Lansing – (Baldori Brothers)
The Detroit blues-rock outfit the Woolies was formed in 1964 by vocalist Stormy Rice, keyboardist/harpist “Boogie” Bob Baldori, guitarist Jeff Baldori, bassist Ron English and drummer Bee Metros. Debuting a year later with the single “Black Crow Blues,” the Woolies issued a series of records on their own Spirit label culminating in a 1966 cover of “Who Do You Love” which became such a regional smash that it was picked up for national distribution by Dunhill. The rock and blues band from East Lansing Michigan was chosen by Chuck Berry as his back up band for many years including the Berry album “San Franciso Blues” recorded at the Woolies studio in Michigan in 1971. The Woolies remained a local sensation, and in addition to backing giants like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters as they passed through town, the band was also among the featured artists performing at the October 6, 1966 opening of Detroit’s famed Grande Ballroom. After Rice exited in 1968 the Woolies added multi-instrumentalist Zocko Groendahl and continued touring relentlessly, self-releasing their debut LP Basic Rock in 1971. Live at Lizard’s followed two years later, and after relocating to nearby East Lansing the group continued performing into the 1990s; Jeff Baldori left the Woolies in 1976 – he is equally skilled in both piano and guitar. Jeff has continued throughout the years playing and recording with the most legendary of musicians both on stage and in the studio.
The Woolies “Live at Lizards”, The Woolies “Basic Rock”, Chuck Berry “San Francisco Blues”.
- Bob Baldori
- Jeff Baldori
Who Do You Love- The Woolies – YouTube (2:10)
Below: Lansing rock legend Bob Baldori’s “Boogie Stomp” documentary is now playing at Studio C! in Okemos.
Here is Baldori at a show with Chuck Berry, which his band The Woolies backed. The photo was snapped at a 1971 concert at Oakland Community College’s Union Lake Campus. (photo by Pat Appleson).