|Origin||New York City, U.S.|
|Labels||Kama Sutra, Raven|
|Past members||Ian Lloyd|
Stories was an American early 1970s rock and pop music band based in New York. The band consisted of keyboardist Michael Brown, bassist/vocalist Ian Lloyd, guitarist Steve Love, and drummer Bryan Madey, and had a Number 1 hit with a cover of Hot Chocolate's "Brother Louie."
Ian Lloyd (born Lloyd Buonconsiglio, 1947, Seattle) and Michael Brown (b. Michael Lookofsky, April 25, 1949, Brooklyn) were introduced by their fathers, Peter Buonconsiglio and Harry Lookofsky, two old friends who had worked together for years as session violinists. Lloyd had been singing for years and had attracted local notice recording as Lloyd London. Brown had already experienced substantial mainstream success, having led and performed with his group The Left Banke, which had made the U.S. charts with the Brown-penned singles "Walk Away Renee" (No. 5, 1966) and "Pretty Ballerina" (No. 15, 1967).
The two set about becoming a Beatlesque band. They recruited New Yorkers Love and Madey and located an interested record label in Kama Sutra. A self-titled album and a single – "I'm Coming Home" (No. 42, 1972) – followed.
"This group tests our male-timbre chauvinism—Ian Lloyd sounds disconcertingly like a goil. Too bad he voices the same old male sentiments—don't let me down, push me 'round, or complain when I leave at the dawning—because the music is special: dense, clean, kinetic, almost mid-Beatles in spirit, but contemporary."
About Us did relatively well, but it did not initially include the group's new single, "Brother Louie." The song about a black girl and her white boyfriend had been a UK hit for Hot Chocolate earlier that year. (The group's soon-to-be new bassist, Kenny Aaronson, was responsible for the Motown-like bass line that helped give the song its funky character.) Once issued as the Stories' fifth single, it became a big hit, reaching No. 1 in the United States. It spent two weeks at No. 1 and remained in the Billboard chart for 18 weeks, with an R.I.A.A. gold disc awarded on August 22, 1973.
"All of a sudden," Lloyd explained to Triad's Russel Wiener, "we had a big hit with a song that did not represent our music and the direction we were trying to go in. I didn't think it would affect me that much, but it did. Consequently, I decided that I had to remove myself from that, so that I could come back and show what I really can do."
A new version of the LP was issued which did include the hit single, and the album proceeded to sell well. In some cases, old copies of the LP which did not include the single were shipped inside album covers that did list the single.
Lloyd did remain with Stories for one more album – Traveling Underground (1973) before leaving the group. Bassist Kenny Aaronson (b. April 14, 1952, Brooklyn) (formerly of Dust), who had performed bass on the "Brother Louie" cover, and keyboardist Ken Bichel (b. 1945, Detroit) stepped in to fill the void. The new group made the Billboard Hot 100 with "Mammy Blue" (No. 50, 1973) and "If It Feels Good, Do It" which was a cover of a song by the band Climax (No. 88, 1974). Before the group's break-up, Love left and was replaced by Richie Ranno.
Lloyd has since recorded several solo albums and done studio work for Foreigner, Fotomaker, and Peter Frampton. Lloyd was also one of the first artists to perform songs written by Bryan Adams that Adams would later record himself, which led to the 1984 formation of Fast Forward, which included Lloyd and several other persons directly or indirectly associated with Adams. The resulting album, Living in Fiction, featured several of Adams' songs. Brown went on to form The Beckies, another Beatlesque band. Love reappeared in the early 1980s as Landscape. Madey, after a two album stay with the Earl Slick Band, provided accompaniment for Peggy Lee. Aaronson has remained busy. He was co-founder (with Carmine Appice's brother Vinnie) of Axis, and he did sessions for Hall & Oates, Billy Squier, ex-Mountain Leslie West, Foghat, Bob Dylan, Tom Guerra, and Rick Derringer. Bichel has done session work, and so has Love. Ranno found later success as a member of Starz.
Raven Records released Stories and About Us on a single CD, including the bonus track "Another Love" (for its time a fairly suggestive song about bisexuality), being the last single by the group, released in 1974.
(all albums have been reissued on CD)
- 1972 Stories (Kama Sutra) No. 182 released June 1972
- 1973 About Us (Kama Sutra) No. 29 (charted after it was reissued with "Brother Louie" added to the end of side two)
- 1973 Traveling Underground (Kama Sutra) No. 208
- 1972 "I'm Coming Home" b/w "You Told Me (Kama Sutra 545) No. 42
- 1972 "Top of the City" b/w "Step Back (Kama Sutra 558)
- 1973 "Darling"(see below) b/w "Take Cover (Kama Sutra 566) No. 111
- 1973 "Love Is In Motion" b/w "Changes Have Begun" (Kama Sutra 574)
- 1973 "Brother Louie" b/w "What Comes After?" (Kama Sutra 577) No. 1
- 1973 "Mammy Blue" b/w "Travelling Underground" (Kama Sutra 584) No. 50
- 1974 "If It Feels Good, Do It" b/w "Circles (Kama Sutra 588) No. 88
- 1974 "Another Love" b/w "Love Is In Motion" (Kama Sutra 594)
- US Top 100 Music Hits (August 25, 1973). "Brother Louie". Billboard website. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- Profile of Peter Buonconsiglio, in relation to the auction of his violin; www.skinnerinc.com. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
- Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 337. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- as opposed to the many songs Adams has co-written for others, but not recorded himself. Lloyd had recorded Adams' "Straight from the Heart" on his 1980 album, Third Wave Civilization. Adams had a hit with the song three years later, when it was released as a single from his Cuts Like a Knife album.
- Including longtime Adams guitarist Keith Scott, plus Adams' frequent co-writer, Jim Vallance, on drums.
- Including "Tonight", which originally appeared on Adams' You Want It You Got It, plus three other songs co-written with Jim Vallance and not otherwise recorded by Adams. See Robert Eckeryd, List of Bryan Adams Songs Co-Written for Other Acts; www.acc.umu.se/~robert