Later Known as Lee Malone
1972 ~ 1980
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Blue Sky on stage
Tom, Laaron and MIke
Blue Sky - Photo Courtesy of Jim Fleming
The Blue Sky version with Tom, Norm, LD, Mike, and Jim had a very rich sound when performing live together, vocal harmonies outstanding, and the musicianship superb. Merging with Tom and Norm from The Seattle Star band was refreshing and felt like they found some missing pieces to their musical puzzle.
The cool thing about the late 70’s was you could find live music almost every night of the week and the bands could play a wide range of music that was accepted by their followings. This particular group of musicians took full advantage of that with an array of originals, retro covers, good blues, and progressive rock and vocals only the sky (blue) was the limit.
The bands management and the booking agents in Vancouver BC, Denver, and Seattle made for this particular group of gentleman some hard choices on where to play the majority of their gigs. They all had good venues to play and had great fan support in all 3 cities, but the hours of playing time and dollars made Vancouver BC, and Denver the front runners, after careful considerations, debates, and the what if’s, the band decided location was very important, and off to Denver we went.
Jim Fleming, October 2006
Blue Sky on Abbey Road, Colorado???
Mike (Flip) Williams, LD, Jim Fleming, Rica Wilson, Norm Peterson
This cast of characters was responsible for not only changing the band name Blue Sky to Lee Malone but also where the hardest working group of guys, and they back it up with whole sale changes in the way they went about doing their business; to creating a new sound and aggressive style of rock music, and a modern look that was accepted by their mass following and was ahead of their time.
The band went over the pro's and con's of a group of names finally when they had a majority vote the name Lee Malone was the winner. Now that they had a name the other goals they where working on were coming together, their pay status at the top of the food chain, elite clubs and concerts, a library of original and cover songs, and their new look.
The band had a huge following in the southwest of The United States that included Dallas, Houston, and Austin Texas. To make a huge impact on the name change the band decided it had enough of Blue Sky and on their way to The Agora Ballroom in Houston they went for it. Their was stiff resistance to changing the Marquee to Lee Malone they ordered the road crew not to set up the equipment until this was done, after many calls and conversations to management and the responsible booking agents they got their way and had a killer week.
Jim Fleming, currently with kmradio, October 2006
Blue Sky - 1974 - Courtesy of Jimi Herron
Courtesy of Jimi Herron
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