Pablo Cruise Biography

Formed in 1973, this San Francisco-based band was founded when ex-members of Stoneground, Cory Lerios (California, USA; keyboards/vocals) and Steve Price (b. California, USA; drums), were joined by Bud Cockrell (b. Missouri, USA; bass) and David Jenkins (b. Florida, USA; vocals/guitar) from It’s A Beautiful Day. 1975’s Pablo Cruise enjoyed critical acclaim for its astute blend of rich, jazz-influenced textures and accomplished instrumental work and while the following year’s Lifeline enhanced this reputation, the quartet reaped commercial rewards when ‘Whatcha Gonna Do?’ from A Place In The Sun reached number 6 in the US singles chart in April 1977. Former Santana bass player Bruce Day joined the band for 1978’s Worlds Away, which featured the US number 6 hit ‘Love Will Find A Way’. The album also rose into the Top 10 of the US album chart, while another single, ‘Don’t Want To Live Without It’, also broke the Top 30 as the band adroitly added elements of disco to an already cosmopolitan approach.

Following 1979’s Part Of The Game, Day was supplanted by John Pierce and second guitarist Angelo Rossi. Although Reflector (1981), a collaboration with veteran R&B producer Tom Dowd, generated another Top 20 hit in ‘Cool Love’, Pablo Cruise was increasingly viewed as moribund in the wake of new wave music. Internal problems led to further wholesale changes and the group disbanded shortly after the release of 1983’s Out Of Our Hands. Jenkins, Lerios and Price reunited in 2004, with new bass player George Gabriel, and hit the oldies circuit in their native California.

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

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