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Cliff Henricksen -- Composer, Keyboards, Lead Voc
Cliff began playing piano in 1957, emulating artists he admired like Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Floyd Cramer, Fats Domino, Bobby Peterson and Little Richard. These artists became a permanent influence. In 1966, further inspired by the playing of organists Billy Preston and Felix Cavalieri, he purchased a Hammond organ and Leslie Tone Cabinet with prize money he won as an engineering student and joined a Top-40 club circuit band in the Boston area ('combat zone') while a graduate student at MIT. In 1968 he moved to Philadelphia and began composing music, co-founding the band 'Marbleheart'. Marbleheart secured recording contracts with Scepter Records (through Don Kirschner) and later with CBS' Tommy Records (through Thom Bell, arranger for Gamble & Huff/Philadelphia International), resulting in two single releases. Cliff also worked as studio musician (organ and piano) in Philadelphia-area studios and played extensively in the Philly/South Jersey area.
Steve Greeley -- Composer, Keyboards, Guitars, Lead Vocals
Steve Greeley is a singer songwriter who has performed and recorded in the Boston area for over 25 years. His instruments are voice, keyboards and guitar. He recently wrote and produced his seventh solo CD. Steve is a founding member of Big Red Sun. With his brother, Tom Greeley, Steve also founded Third Person, a band that received extensive radio airplay via its album ThirdPerson and the single, Here Comes Trouble.
Tom Greeley - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Tom started playing music at age 4, inspired by seeing the Beatles' legendary television performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. While a student at the University of Massachusetts, he studied drums and percussion from well-known Professor Bill Hanley from 1978-1982. He also played in the Amherst MA area with 'Incognito' and 'The Allies'. Tom would always play informally with older brother Steve at home but finally joined him in 'ThirdPerson' from1985 to 1990. The band enjoyed local success, toured extensively in New England and released the album (also named Third Person). They did a record release at the Paradise in 1988 and enjoyed #1 single status on WBCN and WAAF for 'Here Comes Trouble' and 'She’s Got It!', the latter composed by Steve. Tom taught drums at Centre Music, Framingham MA from 1992 to 1994 and became drummer, percussionist and vocalist for Big Red Sun in 2012.
Rob Guadagno - Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals
Rob started playing guitar at the age of 14 years old. He has also been playing bass for almost as long. Over the years he has played in a variety of bands doing original music as well covers. His musical influences range from alternative rock, punk rock, classic rock, hard rock, country, folk, and blues.
Most notably he played in a band called Sons of Bob throughout the 1980's into the early 90's. It was an all-original band playing the club circuit based around New Haven CT, up to Hartford and down to New York City. Their club stops included the legendary CBGB's in NYC, Toad’s Place, and the Grotto in New Haven where they were part of the regular rotation of live acts. In 1989 Sons of Bob had the distinct pleasure of opening for The Rolling Stones at a surprise performance they did at Toad's Place in New Haven to kick off their Steel Wheels World Tour -- a truly amazing experience for Rob and his band mates. After relocating to the Boston area, he's been playing guitar and bass in a number of bands as well as writing and recording his own music under the name Chi Wrangling. He also builds his own guitars (Curve27 guitars).
David Mendelsohn - Bass,Guitars, Mandolin, Backing Vocals
David picked up the guitar as a child and has been writing, singing and playing folk, rock and country-influenced music ever since (see "David Mendelsohn's music on Facebook). His past band experiences included vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, dobro and banjo for college bands in the late 70's and Massachusetts bands such as 'Too Many Strings' and 'Walking Shoes' at various times in the last two decades. He started playing bass for Big Red Sun in September, 2012, shortly after BRS's first CD was completed. He keeps original music on FaceBook at David Mendelsohn's Music and a web site, www.mendelsongs.com.
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