Beacon Street Union

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Beacon Street Union
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Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Psychedelic rockacid rockblues rockgarage rock
Years active 1966 - 1969
Labels MGM
Past members John Lincoln Wright
Paul Tartachny
Richard Weisburg
Robert Rhodes
Wayne Ulaky

The Beacon Street Union was an American 1960s psychedelic rock band, named for a street in their native Boston, whose original members John Lincoln Wright (vocals, percussion; died 4 December 2011), Paul Tartachny (guitar, vocals), Wayne Ulaky (bass, vocals), Robert Rhodes (keyboards, brass), and Richard Weisberg (drums) all went to Boston University. With the exception of a few rock standards, their diverse music was composed by group members, primarily Wright and Ulaky.[1]

MGM Records promoted them as part of the so-called "Bosstown Sound," shepherded by record producer Alan Lorber, (along with the groups Ultimate Spinach and Orpheus). The group met with little success, although their first album The Eyes Of The Beacon Street Union charted at number 75 on May 4, 1968. The band relocated to New York, where, after a second album, The Clown Died in Marvin Gardens, Wright, Ulaky, Weisberg, and Rhodes recorded a further album as Eagle. Later in the 1970s, Wright went on to write and sing country music as leader of the Sour Mash Boys.




  • "South End Incident" / "Speed Kills" (1968)
  • "Four Hundred And Five" / "Blue Suede Shoes" (1968)
  • "May I Light Your Cigarette" / "Mayola" (1968)
  • "Lord Why Is It So Hard" / "Can't Find My Fingers" (1970)


  1. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Beacon Street Union - Biography". Retrieved March 30, 2015. 

Roxon, Lillian: Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia (Grossett and Dunlap, Universal Library Edition, 1971) ISBN 0-448-00255-8

Morse, Steve, "John Lincoln Wright, 64, voice, soul of country music in New England," Boston Globe, 10 Dec 2011.