JESS & JAMES AND THE J.J. BAND

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – 1968 – 1970 – Psychedelic Rock

One of my first memories is of my dad rehearsing in the living room with his friends. They would give me percussion instruments to play so that I would feel like I was participating. I thought I was in the band. – Zach, son of Doug Lucas

LYRES

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BOSTON, MA – 1979′s – Present – Garage Rock

I always grew up listening to awesome music, since my mom was a DJ at Emerson College and my dad was the guitarist in Lyres, a locally beloved and internationally touring garage band. That, of course, is how they met. When I was 2, I distinctly remember the first song I ever loved: the Ramones’ “Beat on the Brat” (also one of Dad’s favorites). But I can’t remember the first time I heard my dad’s music, only that it blended seamlessly into the other bands I loved: the Dictators, the Clash, Iggy and the Stooges, and of course the Ramones. “Help you Ann” was my favorite. My dad was also in the Mighty Ions (a wrestling-themed rock band) and the Fabulous Billygoons (a party rap band where he played trumpet??), so his musical prowess knew no bounds. He toured all over the world, got his name in Rolling Stone, and even got recently named one of Steven King’s favorite bands in a newspaper article. Plus he played with all of my absolute heroes–and in doing so, became my hero too. Check out the video of them still kicking ass in 1998! – Heather, daughter of Danny McCormack

CITY KIDS

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PHOENIX, AZ – 1972-1978 – Proto Punk

My dad used to get dressed up in vintage suits and go play in grimy bars when I was too young to appreciate what was going on (in the picture, he’s the one wearing the hat). I think the first song I ever heard him play was titled “Medical Marijuana.” It was a metaphor about love, or something.

We don’t have any of the original recordings, but he recently re-worked some of his old songs with some strange kids he met in LA. My favorite one, “James Brown’s Height,” is uploaded here. Others can be found here. –Travis, son of Mike Korte

MY DAD IS DAEVID ALLEN FROM GONG

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Melbourne – 1960-Present – Psychedelic Rock

The first time I heard him play? I went on tour overseas with him and my mother when I was around 9 months olddoes that count? I suppose I’ve heard his music a lot over the years. But when your dads recording studio is situated in the non-soundproofed room right next door to your bedroom, I guess you kinda learn to drown it out.

Since he still currently plays I guess he’s not really applicable to the ‘was’, but because he has been around since before Jimi Hendrix was cool and he’s like mid 70′s now, I thought I’d just submit him anyway. He’s been at the core of a whole bunch of bands, Soft Machine and Gong being the most notable.

Growing up with him is probably the reason why I don’t find anything weird in life. Dad has all these crazy drawings he’d done on commission plastered on the walls, he loves all weird things and has the craziest costumes and he’d dress up in them and dance around the living room. It’s been a running joke in my family that he’s 70 going on 17.

Hilariously enough I’m not the musical type at all, my mother is a professional artist and my father a professional musician and I entered university to do a degree in Computer Science. I’ve never really listened to my dad’s music recreationally, I didn’t even really listen to music in my early and mid-teens either, nor am I especially an avid music-fan now. Not that my dad minds all that much really- he’s already got one son in the band. –Ynys Allen, son of Daevid Allen

MY DAD WAS IN LITTLE FEAT

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LOS ANGELES, CA – 1969-1979 – Rock

I first heard Little Feat at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. They played a stellar show. I remember them getting a standing ovation. A year later, I saw my father play a show in Topanga Canyon at the Community House on the Lowell George “Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here” solo tour. It wasn’t until years later (after getting into the Grateful Dead) that I really started to enjoy the music of Little Feat… –Forrest George, son of Lowell George

TEMPEST

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PANAMA CITY, FL – 1987-1992 – Heavy Metal

Defining the music scene of the gulf coast. Tempest, which later became Tracy Lane (named after a local make out spot) became a metal power house winning every contest they entered and packing ever venue they played to the max. The band disbanded after Pete Atchison (the keyboard player not pictured) past away.–Rollins Atkinson, son of Robert MaFall

ADOM

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CAMDEN, NJ – 1970-1976 – Rock

My Dad had an old cassette tape of his band’s music. I remember being blown away when he first played it for me in the car; I think I was 9 years old. It was a proud epiphany for me that my old man had been a part of something so cool. Adom was a good rock band with solid three-part vocal harmonies. I honestly think that, had his band been more professionally managed and recorded, they could have taken it further than they did. –Ben Schwartz, son of Steve Blackstone

MY DAD PLAYED WITH BUDDY RICH

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NEW YORK, NY – 1977-1978 – Jazz

Buddy Rich, arguably the best jazz drummer of all time (and some would say the best drummer of any style) had many bands throughout his career, but he called one of them The Killer Force and said it was “the best band I ever had.” My father played alto saxophone and flute in that incarnation of Buddy’s band from 1977-1978 (5-year old me used to sit in Buddy’s lap and play his drums from time to time). My father is a great player and has played with quite a few other big band and jazz bands over the years, but that was the big one. –Justin Gauvin, son of Alan Gauvin

SKYY

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – 1973-1992 – R&B/Funk

My dad was in Skyy before I was born, joining the group in 1981 and eventually leaving in 1989, but I’ve seen the videos, the album covers, and the gold record hanging in our basement studio. I’ve been listening to him play, though, throughout my entire life. After leaving Skyy, he continued to play professionally, and is one of the top jazz pianists in the D.C.-area.

This video of him in a white V-neck jumpsuit and playing a space-station synthesizer set up with four keyboards is perfect Father’s Day embarrassment fodder to spread through Facebook, and I absolutely love it. –Dana, Daughter of Wayne Wilentz

MAGIC MUSIC

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EDMONTON, ALBERTA – 1969-Present – Adult Contemporary

An album of songs written between 1985 and 1988, though not released until 1995 under the title Dark to Light, I must not have heard it until 1999. Frank and Neil have been touring Canada and writing music since the early 70s, when they were commissioned to compose and preform scores for opera, radio plays, and with the University of Alberta orchestra. They never seemed like rock ‘n rollers, but they weren’t quite poets either. They were just communicating, in the best way they knew how. And they are still, to this day, poised for a comeback, just waiting to take the world by storm. –Michael, son of Frank.

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