GOT HIST'RY IF
YA WANT IT . . . !! (circa ’94)
JIMMY CRESPO, GUITAR
As Aerosmith's lead
guitar/songwriter, he collected gold and platinum for "A Night In The
Ruts", "Rock In A Hard Place", and their "Pandora's Box" collection.
(See "Aerosmith, The Fall & Rise Of..." by Mark Putterford, Omnibus
Press '95). A legendary craftsman among guitar heroes, The Doctors'
stripped down "power foursome" encouraged Jimmy's exploding
BONNIE BRAMLETT, VOCALS
She’s co-written major hits like
"Let It Rain", and "Comin' Home" with Eric Clapton, and "Superstar" with
Leon Russell. She’s earned additional platinum for her work in The
Allman Brothers Band. She’s the soul shouter on Johnny Rotten's P.I.L.
release, and even during two seasons as the biker-babe/waitress on ABC's
#1 hit series "Roseanne", Bonnie kept rockin’ through the '90s with The
Doctors, until well covered substance abuse problems (People Magazine /
The Star) and divorce ultimately ended the groups critically acclaimed
DANNY SHERIDAN, BASS
After touring for years with
Nashville outlaw David Allan Coe, Danny's “astute” management guidance
(US Magazine, Oct. ‘83) launched original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood, (for
whom he currently produces two national radio shows "Absolutely80s" and
"New Wave Nation"); he ignited Bonnie's career comeback in the '90s; and
now he has even co-authored the biography of Carl's Jr. hamburger chain
founder Carl Karcher! (Rolling Stone #794 9/3/98). A designer of amps
and the Workingman's™ bass for the venerable SWR Sound, he's writing the
ultimate "How to..." book for bass. A songwriter for artists like Coe
and David Crosby, his compositions for TV & soundtracks include ChiPs;
F.A.M.E., Roseanne, and the 2Pac/Jim Belushi film “Gang Related”. Danny
is The Doctors' leader/producer.
DALLAS TAYLOR, DRUMS
An original member of Crosby,
Stills, Nash & Young, Dallas later founded Manasas with Stephen Stills.
The Doctors’ aggressive pace kept him pounding harder than ever. His
book “Prisoner Of Woodstock” (Thundermouth Books) is a wild read.
MO' HIST'RY ...
legendary rock'n'roll singer, and co-author of mega-hits like
“Superstar” (with Leon Russell), and “Never Ending Song Of Love”
(Bonnie, Carl Radle, and Delaney Bramlett), Bonnie Bramlett/Sheridan
completed two seasons as the sassy biker/waitress on ABC's #1 series,
Roseanne, where Danny later appeared as the bass player "Hank". Her
first group, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, featured Eric Clapton on
guitar, with whom she composed hits like "Let It Rain" and "Comin'
Home". The group performed their own "You Got To Believe" in Richard
Sarafian’s cult classic Vanishing Point.
Bonnie’s powerful vocals
became well known for duets with Gregg Allman, on Delbert McClinton's
"Giving It Up For Your Love", and with the Starship's Mickey Thomas. Her
tenure with The Allman Brothers earned gold for the “Enlightened Rogues”
LP. ABB re-released her Dickey Betts co-written “Famous Last Words” on
“Hell And High Water”. She’s known for collaborations with artists as
diverse as Clapton and Willie Nelson; most of The Beatles and the
Stones; Earl Scruggs; Hank Williams Jr.; even former Sex Pistol, Johny
Rotten. She's collected Gold and Platinum records; CMA awards; and her
compositions have achieved BMI's Million-Air status. In 1990 Bonnie
teamed with Dr. John to sing the soundtrack for Paul Newman's Blaze
In the early 90s,
the brand new Bandaloo Doctors opened Ringo Starr’s summer tours, then
began writing sessions to prepare a debut studio album, "Let's Play ..!"
