Musician, songwriter, producer,
actor and entertainment manager Danny Sheridan recorded and toured
with some of the most influential rock and country/rock musicians of
the ’60s through the ‘80s. David Allen Coe, Bonnie Bramlett, Amy
Madigan, Nia Peebles and David Crosby have recorded his songs. His
“astute” managing jump-started the career of MTV VJ Nina Blackwood
and, in 2004, some of his memorabilia was added to the permanent
collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
He was born in the southside of Chicago but moved to South America
at the age of seven when his father, an aerospace metallurgist
accepted a job to work at the Kaiser plant in Cordoba, Argentina.
“Dad had eclectic tastes in music,” says Sheridan. “He’d play Bach
chorals on the record player or maybe indigenous music like Los
Indio Trabajores. My mom played violin and dad played tuba early on.
In fact, he started the first marching band at University of
Chicago. I loved listening to the acoustic guitar music that the
gauchos would play and also the Peruvian sounding music that you
heard all around.”
After five years, the family moved to Chagrin Falls, Ohio. It was
there that Sheridan became interested in playing music again. “I had
taken classical piano since the age of five and could read Bach,
but, if you put a piece of music in front of me now, I’d say, give
me a week.”
Picking up the bass guitar on his own in his early teens, he began
skipping school to hang out at local biker bars and coffee houses.
He would sit in with older blues musicians Mr. Stress and Robert Jr.
Lockwood and his bass playing developed immensely. Still in his
mid-teens, Sheridan, as a member of Spontaneous Corruption, was
under contract to Phillips, a Mercury Records imprint.
Cultivating his interests in rural blues, country and bluegrass, he
hooked up with guitarist Tom “The Foss” Foster, who he had
previously met in Cleveland’s downtown underground music scene.
Recruiting vocalist Ken “The Reverend” Frak and drummer Skip Towne,
the group The Eli Radish Band was born. They began writing songs,
gigging at local clubs and colleges, which began a five-year
association where “making music” and “party” were synonymous.
Sheridan and Towne spent weeks perfecting their mix of original
country and western tunes played to a rock beat. Little did they
know they were inventing a new kind of genre that would later be em-braced
by groups like Poco and the Eagles. His former producer called to
see if they would make an album for Capitol Records and, within
weeks, they arrived in Holly-wood and the band released an album, “I
Didn’t Raise My Boy to be a Soldier.”
The band went through some personnel changes and then began touring
and performing concerts with The Who, The Doors, Asleep At the
Wheel, Commander Cody, Mountain, Bob Segar, The Kinks and Grand Funk
Railroad but a hit record eluded them. Country singer and composer
David Allan Coe joined the band late one night at an Akron, Ohio,
nightclub and that started a relationship that would take the band
to Nashville and then later to New York to pursue a record deal for
Ten years later found him working on television soundtracks for
“Fame,” “Chips,” and the 2Pac/Jim Belushi movie, “Gang Related.”
He co-founded a new group, Bandaloo Doctors, with Bonnie Bramlett
and Aerosmith guitarist Jimmy Crespo. Under his management, Bramlett
performed on ABC’s “Roseanne” for two seasons and he made cameo
appearances as “Hank,” David Crosby’s bass player while writing
music for the show.
Sheridan still keeps busier than ever co-producing “House” style
re-mixes for Dilana’s hit rock music with Ibiza’s DJ Franco Munoz
and will be promoting them as the Rockin’ The House Tour 2010. He is
developing radio shows for former beau Nina Blackwood on Dick
Clark’s United Stations Radio Network and Sirius XM Satellite
Radio’s Channel 8.
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