Hello People

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Hello People
Genres Rock, power pop
Associated acts Todd Rundgren
Past members
  • Ronnie Blake
  • Greg Geddes
  • Michael Sagarese
  • Bobby Sedita
  • Larry Tasse
  • W. S. "Sonny" Tongue

Hello People was a rock group that was created in New York City in late 1967 by producer Lou Futterman.


The idea for creating the group stemmed from Marcel Carné's film Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis). Etienne Decroux, the father of French mime, plays the part of Bapties's father in the film. During the sixties Decroux taught painting to a group of musicians. Since these musicians learned to paint so quickly, Decroux reasoned that musicians could also learn mime and apply it in some new way to create a new form. The manager of the musicians Decroux taught, Lou Futterman, decided he would implement this new concept, and put together a new group of musicians who would perform in mime makeup and do mime routines between songs, never speaking a word to the audience.[1][2]

Two of the original group, Geddes and Blake, were recruited from the music school at Western Connecticut State University (called, at that time, Danbury State College). They were later followed by replacement Peter Weston, also from W.C.S.U. Peter and Greg sang most of the lead vocals for the album Fusion. Greg also contributed as recording engineer for the group, a career he later followed after ending the touring with Todd Rundgren. The Hello People were considered part of the anti-war music groups and were featured on both the Tonight Show (Johnny Carson) and the Smothers Brother's Comedy Hour. "Anthem", one of their most popular pieces, was banned in several cities due to the anti-war lyrics that had made it popular.[3][4]

Hello People performed as Todd Rundgren's back-up band and background vocalists on some of his early tours in the 1970s. They also were part of his Back to the Bars tour, singing background vocals and doing mime routines. They also were the main focus for Teac's "Homemade With TEAC" LP, being interviewed about, and demonstrating their process of home recording, including overdubs and track-syncing, teaching people how to make Home Recordings using 4-tracks.[5][6] Teac's album was released in 1974 just prior to their own album, "Handsome Devils" which charted in 1974 at #145 in Billboard Magazine. The 1975 single "Future Shock" charted at 71.[7]


The original Hello People were:

  • W. S. "Sonny" Tongue - vocal, guitar (stage name "Country")
  • Greg Geddes - bass, vocal (stage name "Smoothie")
  • Bobby Sedita - guitar, vocal (stage name "Goodfellow")
  • Larry Tasse - keyboards, vocal (stage name "Much More")
  • Michael Sagarese - flute (stage name "Wry One")
  • Ronnie Blake - drums (stage name "Thump Thump")


Studio albums[edit]

  • The Hello People (1967) (Philips)
  • Fusion (1968) (Philips 80027 - PHS 600-276 Stereo)
  • Have You Seen The Light
  • Homemade With TEAC (1974) (Teac TCA 1) An Instruction LP to teach Amateurs how to record on a 4-Track Teac/Tascam 3340/2340.
  • The Handsome Devils (1974) (ABC Dunhill DSD-50184) Some of the songs that were recorded on/for "Homemade With TEAC" are included on this album, rerecorded and produced by Todd Rundgren.
  • Bricks (1975) (ABC Dunhill 882)
  • Lost At Sea
  • Have You Seen The Light (Mediarts 41)


  1. ^ "Hello People". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Before there was KISS, there was 'mime rock': Say hello to The Hello People". Dangerous Minds. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Hello People". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  4. ^ "The Hello People". http://thecoolgrooveaccessdate=27 October 2017.
  5. ^ Alberts, Randy (October 15, 2010). TASCAM: 30 Years of Recording Evolution. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Hal Leonard. p. 40. ISBN 0-634-01156-1.
  6. ^ "Discogs". discogs.com. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Billboard singles chart". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 15 September 2011.

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