|Eggs Over Easy|
Years: 1969 - 1981
Styles: Classic Rock, Country Rock, Pub Rock, Rock and Roll
Jack O'Hara - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Austin de Lone - Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
Brien Hopkins - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
Gregory L. Dewey - Drums
Les Sampson - Drums (in band: 1970)
John Steel - Drums (in band: 1970 - 1971)
George Butler - Drums (in band: 1971)
Bill Franz - Drums (in band: 1972 - 1976)
John "Jay" David - Drums (in band: 1976 -)
Although both hailed from New York, Jack O'Hara (guitar, bass & vocals) met Austin de Lone (keyboards, guitar & vocals) in Berkeley, California, where they formed a duo. The pair moved back to New York, where they met Brien Hopkins (keyboards, bass, guitar & vocals) who joined to form a multi-instrumental trio, without a drummer or percussionist.
They regularly played clubs and bars in Greenwich Village and Long Island, until they acquired a small fan base, and a manager, Peter Kauff. Kauff was also helping Cannon Films to move into the music business, and arranged for Chas Chandler (bass player for The Animals and producer/manager of the Jimi Hendrix Experience) to produce their first album.
Chandler, by now their manager, arranged for the band to play a number of college gigs around the country. Many of these were sponsored by the American Embassy in London, which paid for the band to tour British universities to perform before larger audiences with American poets such as Marilyn Hacker, Denis Boyles and Louis Simpson. By then, the band had moved into a house, 10 Alma Street, Kentish Town, near a pub called the Tally Ho. The band were used to playing in American bars, but in common with most London pubs at the time, the Tally Ho had a jazz-only policy. They persuaded the landlord that they played jazz, although their music was predominantly country rock and blues, and first appeared on either 3 May, or 13 May] 1971, with Steel on drums. They soon attracted large crowds - including other musicians, such as Graham Parker, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello - making Eggs the pioneers of the "pub rock" movement.
The number of venues wanting to stage Eggs Over Easy and other "pub-rock" bands was also increasing, primarily in large Victorian pubs “north of Regents Park” where there were plenty of suitable pubs. Eggs over Easy toured a chain of London pubs owned by the brewer Ind Coope, and in September and October 1971 supported John Mayall on a UK tour, with George Butler replacing Steel on drums; "Eggs over Easy's country rock-flavored repertoire offering a fascinating counterpoint to Mayall's then rampant jazz-blues fixation" .
Back in New York, Bill Franz joined on drums, they signed a deal with A&M Records and in 1972 they recorded their first album to be released, "Good 'N' Cheap". This was partially a re-recording of the tracks originally recorded in London. The album was produced by Link Wray, at his brother, Vernon Wray’s studio in Tucson, Arizona, and the band wrote all but one of the songs.
In 1973, they moved to San Francisco, and later supported The Eagles and Yes on tour; ironically, the sort of “megastar” bands that, back in England, pub rock was seen as a backlash against. By 1976 John “Jay” David (ex Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show) had replaced Franz on drums, and they issued a single “Bar in my Car”, on Buffalo Records, but the record company “tanked as soon as the record came out.” Originally titled "I'm Gonna Put a Bar in the Back of My Car (And Drive Myself to Drink)", the song appears on numerous internet lists of "worst country song titles" as being from their album "Fear of Frying", but this is incorrect.
The second album "Fear of Frying" was eventually recorded in 1980/81 and issued on Squish Records, which also failed as soon as the album was released, making this album a rarity, The Eggs were frequently joined on stage by Grootna's vocalist Anna Rizzo and also played with members of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen in Moonlighters.One of their final gigs was as “The Opinions”, backing Dan Hicks and Eggs Over Easy finally split in 1981.
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