and singer-songwriter who was a member of The Sen-Say-Shuns
in the mid-1960s before becoming the electric bassist for The Paul
Butterfield Blues Band. (He can
also play the electric sitar and lead guitar.) They played venues such as the
Café Au Go-Go in New York,
New York, the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, California, JD’s in
Tempe, Arizona, the Monterey Pop Festival, the New
Penelope in Montreal,
Quebec, Canada, the Tyrone Guthrie Theater
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood.
In 1967, they
released The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw. (Pigboy Crabshaw was the nickname of band member, Elvin
Bishop.) Many of their live
performances were captured on the album, Strawberry Jam. In 1968, they issued the album, In My Own Dream, which featured
three of Bugsy’s compositions, “Get
Yourself Together” (co-written with Ronnie Laine
and Steve Marriott), “Mine to Love”, and “Morning
Yourself Together” was covered by Common Ground on The New Testament of Funk, Vol. 3,
and by Small Faces on on The Darlings of Wapping Wharf Launderette.
and groups with whom he has worked include Big Brother and the Holding
Company, Bob Bordy, Brother Gene Didwiddie, Danny Draher,
Jerry Forney, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Bobbie
Kinder, Knock Kneed Sally, the Mark Naftalin
Rhythm & Blues Revue, Buddy Miles, Richard “Rockin’
Rick” Patterson, Wilson Pickett, Mike “Pinky”
Semrad, and Tom Trovas.
out on his own in the late ‘60s with a pair of self-titled albums, Bugsy and Inside Bugsy,
on Dot Records. In 1972, he
appeared on Todd Rundgren’s ambitious
double album, Something/Anything?. He also appeared on a handful of
singles in the 1979, including “Hot Summer Nights”/”Love
Message” and “Night”. “Night” was the title
track of an album by Chris Thompson, who worked with Manfred Mann. It contained one song co-penned by Bugsy, Chris, and Stevie
Lange, entitled “Love Message”.
Other songs he
wrote included “As We Travel”, “Away”, “In
Limbo”, and “It All Comes Back to Me”. “As We Travel” became
part of the title of the 2002 compilation, As We Travel – Folk Funk Flavours & Ambient Soul. For a sampling of Bugsy’s work with The Paul Butterfield Blues
Band, check out An Anthology: The Elektra Years.
he hooked up with Sam Lay, Mark Naftaline, and
Little Smokey Smothers for a concert at the Hilton Arts Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.
He shared arranging duties with Dale Oehler
on the 2004 CD, Cherrystones: Hidden Charms, a compendium of
late ‘60s psychedelia by artists and groups
such as Ennio Morricone,
The Shadows, Shocking Blue, and Sonny & Cher. In 2009, “One More Time”
by The Paul Butterfield Band was featured on the soundtrack of Taking Woodstock.
In the new
millennium, Bugsy has become something of a house
musician at Ben Magoon’s Delicatessen in Saint Joseph, Missouri.
He celebrated his 68th birthday there on 6th
March 2010 with
his new band, Bugsy and the Insects. They were joined by Chili for the fourth annual Coleman Hawkins Jazz
Heritage Society’s Bikes and Blues Festival, held in September 2010
Joseph. On 9th
October 2010, he
joined Richard “Rockin’ Rick”
Patterson in a 20th year reunion concert at The First Ward
House, also in Saint Joseph.
He has the
distinction of being the first musician inducted into the Missouri State
Music Hall of Fame and is also enshrined in The Nebraska Music Hall of