Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lighthouse - Peacing It All Together 1970 - (Isle of Wight 1970)

Lighthouse was formed in 1968 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by drummer–vocalist Skip Prokop, formerly with the Paupers, and keyboardist–arranger Paul Hoffert. The two met in New York City and discussed forming a band structured around a rock rhythm section, jazz horn section and classical string section when they coincidentally found themselves on the same flight back to Toronto. Prokop had admired Ralph Cole's playing when they shared the bill at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, so he brought him to Toronto to be the band's guitarist. Prokop and Hoffert assembled the rest of the group from friends, studio session musicians and Toronto Symphony Orchestra members and made a demo recording. On the advice of Richie Havens, Prokop and Hoffert took the demo to MGM Records in New York who saw the potential and wrote up a contract. Two days later they had a manager, Vinnie Fusco, out of Albert Grossman's office, who overturned the MGM contract and made a deal with RCA Victor. Lighthouse made its debut on May 14, 1969 at the Rock Pile in Toronto, introduced by Duke Ellington with the words, "I'm beginning to see the". Thanks to RareMp3

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