Doctor’s bassist Danny Sheridan produced it at Hollywood's Cherokee
Studios, and Gregg Allman played organ. The sessions remain un-released,
tied up in a protracted court battle. Previously, Danny had produced for
Michael Nesmith's Pacific Arts and others, while his songs have been
recorded by a variety of acts, including David Crosby, Danny’s Eli
Radish Band (see the 2001 rock history book “Rock’N’Roll…” by Deanna
Adams @ Amazon.com) partner David Alan Coe, and Texas swing legend Lost
John. Several appear in the NBC series CHiPs, performed by Oscar nominee
Amy Madigan. He's written and produced songs for MGM's Fame; played, or
composed music for episodes of Roseanne; WMMS-FM spots; shows for
several KROQ DJ's; mixed simulcast audio for Nick Gilder, and early
video tracks for The Red Hot Chili Peppers. He also co-composed and
produced underscore for Orion’s 1998 2Pac Shakur/Jim Belushi film “Gang
virtuoso electric guitarist Jimmy Crespo came from Aerosmith, where he
co-wrote albums that include “Rock In A Hard Place”, and “A Night In The
Ruts”, which included the Crespo/Tyler hit “Jailbait”. He’s also
contributed his imposing guitar skill to projects with The Cruzados,
Billy Squire, Stevie Nicks, and garnered raves on the 1996 tour with Rod
Stewart. Rod stopped his Wimbledon Stadium concert mid-way to praise
“buzz” started with a few woodshed live performances at LA venues like
The Coconut Teazer and The Troubadour. Their debut took place at a Farm
Aid concert to an audience of 87.000, and they toured on and off for
nearly five years, leaving "Let's Play..." and one live CD in the can,
with bootlegs all over the Internet.
“Roseanne” show waitress / motorcycle-mama Bonnie Bramlett was scheduled
to sing at an all celebrity concert, backed by a 14 piece "house" band
of rock'n'roll's finest players. "But I wanted to hear her with a
stripped down, edgy group," said Doctors' bassist, then husband,
Danny Sheridan, "a few power players, rockin' as hard as she does."
Just hours before the concert, he enlisted some friends, Aerosmith's
blues guitar virtuoso Jimmy Crespo, and drummer Dallas Taylor to
complete an impromptu foursome that hit the stage with no rehearsal, and
did some "show stopping blues" (L.A.
Radio legend Jim Ladd interrupted his broadcast from
the venue to “illegally” open the mics to The Doctors performance …
Later the brand new Bandaloo Doctors' 1st official performance was
reviewed in the June '92 SPIN:
FARM AID V, Texas Stadium, Irving Texas, March 14 1992:
Like all star studded, day long charity
concerts . . . Farm Aid V kicked off slowly, and
. . . progressively got slower . . .
(then) something unexpected finally happened. Bandaloo Doctors immersed
the crowd in blues-funk ten times as powerful as corn liquor. Bonnie
Sheridan sashayed out in black and launched into the Maxine Brown
classic, "All In My Mind." She worked the audience. She wailed. She
hunched over and completely lost it - Janis Joplin style - like singers
are supposed to do . . .
Group members agreed that their combined chemistry
ignited a very special creativity. They committed to spending June and
July of ’92 in Hollywood’s SIR rehearsal studios composing new songs.
Ringo's All-Starrs were rehearsing down the hall, listening to The
Doctors' writing sessions. By the third day, with barely a handful of
songs conceived, the group was "discovered". Ringo popped his grinning
face into their studio, and said, , "You guys are great! How would
you like to open up for our tour?" With less than a week to
prepare, the audacious Doctors accepted.
"We take risks on stage, too," Danny said. "The
communication is so great, we never do our songs the same way twice. We
work 'without a net,' pushing ourselves to the edge. It's very exciting."
In concert, the Doctors would
surprise with some very raw blues, a Hendrix-style rave-up of James
Brown's "Think", or a Stonesy acoustic tribute of songs from
Bonnie's soundtrack work, or from another member's discography. But
most of their energetic "guitar, bass, and drums with a chick singer"
show consisted of brand new originals, and the powerful, bare bones
rhythm section afforded lots of room for Jimmy's blazing lead work, and
Bonnie's awesome vocal gymnastics.
Doctors’ fans eagerly await the
courts decisions regarding the future of the group’s recorded material.