Lenny Kotke

Dubbed the “world’s most famous unknown band,” go figure why this legendary Long Island collective helmed by the late, truly great Peppi Marchello never achieved global acclaim, if only for a brief shining moment.

As I was witness, The Good Rats blew many a headliner off many of the biggest (and smallest) stages.

Alas Peppi’s proclamation of the “Curse of the Rat” rang true.

Bassist Lenny Kotke anchored the band during their golden era from roughly 1972 through 1980 or thereabouts – traversing blues, jazz, metal, hard rock, pop, prog, theatre, and just about every permutation thereof.