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Uncle Rainbow


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Uncle Rainbow (1977-1981) was:

Brent Bourgeois, Keys, Vocals
Richard Oates, Vocals
Danny Neal, Guitar
David Perper or George Lawrence, Drums
Larry Tagg, Bass
John Lee Sanders, Sax, Keys, Vocals

Originally out of Dallas, Texas. They were brought up in the Bay Area by Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hussack. They were a hot bar band with promises of a making it big. Uncle Rainbow sounded like a combination of Tower Of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire and the Eagles. They cut an album that was funded by Billy Gaff who managed Rod Stewart. He offered it to Mercury who turned it down. The band shopped it around, but couldn’t get a deal. Their producer Ian Samwell went back to England. They broke up in 1981. They leave behind one 4 track self titled EP recorded in 1980.

Any Way the Wind Blows
Rock and Roll (Speeding up the Heartbeat of America)
Kingdom Come

When they broke up, two of them, Brent Bourgeois and Larry Tagg, decided to carry on and form a new group more along the lines of Talking Heads and New Wave sounding. They had an MTV hit with “I Don’t Mind At All” as Bourgeois-Tagg.

John Lee Sanders became session man extra-ordinaire, playing with. See

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