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THE EASY OUTS
GiGi
IN THE PRESS June 1 2014
The Aquarian Weekly

FULL ARTICLE by John Pfeiffer
Bongo Boy TV Channel online
The Hottest Indie Artists Supported  Radio Station 
Chestnut Radio
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2014 Happy New Year ! Congrats to 
Mark Lindsay in the TOP 10 Coolest Song In The World 2013 Underground Garage Sirius/XM Channel 21 with Little Steven Van Zandt.  PLUS The Doughboys single Yo Yo both produced by Gar Francis also in the TOP 10

January 4, 2014
Thank you to all the fans that voted for Mark Lindsay single "Like Nothing That You've Seen" to be in the TOP 10 of the Coolest Song In The World 2013
   Thank you ~ Mark Lindsay, Gar Francis & Bongo Boy Records Staff


Bongo Boy Rock n' Roll TV
Ep.No. 1022 - Blues - Mike Gallemore & Lee Delray

Bongo Boy Rock n' Roll TV
Ep.No. 1020 - Willie Nile

Bongo Boy Rock n' Roll TV
Ep.No 1019 - Larry Holmes


Bongo Boy Rock n' Roll TV
Ep. No. 1018 - Bobby Caldwell

Bongo Boy Rock n Roll TV
Ep.No. 1017 - Our Story
Jets & Sharks 


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July 2013
Week of July 27th newsletter



HOT FAN PHOTOS with LOL
B. Stover Garland, TX

Jennifer Bass - Jackson, TN

June 22,2013 Winner! 
Becky S.

Happy Together Tour 2013  
* Count Basie Theater Redbank, New Jersey July 27, 2013
SOLD OUT

photo by Star Ledger
 * Bergen Pac Englewood
July 30
Mayo Theater Morristown
 July 31
Join Gar Francis as he joins Mark Lindsay during the Jersey leg of the
Happy Together Tour 2013

Gar & Mark New Brunswick, New Jersey
June 20 State Theater Show

Bongo Boy Rock n' Roll TV
Episode No.1016 THE GRAMMYS - Guest
LINDA CHORNEY


Bongo Boy Rock n' Roll TV
Episode No.1015 ROBOTICS


The Press May, 2013
Goldmine Magazine interviewed Mark Lindsay and a 3 page spread with photos and details about Mark current music is in their May's issue. 


The Press April, 2013

Bongo Boy Records Monique Grimme shares her business insights with LmhMag out of South Beach Florida.
Read More 


More Press April, 2013
International Dutch magazine ASPICIO LUXURIA
Interviewed Monique and published a in-depth article about Monique, Bongo Boy Records & The  TV show Bongo Boy Rock n' Roll TV. Warning article is all in Dutch.
Download it for FREE Here


"Like Nothing That You've Seen" by Mark Lindsay reviewed by John Pheiffer of New Jersey's oldest music magazine from down the Shore - The AQUARIAN 
Read It Here



Bongo Boy TV now in second season in NYC


April 2013 Bongo Boy Rock
n' Roll Show Guest
Milo Z

March 2013 Bongo Boy Rock
n' Roll Show Guests
Local Artists
duCret School of Art
Gerry Heydt
Swain Galleries
Phil Blanche
Marie Mijares
Rigo Peralta
Graffiti


February 2013 Bongo Boy Rock n' Roll Show guest Palmyra Delran.

2/14/2013 - New Release by Mark Lindsay
R A D I O
Special Tha
nk You to Bill Kelly WFMU and The Underground Garage Channel 25 on Sirius/XM


Special Thank You to WNTI
Melanie Thiel

 


R E V I E W S
Mark Lindsay's new single, "Like Nothing That You've Seen," kicks serious '60's butt with a groovy vibe that recalls the sound of the Monkees' "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," which Lindsay's old band, Paul Revere and the Raiders, also waxed.

"Like Nothing That You've Seen" is a good, old-fashioned garage raver with energy to spare. Lindsay sounds in top form. Co-written by The Doughboys' Gar Francis and featuring The Doughboys' Myke Scavone and The Gripweeds' Kurt Reil on backing vocals, this is one heck of a welcome return to the rock 'n' roll stage!

 Listen for "Like Nothing That You've Seen" on Pure Pop Radio in the next few days.

Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio

review by dpaterson:

A truly great song. Has a definite sixties feel. Think "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" or "Just Like Me
". What sets it apart is an evocative Lindsay vocal as good as anything he did at CBS. Destined to be a classic.

 review by jimmags:
Bought this tune sound unseen because Mark Lindsay never released a poor song. I listened to it and that still holds true. Great tune.

 review by artsychris:
So happy to hear something new from Mark Lindsay -
Great tune, great vocals, love it. Great Valentines Day surprise!


 review by Punky897:
Like Nothing You've Ever Seen
 Mr. "Yummy Mark Lindsay has done It AGAIN! Thank YOU! Love it! Always, Punky


1/14/2013 -New Release by GiGi -
Put Your Freakin Hands Up

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We hope you will too.

July 25, 2012
This is really cool news about one of our fellow artist & friend from Bongo Boy Records; Genya Ravan's role as a music producer was huge in the 70's in the legendary rock club CBGB's in NYC. Her movie role is casted in the upcoming movie CBGB's (2013) by Castle's own Stana Katic. You go Genya! She is so cool just like you Genya! We love you.

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R E V I E W S

Who is Gar Francis and why is he in my head so much lately? Hell if I know. He was evidently some kind of rock 'n roll wunderkind awhile back, but that must have been East Coast because I had my ear to West Coast ground for years and never heard him mentioned. After hearing his new EP Shine On, though, I'm thinking that may have been a bad thing. On this EP, he is so immersed in power psych and rock 'n roll, I figure I may have missed something pretty damn good back then because I'm sure digging what he's doing now. 
Rock and Reprise 
            Frank O. Gutch Jr


NYC garage rocker Gar Francis has released a new EP, Shine On. He is a veteran who is capable of teaching snotty kids how to get a psychedelic rock groove going. - Hans Werksman - The Netherlands


"a basic slice of the Everly Brothers' Since You Broke My Heart (Cadence 1376) that constitutes "Tragedy"" -Michael McDowell Blitz Magazine Since 1975 The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People- Michigan

" "Tragedy" - the best song on the EP, in my opinion. I hear the Beatles in this track, then that killer guitar kicks in and I think "hmmmm that guitar is just too raunchy and guttural to be Beatles - I like it."
After the bit of raunch, the melodic chorus comes back around and once again I find myself thinking of something like Norwegian Wood. I find myself listening to this track over and over.
John The Grouch - Sweden 5 out of 5 Stars

 

"Great find. I agree Gar is a great old school rocker. I think vocally he sounds a bit like Iggy Pop - at times. Good playing - really good compositions. You rarely give 5 out of 5. Thanks for sending" - Fan From Baltimore, US

  5 out of 5 Stars

"Gar Francis has a new EP out that gives his fans 5 slices o' the mans brilliance". - Bob Suesh Rock N Roll Experience

"Gar Francis is a Garage rock/Americana/Blues solo artist hailing from Belvidere, New Jersey with a long list of accolades and credits to his name. Mr. Francis's guttural Iggy Pop-like delivery and genuine fire eclipses most music I've heard from artists who are probably half his age" -
James Moore for Skope Magazine and Independent Music Promotions.

RADIO
Special Thank You to Bill Kelly WFMU and The Underground Garage Channel 25 on Sirius/XM


April 20 Premier of FAIRHAVEN the movie
"Bank Of The River" placed.

 

Gar Francis

"The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same" Released in Germany. Review:

Gar Francis' music reminds me of a Willie de Ville. His broadly drawn expressed lyrics, strong guitar reef and with an strong expression in delivery of his songs; Francis is in the class with Dylan, Petty and our DeVille. Francis, the man from New Jersey released his album "The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same" in 2010. He has collected twelve excellent Americana songs on this album. Immediately with the first song "Midnight in Rome", it succeeds to animate the listener to drawn to his voice. Other songs that follow are not less than usual as with "The bank Of The River" Francis gives himself rather as classical songwriter and with "She's Still Blue" it brings a perfect Country song to light. Francis' album is a really excellent Americana album which is absolutely radio-compatible. FOLKWORLD -

(Reviewer Karsten Rube)

 

The Swinging Iggies
 
New Release " Lady Gaga"

Watch The Swinging Iggies video for their new single Lady Gaga, a tongue-in-cheek punk rock song written by Gar Francis.

