Danny Sheridan

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Danny Sheridan came out of the same Cleveland, OH, orbit that yielded such stellar rock acts as the Outsiders and the James Gang. While in his teens, he was playing professionally with Spontaneous Corruption,…
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Danny Sheridan came out of the same Cleveland, OH, orbit that yielded such stellar rock acts as the Outsiders and the James Gang. While in his teens, he was playing professionally with Spontaneous Corruption, a blues-rock trio, when he decided to try working in an idiom that interested him more -- he had nothing against hard rock or electric blues, but he also wanted to play country blues and even straight country and bluegrass. He began spending more time at bars that catered to rural blues enthusiasts, and even got to sit in with future legends such as Robert Lockwood, Jr. He crossed paths with guitarist Tom Foster (aka "the Foss") at a Cleveland club, and out of that beginning came the formation of the Eli Radish Band, a politically left country-rock outfit (before the latter term had even been invented, much less used) and, over the next six years, Sheridan and company -- with such notable alumni as David Allan Coe passing through their ranks -- mixed country, blues, and even elements of classical music (they had a violinist in their ranks) within the framework of rock with an antiwar message.

Eli Radish lasted until 1973, after which Sheridan headed to Los Angeles and began playing and composing music for film and television soundtracks -- he also married Bonnie Bramlett during the 1970s, though the two were divorced by the start of the 1980s. His television work in the early '80s brought him back into contact with Eli Radish singer Jonah Coslen, and led to the formation of the Bandaloo Doctors with Bramlett and Aerosmith guitarist Jimmy Crespo. That group became a vehicle for Bramlett's return to performing, and the two later enjoyed various acting roles as well. Concurrent with Bramlett's comeback in music, Sheridan's then-girlfriend, Nina Blackwood, whose career he managed, became a national media figure as one of the original MTV "veejays." In the years since, Sheridan has managed Blackwood's career as an actress, as well as producing music for various films and television shows.