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Trussel was in line to blow up like the Commodores and the Black Byrds. A College based group of Music Majors from Virginia State College, the group had all the makings of a super group. Tight horns, moves, and a fantastic lead vocalist Larry Tynes. Later when the group signed with Elektra they added a second outstanding lead vocalist Michael Spratley. In 1973 the group formed in the Snack Shop of Virginia State for the first month or two they were known as the Snack Shop Band. Then they went looking for a name. Near VSC there was a train trestle, the drummer and co-founder Ron Buky Smith (Englewood, NJ) spoke with a lisp and said let’s name the group TRUSSEL… hence the spelling and pronounciation. The group members graduated in the early and mid-seventies from college and formed a record label in 1975. Bridge The Gap Records, they released what would now be two very rare 7”inch singles. The Bi-Centennial Boogie which was renamed to try and get in on the 1976 Bicentennial… the original name was “CHICKEN SH%T”, the b side was another period song “How Many Tricks In 1976”. That song which Buddah Records wanted to release was a Graham Central Station sounding track that was written to blast Tricky Dick Nixon and the mess that he caused. The next release were two pretty songs “Beautiful People” b/w “Spread Love Everywhere”. Both were well recorded and poorly promoted. The groups break came when a college friend Marvin Daniels (Chops - Southern Energy Ensemble) asked Bill would the group be willing to backup a young 15 year old girl out of Philadelphia who had signed with RCA.


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