 

With slightly hoarse vocals, a catchy guitar riff that never lets up and a drummer who is all over his cymbals this is a song that could have been recorded by David Bowie or The New York Dolls ca. 1973.    Hans Werksman - 
                The Netherlands




"Gar Francis has done it again. He has supplied Genya Ravan with a big song for her new single. I Won't Cry Anymore is garage R&B with a hint of gospel and plenty of soul. Definitely a New York sound courtesy of Francis on guitar and keys, Danny Caruso on bass and Bobby Chen on drums. Ravan, a recording artist since 1962, whose voice o has aged really well, has no trouble delivering the goods."   Hans Werksman -                The Netherlands

 

"The other day the folks at Bongo Boy Records asked me to give a listen to their latest single.
This immediately brought a smile to my face as everything they have sent me has been killer and I hoped I'd like this track as well.

I do!

Before I delve into the song itself I need to mention that this single, as were the others I've heard from Bongo Boy Records was produced by Gar Francis. Take a moment to look through your record collection (if anyone still has any records) and see who produced your favorite albums.  I bet the names Bob Ezrin and Mutt Lang appear frequently.  You can add a third name to the list of great producers - Gar Francis.

 

The name of this single is I Won't Cry Anymore.  It is sung by Genya Ravan who is out of New York.  Basically this is a rocking old school soul track.

 

I mean as in when Rhythm and Blues was gritty and emotional, when it was played by guys with killer chops and singers who could wail.  I do not mean what passes for R&B today in which everything sounds the same and is boring.

 

The band smokes on this song. I love the guitar and the keys add just the right amount of funk around the edges.  The keys, bass and drums all create a truly melodic backdrop on which the guitar and very strong vocals trade emotional jabs.

 

The old school back up singers put the whole thing over the top.

 

It might be that I grew up in Detrot, but this song makes me homesick.  I hear Motown all over this one."
Grouch rating 4 out of 5 scowls

FROM BLITZ MAGAZINE
BITS AND PIECES - NEWS ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS  By Michael McDowell
DOUGHBOYS* FRANCIS PRODUCES SINGLE FOR NYC ROCKER JANA PERI


"In the words of MoPromo*s Monique Grimm, Ballerina Of The Bowery personifies *creative lyrics*.woven through a Bo Diddley beat*. And indeed the distinctive, percussive backbeat indigenous to the late pioneering rocker*s best work provides the foundation for this ambitious and memorable outing.
But in this case, the Bo Diddley template has built upon it yet another layer of duly-inspired ambition. It began in 1965, when first generation garage rockers, the Strangeloves took that framework and developed it into what has since become a classic of the genre, I Want Candy (Bang 501).
In Peri*s case, the inspiration did not stop there. I Want Candy was successfully and sublimely covered in 1982 by Bow Wow Wow (RCA Victor PB-13204). It is that rendition that appears to provide the aesthetic impetus for Peri*s like minded workout.
That Peri was able to contribute to the proceedings without the seemingly inevitable generational loss is due in no small part to the fact that Ballerina Of The Bowery was written and produced by a first generation garage rocker. Guitarist Gar Francis.  *Without it, you don*t know Diddley*, added Grimm. Or the Strangeloves, Bow Wow Wow and the Doughboys, for that matter. Suffice to say that this Peri/Francis collaborative is a rare and refreshing exception to Dobie Gray*s maxim."
-
Blitz Magazine

"This is pure simple rock and roll. I love this stuff. This New Jersey band has something going on and that something is FUN. Basically, I dig his voice * a lot and the guitar player can wail. Add in a drummer who is spot on and a solid bass and you have a rock and roll classic.
The organ around the edges reminds me of 1950's rock or perhaps a 1980's parody of 50's rock in the style of the Dick the Bruiser Band. (Anyone out of Detroit will remember those guys.) When you add simple lyrics to the mix Come On Come On cut me loose baby Come On Come On you make a monkey crazy you have gold.
All I can say is thank God. I'm so sick and tired of that young sensitive deep thinking poet crap. ( Nic Stevens I'm talking to you.)
Bottom line:
 4 scowls out of 5 on the Grouch scale.
Would I go see these guys live? Yes I would!"
      -BY GROUCHYGAIJIN.COM




Bruce Ferguson/Lead Vocals, Jimmy Target/Guitars, Piano, Organ and Backing Vocals, Kenny Aaronson/Bass, Curtis Roy/Drums, and Backing Vocals

