Flash Cadillac photos courtesy of: Mod Photography, Donald Kallaus, Cheri Brueggeman, Bev Henry, Larry Hulst and Hall of Fame Photos by Marla Rutherford
“America’s Premier Party Band”
WARREN KNIGHT: Bass Guitar and Vocals
DAVE “THUMPER” HENRY: Drums, Percussion and Vocals
TIMOTHY P. IRVIN: Vocals
ROCKY MITCHELL: Guitar and Vocals
PETE SANTILLI: Keyboard and Vocals
DWIGHT BEMENT: Saxophone and Vocals
HIGHLIGHTS & BRIGHT LIGHTS
DATELINE: March 7, 1969…The University of Colorado in Boulder… FLASH CADILLAC performs for the first time…
Over forty years later, reflecting on the events that led the Flash Cadillac band to their current success, a charmed history is told.
Not every band that quits school and piles into a van headed for Los Angeles can claim:
- Instant popularity within the music industry.
- Releasing four albums within three years (Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, Epic Records, 1972; No Face Like Chrome, Epic Records, 1974; Rock ‘n Roll Forever, Epic Records, 1975; Sons of the Beaches, Private Stock Records, 1975).
- Being the first band to perform on American Bandstand without having a record (1971).
- Appearing in two of the biggest impact motion pictures ever filmed (American Graffiti, 1973; Apocalypse Now, 1978).
- Receiving a platinum album for their work on the sound track of American Graffiti, for which they wrote the only original music in one of the classic rock ‘n roll collections of all time (MCA Records, 1973).
- Appearing in the highest-rated TV program of that particular week with a script written especially for them (Happy Days episode “Fish and The Fins”, 1974).
- Appearing on nearly every TV program featuring music: The Tonight Show, In Concert, Midnight Special, American Bandstand (four times), and more.
- Moving from Los Angeles, building a 24-track recording studio on their 120-acre ranch in the Colorado Rockies, and recording two more albums on their Promised Land Record label (Flash Cadillac’s Four-Song Collector’s Edition, 1982; Rip It Up!, 1984) and one for Great American Music Hall/Fantasy Records, (Later Than Midnight, 1988).
- Releasing A Night At The Symphony (Flash Cadillac Records, 1992), recorded live with the Colorado Springs Symphony conducted by Christopher Wilkins.
- Featured as the House Band on the nationally broadcast Super Gold radio program.
- In their 25th year of performing, releasing two more albums, Drivetime and Souvenirs (Flash Cadillac Records, 1994).
- A release – 25 Years (Flash Cadillac, 1995) – a collection from their two and one-half decade career.
- Their long-awaited Christmas release – Ghost Of Christmas Past (Flash Cadillac, 1996) recorded live with the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, conducted by Christopher Wilkins. Flash Cadillac’s 1997 recording – Rock And Roll Rules – presents the Band’s original material and traditional rock ‘n roll at its finest.
- Flash On The Prairie is released (Flash Cadillac, 2004). A live recording from one of their many appearances at the Conner Prairie Farm in Fishers, IN, sponsored by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
- “Legends in their own minds”, Flash turns 40 (Boulder, CO – 2009) with a reunion, celebration concert, back to where the band began.
- Returns to the legendary Surf Ballroom (Clear Lake, IA) with an over the top headline performance to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the last performance and tragic plane crash of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.
- Inducted into the prestigious Colorado Music Hall of Fame – proceeded only by John Denver for musical performers. Flash Cadillac continues to offer the finest in Traditional Rock ‘n’ Roll.
FLASH CADILLAC – A NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY
Since 1992, Flash Cadillac has collaborated in creating the nation’s largest traditional Rock ‘n Roll Bands with American Orchestras to include: Alabama, Arkansas, Atlanta, Boca Raton, Buffalo, Cedar Rapids, Charleston, Charlotte, Chico, Cincinnati, Colorado Springs, Colorado Symphony, Columbus, OH, Columbus, GA, Dayton, Delaware, El Paso, Evansville, Flint, Fort Smith, Fresno, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Harrisburg, Hartford, Illinois Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Kerrville, Knoxville, Lake Charles, Long Beach, Longmont, Memphis, Minnesota, Modesto, Nashville, North Carolina, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Sinfonia, Omaha, Portland, ME, Portland, OR, Pueblo, Oregon, Phoenix, Reno, Richmond, VA, Rochester, Saginaw, San Angelo, San Antonio, Shreveport, Sioux Falls, South Bend, South Dakota, Springfield, MA, Toledo, Topeka, Tucson, Tulsa, Utah, Virginia, Wheeling, Wichita, Williamsport, Winston- Salem Piedmont and Wyoming, with musical charts especially arranged for them in a first-time ever presentation of Classic Rock with Classic Pops.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY….
“…when Flash Cadillac combined it’s ’50s and ’60s rock ‘n’ roll repertoire with the music of the Colorado Springs Symphony, the world’s first 80-piece rock ‘n’ roll band was born.” -(Colorado Springs) Gazette Telegraph
“And while Jerry Lee Lewis may be ‘The Killer’, Flash Cadillac stole the show with their no holds barred act…” -Modesto Bee
“The feel good factor was high and the celebratory atmosphere was, as always, unforgettable. The musicianship was incredible…” -Surf Ballroom Winter Dance Party
“FLASH CADILLAC has been ahead of their time in more ways than will ever be recognized.” -Phonograph Record Magazine
“Flash Cadillac rolled into the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Saturday night and promptly remade the Tulsa Philharmonic in its own image.” -Tulsa World Staff
“These men put on an electrifying performance and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves while doing so.” -The Calgary Herald
“The group is a virtual encyclopedia of rock’s last early years…supremely entertaining.” -The Denver Post
“But Flash Cadillac, you can’t beat them” -(Clear Lake, IA) Globe Gazette
“Anyone who laments the passing of rock ‘n roll…should shake, rattle and bop (not stroll) down to where the fantastic FLASH CADILLAC will be ripping it up.” -The Los Angeles Times
“Band is a team sport” – FLASH CADILLAC
Performances with Symphony Orchestra’s Available and Desirable
~ We provide our own custom written musical arrangements ~
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