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Stallion (USA) - 1977 Hey Everybody



ARTIST: Stallion (USA)
ALBUM: Hey Everybody
LABEL: Casablanca
SERIAL: NBLP 7083
YEAR: 1977

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Wally Damricks - keyboards, moog, arp, vocals * Jorg Gonzales - bass, vocals * Buddy Stephens - congas, percussion, vocals * Danny O'Neil - guitar * Larry Thompson - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Atlanta * 02 Let Me Love You * 03 Good Friend * 04 No One Knows * 05 Bye Bye * 06 Hey Everybody * 07 Silent Tears * 08 Leaders Of The World


Background
Formed in Chicago, transplanted to Denver, Colorado and signed to Casablanca; Stallion's first album caused a ripple on the charts with the top 40 single 'Old Fashioned Boy (You're The One)', but competing with Gene, Paul, Peter and Ace as well Neil Bogart's disco obsession had to be rough. It's not that the label ignored Stallion - not at all. Pouring a wagonload of cash into advertising and promotion for that first record, Stallion hit the highways and byways of America with Elvin Bishop, Styx and label mates KISS; milking their Casablanca designed western cowboy image for all it was worth. By the time their second album was released, the brouhaha that surrounded the debut had subsided considerably with 'Hey Everybody' eventually littering cut-out bins from coast to coast.


The Songs
The Stallion sound hadn't changed much between albums. Typical '70s good time rock in a variety of styles from boogie and pomp to inoffensive Eagles countrified rock that you know you heard before from bands like Dalton & Dubarri, Starbuck, No Slack, Silver and half a dozen other also-rans from the same era. With three lead vocalists given no credit on the songs, we do know Buddy Stephens was hired specifically for his high tenor and it's those tunes that are the best of the bunch including the soulful 'Atlanta' bringing to mind early Hotel and 'Good Friend' which is almost a carbon copy of the Sanford-Townsend Band, but likable just the same. Again, Stallion were originally from the Windy City and obviously influenced by their fellow brethren Styx on songs like 'Bye Bye' and most of side two, in particular the proggy instrumental 'Silent Tears'.


In Summary
The problem with Stallion if there was one, is a lack of identity to separate themselves from the herd. There was just too much of this stuff on offer back then and Stallion couldn't carry on without a big hit that would allow them the time to develop into something more original. As it was, they carried on until 1979 and the only name that shows up in a 'where are they now' search is vocalist/keyboardist Wally Damricks who apparently ended up with Saskatchewan heavies Kick Axe at some point, but I wonder if it's the same guy. I mean really, how many keyboard players named Wally Damricks can there be?


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