The Detroit blues-rock outfit the Woolies was formed in 1964 by vocalist Stormy Rice, keyboardist/harpist "Boogie" Bob Baldori, his guitarist brother Jeff, 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. While an enduring cult favorite among today's collectors, the single failed to make much of an impact upon its inital reissue, and after 1967's follow-up "Duncan and Brandy" met a similar fate, their tenure at Dunhill was finished. Still, 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 to pursue an ill-advised solo career -- he issued only one single, "Go Now" -- 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; in addition to running a successful legal practice, "Boogie" Bob Baldori also produced some 200 albums, frequently backed Chuck Berry and in 1994 issued a solo LP, Who Do You Love.
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