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Mark Allen Koch / Blog

Some "Baby Blues and the No Attitude Band" history

A FEW OF THE MUSICIANS THAT HAVE PLAYED IN "BABY BLUES & THE NO ATTITUDE BAND" OVER THE YEARS INCLUDE HOWARD RIDGLEY THE ORIGINAL BASS PLAYER FOR OTIS REDDING (PLAYED ON DOCK OF THE BAY) WHO WAS ALSO THE BAND LEADER FOR ATLANTIC RECORDS ROAD BAND FOR MANY YEARS, AND BACKED PERCY SLEDGE, THE ISLEY BROTHERS, ARITHA FRANKLIN AND ALL OF THE "ATLANTIC SOUL CLAN". THEN THERE WAS STEVE SIENKOWITCZ WHO PLAYED KEYS AND WAS THE FORMER BAND DIRECTOR FOR THE DRIFTERS, THE COASTERS, AND THE PLATTERS TO NAME A FEW. TOMMY CALTON, FORMER LEAD GUITAR FOR THE METERS (THE CISSY STRUT) PLAYED MANY YEARS IN AND AROUND NEW ORLEANS. TERRY YOUNG LEAD GUITAR A BERKLEY GRADUATE ALSO A NEW ORLEANS PLAYER, JOE BOLERO PLAYED LEAD TENOR SAX FOR JAMES BROWN AND THE REAL BLUES BROTHERS. THE LAST PERSON FROM THE PAST I'LL MENTION HERE IS CHARLEY DECHANT WHO PLAYED SAX AND KEYS FOR HALL & OATS FOR 18 YEARS. THERE ARE MANY MORE FINE MUSICIANS THAT HAVE BACKED UP LESLIE AND JOEY OVER THE YEARS, INCLUDING SONNY HUNT THE ONLY MEMBER BESIDE MYSELF FROM THE ORIGIONAL NASHVILLE EDITION OF BABY BLUES. IT HAS BEEN MY PRIVILEGE TO BE INCLUDED IN A BAND THAT HAS A HISTORY SO RICH IN TALENTED CREATIVE PLAYERS. THIS IS MY WAY OF THANKING LESLIE AND JOEY FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THIS BAND.