About this project
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: www.bigdaddy59.com
Check in on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BigDaddyTheBandOf59
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BIG DADDY - HARD AT WORK ON THEIR NEW ALBUM PROJECT...
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- Photos by Peter Figen
- Video by Don Roy
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