Wendy Penney

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Wendy Ellen Penney[1]
Wendy Penney performing on her 1969 Hofner bass guitar
Wendy Penney in 1970 performance
Background information
Also known as Wendy Becket
Born 1940/1941 (age 75–76)[1]
Origin Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, US
Genres Psychedelic folk, folk rock, Americana, psychedelic rock, freak folk
Occupation(s) Singer, instrumentalist, songwriter
Instruments Vocal, bass guitar
Years active 1967–present
Labels MGM, Heritage, Winter Solstice, Anazitisi, Acme, Lion
Associated acts Bermuda Triangle Band, Roger and Wendy, Euphoria
Website bermudatriangleband.net
Notable instruments
Bass guitar

Wendy Penney (born c. 1940) is a singer and bass guitar player who began performing in 1966, and together with husband Roger Penney formed the musical groups Bermuda Triangle Band, Roger and Wendy, and Euphoria.

History[edit]

Wendy started playing bass guitar in 1967 at a time when women bass players were a rarity. In October 1969 Variety wrote, "Wendy is one of the very few women who can really play electric bass."[2] Penney also became known for her vocal ability.[3] In 1981, Entertainment New York magazine wrote, "Wendy, ethereal and beautiful bass guitarist, mesmerizes with a crystal clear soprano that's got to be one of the best in the business."[4] Penney has been a member of three bands: Roger and Wendy (1967–), Euphoria (1969–1970), and Bermuda Triangle Band (1975–). She has done extensive concert tours throughout the United States and Canada.[5] In 1969 Wendy Penney formed the group Euphoria with Roger Penney, Tom Pacheco and Sharon Alexander, They recorded the album entitled Euphoria for MGM/Heritage Records.[6][7][8][9] Wendy Penny wrote all the music for a 10 part series Inside The Bermuda Triangle on BBC Radio 4 which was broadcast September 14–25, 2009. The series was produced by Adam Fowler and featured Tom Mangold.[10] In recognition of her oil paintings, Penney was made a lifetime member of the prestigious Art Students League of New York.[11]

Discography[edit]

  • "Euphoria" (Euphoria) MGM/Heritage Records (1969)
  • "Euphoria" (Euphoria) Polydor Records single #59368
  • "Love Rog and Wem" (Roger and Wendy) Horny Records 1971
  • "Bermuda Triangle" (Bermuda Triangle) Winter Solstice Records 1977
  • "Bermuda's II" (Bermuda Triangle) Tribecket Records 1984
  • "Bermuda Triangle" (Bermuda Triangle) Reissued on Radioactive Records UK 2006
  • "One Day at a Time" (R&W PENNEY) Winter Solstice Records 2006
  • "Bermuda Triangle" (Bermuda Triangle) Reissued CD Winter Solstice Records 2007
  • "Euphoria" (Euphoria) Reissued CD Heritage Records 2006
  • "The Missing Tapes" (Bermuda Triangle) Winter Solstice Records 2007
  • "Bermuda Triangle" (Bermuda Triangle) Reissued 12" vinyl Anazitisi Records 2008
  • "Love Rog and Wem" (Roger and Wendy) 12" vinyl Acme Records UK 2009
  • "The Missing Tapes" (Bermuda Triangle) 12" vinyl Anazitisi Records 2009
  • "Roger and Wendy" (Love Rog and Wem) Reissued CD on Lion Productions 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Intelius: Wendy Ellen Penney Linked 2013-12-05
  2. ^ Variety, October 1969, Pine
  3. ^ The New York Times, August 8, 1983, Stephen Holden review states "members of the group, especially Wendy, a clear voiced soprano, have distinct talents"
  4. ^ Entertainment New York, November 1981
  5. ^ National Association for Campus Activities, artist performance reports and tour schedules 1975–1992
  6. ^ Cashbox magazine, September 27, 1969
  7. ^ Record World magazine, "Pick Hit", September 27, 1969
  8. ^ Go magazine review by Chris Hodenfield, October 1969
  9. ^ Variety Record Reviews, October 1969
  10. ^ "Radio 4 Programmes – Inside The Bermuda Triangle: The Mysteries Solved". BBC. September 25, 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  11. ^ "The Art Students League of New York | 215 West 57 Street | New York City". Theartstudentsleague.org. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 

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