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This exciting group was born in Chicago and has come to be known as one of the top show bands in the country. They were formed in the late sixties.
They grew up together, hung around the same neighborhoods together and from their mid-teens played music together. Those years have made them a tight and very solid musical aggregation.
In that they were the first windy city group to incorporate a full horn section, they influenced many local bands who came later. (i.e. The Buckinghams, The Ides Of March and CHICAGO)
The majority of member’s (pre-the formation of The MOB), had played with the back-up band for the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars tour. Thru years of grueling one-niters, crisscrossing the US and Canada in a Greyhound bus, they learned the importance of stage presentation.
When The MOB decided to go it on their own, their goal was to be a triple threat in the entertainment industry. That meant having the best presentation, involving the audience and keeping the quality of the musicianship at its highest level.
They accomplished all three goals which resulted in them earning “headliner status” in every major showroom in Nevada and across the country, including Canada, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
A highlight of their career as “road warriors” was being the first rock band ever to perform at a Presidential Inaugural Concert & Ball.
Although national recording success eluded them, two members of the group (Holvay & Beisbier) penned million selling records for The Buckinghams. These include: “Kind Of A Drag”, “Don’t You Care”, “Hey Baby” and “Susan”. The MOB had numerous regional hits such as: “Disappear”, “Open The Door”, “I Dig Everything About You”, “Give It To Me” and “Money”, which was a hit in Europe.
Unbeknownst to The MOB, they had developed a cult following with the Northern Soul fans in the UK. In 2005, Sequel Records, a label based in England, released a CD compilation of two MOB LP’s titled “The Heritage Sessions”.
Today’s music is more than just getting up there and playing. Now more than ever it’s presentation. It’s not enough to just play; a group has to perform.
The ones that ignore this have brief lives. The others stay around.
The MOB has still got it.