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A new album by Big Daddy: Songs from Broadway Musicals and Feature Films performed in the classic styles of the 1950's. Read more

Culver City, CA Rock
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A new album by Big Daddy: Songs from Broadway Musicals and Feature Films performed in the classic styles of the 1950's.

Culver City, CA Rock
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BIG DADDY... the band of '59

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We're baaaack! That's right... "Lightnin' Bob", "Marty The K", "Donny D", and "Bubba", the core members of the band, Big Daddy, are back together and we're planning a new album. For those of you who know Big Daddy, that's got to be music to your ears... Rock & Roll music, that is. For those of you who don't know Big Daddy, here's the deal... any song we play comes out sounding like '50s Rock & Roll. Songs from the '60s, '70s, '80s... whenever, whatever... when we do them, we do them '50s style.

Now, for this album we've decided to tackle some of the most memorable songs of Broadway Stage and Silver Screen...smash'em apart, then mash'em back together with some of the most memorable sounds of the fabulous fifties. A orchestral overhaul, so to speak... a musical makeover. Sound interesting? Want to hear the finished product? Well, then this is where you come in... Big Daddy invites you to be a part of this project by helping to fund the recording of our new CD... "Big Daddy - Smashing Songs Of Stage And Screen".

As you can see by glancing over to the column on the right, you can pledge money to help fund this project (click on the green "Back This Project" box for details) and, depending on the amount pledged, you'll receive various rewards... gifts from the members of Big Daddy, such as a personally autographed copy of our new CD, Big Daddy t-shirts, lettermen's jackets, limited edition posters (signed, of course), rare Big Daddy vinyl records,  one-of-a-kind memorabilia, invitations to a night on the town with members of the band and even to attend and participate in a Big Daddy recording session. We'll also be adding new rewards weekly throughout the campaign, so check back often to see what exciting new gifts we have to offer.

Our goal is to raise $35,000 to cover the costs of recording, producing, manufacturing, and promoting our new album. Any additional revenue will be used to cover additional production and promotion costs...we have already fronted the expenses ourselves to hire noted Los Angeles photographer Peter Figen to shoot the album cover that you see above.   Of course, to reach our goal, we need your help. Help us make our new album and help keep Rock &Roll alive!

Big Daddy - A brief history

   "It's like turning on an oldies station whose (radio) signal overlaps with a Top 40 outlet... Rock & Roll in it's purest, most enjoyable form"  People Magazine, 8/'91               

From 1983 to 1992, Rhino recording artists, Big Daddy, released four albums. Three albums containing contemporary hits of the day, arranged, performed, and recorded in the styles of the 1950's, and the fourth, to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", their own "Big Daddy... Sgt. Pepper's". One of the most memorable albums of the 1960's in a classic mash-up with some of the most memorable sounds and styles of the 1950's.

   "In an inspired move, Big Daddy - a greaser rock group that puts a fifties spin on contemporary hits has recorded the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's... in its entirety. The result is the novelty album of the year, if not the last twenty-five years... A splendid time is guaranteed for all.  Don't miss  it"     Stereo Review Magazine, 9/'92 

Along with the national and international releases of their albums, the group toured extensively. They performed in clubs, concert halls, arenas, and on TV shows across the U.S., Australia, Europe, and Great Britain where, by the way, they had a top-twenty hit with their version of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark". They also wrote and performed the jingles for several television and radio commercials, including; "At The Zoo", their Clio Award Finalist animated commercial for Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, two national spots for Ralston Purina's "Nerds" and "Rock & Rolls" breakfast cereals, and "It's A Gas", a radio spot for Gaslight Music, a chain of record stores in Melbourne, Australia.

   "Big Daddy are the Great Pretenders, posing as a pure and simple good-time band, and yet capable of devastating musical arrangements and astonishing harmonies"    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 2/'87

By the mid-nineties, members of the band went on to other projects and musical pursuits, often working together in various configurations. In 1994, for example, some of the "Dads" traded their shark-skin suits for sack-cloth robes to become The Benzedrine Monks Of Santo Domonica and recorded "Chantmania", a CD of, once again, contemporary hits, only this time arranged and performed as Gregorian chants. "Chantmania" turned out to be the all-time biggest selling original recording on the Rhino label.

   "The best thing about Big Daddy is their air of inspired irreverance"  Melody Maker Magazine, UK, 3/'85

In 2000, Big Daddy reunited to put together a compilation CD - "The Best Of Big Daddy" - containing some of their favorite recordings from their previous four albums, a few unreleased cuts, and a newly recorded "bonus cut"; a rockabilly inspired version of "My Heart Will Go On" from the blockbuster film "Titanic".

For more information on Big Daddy... music, videos, photos, bios, and a more complete and detailed history of the band... check out their website at:

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                                                              - We thank you for your support -

- Photos by Peter Figen

- Video by Don Roy


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    Mailed directly to your pad! You will receive a hand signed black & white postcard of the album cover with a message to you from Big Daddy. To make this deal even more irresistible, we will super size the card to 6" x 9"...Wow!

