The Producers Tickets
In the 1980s, The Producers emerged as a new wave and power pop band from Atlanta, Georgia. Initially it was just a Beatles cover band named Cartoon but soon they changed musical directions and began performing their own material in nightclubs. Its original members included Van Temple on guitar and vocals, former Whiteface member Kyle Henderson on bass and vocals, former Billy Joe Royal sideman Wayne Famous on keyboards, and Brian Holmes on drums The producers musical were quickly signed to CBS subsidiary Portrait Records by Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon and Mother's Finest producer Tom Werman because of their successful music. The Producers released two albums for the Portrait label, The Producers (1981) and You Make the Heat (1982). They became a regional favorite in the southeastern United States, propelling 'What She Does to Me' onto the national Billboard Magazine singles charts.
The producers musical toured extensively opening for Cheap Trick, and The Motels. 'She Sheila' from their second album was a popular MTV video and in 1982 they headlined MTV's New Year's Rockin Eve. Although the the producers musical band was successful, it was dropped by Portrait Records after only two albums. Kyle Henderson left the band and became a born-again Christian. The Producers recorded a solo album for Kerry Livgren's Christian rock label, Kerygma Records and replaced Kyle by future Jellyfish and Umajets bassist Tim Smith.
The album, Run For Your Life was released in 1985 on a small Atlanta-based independent label featuring a collaboration between The Producers play and Kansas. The song 'Can't Cry Anymore' appeared on both Run For Your Life and the 1986 Kansas album Power. Regaining a major label contract in the late 1980s with MCA Records, The Producers group recorded their fourth album, Coelacanth. But before its release the band was dropped in a 1989 label purge. So, Coelacanth was finally released in 2001 featuring tracks like 'Out of My Head' and 'Dance on My Heart'
At least 2 other projects have been done by The Producers. One of their songs (the drum riffs from Chinatown) was used for the music in a Miller Beer ad in the early 80s. Also, Miller made an album called 'Miller Music' (a compilation) which had the Producers doing a new song: 'Run Back'. The album was on the RCA Special Products label number DPL 1-0726. 'The Producers broadway' (1981) and 'You Make The Heat' (1982) were finally reissued on CD as a single 2 LPs on 1 CD in 2000 including the hits 'What's He Got' and 'She Sheila'. The disc was supposed to appear on store shelves by November 21, 2000 but an unfortunate glitch in the artwork that delayed the delivery until the weekend after Thanksgiving.
The Producers' two finest albums, 1981's Producers and 1982's You Make the Heat, finally made their long-awaited CD debut as a two-fer in 2000. Included are both of the Before retiring in 1989, The Producers broadway musical were a very popular college band in the Southeast mostly popular in Atlanta, New Orleans, and in Wisconsin. The band still plays reunion shows around the Atlanta area from time to time.
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