New England

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New England is an American rock band, who were best known in the US for their first single, "Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya", which received heavy radio exposure on Album-oriented rock (AOR) stations and reached #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979. The follow up "Hello, Hello, Hello" also received some airplay. New England described their sound as "power-melodic-orchestrated-song-oriented rock".

New England touched not only the hearts of what would become diehard fans but turned the business on its ear as well. The band was at the center of a bidding war amongst record label giants. The band ultimately signed to Kiss manager Bill Aucoin and chose the production team of Mike Stone (Queen, Journey, Foreigner), Paul Stanley and Todd Rundgren to produce their records.

Based in Boston, New England features guitarist/vocalist John Fannon, drummer/vocalist Hirsh Gardner, keyboardist/vocalist Jimmy Waldo and bassist Gary Shea. In 1979, the band emerged on the international scene with the release of their self-titled debut album. Their first single “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya” became a national hit and cracked the Billboard Top 30. NEW ENGLAND was produced by Mike Stone and Paul Stanley (Kiss) and was recorded at many notable studios in Los Angeles, New York City and the legendary Trident Studios (the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel) in London, England. The band promoted the album touring across North America with Kiss and special guest of Journey / ACDC throughout 1979.

 

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