Stray Dog (band)
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|Also known as||Aphrodite|
|Associated acts||Emerson, Lake & Palmer|
|Past members||W. G. Snuffy Walden
The band originally formed in Texas under the name "Aphrodite". They moved to Denver, Colorado, where they became very popular. They were introduced to Neville Chesters, a former Road Manager for Emerson, Lake & Palmer, who convinced the band to go to London where, along with a friend and a former Tour Manager Lorenzio Mazzio, he introduced Snuffy Walden to Greg Lake, who signed them to ELP's label, Manticore Records. Randy Reader was replaced by Leslie Sampson. Lake produced three tracks on the 1973 debut self-titled album, Stray Dog, with the band producing the remainder.
Stray Dog's follow-up album, While You're Down There (1974), was co-produced by Austin Godsey and the band, which featured new members Tim Dulaine on second guitar and vocals, and keyboardist Luis Cabaza. The additions of Dulaine and Cabaza radically changed the band's sound from blues-based power trio to a more subdued and commercial AOR rock sound. Much of the material on While You're Down There was written and sung by Dulaine, with founder Walden's contributions being reduced. Only two tracks, "I Would" and the instrumental "Worldwinds", retained a sound and stylistic approach reminiscent of their debut.
Sampson had played previously in another power trio, Road, with Noel Redding, and American guitarist Rod Richards. They produced one self-titled 1972 album on the Rare Earth label. After the demise of Stray Dog, Walden went on to write and produce the theme songs for several popular American television programs.
- W. G. Snuffy Walden - guitar, lead vocals
- Alan Roberts - bass, keyboards, vocals
- Leslie Sampson - drums, percussion
- Tim Dulaine - guitars, lead vocals
- Luis Cabaza - keyboards, vocals
- Randy Reader - drums, vocals
- Stray Dog (1973)
- Fasten Your Seat Belts (1973)
- While You're Down There (1974)
- Live from the Whiskey a Go-Go (March 15, 1975) (2010)
- Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 248. CN 5585.