"JOHNNY COMMANDO” IS A TRIBUTE TO LEGENDARY GUITARIST JOHNNY RAMONE. JOHNNY AS WE ALL KNOW WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE RAW KINETIC ENERGY OF THE RAMONES. THIS IS THE FIRST OFFICIAL RELEASE BY THE LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY BASED PUNK/ROCK BAND THE SATISFACTORS. PRODUCED BY KURT REIL AND GAR FRANCIS FOR BONGO BOY RECORDS. THE SINGLE AND THE UPCOMING ALBUM WERE RECORDED, MIXED, AND MASTERED AT THE HOUSE OF VIBES IN HIGHLAND PARK, NEW JERSEY.  THE ALBUM, AS YET UNTITLED, WILL BE RELEASED IN THE SUMMER OF 2014.  DOWNLOAD SINGLE HERE http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thesatisfactors


Johnny Commando written by Gar Francis/Bruce Ferguson Copyright c 2014 
(Jimmy Target aka Gar Francis, Curtis Roy aka Kurt Reil
 )   

BONGO BOY RECORDS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THE NEW SINGLE “BODY ROCK” BY CANADIAN SINGER/SONGWRITER



Body Rock New ReleaseJon Mullane grew up in both Halifax, Nova Scotia and Toronto, ON in Canada. Having first picked up the bass guitar at the age of 12 he began performing continuously in bands from the time he was 15 as a lead vocalist, guitar player/ keyboard player, soon moving into the top 40/cover band circuit during the nights while attending school in the day. Soon after, he began writing, and discovered that through his love of listening to US top 40 radio stations in bed every night during his youth that siphoned through to Canada on the AM dial, he had developed a flare for writing songs with melodies that 'stick in your head'. After placing as a semi-finalist in a band competition for a local Halifax radio station, he performed his first gig as an original artist in front of 20,000 people in an open air concert for the contest. He never looked back from that day, taking small but important steps and furthering his career as a recording artist/songwriter/performer throughout the years. The one consistent throughout it all is his unending persistence despite the obstacles. Having lost both parents while still very young, then overcoming a potentially career-ending case of tinnitus, Jon Mullane has laid everything on the line for his career. Whether it's his fascination with UFOs, his status as a former tennis pro, his degree in psychology or even his venturing towards law school – before being wisely put back on the music path by those who recognized his emerging talent, it's the music that mattered most. For Jon Mullane, music IS life.

Jon Mullane: Body Rock
Jon recently was on tour in the US, starting off in New York at the ultra-cool and legendary Manitoba’s Bar – big thanks to Monique Grimme and Bongo Boy Records for presenting the show and making it all happen!
January 19, 2013 " My New American Girl' moves to #32 on the US Billboard/BDS Hot A/C Indicator Chart!

Coolest Song  Mark Lindsay





      Mark Lindsay - New CD - Life Out Loud
We gladly accept personal and business checks as form of payment for $18.50 (+ Tax for NJ only = $19.48) 
Please mail your payment for Mark Lindsay’s new album to: 
Bongo Boy Records, 507 Highway 46, Suite A, 
Attn: Mark Lindsay – Life Out Loud 
Belvidere, NJ 07823 
MasterCard & Visa accepted even without PayPal. Just place your phone order by using your credit card and call our office at (908) 455 1576    Any questions? Please email us at info@bongoboyrecords.com 
 

JULY 2013

 "SHOW ME THE LOVE"  is "Coolest Song In The World"
Listen to The Underground Garage Here - Annoucement in Segment 4 
http://undergroundgarage.com/shows-599-590/show-591-that-love-disease-part-1.html

REVIEWS:  

Ok.... I'd have to say this delivers what Midnight Ride & Spirit of '67 promised but failed to fulfill. This project without a doubt delivers the goods. Definitely more "Stonesy" than anything else Mark has done, but without the "sloppiness". It has a tighter, more American feel......steeped in mid sixties garage rock in it's intensity. This is the type of album that is appreciated more with each & every play.

Well done Mark. – D. Peterson

Truth is, the album grew on me and it didn’t take long.  By the end, first time through, I was a happy man.  Not only was the album not an embarrassment, it was good!  In fact, it was damn good!  Successive hearings have had me bopping my head and smiling like a demon because while this is not the Mark Lindsay who fronted the Raiders, this is an alter ego who approaches and on occasion equals him.

