Beacon Street Union

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Beacon Street Union
Beacon Street Union.jpg
Background information
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres
Years active1966–1969
Labels
Associated actsEagle
Past membersJohn Lincoln Wright
Paul Tartachny
Richard Weisburg
Robert Rhodes
Wayne Ulaky

The Beacon Street Union was an American psychedelic rock band in the late 1960s, named for a street in their native Boston.

The band was composed of Boston University students, singer John Lincoln Wright (September 23, 1947 - December 4, 2011),[1] guitarist/singer Paul Tartachny, bassist/singer Wayne Ulaky, keyboardist Robert Rhodes and drummer Richard Weisberg . With the exception of a few rock standards, their diverse music was composed by members of the band, primarily Wright and Ulaky.[2]

The band's label, MGM Records promoted them as part of the so-called Bosstown Sound (along with the bands Ultimate Spinach and Orpheus), shepherded by the record producer Alan Lorber. The band met with little nationwide success. Their debut 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 recorded another album, Come Under Nancy's Tent in 1970 under the name Eagle for Janus Records. On August 12, 1970, Beacon Street Union opened for Janis Joplin at Harvard Stadium[3], which was her last public performance before her death. In 1970, The Beacon Street Union recorded their final single "Lord Why Is it So Hard" / "Can’t Find My Fingers", adding Charlie Vatalaro on tenor sax.

Wright went on to perform and record as a country artist shorty after, and fronted the Sour Mash Boys. He regularly toured across North America, through to the mid-1990s. He died on December 4, 2011, at age 64, following a series of strokes and a longtime drinking problem.[3] Due to health problems, he stopped performing in 2007. Bandmate and producer Larry Flint admitted by 2007 that Wright "was in pretty bad physical shape, and even his voice was going", with an album recorded that year left unreleased. At the time of his death, he was separated from his wife who refused to divorce him to ensure that he stayed on her health insurance.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums

Singles

  • "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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Lincoln Wright Obituary - Watertown, MA". obittree.com. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Beacon Street Union – Biography". allmusic.com. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Morse, Steve (December 10, 2011). "John Lincoln Wright, 64, voice, soul of country music in New England". Boston.com. The Boston Globe. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Miller, Jay (December 12, 2011). "MUSIC SCENE: John Lincoln Wright was a country icon". patriotledger.com. The Patriot Ledger. Retrieved October 10, 2018.

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