The Lonely Crowd began as the Telstars band renamed. As we grew older, we became more ambitious, soul searching, and I started writing songs. The musical possibilities became exciting because of the great bands who were influencers: the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, the Byrds, James Taylor, Doobie Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Chicago, and so many others.
I was also now graduated from elementary to middle school, and as my brother and band mates got closer to college entry, the band name changed, and we also started to broaden the repertoire for college audiences. We took the band into Ultra Sonic Studios during my middle school days and recorded a 4 track demo of two songs. School was always a distraction for me as my head was thinking about the band and the songs. We just kept playing and were busy.
As I got ready for high shcool, my bandmates had started to drive, and were getting ready for college, and our choices became more diverse. In addition to playing parties, we gigged summers in the Catskills, at Long Island clubs and at the colleges of the band mates (NYU and Hofstra we played often). I was in high school living ahead of my years.
We became influenced by mind expanding experiences. Marijuana and hashish had become popular. My band mates and I spent memorable nights together, zoned out of our minds, watching a Beatles, Stones, or Doors live performance on TV, or listening to Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love or Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland - at top volume.