Bill Spann & Friends
Bill Spann and Friends started in a record studio in Burbank. It was to be simply a recording project sponsored by songwriter Bill Spann. This first project consisted of three ballads, two blues, R&B stuff thrown in for good measure, and some JAZZ/POP tunes.Without realizing it, the participates didn't know what to call this sound, only that it made them feel good. It was the producer's idea, David Darling to form a group.The plain old fashion fun and energy used to create the album eventually opened a lot of doors. Bookings came in from all over town and the members decided to call themselves Bill Spann and Friends. Before long, the band played to fans at Carlos and Charlies, At My Place, Bon Appetite, and other West side Venues. With a strong following in tow and new demands, the band returned to the recording studio. Their sound was changing in character. The bands evolution was apparent in the new mix. The cool sounds of Bill Spann and Friends was unleashed. Brian Kilgore, Percussionist joined the ranks of David Darling on Lead Guitar, Fredo Balesteros on Sax, Steve Samuels on Drums, Randy Landis on Bass Guitar, Gary Nesturuk on keyboards, and Bill Spann with a handle on the Vocals. The band played on for many years and this, their legacy is what we hope you will enjoy. Sincerely, Bill Spann and Friends.