Rhinoceros was an American rock band established in through auditions conducted by Elektra Recordsrather than organic formation by musicians. The band, while well respected in many circles, did not live up to the record label's expectations. One reviewer commented, "Despite the fact that the band could not live up to the expectations that were raised by Elektra Records' publicity machine, Rhinoceros' contributions to rock still deserve more credit than subsequent rock histories give it.
Paul A. Rothchildthen Elektra Records ' talent scout and house producer, and fellow producer Frazier Mohawk formerly Barry Friedmandecided to individually sign talented young musicians and form them together into a group in this fashion. While Mohawk had been instrumental in coordinating band membership for what became Buffalo Springfield encouraging Stills to form Buffalo Springfield following his Monkees auditionthe establishment of what became Rhinoceros involved a more formal third party role.
Rothchild and Mohawk initially invited twelve musicians to audition in Septemberat Mohawk's house in Laurel Canyon. Included in this initial group were Doug Hastings guitar Skin - Rinocerose* - Instrumentals Alan Gerber keyboards and vocals. A second audition was held at a Los Angeles motel in Novemberwhere approximately twenty musicians were reviewed. Weis had been an original member of Iron Butterfly and played on their debut album. Hastings had been a member of Seattle's Daily Flash, and briefly served as Neil Young 's replacement in Buffalo Springfield, during one of Young's departures from the group.
Other members of the Daily Flash were invited to audition for Rhinoceros, though only Hastings was chosen. Weis then suggested former Iron Butterfly bandmate Jerry Penrod as the bass player for Rhinoceros; his suggestion was accepted. Former Checkmate keyboard player Michael Fonfara was then invited to join the lineup. Fonfara had joined The Electric Flag in mid-Novemberfor sessions and a brief tour of the northeast U. Based on Finley's recommendation, Fonfara was brought into Rhinoceros, following the completion of his obligations to the Electric Flag.
John Keleihor, former drummer for The Daily Flash, contributed to some of the group's early recordings, but departed early Skin - Rinocerose* - Instrumentals. The band first recorded together as the backing musicians for David Ackles debut album, released in Rhinoceros' self-titled debut album, produced by Paul Rothchild, was also released in The next two years saw many changes of the line-up and two more albums. From the time of their second album Satin Chickens Rothchild and Mohawk were no longer involved with production.
The album Skin - Rinocerose* - Instrumentals instead produced by David Anderle. Peter Hodgson replaced Jerry Penrod on bass, after Penrod had abruptly departed from Cut-28 - Jahroom - Cut-price Goods / Nyx band.
Alan Gerber and Billy Mundi also left before the third album was recorded, How It Hits You - Various - Christmas Is A Time To Get Really Fucked!!
XIV were replaced by two more ex-Checkmates. Later that year, both musicians joined Rhinoceros. The musicians then went their separate ways. Tracks: Satin Doll Duke Ellington - ; Find My Hand Alan Gerber - ; Sugar Foot Rag - ; Don't Come Crying John Finley - ; Chicken Danny Weis, Doug Hastings - ; Funk Butt Michael Fonfara - ; Back Door Doug Hastings - Just Me Guy Draper - ; Happiness Guy Draper - ; Somewhere Danny Weis, John Finley - ; Insanity Guy Draper - ; Let's Party Guy Draper - ; From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
John Finley - vocalsMichael Fonfara Raunchy - The Ventures - Walk Dont Run keyboardsDanny Weis - guitarDoug Hastings - guitar Alan Gerber Skin - Rinocerose* - Instrumentals keyboards, vocalsJerry "The Bear" Penrod - bass John Keleihor - drums
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