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Cleveland, United States (1966 – 1977)

James Gang was an American rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1966. Though the band was not a huge commercial success, the fame garnered by guitarist Joe Walsh (who replaced the original guitarist in 1968) has since made the group more notable. After the group split in early 1977, there have been reunion concerts at various times in 1996, 1998, 2001, and 2005–2006.

The founding members of the band were drummer Jim Fox, bassist Tom Kriss, guitarist Ronnie Silverman, keyboardist Phil Giallombardo, and guitarist Glen Schwartz. In 1968 Joe Walsh replaced Schwartz when Schwartz left the band to join Pacific Gas & Electric. The band then released its debut album Yer’ Album. In July of 1970, the band released its second album James Gang Rides Again which included the hit single “Funk #49.” By this time, Dale Peters had replaced Kriss on bass. The band opened for The Who during a tour of Britain. After two more albums, Thirds, with the single “Walk Away,”, and the live album James Gang Live in Concert, Walsh left the band to perform solo and later join the Eagles.

Vocalist Roy Kenner and guitarist Domenic Troiano then joined the band. Troiano left to join Guess Who and was replaced by Tommy Bolin. Bolin left in 1974 to replace Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple. After two albums, “Bang” and “Miami”, Bolin was replaced by vocalist Bubba Keith and guitarist Richard Shack, who made “Newborn” (which featured a cover of the Elvis Presley song “Heartbreak Hotel”).


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