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Starbuck

Starbuck was a rock band formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974 by keyboardist/vocalist/record producer Bruce Blackman and marimba player Bo Wagner. The band's debut single, "Moonlight Feels Right", reached the #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 #38.

Best remembered for the AM radio classic "Moonlight Feels Right," Starbuck formed in Atlanta in 1974 -- singer/keyboardist Bruce Blackman and percussionist Bo Wagner previously served in the sunshine pop outfit Eternity's Children, enjoying fleeting success with the minor chart hit "Mrs. Bluebird." After collaborating on a never-released LP under the moniker Mississippi, the duo again parted ways, with Blackman focusing on his composing career and Wagner hitting the road as Liberace's musical director. When Wagner returned to Atlanta, he formed Extravaganza with vocalist Elgin Wells, keyboardist Sloan Hayes, bassist Jimmy Cobb, and drummer David Snavely; within weeks Wells left the group, opening the door for Blackman to sign on -- vocalist Ron Norris and guitarist Tommy Strain soon joined as well, prompting a name change to Starbuck.

In mid-1975 the group signed to the Private Stock label, issuing its debut single, "Moonlight Feels Right," a few months later -- a quintessential slice of '70s soft pop, the record flopped upon its initial release, but was resurrected in the spring of 1976 by Birmingham, AL, DJ Mike St. John of WERC. As its grassroots popularity snowballed, "Moonlight Feels Right" eventually reached the number two spot on the Billboard pop chart -- around this time Strain, Norris, and Snavely all left Starbuck, and were replaced by keyboardist David Shaver, drummer Ken Crysler, and guitarist Johnny Walker, the latter another Eternity's Children alum. The band's sophomore effort, Rock 'n' Roll Rocket, followed in 1977, generating a second Top 40 hit with its lead track, "Everybody Be Dancin'" -- however, 1978's Searching for a Thrill failed to chart, and Starbuck dissolved in 1980.

 
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The Very Best

  1. Everybody Be Dancin’
  2. Moonlight Feels Right (demo version)
  3. Fool in Line
  4. It Feels Good
  5. One of These Mornings
  6. Stormy Weather
  7. I Remember You
  8. Dark Room
  9. Lady Can Dance
  10. Tell Her No
  11. You Move Someone
  12. Do-Wacka-Do
  13. Benny Bought the Big One
  14. Fat Boy
  15. Call Me
  16. It Won’t Make Any Difference
  17. Lucky Man
  18. Don’t You Know How to Love a Lady
  19. You Broke Me Down
  20. Rock & Roll Rocket
  21. I Got To Know
  22. Go Wild
  23. Searching For A Thrill
  24. Moonlight Feels Right

 

 

 

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