|“I used to show up over at Mike (Finnigan) and Candy’s full of blow – we would get drunk, a lot. Candy used to call me the thing that wouldn’t leave. I had the basic idea already, in other words, I had all the music completed (the groove and chord changes). Later 70’s I think, I went over to the piano, and played the whole thing for Mike. He liked the form and song idea. So, I said, “maybe it could be about some guy from the South? Something he is mad about?” From that point on, Mike really took over. He copped what I was playing, and started singing stuff. Pretty much all of the lyrics off the top of his head! I maybe made a small suggestion or two, but the melody, which I had given a rough idea of upon showing it to him, totally morphed into what HE had in mind. I had that “stop time” bridge section musically, which he wrote lyrically, on the spot. He was very attuned. He got just the right thing, pretty much, as I cheered him on. So, really, pretty much the music is mine, and lyrics, and almost all melody is his! The changes are not simple, but still very blues/R&B/gospel – the feel is still very bluesy, but there are some jazzy hybrid chords in there that you don’t really think about that much – it just rolls right along.” Marty Grebb, co-writer and composer with Mike Finnigan
Produced by Paul A. Rothchild in the late 1980’s. The tune was never released until now.
Mixed by Jeff Levine
D.A. Foster – lead vocals
Mike Finnigan – piano & background vocal
Kal David – rhythm/lead guitars & background vocal
Harvey Brooks – bass
Jack Scarangella – drums
Joe Lala – percussion & background vocal
Horn arrangement by Tom-Tom Washington
The Phenix Horns:
Harry Kim – trumpet 1
Rahmlee Michael Davis – trumpet 2
Don Myrick (r.i.p.) – alto/tenor sax
Louis “Lui Lui” Satterfield – trombone/bari sax
David Foster and the Mohegan Sun All-Stars (aka The Shaboo All-Stars) have performed innumerable times up and down the East Coast over the past twenty-five years. In April of 2001, the Mohegan Sun Casino contracted the Shaboo All-Stars to be their house band, thus the name change from 2001 – the present. Mr. Foster has numerous illustrious musicians available to him and puts together various combinations of them to create rich, memorable performances. The band is usually a six to eight-piece aggregation consisting of drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, sax and David on lead vocals. Depending on budgets, the band can consist of up to fifteen pieces. The All-Stars have been very successful playing classic rhythm and blues, deeply rooted in the blues, and the Memphis R&B genre; timeless, danceable music that appeals to every generation.
All the musicians mentioned here have many more credits than can be included in this bio. David Foster was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 from the Connecticut Blues Society and he was also inducted into The Mohegan Sun Hall of Fame on June 15, 2013.
The rhythm section of the All-Stars for the past twenty years has included such notables as Mitch Chakour on keyboards and vocals and Cliff Goodwin on lead guitar; two of Joe Cocker’s veterans. Wolf Ginandes, a Boston-based veteran performer & session player tastefully assumes bass guitar duties. Drummer, Marty Richards, toured with jazz great Gary Burton for 10 years and recorded with Norah Jones & the Fabulous Thunderbirds
The horn section can include any or all of the following: Jimmy Biggins, tenor sax standout, formerly with James Taylor; saxophonist, Baron Raymonde, who previously toured with Rod Stewart; Don Harris, a former Tower of Power trumpeter; Curt Ramm, most recently played trumpet with Bruce Springsteen and “The Seeger Sessions” Tour; Trombonist Robert Funk of the legendary Uptown Horns; Bill Holloman on sax, trumpet, keyboards and vocals whose credits include touring with Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Bros. and Chic.
Over the years, the All-Stars roster has grown to include other superb musicians who might sit in when they are available. Deric Dyer, saxophonist for Tina Turner’s “Break Every Rule” Tour joins the band frequently. Mike Finnegan, long-time organist/vocalist of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Etta James, flies in from LA to join the group when he is not otherwise engaged. Christine Ohlman, known as the “Beehive Queen” for her mile-high platinum hairdo, brings her special flash to the All-Stars as the long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band. She has paired on-stage with celebrities such as Al Green, George Harrison and Chrissy Hynde to name a few. Bob Leinbach of Orleans, Joe Cocker, Fabulous Rhinestones on trombone/keyboards/vocals, sometimes joins the band. Other very special artists who sit in occasionally are guitarist/vocalist Larry Hoppen of Orleans renown; Kal David, a fine guitarist/vocalist of Fabulous Rhinestones, Illinois Speed Press fame and Jeff Pevar, on lead guitar, who recently toured with Crosby, Stills & Nash and in the past, Ray Charles; Jeff Levine on the Hammond organ, who has worked with The Band, Joe Cocker, Hall & Oats and is a Chamber Bros. veteran.
In the band’s thirty-plus year history legendary people have joined the All-Stars on-stage, most notably, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, Dan Ackroyd, Maceo Parker and Buddy Guy. The band has also supported tour dates with Ray Charles, James Brown, Delbert McClinton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Elvin Bishop, Etta James, Joe Cocker, B.B. King and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. The New York Post reported “GLORIOUS ALL-STAR BLUES”. The Boston Herald ’’Playing their own, The All-Stars are a hit”. The Hartford Courant: “David Foster Gets Equal Justice on Television” (referring to ABC network airing of David’s album on the TV show Equal Justice, four weeks in a row). The All-Stars original tune “What A Life” has been spot featured on CBS Sports “Hilton Head Heritage Golf Classic” the past four years.