1981 Balance – Breakin’ Away
The original lead singer for the Blues Magoos was Peppy Castro. The band reached the Hot 100 with We Ain’t Got Nothing Yet in early 1967. The single peaked at #5.
The band broke up in 1968, but Peppy recruited new backup musicians and released a few more albums. Peppy appeared as one of the stars of the Broadway production of Hair.
in 1973, he formed a new group using mostly Long Island musicians, but none of Barnaby Bye’s records did well.
Peppy formed the band Balance in 1981 with two other musicians, Bob Kulick on guitar and Doug Katsaros played keyboards and arranged their music. Studio musicians were used to complete the band’s first album.
The first single from the album put them close to the middle of the top forty. Breakin’ Away reached #22 on the Hot 100 in 1981.
The band’s second single, Falling in Love, reached #43 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Sadly, it stalled at #58 on the Hot 100 and the band never reached either chart again.
Balance began recording their second album in early 1982. Over 200 employees were terminated by CBS, Epic, and Portrait Records, and their label stopped supporting the band. They recorded a single on Polydor Records that got released in 1983, but when that failed, the band disbanded.
An Italian record label convinced the band to record a new album in 2009 and the band started making live appearances again in 2014.
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