Gypsy


From a dance band to a concert band… The Underbeats relocate to Los Angeles and become Gypsy.

History

Gypsy
(and The James Walsh Gypsy Band)
1969 – 1979

1969: Gypsy evolves from The Underbeats, one year after the band left Minnesota for Los Angeles.  The original lineup is Jim Johnson on guitar and vocals, Doni Larson on bass guitar; Jim Walsh on keyboards and vocals; Enrico Rosenbaum on guitar and vocals and Jay Epstein on drums.  The band is managed by Steve Freeman, a high school friend of Enricos.  The band gets a steady job playing at The Whiskey A Go Go, on the Sunset Strip.

1970: The band releases a self titled double album on the Metromedia label and has two national hits, Gypsy Queen and Dead and Gone. The album receives extensive airplay in St. Louis, Missouri.   The 45 of Dead and Gone contains a shorter version than the album version.  Gypsy is the third rock band to release a debut double album; the first band was The Mothers of Invention (1966), the second band was Chicago Transit Authority (1969).  The band continues to play The Whiskey and various venues and concerts across the country.

1971: Doni Larson leaves the band and is replaced by Willie Weeks on bass guitar.  Jay Epstein leaves the band and is replaced by Bill Lordan on drums.  The band releases a second album on the Metromedia label, In the Garden.

1972: Randy Cates (from Texas) replaces Willie Weeks on bass guitar.  The band records their third album, Antithesis, released on RCA Records.

1973: With the same lineup as the third album, the band records their fourth album, Unlock the Gates, also on RCA Records.

Mid-1970: The band continues to play across the country as the band is faced with personnel changes, management and record company problems.

1975/1976: A new version of Gypsy records one 45 for the DORE’ label.  The two songs, Magic in My Life and Don’t Stop for Nothin’ are both written by Jim Johnson, who also sings lead vocals on both songs.  This version of Gypsy is Jim Johnson on lead vocals and guitar, James Walsh on keyboards and vocals, Lewis Derrey on bass guitar and vocals, Stan Kipper on drums and vocals and Chico Perez on percussion.  The songs are recorded at Devonshire Studios in North Hollywood and are produced by Terry Furlong, executive producer is Dave Mancini, and the engineer is Jerry Hudgins.  Both songs are later recorded by The Fifth Dimension, produced by Jimmy Webb and included on their second album and also released as a 45.  Jim Johnson records a second version of Magic in My Life with James Gadson on drums and Chuck Rainey on bass guitar, produced by Michael Stewart.  This version is never released.

Enrico Rosenbaum, along with Jim Johnson and various studio musicians’ record a number of songs written by Enrico, including Dance Marango, none of which are ever released.

July 9, 1977: Gypsy plays a concert at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.  The lineup is: Jim Johnson, Enrico Rosenbaum, Randy Cates, Stan Kipper and Barry Kaye (on keyboards).

1978: James Walsh forms the James Walsh Gypsy Band and they release a self-titled album on RCA Records.  The album is recorded at Cookhouse Studios in Minneapolis and Creation Studios in Bloomington.  The album continues the tradition of Gypsy artwork on the front cover (by Alfons Mucha) from the 1970 album.  A 45 from the album, Cuz It’s You, Girl, receives airplay in various national markets.  The band is James Walsh on lead vocals and keyboards, Richard Jorgensen on horns and vocals, Deone Johnson on horns and vocals, Scott Fronsoe on bass guitar and vocals, Todd Hansen on horns and vocals, Jim Behringer on lead guitar and vocals, Bob Jones on lead vocals, guitar and keyboards and Ernie LaViolette on drums and percussion.

1979: The James Walsh Gypsy Band records a second album at the renowned Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, Alabama.   The album features the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, the Tower of Power horn section and the Bee Gees string players.  The album is produced by James Walsh, along with Barry Beckett and Jimmy Johnson (both are members of the famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also known as The Swampers).  The album is never released.

