June 2, 2017
FRIDAY | June 2, 2017 | 6:30pm | Music Night at Bogies | Lenny Goldsmith and the New Old ($15 cover)
American singer/songwriter/arranger/producer Lenny Goldsmith was born and raised in Southern California to a musical family. He began working with his father’s band in ’52 when he was six.In the late ’60s Goldsmith played keyboards and sang vocals for the band The Five Americans in Dallas, Texas. The band had three number one hit singles on Billboard, “I See The Light”, “Western Union” and “Zip Code”. In 1970 he formed the CBS recording act Sweathog with Frosty from Lee Michaels. The band was signed and mentored by Clive Davis, then President of Columbia Records. The band recorded and released 2 albums - Sweathog and Hallelujah. From 1971 to 1973 Sweathog toured and opened for Black Sabbath, Yes, Humble Pie, Joe Cocker, BB King, Rare Earth, King Crimson, The Who, Ten Years After, Black Oak Arkansas, J Geils Band, James Cotton and John Lee Hooker. In 1972 the Hallelujah release made the Top 30 on Billboard Magazine charts. In 1974 the new group Creation was signed by Jerry Wexler at ATCO Records with Lenny as lead singer and keyboard player. In 1975 Goldsmith co-produced, arranged and wrote songs for the third album of Black Heat on Atlantic Records Group for five months in Washington DC. In 1979 Goldsmith wrote songs, played keys and sang with the longtime San Francisco Bay Area band, Stoneground on Warner-Curb Records and worked with Bob Gaudio, formerly the creator/original member/songwriter of The Four Seasons and thus the force behind Jersey Boys. Bob also produced the Stoneground album. Some of the songs co-written with Gaudio would later be included on Frankie Valli’s solo album, Grease….Is The Word plus a few cuts were included on various Four Seasons albums. From 1984 to 1985 Lenny Goldsmith became lead singer with Tower of Power, the legendary funk band from Oakland CA. Their highest-charting songs include "You're Still a Young Man", "So Very Hard to Go", "Soul With a Capital S", "Soul Vaccination", "What Is Hip?", and "Don't Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)”. From 1985 to 2010 Lenny worked in the corporate world and was very successful in getting sober. From 2011 on he has been writing, recording and performing live shows with his current band The New Old. Goldsmith initially used mostly young musicians on the first two CDs including his two youngest sons’ band members in Dawes, Blake Mills (guitar), sax player Jerry Peterson who plays with Billy & The Beaters, Kim Carnes, and many more. Jerry additionally mastered his latest CDs, as well as playing and programming. Lenny’s band, The New Old currently includes Tom Canning on keyboards (Al Jarreau’s musical director), John Woodhead on guitars (who has played with Ace, Maria Muldaur, the late Leon Russell and many more) plus Emmy-winning filmmaker John Watkin also on guitar. Dennis Kenmore is on drums and he played with the Corey Wells Band in the mid 60s.. he left just before they became Three Dog Night. Dave Batti is on bass (who has and continues to play with everybody). This amazing 14-piece band includes a full horn section led by Charley Pollard. Leslie, Sandra and Dakota Martinez provide all back-up vocals. For live shows Lenny and The New Old play original songs from his four CDs plus an eclectic array of rock ‘n soul funk from the 60s & 70s and even some Tower of Power!