BMHOF Class of 1997
Formed in 1967 as The Mellow Brick
Road, the original members included Phil Hudson (vocals), Jerry Hudson
(vocals), Nick DiStefano (drums/ vocals), Ralph Parker (guitar), Joe Hesse
(bass) and Jim Hesse (keyboards). Early members also included keyboardists
Jake Jakubowski and Ken Kaufman. They charted on Billboard with their United
Artists single "All Your Eggs in One Basket". This was followed by several
other singles including "She's Not There" and "Music Man" on Kama Sutra.
"She's Not There" sold over 200,000 copies, was regional hit in many cities
and even charted in Greece.
While signed to Kama Sutra they released
two albums, "The Road - The One Less Traveled By" in 1969 and "Cognition"
in 1971. During this time they performed throughout the East Coast and
filled area clubs on a regular basis.
The original group broke up in 1972,
but later incarnations of the group, with various original members, surfaced
during the 1980's. Some of the more popular recarnations included guitarist
Dave Elder guitarist Bobby Lebel and drummer Sal Joseph.
Currently Nick DiStefano is working
as a successful songwriter in Nashville and Joe Hesse is involved in the
Los Angeles music scene, where he was tour manager for Chick Corea.