|16 yr old Eric Johnson |
(photo credit - Jay Aaron Podolnick)
The band was formed in the fall of 1969. In November, they were looking for a name for the band as they were preparing to work on their debut album. They ended up with the name "Mariani". Bill Josey Sr. of the Sonobeat Records suggested that the band record demos before committing to an album - the band recorded two unnamed instrumentals. Shortly after recording the demo tracks, Bob Trenchard left the band; and bass guitarist and vocalist Jay Podolnick replaced him.
|Vince Mariani |
(photo credit - sonobeatrecords.com)
After the two singles Jay was replaced by Jimmy Bullock on bass and Bill Wilson, an airman then stationed at Austin's Bergstrom Air Force Base, on vocals. The band was also joined by St. Edward's University junior Darrell Peal. The group worked up four new songs - two vocals and two long instrumental jams and, with new versions of Re-birth Day and Memories Lost and Found. The band finally recorded the album "Perpetuum Mobile" of which only 100 copies were produced. The album was never released commercially. A rare surviving copy offered on eBay in 2008 sold for $2,850 and included Vince's handwritten note, "This is one of only 100 copies ever made. It has become a great collector item in certain galaxies." Later in 2001, Akarma Records, a specialty label, issued a version of the album.
|Peretuum Mobile - Mariani|
The band shared the bill with ZZ Top and Bloodrock in their home state of Texas.
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