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    Hot off the press, we will mail you a first run autographed, personalized & numbered CD of "SMASHING SONGS OF STAGE AND SCREEN" plus the "Retro-Rockin' Autographed Postcard" described above. (International shipping add $5.00)

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    THE "OH BOY"...
    No Kidding! We'll mail you an unreleased live concert on CD that was recorded in May of 1993 at "Nightwinds" (formerly "At My Place") in Santa Monica, California. The show includes "Bohemian Rhapsody" and five other Big Daddy mash ups that have never been released! ...And you still get the autographed postcard and CD of the new album from above. (International shipping add $5.00)

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    Check out a classic unreleased Big Daddy live performance on DVD from Club Lingerie in Hollywood on the famed Sunset Strip! (Don't won't need 3-D glasses). You will also be mailed all of the above items and we'll even throw in a package of "Double Bubble" bubble gum so you get the full flavor! (from here on out, we will pay all domestic and international shipping charges)

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    Show your support in your new "Big Daddy Executive Producer" T-Shirt. A very cool black T-Shirt with the famous Big Daddy logo in pink & silver and your "Executive Producer" title on the front...a variety of sizes available. Oh yes we almost will also get all four items above as well.

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    THE "BURGER, FRIES, AND A SHAKE COMBO PLATE"... A feast for the senses! You get the full length Big Daddy Documentary: "The Making Of Smashing Songs Of Stage And Screen" delivered on DVD. Also included on this plate is an autographed color poster of the album cover (13" x 19") and two unreleased studio tracks on CD: "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and "Addicted To Love". This plate should really fill you up when you realize that it includes all of the goodies from the rewards above!

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    "THE TEEN IDOL" KARAOKE PACKAGE... You'll be the "Big Hunk Of Burnin' Love" at your next Karaoke party! Watch the crowd go wild when you sing lead with Big Daddy as your back-up band. These are all the master mixes from the new CD ("Smashing Songs Of Stage And Screen") minus lead vocals. We'll even throw in the lyric sheets. Of course, all of the items from above are included!

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    THE "THE LIGHTNIN' BOB" EXCLUSIVE... From the Big Daddy archives, one of Bob's custom made, blue lame' tuxedo jackets (size 38R), worn by Bob at many Big Daddy shows and TV appearances the world over. Includes all previous (non-limited) items too.

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    THE "ONLY YOU" PACKAGE... JUST ADDED! Big Daddy's hand painted backdrop (5'x12' acrylic on canvas) and drumhead (24") used on-stage in only two live performances at famed L.A. nightclub - "At My Place" in the summer of '92, celebrating the release of the "Big Daddy-Sgt. Pepper's" album (see Update #6 for details and our website to see and hear the album). Both of these will be autographed by the band and we'll also include a DVD of the entire album release concert. This one is truly one of a kind, and truly for "ONLY YOU".

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    Oh baby, you'll stay warm & look cool in your authentic wool and leather letterman's jacket. The "Big Daddy" Logo will be embroidered on the back and personalized with your name on the front. Again, take all of the above items as part of this sweet deal!

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    4 backers Limited (8 left of 12)

    How about custom written parody lyrics to the song of your choice, about the subject of your choice. We'll write it and record an "unplugged" version, and give you 5 CD copies and also email you an MP3 copy of the finished song. Check out "Update #4" for all the details.
    Our original offer of Big Daddy's first two Rhino LPs "What Really Happened To The Band Of '59" & "Meanwhile... Back In The States", both factory sealed, along with a new copy of our British four song EP, which includes the Top 20 hit version of "Dancing In The Dark", and also a copy of our Australian "Land Down Under" single with a Big Daddy original on the flip side... all brand spanking new. Only twelve of these sets available anywhere! And, of course, all of the previous items.

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    THE "BIG, BIG BOPPER" PACKAGE... You get to be on our new album....yes you heard me correctly...YOU will be hanging in the studio with Big Daddy and will participate either singing, shouting, clapping, or whatever with the band AND receive an album credit too! We can't guarantee what you'll do, but you'll be included in the final mixes. We also will video you participating with us in the studio, and take a photo of you with the group which we'll have made in to a poster which we'll all sign and then send to you, aaaand, while you're there, "Donny D" will give you a guitar lesson and teach you some of his favorite Rock & Roll riffs, tricks, & licks...HOW COOL IS THAT! Then, to celebrate your participation on the album, you'll go "fine dining" with members of the band, as our guest to our favorite malt shop for burgers and fries... maybe even a cherry coke. And shortly after your recording session, you'll receive your "Be True To Your School" Collection including the album "Smashing Songs Of Stage And Screen" that includes YOU! (you pay for your own lodging & travel expenses to and from Los Angeles.)

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    THE "BACK YOU UP" BUNDLE.. Big Daddy will record your song with you as a member of the band! Send us your original or maybe your favorite oldie. We will arrange, produce and record your song with appropriate instrumentation (drums, bass, guitars, etc.) can sing, we can sing, or hey we will all sing together. Your recording session includes two four hour or one eight hour block of time and you will receive ten fully mixed and mastered CD's of the final product. We'll also video a portion of the event for you to prove that you really did it! JUST ADDED - A one on one workshop with our own "Lightnin' Bob" Wayne, Grammy award winning recording engineer and owner of Sunburst Recording (where all of our albums have been recorded), on the history of vintage analog tape recording with emphasis on getting that "1950's sound" with 2012 clarity. (You pay for your own lodging & travel expenses to and from Los Angeles.) Of course you'll still get the amazing "Be True To Your School" collection.

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    THE "BIG DADDY CADILLAC COMBO"...THIS IS IT...THE ULTIMATE BIG DADDY REWARD!!! You will experience both the "Big, Big Bopper" Package and the "Back You Up" Bundle. It don't get no better than this... But guess what... It just did... We're now including "Bubba's" very own sunburst finish 1970 Fender Stratocaster, autographed by the entire band. This classic electric guitar is the one that "Bubba" played on all of Big Daddy's albums and in concerts 'round the world. This guitar looks great, sounds great, and plays like a dream (see Update #11 for more details and a picture) Of course, this package is now limited to only one taker.

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