Mike Vale

He started his career as a member of The Raconteurs until Tommy James needed a backing ensemble to promote “Hanky Panky” - hence Mike Vale anchored The Shondells during their glorious run of Top 40 radio hits in the late 1960s.

A singer (“Love Makes the World Go ‘Round”), and writer / co-writer of such tracks as “Crystal Blue Persuasion", "Ball Of Fire," "Sugar On Sunday," “The Lover,” "She", and "Loved One," among others, Vale was a pocket player with a penchant for grooves, as evidenced on “Candy Maker” from the band’s last, lost gem Travelin’ (1970).

Following his stint with James, Vale formed Hog Heaven with various ex-Shodells / Raconteurs and waxed two solo slabs In My Dreams (2014), and It’s a Pittsburgh Thing (2013).