Beacon Street Union
|Beacon Street Union|
|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Years active||1966 - 1969|
|Past members||John Lincoln Wright
The Beacon Street Union was an American psychedelic rock band in the late 1960s, named for a street in their native Boston. The original members—John Lincoln Wright (vocals, percussion; died 4 December 2011), Paul Tartachny (guitar and vocals), Wayne Ulaky (bass and vocals), Robert Rhodes (keyboards and brass), and Richard Weisberg (drums)—all attended Boston University. With the exception of a few rock standards, their diverse music was composed by members of the band, primarily Wright and Ulaky.
MGM Records promoted them as part of the so-called Bosstown Sound (along with the groups Ultimate Spinach and Orpheus), shepherded by the record producer Alan Lorber. The group met with little success. Their first album, The Eyes of the Beacon Street Union, charted at number 75 on May 4, 1968. The band relocated to New York and recorded its second album, The Clown Died in Marvin Gardens. Wright, Ulaky, Weisberg, and Rhodes later recorded an album as Eagle. Later in the 1970s, Wright went on to write and sing country music as the leader of the Sour Mash Boys.
- The Eyes of the Beacon Street Union (March 1968)
- The Clown Died in Marvin Gardens (August 1968)
- "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)
- Ruhlmann, William. "Beacon Street Union – Biography". allmusic.com. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
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Morse, Steve (2011). "John Lincoln Wright, 64, Voice, Soul of Country Music in New England". Boston Globe, 10 Dec 2011. http://articles.boston.com/2011-12-10/bostonglobe/30502742_1_country-music-boston-college-new-england
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