Big City / Mark Gallagher

Featuring Mark Gallagher (1988-1990)

History

Fall, 1988: Band members from local band Dick Tracy decide to embark on a recording project with singer Mark Gallagher.  The project is called Big City featuring Mark Gallagher.  The band members are: John Richardson on lead guitar and vocals; Jim Potter on keyboards; Jim Amundson on bass guitar and vocals; and Brad Grapp on drums.  John Richardson had been writing songs, a few of them were performed live by Dick Tracy, and he wants to record his songs.  John contacts Mark who had recently returned to Minnesota from Chicago and asks him to sing lead on the songs and Mark signs on to the project.  John had first met Mark in 1969 at the New City Opera House when Mark was the lead singer for The Litter.  John and Mark also write some songs together.  The group practices the songs to be recorded in Jim Potter’s basement.  Dick Tracy continues to play live with Tom Baden on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.

November 25, 1988: Big City plays their one (and only) live performance, at the Back 40 in the lower level of the Medina Ballroom.

April, 1989: The group begins recording in Sunrise Sound Recording Studios in Brooklyn Center.  John Richardson is the producer and Denny Johnson is the engineer.

September, 1989: The group finishes recording thirteen original songs.

October, 1989:  The final mix is completed.  A tape with the finished songs is given to a local promoter who had expressed interest in the project, however, the promoter has a change of plans and no record deal is pursued.  The songs are never released.

December, 1989:  Tom Baden leaves Dick Tracy and is replaced by Mark Gallagher on lead vocals.  Mark stays with the band until they break up in 1991.

Update:

Of the thirteen songs recorded in 1989 by Big City featuring Mark Gallagher, twelve are made available on a CD for the first time in 2011.

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Recordings

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Heat of My Heart

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Whispered Dreams

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Piece of My Heart

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Bad Blood

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Bandtree

Big  City  1988  to  1989

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Mark  Gallagher                   Lead  Vocals                  1988  to  1989

The  Saints

The  Troys

The  Litter

Hot  Set  Up

Archangel

Straight  Up

Clone

BIG  CITY

Dick  Tracy

The  Litter  Reunions

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John  Richardson                   Lead  Guitar  /   Vocals                  1988  to  1989            

 

Knights  of  Day

Cold  Steel

Wild  Kingdom

Jerome  Nalla

Apricot  Brandy

Reflections

Clouds

Butterfoot

Straight  Up

Jeffery  BC

Energy

Pulse

Blackjack

Sunrise

Monteray

Crow  featuring  Dave  Wagner

The  Ryder  Band

Silver  Rose

Dick  Tracy

BIG  CITY

Flyers

Common  Ground

Legacy

Monarc

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Jim  Potter                     Keyboards                    1988  to  1989

Race’n

Ryder  Band

Crow  feat.  Dave  Wagner

Dick  Tracy

BIG  CITY

Kyx

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Jim  Amundson                    Bass  Guitar  /  Vocals               1988  to  1989

Strange  Brew

Ryder  Band

Dick  Tracy

BIG  CITY

Randy  Casey  Band

Kyx

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Brad  Grapp                     Drummer                     1988  to  1989

Fat  Lip

Rue  Delight

Energy

Foxfire

Wildwood

Lonnie Knight & Gorgeous

Dick  Tracy  Band

BIG  CITY

Legacy

Grant  Bros.  Moving  Company

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Where are they now?

Big  City  1988 – 1989                                                   

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Mark  Gallagher                                                 Active  in  Music

Lead  Vocals                                                                 No

Doing  What  ?…………………………………………   Passed  away  in  2009

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John  Richardson                                               Active  in  Music

Lead  Guitar  /  Vocals                                                  YES

Doing  What  ?……………………………..   Active  Band  and  Studio  Work

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Jim  Potter                                                           Active  in  Music

Keyboards                                                                     YES

Doing  What  ?…………………………………………………   Playing  in  Kyx

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Jim  Amundson                                                  Active  in  Music

Bass  Guitar  /  Vocals                                                  YES

Doing  What  ?………………………………………..   Jobbing  in  Minnesota

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Brad  Grapp                                                       Active  in  Music

Drums                                                                           YES

Doing  What  ?……………………………..   Active  Band  and  Studio  Work

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Interview

Interview  –  Time =  19:33

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