mid-West supporting GREGG ALLMAN, CHEAP TRICK, VAN HALEN and ROBIN TROWER and recorded a couple of singles. In 1988 the band folded and Kaylan wound up working with WARP DRIVE at the turn of the decade. Starr was diagnosed with cancer in 1994 and sadly passed away the following year. Credit/s: Garry Sharpe-Young © 2001-2007 Musicdetector Websites


Eric said...

Hey Paul, Isn't Tommy Aldidge the drummer on this album though?
I know he was in Grey Ghost, saw them on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert as a kid.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Eric. Yes. He was. Thanks for info. It's hard to find exact band line-ups for some of these albums. Sometimes I do a little "guesswork"!! Cheers, Eric. TTU soon

Eric said...

No prob. I collected all the BOA + related in vinyl years ago.
Aldidge is pictured to the far right on this Grey Ghost front cover.
Actually have the advert for it in an old issue of Cream mag.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Cheers,Eric. I never read that Cream mag. Is that an Aussie publication? I have thousands of other music mags, but I'd have to employ an archivist to sort them out! Thanks, Eric. TTU soon

Eric said...

Hi, Paul -No Cream was a big U.S. mag.in the early 70's - 80's.
They strated up again in the 90's, but I don't think it exsists anymore.
Lester Bangs,Patti Smith a bunch of other notable music scribes wrote for it.
The Grey Ghost thing i mentioned is just an advert for the album you posted.
I have one with Ruby Starr featured too.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Thanks for that, Eric. I have hundreds of mags like Sounds, NME, Melody Maker. I know there's some incredible articles in them I read years ago, but I can't find the time to go through them! Maybe with this snow we're having, I'll get time to skim through a few of them. I would love to scan a lot of the stuff for blog. Cheers,Eric. TTU soon

Eric said...

Same here Paul, I remember in one of our convos your mentioning all your vintage mags.
What I later started doing with articles of interest in one of my mags. is label it on the plastic sleeve I store them in.
That way I can flip threw them rather quick and locate, but like you all the really old ones I'd have to sit there and really go threw them.
Then what usually happens is i start re-reading them and hours pass and I didn't get a whole lot done. lol

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Eric. That's the problem! I pick up any random mag, and before the third page I start reading something interesting. A few pages later I see an article I don't remember ever reading in the first place! Of course some of my mags are going back to 1970/71. Wouldn't it be brilliant if somebody archived all this stuff for a website? It would get a hell of a lot of hits! Cheers,Eric & TTU soon

Eric said...

Right, right! Or you see an article on something maybe @ the time you had no interest in and get caught up in thinking "Hmm, wonder what else I have on them".
Yeah, it would be an awesome site, if we pooled our archives it would be quite impressive I bet.
Sadly time for both of us is limited it seems doing the reg. blogs.
Who knows, maybe something down the road we can undertake.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Eric. It's only an idea, and time is always the problem. It would take more work than compiling a new Encyclopaedia Britannica! I suppose if it was confined maybe to one genre like '70's Krautrock or 60's British R&B, a few people could produce something detailed and effective. I have some massive reference books about all kinds of music, but very few of them ever cite articles from old music mags. We'll dream on...maybe some day. It's feasible! TTU soon Eric, my friend

A.O.O.F.C said...

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