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The American Breed - Pumpkin Powder Scarlet And Green (1968)

The American Breed - Pumpkin Powder Scarlet And Green (1968)

Personnel:
Gary Loizzo (vcls, gtr)
Al Ciner (gtr)
Chuck Colbert (bs)
Lee Graziano (dr)
[Kevin Murphy] (keyb'ds)

Band origin:
Chicago (Illinois/US)

Discographie:
Albums:
1. American Breed (Acta (Dot) 38002) 1967
2. American Breed II "Bend Me Shape Me" 
   (Acta (Dot) 38003) 1968
3. Pumpkin, Powder, Scarlet And Green 
   (Acta (Dot) 38006) 1968
4. Lonely Side Of The City (Acta (Dot) 38008) 1968

45's:
 1. I Don't Think You Know Me/
    Give Two Young Lovers A Chance (Acta 802) 1967
 2. Step Out Of Your Mind/Same Old Thing (Acta 804) 1967
 3. Don't Forget About Me/Short Skirts (Acta 808) 1967
 4. Bend Me, Shape Me/Mindrocker (Acta 811) 1967
 5. Green Light/Don't It Make You Cry (Acta 821) 1968
 6. Ready, Willing And Able/Take Me If You Want Me 
    (Acta 824) 1968
 7. Any Way That You Want Me/Master Of My Fate 
    (Acta 827) 1968
 8. Keep The Faith/Private Zoo (Acta 830) 1969
 9. Hunky Funky/Enter The Master (Acta 833) 1969
10. Room At The Top/Walls (Acta 836) 1969
11. Cool It (We're Not Alone)/The Brain (Acta 837) 1969
12. Can't Make It Without You/When I'm With You 
    (Paramount 0040) 1971

The American Breed - Pumpkin Powder Scarlet And Green (1968)

The American Breed - Lonely Side Of The City (1968)

The American Breed - Lonely Side Of The City (1968)

The American Breed were a '60s rock quartet from Cicero, IL, led by Gary Loizzo. They scored a gold Top Ten hit in early 1968 with "Bend Me, Shape Me." Later, drummer Andre Fischer and keyboard player Kevin Murphy were members of Rufus.



The American Breed was an American interracial rock band, that was formed in 1966 and disbanded in 1969.
The group was formed in Cicero, Illinois as Gary & The Nite Lites. The group's greatest success was the single, "Bend Me, Shape Me," which reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968. The song, written by Scott English ((born 10. Jan 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) and Larry Weiss, was a remake of a recording by The Outsiders that had been released the year before. The group also appeared on the 16 December 1967 episode of the television show "American Bandstand," along with Pink Floyd.

The original members of the group were Gary Loizzo on vocals, Charles Colbert, Jr. on bass guitar, Al Ciner on guitar, and Lee Graziano on drums. All members were from the greater Chicago area. As Gary & The Nite Lites, they were somewhat successful in Chicago and put out one single. Soon afterwards, the group underwent several changes. They moved to the Acta record label and renamed themselves The American Breed. Two new members were also added by 1968: Kevin Murphy on keyboards and Andre Fischer on drums.

The band enjoyed its greatest success in 1967 and 1968. They put five singles on the charts, including "Step Out Of Your Mind", "Green Light" and "Bend Me, Shape Me". The group disbanded the following year, and Fischer went on to form Rufus (with Chaka Khan). He later married Natalie Cole. A compilation album, Bend Me, Shape Me: The Best of the American Breed, was released in 1994. "Bend Me, Shape Me" continues to receive occasional airplay on oldies radio stations.

In celebration of the 2005 baseball World Championship of the Chicago White Sox, the American Breed issued a CD single entitled "Rock with the Sox." The single was produced by Gary Loizzo.


The American Breed - Lonely Side Of The City (1968)





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