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At the age of thirteen, STEPHEN BISHOP found himself at a crossroads. A clarinetist with hopes of becoming a History teacher, he was forever changed after watching the Beatles one night on The Ed Sullivan Show. He convinced his brother to buy him an electric guitar. He bought a Mel Bay chordbook and began to learn to play guitar and make up chords as well, writing his first song,Surfs Turf.. a pathetic sounding instrumental. He formed a band called, The Weeds and began to play at local fraternity parties incorporating his own original songs with various songs from top 40...
The Weeds won 2nd place at the Claremont Battle of the Bands, prompting one of the judges to exclaim that Stephen Bishop is going to be a big songwriter someday! Determined to fulfill that prophesy, Stephen made the trip to Los Angeles. He walked the streets with his $12 acoustic guitar, playing songs for various publishers in Hollywood eventually landing a publishing deal at $50 a week for E.H.Morris Publishing. One of his songs was recorded only to be followed by a long wait many years went by. At one point, Stephen considered leaving L.A. to return home and work for his Dads Insurance company. Through a good friend, Art Garfunkel heard some of his new songs and recorded two of them on his Gold recording, Breakaway.
He started playing around town singing his songs in person for artists like, Barbra Streisand...Bette Midler..Diana Ross...Michelle Phillips... Shortly thereafter, he was signed to ABC Records who released his first album, Careless. His two hits from that album were,Save It For a Rainy Day, and On and On.. Soon the album went gold, as well as his next album, Bish.
He sang the theme, It Might Be You, from the movie, Tootsie, as well as writing and/or singing 13 other films including, Animal House, and Separate Lives.. from White Nights. His songs have been sung by artists such as: Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, Art Garfunkel, Steve Perry, Stephanie Mills, Kenny Loggins, JohnnyMathis, Phoebe Snow, David Crosby, The Four Tops and Pavarotti.
Stephen has been nominated for two Grammys and an Oscar nomination for his song, Separate Lives. His new CD is entitled, Blue Guitars.. and his book on rough drafts, SONGS IN THE ROUGH. published by St. Martins Press, has nearly sold out in its
first printing. He has just sung and co-written the song, You Can Do Anything.. for the movie, Barneys Big Adventure...
Bishop was born in San Diego, California. He had a major hit in 1977 with the song "On and On", which was a #11 hit in the U.S.; his other hits include "Save It for a Rainy Day," "Everybody Needs Love" and "It Might Be You", the theme from the movie, Tootsie. He has also performed many movie themes, including the theme from National Lampoon's Animal House which he sang in falsetto. He also provided his talent to the theme song in the holiday movie, All I Want for Christmas.
His song "Separate Lives," from the movie White Nights, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1985, losing to "Say You, Say Me" from the same film. Bishop wrote the song about his breakup with actress Karen Allen, who also appeared in Animal House.
Bishop also wrote the theme to the 1984 remake of the movie Unfaithfully Yours, entitled "One Love (Unfaithfully Yours)". The song received regular airplay during this period, usually on soft rock / adult contemporary radio stations. Despite moderate radio success, a soundtrack for the movie was never released. The song appeared on Bishop's best-of compilation albums Best of Bish. The only other known pressing of this song is on a promotional vinyl 45.
In addition to singing the theme song off-screen, Bishop had a cameo role in National Lampoon's Animal House as the aspiring folk singer whose guitar John Belushi smashes. Bishop still keeps the smashed guitar as a memento. He appeared in another John Landis movie, The Blues Brothers, as the 'charming trooper' who breaks his watch during the mall chase. Bishop also had a cameo in Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), appearing as a hustler in the infamous "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble" segment. Bishop also contributed the song 'The Heart Is So Willing' for the 1986 remake of the film Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, called The Money Pit, starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long.
Patrick Bateman, the fictional anti-hero from Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, is an avowed fan of Stephen Bishop
Stephen will be performing his iconic hits, On and On," "It Might Be You," "Save It For A Rainy Day," "Separate Lives," and more! Along with songs from his new album, "We'll Talk About It Later In The Car.
With Support from JAKE ALLEN.
The ethereal sound of Jake Allen's music attaches to your heartbeat and reverberates through your veins with the warmth of a long-lost embrace. He moves around the acoustic guitar like he's been holding it for a lifetime, gliding from end to end and producing sounds that you would expect from a full band.
At a young age, Allen began exploring synthesizers and recording music in his fathers Northern Michigan studio. By his late teens, Allen found himself being drawn to the sounds of finger-style guitar trailblazers like Michael Hedges and Andy McKee. He started to pinpoint his focus on acoustic guitar, crafting his own breed of six string wizardry. On top of a two-hands on the neck, percussive tapping style, Jake employed an array of effects and live looping to create an engaging solo performance. Through the art of looping, he discovered a way to create a virtual clone-like backing band. With this sufficient box of tools, Jake took his solo show to the road in 2009, touring ever since. These live efforts have garnered endorsements from musical gear companies like Takamine, Fender and Gretsch guitars. Jake can often be found online and in the flesh showing off new guitars and other products made by these reputable companies.
Allen has produced several acclaimed solo records, playing every instrument himself to complement his smooth, soaring voice. His deep and detailed records lend themselves to the fleeting practice of sitting down and really listening to a record from start to finish. In June 2018, Jake released his newest critically acclaimed record, Deviant Motions.
As Jake Allen continues to write, produce, and perform, his mission statement remains the same: "I observe, report and affirm my life through the act of making music. In turn, I wish that act will enrich the lives of others and inspire them to be their own definition of great."
Saturday, July 20 at 8:00pm
My Father's Place at The Roslyn Hotel 1221 Old Northern Blvd, Roslyn, NY