The band?  Solid.  On certain tracks, freaking outstanding!  Special notice has to go to Gar Francis who completely blows the amp apart on a couple of tracks and whose musical legerdemain surpasses even what he did on his own project (read my review of Francis’s Shine On EP here). - Frank Gutch DON'T BELIEVE A WORD I SAY


The result: a full-length very smart, which you may say with beautiful melodies that you will not soon suddenly. Immediately with the opener, "Baby Come Back", which is smeared by very clever guitar work of Gar Francis. And then you may wonder, will there be more strong moments? How about the uplifted "Easy Street" which we go make you dive back in time and the guitar again adds the necessary nostalgia........Other highlights are definitely "Do not Stop" and "Rush On You" a tad of recognizing of Bowie's "Jean Genie".
Another highlight is undoubtedly "Show Me The Love" and we can be pleasantly delighted with "Poco Loco Crazy"  which is a bit like The Jeils Band. read more, this review is originally in Dutch  - Alfons Maes, Keys and Chords, Belgium

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June 8, 2013

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MARK LINDSAY A “LIFE OUT LOUD”

MARK LINDSAY RETURNS WITH A VENGENCE WITH “LIFE OUT LOUD” HIS FIRST TRULY ROCK & ROLL RECORD IN OVER 10 YEARS. IN FACT IT IS PROBABLY THE BEST THING HE HAS DONE SINCE 1967. AS THE FORMER LEAD SINGER OF PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS WE HAVE NOT HEARD MR LINDSAY ROCK LIKE THIS SINCE HUNGRY, GOOD THING, STEPPIN’ STONE, JUST LIKE ME, ETC.

“LIFE OUT LOUD” IS A COLLECTION OF 14 SONGS CO-WRITTEN AND CO-PRODUCED BY MARK AND VETEREN SONGWRITER/GUITARIST GAR FRANCIS. GAR IS A MEMBER OF THE NEW JERSEY GARAGE ROCK BAND THE DOUGHBOYS WHO HAVE RECEIVED MUCH ATTENTION FROM STEVEN VAN ZANDT’S SIRIUS RADIO SHOW “LITTLE STEVEN’S UNDERGROUND GARAGE”. IN FACT LITTLE STEVEN PUT HIS STAMP OF APPROVAL ON “LIFE OUT LOUD” BY SINGING AND ARRANGING THE BACKGROUND VOCALS ON THE FIRST SINGLE “LIKE NOTHING THAT YOU’VE SEEN” WHICH WAS NAMED “COOLEST SONG IN THE WORLD”.

THE BASIC TRACKS FOR “LIFE OUT LOUD” WERE RECORDED IN TWO DAYS BY KURT REIL AT THE HOUSE OF VIBES STUDIO IN HIGHLAND PARK, NEW JERSEY AND OVERDUBS, MIXING AND MASTERING WAS COMPLETED IN ANOTHER  FIVE DAYS. THE IDEA WAS TO RECORD AN ALBUM LIKE THEY DID IN THE 60’S, AS LIVE AS POSSIBLE WITH MINIMAL OVERDUBS AND FRILLS. THE ALBUM FEATURES DOUGHBOYS, MIKE CARUSO ON BASS, RICHARD X HEYMAN ON DRUMS, MYKE SCAVONE ON HARMONICA, AND GRIP WEEDS DRUMMER KURT REIL, ALONG WITH GAR FRANCIS ON GUITARS, PIANO AND ORGAN AND EVEN A RIPPING SAX SOLO BY MR LINDSAY HIMSELF.

MARK IS CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH THE “HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2013” AND THE ALBUM CAN BE PURCHASED AT ANY OF THE VENUES ACROSS THE STATES AS WELL AS THROUGH BONGO BOY RECORDS, CD BABY, iTUNES, AND AMAZON.
February  2013

Mark Lindsay, former lead singer/songwriter/producer and co-founder of the seminal 60's Garage Rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders has released "Like Nothing That You've Seen," the first single from his upcoming.Mark Lindsay
The song was co-written and produced by Gar Francis, songwriter/guitarist of New Jersey Garage Rock veterans, the Doughboys. "Like Nothing That You've Seen" features backing vocals by Myke Scavone (Doughboys), Kurt Reil (Gripweeds), and special guest, Little Steven Van Zandt. The single follows in the butt-kickin' footsteps of Lindsay's classic 60's tracks with the Raiders like "Kicks," "Stepping Out," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and "Just like Me."
"I first met Mark Lindsay when I was recording the new Doughboys album Shakin' Our Souls," explains co-writer/producer Gar Francis. "I had asked Kurt, the owner of House of Vibes, if he knew of anyone who could add saxophone to a track I was working on called 'It's A Crying Shame.' Kurt mentioned that he was doing some sessions with Mark Lindsay, the singer from Paul Revere and the Raiders, who was also a great sax player. Mark Lindsay, Coolest Song In The World

