Starbuck (band)

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Starbuck
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Rock, pop rock, progressive rock
Years active 1974–1980
Labels Private Stock Records
United Artists
AVI
Past members Bruce Blackman
David Snavely
Bo Wagner
Johnny Walker
Elgin Wells
Sloan Hayes
David Shaver
Jimmy Cobb
Tommy Strain
Ron Norris
Kenny Crysler
Darryl Kutz
Bob Gauthier
John Fristoe

Starbuck was a rock band formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974 by keyboardist/vocalist/record producer Bruce Blackman and marimba player Bo Wagner. Both Blackman and Wagner, along with guitarist Johnny Walker, had previous success with Mississippi-based "sunshine pop" group Eternity's Children, scoring a Billboard Hot 100 hit with "Mrs. Bluebird" in the summer of 1968.

Starbuck's debut single, "Moonlight Feels Right", reached the #3 position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in 1976. Although the band never re-created the success of their debut, several of their songs did chart in the Billboard Top 100 and their 1977 release "Everybody Be Dancin'" reached #38.

From 1976 to 1980, the band toured with popular groups of the era including ELO, KC & the Sunshine Band, Hall & Oates and Boston. TV appearances included The Midnight Special, American Bandstand, The Merv Griffin Show, Dinah!, The Mike Douglas Show and Solid Gold.

In July 2013, a number of former Starbuck members (founders Blackmon and Wagner, guitarist Tommy Strain, original keyboarist Sloan Hayes and replacement David Shaver, original bassist Jimmy Cobb, drummer Kenny Crysler) performed[1] at Chastain Park in Atlanta.

Lead singer, Bruce Blackman has announced a new album via social media, “Moonlight Feels Right 2014” being released in early fall 2014. He was inducted into the Mississippi Writer’s Garden on April 5, 2014.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums

Year Album US Top 200
1976 Moonlight Feels Right 78
1977 Rock & Roll Rocket 182
1978 Searching for a Thrill

Singles

Year Song US US AC AU Album
1976 "Moonlight Feels Right" 3 2 25 Moonlight Feels Right
"I Got to Know" 43 11
"Lucky Man" 73 42
1977 "Everybody Be Dancin'" 38 41 Rock & Roll Rocket
1978 "Searching for a Thrill" 58 Searching for a Thrill

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