Starbuck (band)

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OriginAtlanta, Georgia, US
GenresRock, pop rock, progressive rock
Years active1974–1980, 2013–2014, 2016
LabelsPrivate Stock Records
United Artists
Past membersBruce Blackman
David Snavely
Bo Wagner
Johnny Walker
Elgin Wells
Sloan Hayes
David Shaver
Jimmy Cobb
Tommy Strain
Ron Norris
Kenny Crysler
Darryl Kutz
Bob Gauthier
John Fristoe

Starbuck was a rock band formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974 by keyboardist/vocalist/record producer Bruce Blackman and marimba player Bo Wagner. Both Blackman and Wagner, along with guitarist Johnny Walker, had previous success with Mississippi-based "sunshine pop" group Eternity's Children, scoring a Billboard Hot 100 hit with "Mrs. Bluebird" in the summer of 1968.

Starbuck's debut single, "Moonlight Feels Right", reached the No. 3 position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in 1976. Although the band never re-created the success of their debut, several of their songs did chart in the Billboard Top 100 and their 1977 release "Everybody Be Dancin'" reached No. 38.

From 1976 to 1980, the band toured with popular groups of the era including Electric Light Orchestra, KC and the Sunshine Band, Hall & Oates and Boston. TV appearances included The Midnight Special, American Bandstand, The Merv Griffin Show, Dinah!, The Mike Douglas Show and Solid Gold.

The band was briefly known as Korona in the 1980s, scoring one Hot 100 hit in 1980 – their song "Let Me Be" reached No. 43 in April.[1]

In July 2013, a number of former Starbuck members (founders Blackman and Wagner, guitarist Tommy Strain, keyboardists Sloan Hayes and David Shaver, bassist Jimmy Cobb, and drummer Kenny Crysler) performed[2] at Chastain Park in Atlanta.

The group also reunited once more for their final performance on August 20, 2016 with the same lineup as their previous reunion concert in 2013.

Lead singer Blackman was inducted into the Mississippi Writer's Garden on April 5, 2014.[3]

Robert "Bo" Wagner died on June 20, 2017 in Santa Monica, California, aged 72.[4][5]



Year Album US Top 200
1976 Moonlight Feels Right 78
1977 Rock'n Roll Rocket 182
1978 Searching for a Thrill


Year Song CA CAN AC US
AUS NZ Album
1976 "Moonlight Feels Right" 3 1 3 2 2 25 21 Moonlight Feels Right
"I Got to Know" 36 9 43 11 40
"Lucky Man" 44 27 73 42 48
1977 "Everybody Be Dancin'" 57 30 38 41 48 Rock & Roll Rocket
1978 "Searching for a Thrill" 46 58 45 Searching for a Thrill
1980 "Let Me Be" 43 49 Korona
1983 "The Full Cleveland" non-album single


  1. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs – Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.
  2. ^ "YouTube: Starbuck – Moonlight Feels Right, Live Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA. July 2013"
  3. ^ "Bruce Blackman inducted into Garden"
  4. ^ "Members of Georgia Bands Starbuck, Sea Level Pass Away in June". Georgia Music. July 1, 2017. Archived from the original on March 5, 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  5. ^ Clark, Matthew C. "Bo Wagner (Starbuck) dies". Retrieved June 26, 2017.

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