The Damn Yankees were a hugely popular rock band in the 1970s. But who were the members of this band? Read on to find out!
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Damn Yankees was an American rock band from Long Island, New York that was active from 1978 to 1979. The band is best known for their hit single “High Enough”, which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1979.
The band’s lineup consisted of lead vocalist and bassist Jack Blades, guitarist Ted Nugent, drummer Michael Lutz, and keyboardist/vocalist Tommy Shaw. Shaw would later join the group Styx, while Nugent would achieve success as a solo artist and as a member of the group Damn Yankees.
The Damn Yankees were an American rock band formed in 1989. The band consisted of four members: Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw, Ted Nugent, and Michael Cartellone. The band released two studio albums, Damn Yankees and Don’t Tread, before disbanding in 1995.
Lenny Kaye is an American guitarist, composer, and writer who is best known for being a member of the Patti Smith Group. Kaye was born in the Bronx, New York, on October 27, 1946. He began playing guitar at the age of 15 and started his first band, the 13th Floor Elevators, in 1964. He has been a part of many different bands and projects over the years, including Damnation Army and Wayne County & the Backstreet Boys. Kaye has also released several solo albums and compilations.
Stan Bronstein was the original saxophonist for Damn Yankees. He played on the band’s first album, and toured with them extensively. He left the band in 1992, and was replaced by Doug Jacobs.
Jerry Nolan (July 14, 1946 – January 14, 1992) was an American drummer best known for his work with the New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Nolan began playing drums while still in elementary school. He moved to the Bronx in his early teens and played in R&B and soul bands such as The Stereos, Theevaluate Mysterions, and The Marvells. In 1965 he joined Frankie Cavallo & the House Rockers, with whom he recorded two singles. After leaving the House Rockers in 1968, he briefly played with pop singer Lesley Gore before joining Article 17.
In 1971 Nolan joined the New York Dolls. Although he only recorded two studio albums with the band, the group’s 1973 self-titled debut and 1974’s Too Much Too Soon, both of which were certified gold in the United States, his work with them helped define the early punk rock sound. He left the Dolls in 1975 and was replaced by Billy Murcia.
Nolan then joined Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, with whom he recorded two albums, L.A.M.F. (1977) and So Alone (1978). He left the band in 1979 and was replaced by Marky Ramone.
Nolan’s health began to decline in the late 1980s due to alcohol and drug abuse, and he retired from music in 1991. He died of a stroke on January 14, 1992, at the age of 45.
William “Billy” Ficca (born February 7, 1951) is an American drummer and member of the rock group, Damn Yankees. He was with the band from 1989 to 1994 and again from 1999 to present.
Richard Lloyd (guitar)
Born in Pittsburgh, Lloyd got his start in New York playing with psychedelic pioneers Television. After the breakup of Television, he joined the rock band, Rocket From The Tombs, which featured future members of both the Patti Smith Group and The Dead Boys. In 1975, Rocket From The Tombs also spawned Pere Ubu. Lloyd recorded two albums with Todd Rundgren’s Utopia before being tapped by Jack Douglas to join his all-star hard rock project damn Yankees. By this time, Lloyd had already established himself as one of the most distinctive and original guitarists of his generation.
Damn Yankees was an American rock supergroup formed in 1989 by singer/songwriter Jack Blades of the rock band Night Ranger, guitarist Ted Nugent of the Amboy Dukes, and drummer Tommy Shaw of the rock band Styx. The group released two studio albums, the self-titled Damn Yankees in 1990 and Don’t Tread in 1992, before disbanding in 1995.
Damn Yankees (1990)
Damn Yankees is the self-titled debut album by the rock supergroup Damn Yankees. It was released on May 8, 1990, by Warner Bros. Records. The album features the hit singles “High Enough”, “Come Again”, and “Piledriver”.
Don’t Tread (1992)
Damn Yankees is the self-titled debut album by the hard rock supergroup Damn Yankees. It was released on August 21, 1990. The album was certified double platinum by the RIAA.
