Marshall Crenshaw, along with guest, Gerald Bair, will be the next performers as part of the Bugalou music series. They’ll be coming to St. Camillus Springman Hall on Saturday, February 10.
Growing up in Detroit, Marshall Crenshaw gravitated to music at a young age, influenced by the sounds of Buddy Holly, The Beatles, and his hometown Motown Sound. He first gained attention as part of the cast of Beatlemania, in the role of John Lennon. Following that stint, he assembled a band, including his brother, Robert, to perform and record his own songs. His song, “Someday, Someway” was recorded by Robert Gordon, who had a hit with it in 1981, prior to Crenshaw's own recording of the composition. The song would be featured on his self-titled debut the following year, and climb higher than Gordon's cover. Other standout tracks included: “There She Goes Again,” “Rockin' Around in NYC,” “The Usual Thing,” “She Can't Dance,” “Brand New Lover,” “Cynical Girl,” and a cover of Arthur Alexander's “Soldier of Love,” which had been a staple of The Beatles early repertoire in Hamburg and Liverpool. In a year that included Michael Jackson's “Thriller,” Prince's “1999,” and Bruce Springsteen's “Nebraska,” among many others, Crenshaw's debut garnered Top 10 honors on many end-of-the-year lists, including #9 in the Village Voice Critic's Poll.
His follow up, “Field Day,” featured the hit, “Whenever You're On My Mind.” In 1987, Crenshaw was cast as Buddy Holly in the Richie Valens biopic, “La Bamba,” and contributed “Holly's Crying, Waiting, Hoping” to the soundtrack. Crenshaw has continued to write, record and perform, and has also hosted a radio show, The Bottomless Pit, on WFUV and NPR for many years. He has currently undertaken a movie project about the life of Tom Wilson, who produced Bob Dylan's, and Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough albums in the 1960's. Marshall Crenshaw continues to be a vital artist and performer, true to the values that got him where he is today.
Gerald Bair has been a stalwart of the Rockaway music scene for many years, dating to his seminal band, Ameranth, with lifelong friend, Walter Ensor. “Driving Out of Rockaway,” “Bleecker Street,” and “This Changed Everything” are among his most-loved original songs, which he pairs with his interpretations from the classic rock songbook in a riveting performance style.