The Woolies

City: 
East Lansing
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
USA
Years Active: 
1965-1970's, 1980's
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The Detroit blues-rock outfit the Woolies was formed in 1964 by vocalist Stormy Rice, keyboardist/harpist "Boogie" Bob Baldori, his guitarist brother Jeff, bassist Ron English and drummer Bee Metros. Debuting a year later with the single "Black Crow Blues," the Woolies issued a series of records on their own Spirit label culminating in a 1966 cover of "Who Do You Love" which became such a regional smash that it was picked up for national distribution by Dunhill. While an enduring cult favorite among today's collectors, the single failed to make much of an impact upon its inital reissue, and after 1967's follow-up "Duncan and Brandy" met a similar fate, their tenure at Dunhill was finished. Still, the Woolies remained a local sensation, and in addition to backing giants like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters as they passed through town, the band was also among the featured artists performing at the October 6, 1966 opening of Detroit's famed Grande Ballroom. After Rice exited in 1968 to pursue an ill-advised solo career — he issued only one single, "Go Now" — the Woolies added multi-instrumentalist Zocko Groendahl and continued touring relentlessly, self-releasing their debut LP Basic Rock in 1971. Live at Lizard's followed two years later, and after relocating to nearby East Lansing the group continued performing into the 1990s; in addition to running a successful legal practice, "Boogie" Bob Baldori also produced some 200 albums, frequently backed Chuck Berry and in 1994 issued a solo LP, Who Do You Love.

[Ankeny, Jason. allmusic.com. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=THE|WOOLIES&sql=11:wpfuxqr5ld6e~T1]

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
The Lovin' Spoonful / Johnny Rivers 06/25/1966 Michigan State Fairgrounds Detroit Michigan USA
MC5 10/14/1966 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
MC5 10/15/1966 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
The Woolies 11/26/1966 Hideout #3 Clawson Michigan USA
The Woolies 12/23/1966 Fifth Dimension Ann Arbor Michigan USA
The Woolies 01/27/1967 MSU Phillips Hall East Lansing Michigan USA
The Woolies 05/13/1967 Silverbell Hideout Auburn Hills Michigan USA
The Woolies 07/26/1967 Wamplers Lake Pavilion Onsted Michigan USA
The Woolies 12/28/1967 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
The Woolies 08/05/1968 Grandmother's Lansing Michigan USA
The Woolies 08/06/1968 Grandmother's Lansing Michigan USA
The Woolies 08/07/1968 Grandmother's Lansing Michigan USA
The Woolies 08/08/1968 Grandmother's Lansing Michigan USA
The Woolies 08/09/1968 Grandmother's Lansing Michigan USA
The Woolies 08/10/1968 Grandmother's Lansing Michigan USA
The Woolies 08/11/1968 Grandmother's Lansing Michigan USA
The Woolies 12/06/1968 MSU Union East Lansing Michigan USA
The Woolies 01/24/1969 Something Different Southfield Michigan USA
The Woolies 01/25/1969 Something Different Southfield Michigan USA
Fleetwood Mac 02/08/1969 Silverbell Hideout Auburn Hills Michigan USA
Freakout #4 02/21/1969 MSU Union East Lansing Michigan USA
The Woolies 03/14/1969 Crow's Nest West Westland Michigan USA
The Woolies 03/15/1969 Crow's Nest East St. Clair Shores Michigan USA
Canned Heat 04/24/1969 Lake Lansing Haslett Michigan USA
The Woolies 04/26/1969 Crow's Nest East St. Clair Shores Michigan USA

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