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Country USA

Style Melodic Rock/Power Pop


The band Fotomaker was formed in 1978 by bassist Gene Cornish and drummer Dino Danelli, former members of the 1960s group The Rascals (a/k/a “The Young Rascals”). Rounding out the group were guitarist Wally Bryson, formerly of power-pop hitmakers Raspberries (which featured singer Eric Carmen), and two relative newcomers, guitarist/vocalist Lex Marchie and keyboardist/vocalist Frankie Vinci. The latter two members, though the only unknowns in the band, were the core talent that drove the band with their songwriting and vocal skills.

The 1978 debut release, simply titled Fotomaker, featured all the clichés of power-pop of the `70’s: hook-laden choruses, tight overdriven guitars, lush strings, 12-string acoustic guitars, a few melodic ballads, 3-minute radio-friendly tunes and strong vocal harmonies throughout. The group didn’t get the publicity or promotion it deserved, though, and its minor chart hits failed to win a wider audience.

The second album, Vis-a-Vis, was hurriedly released later that year and also failed to hit. Seeing that power-pop groups had all but died, with the exception of a few acts like Elvis Costello, The Knack, and The Cars who were defining themselves as “new wave” or “post punk”, and with disco still raging on the charts, the third album, Transfer Station, targeted the dance genre. Wally Bryson had already left the band. “Transfer Station” sold even more poorly than their previous albums, and the group disbanded shortly thereafter.

In 1997, Gene Cornish and Dino Danelli, along with former Rascals bandmates Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, were inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

Wally Bryson went back to Cleveland and has since turned up in Raspberries reunions over the years; he has also collaborated with his son in The Bryson Group. Frankie Vinci has done plenty of TV work, including jingles and music for the Super Bowl, and has written songs for others such as country artist Tim McGraw.


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– Fotomaker [1978]
– Vis-à-vis [1978]
– Transfer Station [1979]


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