The band features Jack Blades of Night Ranger on lead vocals and bass, Ted Nugent of Amboy Dukes on lead guitars and vocals, and Tommy Shaw of Styx on rhythm guitars and vocals. drummer Michael Cartellone would later join the band for the recording of their second album, but is not pictured on the debut album cover.
The first single from the album, “High Enough”, was a huge success, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming one of the most popular rock songs of 1990. The second single, “Coming of Age”, also enjoyed significant radio airplay, reaching #20 on the Hot 100 chart. “Piledriver” and “Get That Girl” were also released as singles, but did not achieve the same level of success as the first two singles.
High-Ball Shooter (1995)
The fourth studio album from Damn Yankees was released in 1995. It was their first album without founding member Tom Hamilton, who had left the band in 1994. The album did not achieve the same level of success as their previous albums, peaking at only #88 on the Billboard 200.
Ted Nugent played lead guitar and was the lead singer for the band. He was also a member of the Amboy Dukes. He was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1948. Myles Goodwyn played rhythm guitar and sang lead vocals on some songs. He was the main songwriter for the band. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1948.
Lenny Kaye (born December 18, 1946) is an American guitarist, composer, and writer who is best known as a member of the Patti Smith Group. In his long career, he has been a record producer, recording artist, and critical link between the pioneering punk rock bands of the 1960s and the powerful punk/new wave/alternative rock movements of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. He is the guitarist on the Patti Smith debut album Horses.
Born in Bayonne, New Jersey Lenny Kaye grew up in suburban Howell Township, New Jersey. As a teenager he developed an interest in collecting vintage guitars and forming a band. His first band The Fictioneers later evolved into The Penny Arkade.
In 1968 he started working at Cavalier Book Shop on University Place in Greenwich Village where he met poet Patti Smith. He joined her band soon after she formed it in 1974 and remained as her principal guitarist until 1979.
Stan Bronstein (born February 19, 1949) is an American saxophonist and composer, best known for his work with the rock band Damn Yankees. He recorded two studio albums with the band, Damn Yankees (1990) and Don’t Tread (1992), before leaving in 1993.
Jerry Nolan (born Joseph Farago; May 7, 1946 – January 14, 1992) was an American drummer best known for his work with the New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers.
Nolan grew up in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay. He began playing drums at age eleven, and by his teens he was playing in local bands. His first professional gig was with Joey Dee and the Starliters. He later played with Jayne County and Wayne County & the Electric Chairs.
In 1972 Nolan auditioned for the New York Dolls. He was selected over thirty other drummers and joined the band, which became one of the leading groups of the early-1970s glam rock movement. The Dolls recorded two albums with Nolan–New York Dolls (1973) and Too Much Too Soon (1974)–before disbanding in 1976.
Nolan then formed Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers with ex-Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders. The band recorded two albums–L.A.M.F. (1977) and Indian Dream (1982)–before breakup up in 1983. Nolan continued to work as a session drummer and touring musician until his death from a stroke in 1992, at the age of 45.
Billy Joel’s backup drummer for more than four decades, Billy Ficca was born on October 18, 1949, in Carle Place, New York. He began drumming at an early age and by the time he was a teenager was playing professionally. He first crossed paths with Joel in 1971, when he joined the singer’s touring band. After appearing on Joel’s 1974 album Streetlife Serenade, Ficca became a member of the famed group Attila, which recorded one studio album before disbanding in 1976. The following year, he and Attila bandmate Liberty DeVitto joined Joel’s regular band. Over the next four decades, Ficca remained a staple of Joel’s live shows and played on such classic tracks as “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “Only the Good Die Young” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”
Richard Lloyd (born October 19, 1951) is an American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member and lead guitarist of the new wave band Television.
Lloyd began learning the guitar at the age of eleven. In 1964, he started his first band, The Jokers, with Johnny Thunders. The following year he joined forces with Tom Verlaine to form the Neon Boys, which eventually evolved into Television. He remained with the group until their break-up in 1978.
In 1986, Lloyd resurfaced with Matthew Sweet as part of the power pop supergroup Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. He also released his first solo album that same year. Since then he has released several more solo albums and has appeared as a guest musician on numerous other artist’s recordings.