"Mark came down and added the sax parts and also sang background vocals for the track. As he was leaving the session, I had casually mentioned that if he ever wanted to collaborate on some songs to give me a call. Well after he returned home to Florida, he gave me a call and we started working on songs via e-mail for the next three months, producing a boat-load of tunes for a new Mark Lindsay album.
"'Like Nothing That You've Seen, is one of the first songs we came up with, and we decided to go into the studio to cut and release it as a single before the album. I wanted Mark to return to his Garage roots and I think we did a good job of capturing that spirit. I hope you dig it as much as we do. "

Mark Lindsay: Like Nothing That You
"Like Nothing That You've Seen" Official Mix
"COOLEST SONG IN THE WORLD" Underground Garage Sirius/XM Radio



                                       The Rockids Single “C’mon Everybody”
July 2012
The Rockids

Gar Francis:...in 1973 I had just returned to New Jersey after a 52 hour drive from California. I was staying at my parent’s home in North Plainfield. In typical Rock & Roll fashion I was still asleep at one o’clock in the afternoon when I was awakened by a constant knocking at the door by a very persistent singer I had heard about in town. He said his name was Wayne Olivieri and wanted to know if I would come down to jam with him and some friends… well out of that friendship we formed  the Rockids. In a dense area of cover bands, the Rockids were only going to perform their own original songs and the only place to do that was New York City. So off we went by the grace of God and the balls of Wayne O (that persistent singer) to become one of the regular bands at CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City, playing along side other up starts such as the Ramones, The Talking Heads, Blondie, Television, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, etc. After a few years of making no money and watching the above mentioned bands all get recording contracts I handed over the keys to the machine known as the Rockids to Wayne and left to pursue who knows what as Wayne went on to conquer the New Jersey club scene.
Fast forward to 2012… I do not sleep to one in the afternoon anymore, and actually I don’t sleep that much at all, but recently I had just finished putting my 1970 Stratocaster back together and had a strange urge to call my old buddy Wayne O. I wanted to record a song that we did back in that first jam session in 1973. So from the guys that were there at the center of the punk movement here is the Eddie Cochran classic “C’mon Everybody” as done by the original Rockids, Wayne & Gar.


DEBUT SINGLE BY AMERICAN IDOL KELLY CARUSO
February 27, 2012

Kelly Caruso, who grew up in Pittstown, New Jersey has just released her first single on the Bongo Boy Record label. Kelly who has been singing since a very young age, has made it twice to Hollywood as an American Idol, first on season 7 in 2008 and again on season 9 in 2010. She also won the MTV Say What ?! Karaoke Contest and Jersey Idol on New Jersey 101.5FM.

The first single “Born Dainty” was written and produced by veteran musician Gar Francis and recorded and co-produced by Kurt Reil at the House of Vibes in Highland Park, NJ. Many may know of Gar as the guitarist/songwriter from the 60’s garage rock band The Doughboys of which Kelly’s father Mike is the bass player. Kelly has been fronting the band Garden State Radio and has been touring all over the country at various night clubs and casinos to packed houses everywhere.
“Born Dainty” a modern country rocker shows off an incredibly powerful voice that would give Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert a run for their money. To download your copy of “Born Dainty” go to iTunes, CD Baby, Rhapsody, Amazon, or any other major source for downloading music.


Born Dainty - Born Dainty - Singlehttp://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kellycaruso

gar francis, shine on

"SHINE ON"
February 14, 2012

 "Shine On" the new solo EP from Doughboys guitarist Gar Francis continues with that 60's Garage Rock sound that we have come to know and love so well. The first track "Shine On" starts with that 60's psychedelic groove. Next comes "Back In 1985" with a 60's type ballad feel reminiscent of a Phil Spector production. "Blue Cadillac" is a bluesy groove with production from the same inspiration as the Black Keys. "Tragedy" is a pure 12 string guitar based song about the equal opportunity everyone has in finding themselves homeless. And "I'm Still Alive" is an old Who type song declaring that the child inside still remains many years after.
Gar Francis
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/garfrancis 

