Bobby Mason

November 10th, 2012

Doors @ 7pm/ show @8pm

Tickets $15

Bobby began playing the guitar at the age of seven.  He formed his first band, The Torpedoes, in high school in Bellflower, California, where they performed with the Johnny Otis Show at El Monte Legion Stadium and the Harmony Park Ballroom.

He recorded his first record in 1963 with The Illusions, a surf hit called “Jezabel”.  He was signed by Liberty Records and was produced by Mike Curb and Bob Summers.  In 1967 he joined The Happy Medium, playing at such Los Angeles music scene venues as PJ’s,  Whiskey A-Go-Go and Gazzarri’s.  They performed with The Beach Boys, The Grassroots and The Fifth Dimension. They went on to open the heralded Hilton International in Las Vegas.

At that time, Mark Gordon, who also handled The Fifth Dimension, managed The Happy Medium.  Their album, “Wells Fargo”, was recorded on Bell Carousel Records.

In 1969, Bobby moved to Aspen, Colorado at the beginning of Aspen’s heyday. A year later he joined the legendary group, Black Pearl, as one of the lead singers and lead guitarist.

After Black Pearl, he collaborated with Bob Carpenter, now keyboardist for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Together they formed Homebrew.  At that same time, John Denver was putting together a new record label called Windsong Records, a subsidiary of RCA.  John asked Bobby and Homebrew to be among the initially signed groups who were recording all original material.  Their work was covered in the 1970’s by a number of other successful groups, including Three Dog Night, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and John Denver himself.

Homebrew’s manager, Bill McEuen, booked them at the Roxy in Los Angeles, where they were showcased for all the major labels in the L.A. music scene and signed with Columbia Records.  Shortly thereafter, the group was renamed Starwood by their new manager, Jerry Weintraub.  Their next record was produced by Bruce Bodnick at the famous (and sometimes infamous) Caribou Ranch in Nederland, Colorado; the home of many of that era’s greatest hits. They toured extensively with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Santana, Journey and Eddie Money, playing such places as The Cow Palace in San Francisco, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.  They appeared on several television shows including The Merv Griffin Show with John Denver and the Starland Vocal Band.

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