Baillie & The Boys Biography

Michael Bonagura (26 March 1953, Newark, New Jersey, USA) and Alan LeBoeuf (b. 1953, Warren, New Jersey, USA) first merged their talents in the early 70s in a band called London Fog. Bonagura met up with his future wife Kathie Baillie (b. 20 February 1951, Morristown, New Jersey, USA) in Delaware, and with the addition of LeBouef they began performing on the New Jersey nightclub circuit. They provided backing vocals for several pop acts including the Ramones and Talking Heads. In 1977, Alan LeBoeuf spent two years portraying Paul McCartney in the Broadway show Beatlemania. The trio moved to Nashville at the start of the 80s, where they gained recognition as songwriters and accomplished session players, with clients including Marie Osmond, Dan Seals, Randy Travis, and Ed Bruce. They were signed in their own right to make several close-harmony albums for RCA Records. The trio enjoyed a string of US Top 10 country singles including ‘Oh Heart’, ‘Wilder Days’, ‘Long Shot’, and ‘She Deserves You’. LeBoeuf left in 1989 leaving them effectively Baillie And The Boy, although they enjoyed further hits with ‘Fool Such As I’ and ‘Treat Me Like A Stranger’. They returned after a long silence with 1996’s Lovin’ Every Minute, featuring new member Roger McVay. The original trio reunited in August 1998 to play a benefit performance in Daytona Beach, Florida and subsequently began performing and recording together again. The low-key, semi-acoustic The Road That Led Me To You was released on the independent Synergy label in 2000.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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