Gar Francis: Shine On

 

The Swinging Iggies: Lady Gaga
JUNE 21, 2011
only available here full album (cd)
gar francis

Bongo Boy Records announces today the long anticipated release of a 12-track album from multi talented recording artist Gar Francis. We know Gar Francis as the award winning lyricist and guitarist that helped propel the legendary 60's garage rock band, the Doughboys, to their current national fame. Discover Gar’s solo work as an Americana songwriter. The album titled "The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same" is well said. It was first released in Europe, where it received great reviews in print music magazines. FOLK WORLD (Germany) wrote: “Immediately with the first song "Midnight in Rome", it succeeds to animate and draw the listener to his voice”. That track was also placed in Red Bull's Rampage 2010, a complete sport DVD/Blue-Ray that captured the world's best pushing the limits of what is possible on a bike in Utah. The album continued to receive radio play and interest from the public when it arrived in the USA as a promo for selected radio stations. One of the many cleverly arranged tracks and an all-purpose geniality showpiece “Palaces” was nominated for “Best Song” in Bucks County Pennsylvania.
The whole album is an enveloping mix of melody, mood and texture that speaks from Gar's triple-threat virtues as songwriter, vocalist and guitarist. As Francis once said: “the melody of song, like a beautiful woman is what initially draws you in, but it's her soul, like the lyrics of a song that grabs you by the heart.

" This album has no weak moments and actually ends too soon. Produced and arranged by Gar with multi-instrumentalist Dan Caruso, who also recorded, mixed and mastered the album. If you are a Doughboys fan or Plainfield Slim fan be prepared for another side of Gar Francis.
 As a side bar, Gar was asked by Bruce Ferguson of the Easy Outs to produce a song for the upcoming Runaway's Tribute Album, "Take It or Leave it". The result is a smashing version of the Runaways "Is It Day Or Night" to be included on the double disc release on Main Man Records June 28, 2011. Sounds like Gar went back to his Ritchie Blackmore/Deep Purple roots for this one.
Look for both albums at selected retail stores, iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets.
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lady dada, the swinging iggies

March 5,  2011

Bongo Boy Records continues to disarm listeners with their new single "Lady Gaga" by the Swinging Iggies. Written & Produced by Gar Francis and mastered at the House of Vibes, the song rocks in a classic punk/pop way.      
Lady Gaga, The Swinging IggiesThe Swinging Iggies honed in on a remarkably well-defined sound with distinctive vocals.  You will find this to be three minutes of outrageousness. It inhales today’s music sensations. With quietly persistent emotional conviction The Swinging Iggies do deliver the goods. It is complete with a serrated howl & general carrying on. This single doesn't miss a beat and neither should you.
The Swinging Iggies: Lady Gaga

 

 

February 2, 2010  
Bongo Boy Records release's Genya Ravan

“I Won’t Cry Anymore” the new single on Bongo Boy Records, written and produced by Gar Francis, unleashes a powerhouse with the vocal dominance of New York City icon Genya Ravan.

For those of you who don’t know, Genya lead the successful all girl group Goldie and the Gingerbreads in 1962 and was signed by Atlantic boss Ahmet Ertegun. A strong woman with a powerful voice she lead the horn based rock/fusion band Ten Wheel Drive in 1969. With numerous albums and singles to her name, she is still a major force to be reckoned with. “I Won’t Cry Anymore” recaptures that authentic R&B of yesteryear and gives the listener a ringside seat to the evolution of a sophisticated women’s strengths and emotions.

This new release by writer/producer Gar Francis is a sonically polished, deceptively effortless and relentless tune that is everything we've come to expect from his pen. Indeed, this is as close as we may get today to a true emotional blending by a talented songwriter and a legendary singer.

“I Won’t Cry Anymore” celebrates liberation on all fronts with lead and background vocals from the pipes known as Genya, instantly recognizable guitar chunks & keyboards by Gar, smooth as dark chocolate bass by Danny Caruso, and precision drumming by rhythm king Bobby Chen.

This third Bongo Boy release is again mixed by the Gar Francis/Kurt Reil team at the House of Vibes in Highland Park NJ and mastered by our favorite drumming Grip Weed.

Genya Ravan: I Won

                                        

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Dutch Street Organ, a fanciful instrument
making festive music on mechanically-played reed,
string and percussion instruments.

 

 

 
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