HAPPY THE MAN
of the intensely creative and artistic art rock and fusion
movements of the seventies, Happy The Man is one of the most
legendary progressive rock bands of all time. Although Happy The
Man only released two official albums before breaking up, their
impact was strong enough to durably endear the group to a cult
following that has been growing ever since. And with the passing
of the years, Happy The Manís music has demonstrated a timeless
quality which suggests that it was not only ahead of its time, it
was also, in many ways, beyond this world.
five years after parting ways, Happy The Man has returned with a
new album, The Muse Awakens, and is ready once again
to thrill their devoted fans worldwide.
The new album picks up right where they left off, characterized by
strong compositions with varying mood and intensity while
creatively combining the quirky interplay of rhythms and melodies
with lush atmospheric textures.
members Stanley Whitaker (guitar) and Rick Kennell (bass)
first met in Germany and soon
returned to the US, enlisting Frank Wyatt (keyboards, saxes,
flute), Kit Watkins (keyboards) and Mike Beck (drums) and
proceeded to create two of the most deeply admired prog-rock
albums of all time. Their Arista Records releases, Happy The
Man (1977) and Crafty Hands (1978) (the
latter of which Ron Riddle replaced Beck on drums) are among the
most respected albums of all time among art-rock and fusion
breaking up in 1979 the members of Happy The Man pursued various
other projects and it was during one of these side trips that
guitarist Stanley Whitaker, beseiged by adoring Happy The Man fans
at a festival in Mexico, decided to put the band back together.
Kennell, and Wyatt had been befriended by keyboard whiz David
Rosenthal (Billy Joel, Rainbow, Robert Palmer, Steve Vai) and he
became the obvious choice to fill the very large shoes of Kit
Watkins, who no longer wanted to play live. When Ron Riddle was
unable to commit to being involved in the reunion, an extensive
drummer search led the band to Joe Bergamini (4Front, Moviní Out)
and the new lineup was complete.
recording and releasing The Muse Awakens to the
unanimous praise of its fans, the band has set out to continue
writing, recording, and performing the music that has moved so
many people over the years.