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Bruce Hornsby & the Range


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(1984 – present)

Bruce Hornsby & the Range is an American band formed in 1984 and led by Bruce Hornsby (born Bruce Randall Hornsby on November 23, 1954 in Williamsburg, Virginia) , an American singer, virtuoso pianist, accordion player, and songwriter. They are best known for Hornsby’s 1980s signature song “The Way It Is”, the top five hits “Mandolin Rain” and “The Valley Road”. At the same time, Hornsby is known for being a recurring collaborator with the Grateful Dead. Besides Hornsby, members of the Range have included David Mansfield (guitar, mandolin, violin), George Marinelli (guitars and backing vocals), Joe Puerta (bass guitar and backing vocals), and John Molo (drums).

Hornsby is the second of three sons born to Lois (Saunier) and Robert S. Hornsby, who was a successful oil and real estate executive in Williamsburg, Virginia. The other sons, Robert “Bobby” Jr., and Jonathan, are highly regarded musicians in their own right.

Hornsby grew up listening to all types of music. He studied music at the University of Richmond, as well as the highly regarded Berklee College of Music and the University of Miami, from which he graduated in 1977.

In the spring of 1974, Hornsby’s brother Bobby, who was a brother of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at the University of Virginia, formed a band, “Bobby Hi-Test and the Octane Kids” to play fraternity ragers, featuring Bruce on Fender Rhodes and vocals.


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  • SSBN623

    you gotta be trusted by the people that you lie too. . . "Pink Floyd & casper " Animals

    8 Feb 9:56pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    please don't worry about the thought of winnin' sumin' back in my educated opinion ain't worth it

    8 Feb 9:49pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    bruce, jim simon here . . . if i had my way you'd be gator bait . . . unfortunately in my absence you had lawyer the RANGE to a 2% solution split 5 ways you are a useless whose shadow should not darken mine !

    8 Feb 8:56pm Reply
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  • lessa_r

    Listening to this song makes me feel so happy and alive!

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • iliveinthewoods

    I honestly and wholeheartedly love Bruce Hornsby more than words can express.

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • KeithJones

    @JustAKayee; Musicbrainz has the band listed as Bruce Hornsby & The Range; see:

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • JustAKayee

    Bruce Hornsby AND The Range, guys.

    13 Jun 2012 Reply
  • SajinKai

    Wow guys, really? Mandolin Rain is billions of times better than The Way It Is.

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • fgt_shit

    I can't believe he doesn't have at least a million listens!

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • coanta

    Every Little Kiss!

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • BiaaxD

    Love them!

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • sloan1989

    Bruce Hornsby & The Range - The Way It Is = 2Pac - Changes

    10 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Claudiar71

    The Way It Is does it for me every time ;)

    2 Oct 2010 Reply
  • The80sFan

    LOVE the early albums of Bruce Hornsby, just superb musicianship and vocals on those first 3 with "The Range", never listened to a thing afterward.

    13 Jun 2010 Reply
  • moonitelady

    Mandolin Rain best song ever... Hands down.

    10 Jun 2010 Reply
  • algenon50

    one of my top ten favourites

    9 Jun 2010 Reply
  • LaJungle421

    mandolin rain is simply amazing

    9 May 2010 Reply
  • lavender3

    Cuantos recuerdos, es muy bonita. I love it!!!

    4 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Adrica23

    A música The Way it is, me lembra a adolescencia e me emociona muito por que foi uma fase maravilhosa em minha vida. Grande pianista Bruce Hornsby

    20 May 2009 Reply
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