Tony�s Tygers

The year was 1968. Six Milwaukee teenagers recorded a single with record producer Jon Hall for his local Teentown Records. That song was �Little By Little,� written by sixteen-year-olds Tony Dancy and Dennis Duchrow. Within a few weeks, it was number one in the Midwest, receiving heavy airplay on WOKY and WRIT radio. It wasn�t long before the excitement caught the eye of A&M records President Herb Alpert, who quickly signed Tony�s Tygers to his label. Shortly after, �Little By Little� was a Top 40 Hit across the nation. This was the American dream.

Based on the success of their hit single, Tony�s Tygers recorded a full-length album, which was released in the summer of 1968. The band performed almost nonstop, but their youth & their parents kept them close to home. Tony�s Tygers became a fixture at Muskego Beach, State Fair, Weilers Ballroom, Marty Zivko�s and CYO dances.

The Tygers went their separate ways after High School graduation. Guitarist/writer/ & gifted arranger Tony Dancy and keyboardist /vocalist Craig Fairchild, moved to Los Angeles where they became staff writers for Wednesday�s Child Productions. Here, they wrote music for such national TV shows as �The Brady Bunch� and �The Flintstones� and became accomplished studio singers. In the 1970�s, Tony assembled the vocal group �Quiffy�, which became one of the hottest nightclub bands in L.A.. After more TV and studio work and stints with such groups such as Ambrosia and El Chicano, Tony returned to Milwaukee, where he recorded his first solo CD, �A Hopeless Romantic�, released in February 1999.

In 1997, Tony &Craig brought the Tygers back to life for a special reunion concert concert at Maritime Days. The Tygers vocal magic enchanted the overflow crowd at Milwaukee�s Lake front. The tremendous audience response convinced the Tygers that that is was indeed time to roar again.

Joining Tony in this new Tyger adventure was original member Craig Fairchild. Craigs�story pretty much parallels Tony�s, until the early 70�s, when they were a songwriting team in Los Angeles. Craig became an engineer at Larrabee Sound in Hollywood. There he worked with artists such as Sonny and Cher, Liza Minelli and Johnny Mathis. In the mid 1970�s he co-founded the group Quiffy with Tony. Locally Craig was a member of the popular Milwaukee group, Rocket 88 for 16years. He is known particularly by women for his slightly risque� take off on Roy Orbison.

Local guitarist/vocalist Louie Fragassi was born with a silver Guitar in his hand. A professional musician since he began to walk. He was a member of L.A.�s Crazy Elephant band, best known for their hit song �Gimme Gimme Good Lovin�.� After leaving the Crazy Elephant band, Louie joined the 1910 Fruitgum Company, whose hits include � Simple Simon Says, � �1,2,3 Redlight,� �Special Delivery� and �Indian Giver.� Louie returned to Milwaukee in 1980 for a 1910 Fruitgum Company reunion tour, where he has resided ever since. He became a permanent fixture in the Milwaukee music scene as a member of Jules Blattner and the Warren Groovy All Star Band. Louie was also a member of The Game, a popular local 70�s-80�s revival band, before joining Tony�s Tygers. Louie is the proprietor of the popular riverwest nightspot, Bosco�s on Burleigh. The Tygers can often be found here, occasionally even performing!

Mark Lansing first broke into the national music scene in1970 with the band Flying Machine. Their big hit �Smile a Little Smile For Me� went top 5 on the Billboard charts. Post Flying Machine days included work as a studio musician in Los Angeles until the mid 70�s. He moved to Wisconsin, joining one of the state�s biggest acts of that time Sunblind Lion. In 1989, Mark joined Louie in forming The Game. After enjoying several years and several versions of Game fame, Mark was invited to join the Tygers in 1998. Mark serves as spokesman (& jokeman) for the group in addition to his role of guitarist/vocalist.

The Tygers� newest member, Drummer Mike Murphy provides the heartbeat of the Tygers� driving rhythm section. Mike started his career as the original drummer for Sweetbottom in the 70�s. He then traveled extensively and recorded with the Jazz-Fusion band Matrix, which had an album on RCA and several Warner Bros. releases. In the late 80�s and into the 90�s, he hooked up with guitarist Daryl Stuermer, of Phil Collins/Genesis Fame They toured and recorded into the 90�s.

Although Mike has only been with the Tygers a short time, He is already turning heads with his outstanding & versatile performances.

Barry Beihoff, bass/vocals, is a long time fixture of the Milwaukee music scene. Originally with Freddie and the Freeloaders, Barry went on to play with the Jet Set and Seven Card Stud, before moving to California where he became a household name in the L.A. club scene. He toured Russia with Skunk Baxter (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), he was a member of Shawn Murphy�s (Little Feat) band and played/recorded with Cheech and Chong, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers, Jon Stewart, Joe Walsh, Coco Montoya, Debbie Davies and Fats Domino. Barry is a crowd favorite as he brings them to their feet with his rousing renditions of Joe Cocker tunes.

The Tygers� taken individually & collectively are a group of extraordinary & experienced talent. Fellow musicians often stop by a Tyger�s performance just to listen and pause at the sheer vocal power and precision of this band. Treasured memories of high school, high drama and high hopes are yours once more!

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