Barnaby Bye: Bobby Alessi and Peppy Castro
I still can’t decide if they were better live or better on record!
Legendary Atlantic Records’ founder Ahmet Ertegun inked the band and produced their remarkable debut slab aptly titled Room to Grow (1973). The follow-up Touch (1974) was even better. Why Barnaby Bye didn’t reap the commercial success afforded their bygone era peers Todd Rundgren, Hall & Oates, and even Sir Elton escapes me.
Comprised of Long Island rock royalty; ex-Blues Magoos Peppy Castro, ex-Illusion drummer Mike Ricciardella, and Alessi brothers Bobby and Billy -this ensemble, as I was witness at My Father’s Place among other venues, were a live force to be reckoned with. From melodic counterpoint to riveting register leaping pocket grooves rendered by Peppy and Bobby, great songs make for great basslines…go figure!