Where is Frosty of Lee Michaels fame?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by IndyTodd, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. IndyTodd

    IndyTodd Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fishers, Indiana
    Is Frosty still alive? Still performing?
     
  2. cnath

    cnath Member

    Location:
    Dallas TX
    look up Barry "Frosty" Smith- still plays around Austin i believe...
    I have an album by a group called Soulhat that Barry played with - good stuff...

    Cnath
     
  3. MikeM

    MikeM Forum Resident

    Location:
    Youngstown, Ohio
    I will, unfortunately, always remember seeing Frosty doing a "drum solo" during his days with Lee Michaels.

    After a time, the solo devolved into Frosty hitting the snare drum with the back of his bare hand as hard as he possibly could...with great long pauses between each hit.

    Meanwhile, the crowd is cheering on the big fat guy like a crowd of bloodthirsty wretches at the Coliseum as he continues to hurt himself even more for their pleasure.

    One of the worst rock 'n' roll moments I can remember in a lifetime of good ones.
     
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  4. IndyTodd

    IndyTodd Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fishers, Indiana
    Thks!
     
  5. I read somewhere that he passed away a few years ago.
     
  6. IndyTodd

    IndyTodd Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fishers, Indiana
    Well, so far we've learned he's either alive in Austin or dead.
     
  7. Tone

    Tone Well-Known Member

    Saw Lee and Frosty open for Blood Sweat and Tears in early 1971. Great drummer! What a great rock duo those two were.
     
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  8. David Powell

    David Powell Active Member

    Location:
    Atlanta, Ga.
    He's evidently alive in Austin, as he played on Marcia Ball's Peace, Love & BBQ released last year.
     
  9. TommyTunes

    TommyTunes Forum Resident

    Wow, that's a name from the past. Still have all my Lee Michaels albums, need to pull them out from a spin.
     
  10. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

    Location:
    clifton park,ny
    yea but i could do without those extended drum solos. i'm a drummer and they do nothing for me. otherwise,yes,great duo.
     
  11. glea

    glea Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bozeman
    SweatHog, that was the band Frosty had after Lee Michaels. I can just remember the awful cover with the flying pigs...
     
  12. HeavyDistortion

    HeavyDistortion Active Member

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    Baltimore, MD
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  14. glea

    glea Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bozeman
    jeez what was I thinking of then... just some old record shop flash back to the wrong reality. I have the P Faries, but that's not what I was thinking... some other awful early 70's band I was remembering. Flying pigs, yes, but with goofy faces??
     
  15. mcow1

    mcow1 Sommelier Gort Staff

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    Orange County, CA
    Saw them open for Sabbath in '71. Pretty good, IIRC.
     
  16. glea

    glea Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bozeman
    this is what it was... man, I did not want to lose sleep over this memory. You could see how this could have gotten fragmented in my mind. Two bands I didn't want to remember become one horrible image
     

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  17. BFrank

    BFrank Active Member

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    San Francisco, CA
  18. IndyTodd

    IndyTodd Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fishers, Indiana
    Thks for the updates everyone...glad to hear Frosty is still among the living!
     
  19. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Location:
    Germantown, Md.
    Found a nice original (A&M brown label) of Lee Michaels "5" album a few weeks
    ago (w/ Do You Know What I mean?) :righton:
     
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  20. HeavyDistortion

    HeavyDistortion Active Member

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    Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the picture and the memory. If I remember correctly, Hog Heaven was comprised of The Shondells, minus Tommy James.



    Ed Hurdle
    HeavyDistortion
     
  21. H-Man

    H-Man Member

    Location:
    Boston
    Yeah, I saw him do that bit at the Boston Teaparty opening for the Kinks (I think). I was probably one of the "bloodthirsty wretches" cheering him on too. Sorry...
     
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  22. MrSparty

    MrSparty New Member

    well, I'm sorry if you were upset with Frosty's routine, I've seen him many times with Lee and that was one of the highlights of the show was watching him just loosing himself in his playing he was known for that! He is now retired and living near Austin. But Mike your description is very disturbing, fat guy and blood thirsty wow, not how I witnessed it at all! Hope your wounds are healed, doesn't sound like it. My memories of Lee Michaels and Frosty are very good ones!
     
  23. Terry

    Terry Forum Resident

    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Stormy Monday. Phenomenal.
     
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  24. MikeM

    MikeM Forum Resident

    Location:
    Youngstown, Ohio
    I meant no disrespect to Frosty himself...if he genuinely enjoyed putting on that act, fine. (Like an earlier poster, drum solos of that ilk do absolutely nothing for me, and have nothing to do with "music" per se — so perhaps that colors my view.)

    Nevertheless, I don't really have any "wounds" that need healing...and I stand by my take on the crowd's reaction to Frosty's routine.
     
  25. spencer1

    spencer1 Forum Resident

    Yup.
    Among my favorite concert memories are seeing Lee and Frosty.
     

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