Update

James Walsh carries on with Gypsy, with Bob Jones and Stan Kipper, along with newer members.  The band plays live several times a year to devoted fans in Minneapolis and they also continue to play in St. Louis, Missouri, where the band has had a strong following ever since the 1970 album was released.

Over the years, various reissues of the Gypsy recordings are released on vinyl, cassette tapes and CD’s, by various record companies.

Dave Mueller, a big fan of the band, turns the basement of his home (in St. Louis, Missouri) into a “Gypsy Museum” with Gypsy recordings, photos, posters, flyers and other memorabilia.  The rare items include reel to reel tapes of the band’s first album.

In 1984, a band with Jim Johnson, Stan Kipper and Brad Palmer (bass guitar) record an album (in New York) under the name The Steamers.  Numerous songs from this album are used in various movie soundtracks.

In 2010, James Walsh releases The James Walsh Gypsy Band – Muscle Shoals 1979, as a double CD.  This is the album recorded in 1979 that was never released.

Various unreleased recordings of Gypsy surface, in addition to some live footage of the band (with no audio).

A newly discovered live tape surfaces of the bands performance at “Super Jam 77” in St. Louis, Missouri at Busch Stadium and is made available on a CD. 

In August, 2011, John Ulett, host of a Sunday morning radio show known as “KSHE Klassics” on KSHE in St. Louis, Missouri, began playing the most popular songs from the radio show.  After 54 weeks of playing every song in alphabetical order (1,985 total) the songs were listed on the KSHE website and listeners were asked to vote for their favorite songs (up to 20 per person).   In August, 2012, the top 95 songs were listed by the station.  Gypsy had two songs on the list with “Dead and Gone” at Number 2 and “As Far As You Can See, As Much As You Can Feel” at Number 67.  On the alphabetical list were: “Gypsy Queen (Part 1)”; “Tomorrow is the Last to be Heard”; “Don’t Get Mad (Get Even)” and “You Make Me Feel Like Livin’” (James Walsh Gypsy Band).  Dave Mueller from St. Louis reports that Gypsy has been played on the air in St. Louis since their first album in 1970.

 

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Gypsy  Queen  Part 1 - Side  A  The 45 Single

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Dead  and Gone - Side  B

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As Far As You Can See - Side  A  The 45 Single

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Here (In The Garden) - Side  B  The 45 Single

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Day  After  Day - Side  A  The 45 Single

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Lean  On  Me - Side  B  The 45 Single

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Don’t  Bother  Me - Side  A  The 45 Single

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Make  Peace  with  Jesus - Side  B  The 45 Single

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Need  You  Baby - Side  A  The 45 Single

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Precious  One - Side  B  The 45 Single

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Magic In My Life - Side  A  The 45 Single

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Don’t Stop For Nothin’ - Side  B

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Dead  and  Gone - Side  A  The 45 Single

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Here  in  My  Loneliness - Side  B  The 45 Single

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SuperJam 77

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Blind Man – From The Superjam 77 Live CD

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Crusader - From The Superjam 77 Live CD

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The Final LA Sessions
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Soothe  Me  - From The Final  LA  Sessions  CD

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Joey  - From The Final  LA  Sessions  CD

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Just  Enough ( To Get Me By )  - From The Final  LA  Sessions  CD

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Rogues  Moon  - From The Final  LA  Sessions  CD

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Real  World - From The Final  LA  Sessions  CD

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Stronger  Now - From The Final  LA  Sessions  CD

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Killing  Cure  - From The Final  LA  Sessions  CD

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Ready  For  You- From The Final  LA  Sessions  CD

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Dance  Marango  - From The Final  LA  Sessions  CD

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Magic  In  My  Life  Version  2- From The Final  LA  Sessions  CD

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Run,  Run,  Run  - From The Final  LA  Sessions  CD

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Woman  Can’t  Hide  Love  - From The Final  LA  Sessions  CD

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Bandtree

Gypsy

1969  to  1977

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Jim  Johnson          Lead  Guitar  /  Vocals          1969 to 1977

 

Underbeats

GYPSY 

Steamers

Calvin James

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Doni  Larson          Bass  Guitar  /  Vocals          1969  to  1970

