Whiteface

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Urban legend has it that Whiteface was a major Atlanta attraction in the mid-'70s, though the music recorded by Doug Bare (keyboards/vocals), Steve Hardwick (guitar/vocals), Kyle Henderson (bass/vocals),…
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Urban legend has it that Whiteface was a major Atlanta attraction in the mid-'70s, though the music recorded by Doug Bare (keyboards/vocals), Steve Hardwick (guitar/vocals), Kyle Henderson (bass/vocals), and Benny Rappa (drums/vocals) has faded into obscurity, making the group a bit of an album rock oddity. Signed to Polygram's Mercury division, they were initially recorded by the keyboard player for the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Barry Beckett. On May 18, 1979, the band performed at the Agora Ballroom in Atlanta, at what was said to have been the record release party for the band's self-titled debut LP. George Pappas engineered the tapes, produced by Red Dog and released by Mercury as a promotion-only tool, the live record kicking better than both studio releases, revealing that they were probably a might too careful during the recording process. Henderson left the group and was replaced by bassist Barry Dunaway, which led to their recording Change of Face with producers Phil Benton and A&R legend Peter Lubin, released in 1981.

Still glossy -- the slight edge in their live show polished for hopeful radio play -- there may have been a bit more cohesion to the second commercial outing, but it still lacked the power the group proved they had live. Producer Benton had worked on Paul Davis albums, including the 1977 smash with "Sweet Life" and "I Go Crazy," with Davis himself bringing Dunaway, Bare, Hardwick, and Rappa on board for his 1981 Cool Night album, which had the title track hit as well as "'65 Love Affair." They dissolved in 1981, Dunaway moving on to play with Pat Travers, Saraya, and Yngwie J. Malmsteen; drummer Rappa working with Liz Larin, Blackfoot, and Ted Nugent; and keyboardist Bare doing stints with Pat Travers, Blackfoot, Funky Blue Messiahs, John Mayall, and others. Original bassist/vocalist Kyle Henderson moved on to Atlanta band the Producers, who released their Epic debut in 1981 while Whiteface was issuing what would be their final studio release.