Friday Night Music

Last week was the intro to this series.  Now, as threatened, I include for your entertainment a few of the songs sung by our sometime-vocalist Jill:

Bette Davis Eyes — Kim Carnes (pure sex appeal, this one)

Angel of the Morning — Juice Newton (our arrangement kicked ass — once again, we turned a country ballad into a rock song)

Midnight Confessions — Grassroots (curiously, the lyrics make more sense when sung by a woman)

Turn Me Loose — Loverboy (band favorite, this one, and she killed the vocals)

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart — Elton John & Kiki Dee (pure fun, and Jilly had a better voice than Kiki, by a country mile)

Black Velvet — Alannah Miles (rolling blues, baby)

Stop Dragging My Heart Around — Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty (duet with lead guitarist Kevin)

I Got The Music In Me — Kiki Dee (our favorite closer for just about every gig we ever played — and LOL we caused no end of trouble once;  we were backing a rather snotty female cabaret singer who performed this as her “show-stopper”, but after she’d finished her set, we closed the show much later by reprising the song — and Jilly blew her off the stage.  We never backed her again, but it was worth it.)

For some reason, I don’t have any pics of Jill on stage, which is a great shame.  As I recall, she quit the band because her boyfriend got jealous.  An even bigger shame.


  1. When did your band beak up/stop performing? I thought Black Velvet didn’t come out until around 89-90?

  2. I would pay some serious coin for a good seat in the club, just to enjoy that unknown voice singing that particular playlist.

    A question. Do you have *any* surviving recordings from your band’s salad days?

    Post a file of even a single track here on your site, and I suspect you might make the Top 40 out in YouTube-ville.

    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  3. My favorite recording of Angel of the Morning is by Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts, whom I’ve seen in performance twice.
    1969 at the Cog at Gonzaga, the first time I had the gumption to ask a gurl to dance. Gosh!
    Saw her again in about 1985 at a local pub. What a fantastic show, all members of the band were virtuoso’s. They really blew the crowd away.

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