Part I: Unreleased Recordings of Michael Kaye – Live Rock ‘n’ Roll and Pop 1963-2009

This site is happy to introduce the first installment of the unreleased recordings of Michael Kaye, a closer look at some of the highlights of the extensive post-band output of the vocalist, pianist, and keyboard player with Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds from 1960 to 1964. The music covered in this section includes pop and rock ‘n roll recorded between 1963 and 2009.

Pimental, Barberio, and Kaye in 1973

The Lou Jolli Trio in 1972, with Arthur “Butch” Pimental, Michael Kaye, and Frank Barberio

When Kaye returned to America from military service in 1967, he soon began working with various bands, eventually co-founding The Lou Jolli Trio, along with saxophonist Frank Barberio.

A rare recording of The Lou Jolli Trio performing “Cab Driver” live in 1973 at the Framingham Motor Inn in Kayes’s native state of Massachusetts, featuring Arthur “Butch” Pimentel, Frank Barberio, and Michael Kaye, is on SoundCloud:

In the early and mid-1970s, Michael Kaye played in a number of groups, including his own Michael Kaye Duo. Joey Andrade, the drummer for most of Kaye’s time with the Lou Jolli Trio, was an important musical partner—their music will be the focus of the second installment of the unreleased recordings of Michael Kaye. Drummer and vocalist Gary Feldman also joined Kaye as part of the Michael Kaye Duo. Their version of “That’ll Be The Day” by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, and Norman Petty was recorded live at the Helm in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1976.

An audio file of The Michael Kaye Duo’s version of the classic rocker “That’ll Be The Day” is here:

Besides working in duos and groups, Michael Kaye also developed a successful one-man lounge act that he has been performing throughout the Northeast United States for several decades. Musical genres covered span easy listening, pop, funk, and classic rock ‘n’ roll. In fact, a number of the 50’s and 60’s rock hits were first performed with Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds.

Steve James (aka Steve Fradkin), Frankie Mento (aka Frank Chiumento), Michael Kaye, and James K. "Hap" Snow in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts in 1962

Steve James (aka Steve Fradkin), Frankie Mento (aka Frank Chiumento), Michael Kaye, and James K. “Hap” Snow in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts in 1962

Kaye’s talent for writing his own arrangements of popular songs and piecing together medleys is seen once again in the following “Twist & Shout Medley” recorded at the Southwind in Rye, New Hampshire in 1976:

In the mid-1980s, one of the New England venues Michael Kaye appeared at regularly was the Town House in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. A newly digitized recording from the final night’s engagement in 1985 includes “Those Oldies But Goodies Medley,” “Splish Splash Medley: Splish, Splash / Walk, Don’t Run / Wipe Out / Splish Splash (Reprise),” a “Runaround Sue Medley,” and an Elvis Medley with “Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog / Jailhouse Rock (Reprise).”

The 20-minute plus online EP for the final engagement at the Town House is on SoundCloud:

New Video for “Sierra” Posted Online

A video for Michael Kaye’s take on the Boz Scaggs’ composition “Sierra,” is now on YouTube, part of the A Lullaby for Emily video EP featuring home demos made between 2009 and 2010. Although recorded at a home studio in Massachusetts around 2010, this is the identical version Kaye delivered to his new bride Lynn at their wedding in 1997.

Michael Kaye’s “Sierra” is here:

During his tenure as a Whirlwind, Michael Kaye recorded four tracks with the band. Early and alternate versions of “Whole Lot of Rockin’ (Version),” “She,” and “He Can Have Her” are included in The 1963 Acetates, Part II: Early And Alternate Tracks EP. All three original compositions by Steve Fradkin (known as Steve James in the band) were recorded at a home studio in Massachusetts around 1963.

Hap Snow's Whirlwinds - The 1963 Acetates, Part II - Early and Alternate Tracks EP

Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds – The 1963 Acetates, Part II – Early and Alternate Tracks EP

A video for the EP features Bill Elgart on drums, Steve James on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, James K. “Hap” Snow on lead guitar and vocals, and Kaye on piano and vocals:

In the Studio: The Complete Recordings 1959-1964 EP

Between 1959 and 1964, Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds recorded five tracks in the studio. “Banshee,” “Bottom’s Up,” “Let’s Have a Party,” and “Len’s Hassle” were cut at Ace Recording Studios in Boston, Massachusetts in 1959 and 1960, while “Back Again” was recorded at WNEU Studio at Northeastern University in 1964, produced by Ron Frizzell.

Hap Snow's Whirlwinds - In The Studio: The Complete Recordings 1959-1964 EP cover

Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds – In The Studio: The Complete Recordings 1959-1964 EP

The first two tracks feature Art Bearon, Harry Lewis, James K. “Hap” Snow, and Stefano Torossi. The second pair of tracks feature Bearon, Leonard Hochman (Len Arnold), and Snow. The final track features Frank Chiumento (Frankie Mento), Steve Fradkin (Steve James), Ted Pina, Snow, and the fourth track by Michael Kaye:

And one more rock ‘n’ roll gem, Michael Kaye’s spirited version of The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace,” recorded live at a function in Massachusetts around 2009:

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