Black Sheep (rock band)

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This article is about the 1970s American band. For other bands with similar names, see Black sheep (disambiguation).
Black Sheep
Associated acts Foreigner, Poor Heart, Shadow King
Past members Lou Gramm
Donald Mancuso
Larry Crozier
Bruce Turgon
Ron Rocco
Patsy Sciortino
Mike Bonafede

Black Sheep, a Rochester, New York-based 1970s United States rock music band, was one of vocalist Lou Gramm's early working bands (it followed Poor Heart, which broke up c. 1970). The group, which had released the single Stick Around in 1974, the album Black Sheep in 1975, and the album Encouraging Words in 1976, was no longer performing when Gramm was invited by Mick Jones to join the band Foreigner.

Black Sheep's bass player, Bruce Turgon played on Lou Gramm's solo albums in the late 1980s (which also featured contributions from another Black Sheep alumnus, guitarist Don Mancuso) and joined Gramm in one of Foreigner's later incarnations, in 1992. Gramm continues to tour, fronting the Lou Gramm Band, whose lineup for 2004-2006 included former Black Sheep guitarist Don Mancuso (guitar/bass), along with Ben Gramm (drums), Richard Gramm (guitar), and Andy Knoll (keyboards).

Albums[edit]

"Black Sheep" (1975) - Capitol Records / Capitol ST-11369[edit]

Side One
  1. "Payin' Yer Dues" - (Lou Grammatico, Don Mancuso, Larry Crozier, Ron Rocco) - 4:08
  2. "Broken Promises" - (Grammatico, Crozier, Bruce Turgon) - 3:20
  3. "Woman Back Home" - (Grammatico, Turgon) - 3:20
  4. "Piano Prelude" - (Crozier) - 1:04
  5. "Let Me Stay" - (Grammatico, Turgon) - 7:15
Side Two
  1. "Power To Heal" - (Grammatico, Turgon) - 3:19
  2. "Far Side Of The Sun" - (Grammatico, Mancuso, Rocco) - 6:56
  3. "A Little Or A Lot" - (Grammatico, Mancuso, Turgon) - 3:34
  4. "Freight Train" - (Grammatico, Mancuso, Rocco) - 3:00
  5. "Woman" - (Paul Rodgers, Andy Fraser) - 8:19 - Cover of the sixth track of Free's self-titled second album
Personnel

"Encouraging Words" (1975) - Capitol Records / Capitol ST-11447[edit]

Side One
  1. "Halfway Home" - (Lou Grammatico, Bruce Turgon) - 4:19
  2. "Encouraging Words" - (Grammatico, Don Mancuso, Turgon) - 5:27
  3. "To Whom It May Concern" - (Grammatico, Larry Crozier) - 3:51
  4. "No Worry, No Pain" - (Grammatico, Turgon) - 4:11
  5. "When It All Makes Sense" - (Grammatico, Crozier) - 4:24
Side Two
  1. "The Change" - (Turgon) - 5:13
  2. "All I Am" - (Turgon) - 3:35
  3. "Shauna" - (Grammatico, Mancuso) - 3:44
  4. "Chain On Me" - (Grammatico, Mancuso) - 4:21
Personnel
  • Lou Grammatico - vocals
  • Don Mancuso - guitar
  • Larry Crozier - keyboards
  • Bruce Turgon - bass
  • Mike Bonafede - drums