|Tags:||singer-songwriter folk folk rock rock acoustic folk-rock|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Phillip Gary Schlein, 18 September 1945, New York City, New York, USA. Sloan moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and in 1959 recorded his first single, All I Want Is Loving, for the ailing Aladdin Records. When a second release, If You Believe In Me (for the Mart label) failed to sell, Sloan began a career as a contract songwriter. In 1964 he joined Lou Adlers Trousdale Music and Dunhill Records where he was teamed with fellow aspirant Steve Barri. Together they wrote singles for Shelley Fabares, Bruce And Terry and Terry Black, as well as Adler protégés, Jan And Dean. Sloan and Barri composed several of the duos hits and contributed backing harmonies under a pseudonym, the Fantastic Baggys. The pair recorded the much-prized surf album Tell Em Im Surfin under this sobriquet.
The emergence of folk rock had a profound influence on Sloan. By 1965 he was writing increasingly...