 

Underbeats

GYPSY                                                               

DJ Rogers

Dancer

Blue Gill’s

Calvin James

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Enrico  “Rico”  Rosenbaum      Rhythm  Guitar  /  Vocals      1969  to  1977

 

Escapades

Underbeats

GYPSY

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James  Walsh          Keyboards  /  Vocals          1969  to  1976

 

Hot Half Dozen

Underbeats

GYPSY

Free and Easy

James Walsh Gypsy Band

Jumpstreet

Killer Hayseeds

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Jay  Epstein     Drums                                 1969  to  1971

 

Fred & Dave Heyer Combos

New World Congregation

Underbeats

GYPSY

Winona State Big Band & Les Fields’ Turkey River All Stars

Reality

Art Resnick Quartet

Manfredo Fest

Wayne Johnson Trio

Dean Granros Trio

Bianca’s House Band (Oklahoma City)

Barney Kessel Trio

Bill Carrothers

Mandala

Bruce Henry Band

Billy Shiell Quartet

Chris Lomheim Trio

Phil Aaron Trio

Laura Caviani Trio

Jay Epstein Trio

Chemistry Lab

Framework

Klezmerica

Maintime

Nate Brown Trio

Red Planet

Christine Rosholt

CounterClockWise

Impulso

BroncowVision

Firebell

Nancy Harms

Five by Design

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Willie  Weeks     Bass  Guitar                     1972  to  1973

 

Mighty Golden Voices

Amazers

Mystics

Eric Mercury and Birth Right

GYPSY

Rufus

Various National Acts

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Bill  Lordon                Drums                      1972  to  1973

 

Valdons

Blue Notes

Amazers

Esquires

Mystics

Eric Mercury and Birth Right

GYPSY

Sly and The Family Stone

Robin Trower

Fortress

Chris Aaron

Dave Steffan Band

Charlie Souza

BLX (Bill Lordan Experiment)

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Randy  Cates          Bass  Guitar  /  Vocals          1972  to  1977

 

GYPSY

Stratoblasters (TX)

 

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Stan  Kipper          Drums  /  Vocals                 1974  to  1977

 

GYPSY

Steamers

One World

New Primitives

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Barry  Kay               Keyboards  /  Vocals                    1977

 

GYPSY

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Where are they now?

 

Gypsy  1969  to  1977                                                    

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Jim  Johnson           Lead  Guitar  /  Vocals

 

Active  in  Music           Yes

 

Doing  What  ?…………………..   Playing in The Calvin James Band

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Doni  Larson           Bass  Guitar  /  Vocals

 

Active  in  Music          Yes

 

Doing  What  ?…………………………………….   Jobbing with bands

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Enrico  “ Rico “  Rosenbaum           Rhythm  Guitar  /  Vocals

 

Active  in Music                No

 

Doing  What  ?…………………   Passed away on September 10, 1979

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James  Walsh           Keyboards  /  Vocals

 

Active  in  Music          Yes

 

Doing  What  ?………………   Playing with Gypsy & Killer Hayseeds

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Jay  Epstein           Drums

 

Active  in  Music          Yes

 

Doing  What  ?………………….   Playing with numerous jazz bands

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Willie  Weeks           Bass  Guitar

 

Active  in  Music          Yes

 

Doing  What  ?………………..   Playing with various national artists

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Bill  Lordon           Drums

 

Active  in  Music          Yes

 

Doing  What  ?……………………   Playing on various recordings

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Randy  Cates           Bass  Guitar  /  Vocals

 

Active  in  Music          Yes

 

Doing  What  ?……………………………….   Jobbing in Texas

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Stan  Kipper           Drums  /  Vocals

 

Active  in  Music          Yes

 

Doing  What  ?……….   Playing with The New Primitives & Gypsy

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Barry  Kay          Keyboards  /  Vocals

 

Active  in  Music          Unknown

 

Doing  What  ?………………………………………….   Unknown

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Interview

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Interview Part FOUR  -  The  Final  -  Time  = 8:44

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