Marv and Rindy Ross met and got married while attending Western Oregon University in the seventies. They graduated and each got a job teaching. Their itch to get into a career in music eventually won out, and they recruited a few more musicians and formed the group Seafood Mama.
After a few years of playing in bars between Seattle and Portland, the band recorded a song that Marv had written, Harden My Heart. The song was released on a small local label. The song was popular enough in Portland to lead to a one-hour television special, Seafood Mama In Concert. Their local success led attracted the attention of Geffen Records and in 1980 they signed the group to a recording contract.
The group began searching for a new name. They came across an Australian slang description of new immigrants being a mixture of a quarter flash and three-quarters foolish and decided that they would rename the group Quarterflash.
The group recorded an album for Geffen Records which included a new version of Harden My Heart. This time the single got national distribution and reached #3 on the Hot 100 in early 1982.
The second single from their album was Find Another Fool, which was released in February 1982. The record wasn’t as successful as their first, peaking at #16. The third single from the album was released in May and only got as high as #56.
The group recorded the theme song from Night Shift, a film directed by Ron Howard that starred Michael Keaton and Henry Winkler. The song was released as a single in August 1982 but failed to get any higher than #60. The group also wrote and recorded Don’t Be Lonely, a song that was included in the soundtrack for Fast Times At Ridgemont High.
Quarterflash released their second album in 1983. The lead single was Take Me To Heart, which made it to #14 before fading.
The group released one more album and a few more singles before disbanding.
Marv and Rindy have reformed the group several times and recorded a few more albums but have never charted again.
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