George Biondo

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George Biondo
Birth name George Michael Biondo
Born September 3, 1945 (1945-09-03) (age 69)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Acid rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Session musician, songwriter
Instruments bass guitar
Years active 1967-present
Labels Dunhill Records
Mums Records
Epic Records
MCA Records
Dore Records
Associated acts The Storybook People
T.I.M.E.
Steppenwolf
The John Kay Band
Steel Rose
Notable instruments
Ampeg AMB-1 [1]
Wilkins P/J custom basses [2]

George Michael Biondo[3] (born September 3, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York[4]) was the bass guitarist of the American rock band, Steppenwolf, from April 1970 to October 1976.[5] Though born in New York,[6] he has been based in Southern California throughout his ongoing career as a session musician and songwriter.

Early career[edit]

Biondo played bass in a Los Angeles area band called Storybook People during which time they released a single on Dunhill Records, which received limited airplay in Los Angeles.[7] In 1968, Biondo replaced Nick St. Nicholas in another Los Angeles area band called T.I.M.E., when St. Nicholas departed for Steppenwolf. After T.I.M.E. guitarist Larry Byrom also left to join Steppenwolf, T.I.M.E. briefly attempted to carry on with Biondo as lead singer but never released any further recordings.

Steppenwolf[edit]

In early 1970, Biondo replaced St. Nicholas a second time[8] when he joined Steppenwolf for the recording of Steppenwolf 7, contributing lead vocals on "Fat Jack" and co-lead vocals on "Foggy Mental Breakdown" and the chart-hit, "Who Needs Ya'".[9] In 1971, the band released their last new album for Dunhill, For Ladies Only for which Biondo wrote "Sparkle Eyes" with John Kay and "In Hopes of a Garden". He sang lead on the latter, as well as "Jaded Strumpet".[9] When Steppenwolf went on hiatus in 1972, Biondo became a founding member of the John Kay Band, appearing on both of Kay's solo albums on Dunhill Records.[9] When Steppenwolf reconvened in the mid-1970s, Biondo was brought back for the album Slow Flux. Then writing "Two for the Love of One" for the Hour of the Wolf album.[9] Biondo later wrote "Sleep" and co-wrote the instrumental "Lip Service" with Bobby Cochran and Wayne Cook for the Skullduggery album in 1976.[10] In 1981, Biondo added backing vocals to Wolftracks, the first studio album by John Kay and his new band, now under the moniker John Kay & Steppenwolf.[10]

After Steppenwolf[edit]

In 1980, Biondo re-united with Steppenwolf co-founder Jerry Edmonton in a band called Steel Rose. A Steel Rose single penned by Biondo, "Good That You're Gone", was released on Dore Records, and featured Biondo on lead vocals.[2] When Steel Rose disbanded in 1984 Biondo returned to writing and freelance club and session work.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release date A-side B-side US Chart Peak UK Chart Peak
1967 "Do You Believe"
"Afternoon Glare" "No Return"
1970 "Screaming Night Hog" (Kay) "Spiritual Fantasy" (Kay) 62
"Who Needs Ya" (Byrom/Kay) "Earschplittenloudenboomer" (Byrom) 54
"Snowblind Friend" (Axton) "Hippo Stomp" (Byrom/Kay)
1971 "Ride With Me" (Bonfire) "For Madmen Only" 52
"For Ladies Only" (Edmonton/Henry/Kay/McJohn) "Sparkle Eyes" (Biondo/Kay) 64
1974 "Straight Shootin' Woman" (Edmonton) "Justice Don't Be Slow" (Kay/Richie) 29
1975 "Get Into The Wind" (Cochran/Van Beek) "Morning Blue" (Biondo)
"Smokey Factory Blues" (Hammond/Hazlewood) "A Fool's Fantasy" (McJohn)
"Caroline (Are You Ready)" (Bonfire) "Angeldrawers"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News & Notes". Xstrange.com. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Connolly Artist". Connollyandco.com. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Letter from George Michael Biondo of Steppenwolf". Fineguitarconsultants.com. Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  4. ^ Music.msn.com
  5. ^ "Steppenwolf Family Tree". Steppenwolf.com. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  6. ^ "George Biondo". Music.msn.com. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  7. ^ "Searchin’ for Shakes". Comps.ugly-things.com. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  8. ^ "Steppenwolf Biography". Steppenwolf.com. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  9. ^ a b c d "The Making of the Music Part 2". Steppenwolf.com. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  10. ^ a b "The Making of the Music Part 3". Steppenwolf.com. Retrieved 2007-11-20.