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Dan Baird

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Dan Baird was the frontman for late-’80s roots rock/one-hit wonders the Georgia Satellites, before launching his own solo career. Born on December 12, 1953, in San Diego, CA, but raised in Atlanta, GA, Baird picked up the guitar early on and began playing with local bands during his teenage years. By December of 1980, Baird had formed the Georgia Satellites (who would eventually consist of both Baird and Rick Richards on vocals/guitar, Rick Price on bass, and Mauro Magellan on drums). The quartet quickly found their musical niche — a bar band version of such classic three-chord rockers as AC/DC and the Rolling Stones — and in 1985 issued their debut recording, an independently issued six-song EP titled Keeping the Faith.

The mini-album helped land the Satellites a recording contract with Elektra, which led to the release of their full-length, self-titled major-label debut a year later. It took a while for the album to pick up steam, but it eventually became a surprise platinum certified hit by the summer of 1987, due to the number five hit single “Keep Your Hands to Yourself,” and another popular single/video, “Battleship Chains.” Baird and the Satellites issued two more releases during the late ’80s, 1988’s Open all Night and 1989’s In the Land of Salvation and Sin, but neither matched the success of their self-titled debut, and led to the group’s split by the dawn of the ’90s.

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  • liam7777

    I saw him when he was with Will Hoge's band a few years ago and I began to listen to his own material. Didn't realize he was in the Georgia Satellite or The Yayhoos (another great band). Real talented guitarist and songwriter.

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • hondara-cub

    i live wiz him music

    26 May 2010 Reply
  • SashSatan

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