1st Day of May

Posted by admin on May 1, 2012 in Michigan Rock, Rock and Roll, Uncategorized |

Some people celebrate Cinco De Mayo – I celebrate the first day of May.  I do it by playing this song from the 1960s by a Michigan band named “The Frost”.  I play this song every year (at least for the last 15 years or so) on May 1st.  It’s just something I do.  It reminds me of days when life was simpler, and music had some kind of magical power over the audience.

If you want to hear ‘First Day of May’  try looking on youtube.  To buy it, look for this song on iTunes, or dig through your old LPs.  If you’re lucky it’s there.  If you’re not so lucky, you can also go to Dick Wagner’s official site at wagnermusic.com || The Official Dick Wagner Website and buy a copy there.

The Frost consisted of 4 players – common in a Rock band.  The drummer was Bob Rigg.  On bass you had Gordy Garris.  Don Hartman filled the spot of Rhythm and some of the Lead Guitarist.  Dick Wagner was the primary guitarist of The Frost, and while having limited success with this Michigan-based Rock N Roll band, went on to bigger and better things with the likes of Tina Turner, Lou Reed, Ursa Major, Alice Cooper – penning such songs as ‘Only Women Bleed’ and ‘Shine Silently’ both of which have been covered by many artists from Tina Turner and Nils Lofgren to Elkie Brooks and Ray Hamilton Orchestra where ‘Shine Silently’ “shines” once more on the disc ‘It Takes Two To Rumba’.

‘The Frost’ was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame In 2008. A great honor for the sometimes forgotten, but non-the-less great ’60s Rock Legend group!
Here’s a thought for you:
***Play this song at least three times on every May first, and receive good fortune all year through, and a big smile on your face each time you listen to the simple lyrics that intoxicated and inspired one teenager in 1969…  You can find more information about ‘The Frost’ at Wikipedia The Frost – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




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