Times Table Rap
Nick Saunders the high-energy, deep-voiced rapper rhyming with lyrics has been involved in music to some degree ever since grammar school: singing in a Rock n' Roll group, and then later his High School choir. He played a horn in a marching and maneuvering drum and bugle corps, which led to him becoming a horn instructor; musical arranger and assistant drill instructor for a startup drum and bugle corps, with kids ranging from ten through eighteen. The corps consisted of about fifty to seventy-five kids. In 1965 they won the first Long Island Circuit Marching and Maneuvering drum & bugle corps championship. In the 1970's he formed his own singing group and later a band. Nick wrote and arranged many of the music and vocals. The group was signed by such producers as Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, and by Malcolm Dodds. Nick went on to produce a major recording session. In the late eighties Nick joined the legendary Rock n' Roll group The Cleftones, of which he still belongs. He and the original lead singer of The Cleftones formed a company called 'Class Act Enterprises.' One of Class Act's mandates was to honor and help the artists of the 50's - 60's genre of music who needed some sort of financial assistance. To this end they produced four 'From The Heart' concerts, all sponsored in part by the New York Daily News, WCBS-FM, and P.C. Richard and Son. The first of these series was an extravaganza of artists from the 50's - 60's era that totaled 53 performances. These concerts were held at the Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island. The first show honored Richard Nader, who is credited for creating the revival of this genre of music. His wife died in a fire, and his two sons were injured, and all his belongings were destroyed. The concert raised one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000). They also honored such performers as La Vern Baker, Timi Yuro, Chubby Checker, The Cadillacs, and Bobby Lewis to name a few.