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Max Gronenthal - Whistling In The Dark (1979) 



Artist: Max Gronenthal
Album: Whistling In The Dark
Label: Chrysalis Records
Catalog#: CHR 1231
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1979
Genre: Rock, Classic Rock
Duration: 00:38:43





Few Nebraska musicians or songwriters have attained the level of success, international notoriety, or musical abilities as Max Carl (Gronenthal). Raised in rural Nebraska near Humphrey, NE and graduating from high school in nearby Norfolk, NE in 1968, Max developed his love of Rhythm & Blues music by being a key member of Norfolk's "New Breed Blues Band" in 1967-68.
Following in the footsteps of great Norfolk bands like Don Sohl & The Roadrunners, Ron Thompson & The Broughams, Little Joe & The Ramrods, The Strollers, The Drifters & The Smoke Ring, Max quickly became the front man for "The New Breed" moving from saxophone to Hammond B-3 organ & lead vocalist, almost overnight.
By 1969 he moved to the Lincoln, NE based "Chancellors" - another Rhythm & Blues "horn band" that included some of the finest musicians regionally. Their RB sound and stage show rivaled that of The Smoke Ring & The Fabulous Flippers - both legendary RB bands in the Midwest. By the early 1970's - Max joined one of the bands that were an early inspiration to him - The Fabulous Flippers - on lead vocals.
Another Midwest rock legend - Tommy Bolin - was born and raised in Sioux City, IA - about 75 miles northeast of Norfolk, NE. Before attaining national acclaim in The James Gang, Deep Purple & The Tommy Bolin Band - Bolin ventured to Colorado in the early 1970's to form Gangbusters & Energy. Max performed with Bolin in both of these early 70's Jazz/Rock Fusion groups.
Moving to Oklahoma City, OK during the mid-70's to study piano and hone his songwriting skills, Max again joined Bolin in November 1976 who was on a tour with his band and Jeff Beck. Max was playing with Bolin in Miami, Florida on December 4, 1976 when Bolin met his untimely death.
During the latter part of the 1970's Max performed on recordings with The DFK Band including Mike Finnegan, and performed on recordings by Rod Stewart and Molly Hatchett. He recorded his first solo album ' "Whistlin' in the Dark" as Max Gronenthal in 1979. A second solo album, entitled "Max" was released in 1980 - both on national labels. - here

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  Side One:
A1. Sailfish 04:03
A2. Still I Wonder 04:02
A3. You 04:03
A4. Lookin' For A Girl 03:53
A5. Get It Straight 04:57
 • Side Two:
B1. I Know You're In There 04:11
B2. Sonya 02:48
B3. I Can't Leave The City 03:52
B4. All The Time 03:36
B5. Faded Satin Lady 03:29

    Distributed By Capitol Records-EMI Of Canada Limited
    Produced by Michael James Jackson for Quiet Stalker Productions
    Direction - Marty Wolff / Cornestone
    Recorded Spring 1979 at Sunset Sound Studio 2
    Engineer : Bobby Schaper
    Clover Recording Studio
    Engineer : Toby Scott
    Additional Engineering by Jim Isaacson
    Mixed at Sunset Sound, Studio 1 by Michael James Jackson
    Mix Engineer : Jim Isaacson
    Mastering by Ken Perry at Capitol Studios

 
Musicians:
Trey Thompson - Bass
Billy Meeker - Drums
Michael O'Neill, Tim Goodman, Will McFarlane - Guitar
Max Gronenthal - Keyboards, Lead Vocals
James Newton Howard - Synthesizer
Background Vocals:
Gerard McMahon, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald,
Patrick Simmons, Rocke Grace


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