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LAW IS NOW AN OFFICIAL PART OF ROCK HISTORY!
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LAW 1975                                LAW 1976

 

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From the 1950s through the late 1970s few areas of the country boasted a more dynamic or more exciting popular music scene than Northeast Ohio and Southwest Pennsylvania. The entire Steel Valley between Cleveland and Pittsburgh teemed with brilliant talent, great bands, and hundreds of clubs and concert venues for music fans of all ages. Many of the rock era’s most celebrated musicians spent their formative years in this area.

 

And no wonder! With dozens of teen clubs to play every weekend--and virtually every night in summer--young musicians like LAW, Phil Keaggy, Bob DiPiero, Myron Grombacher, Chrissie Hynde, Wild Cherry, and countless other world-class and world-famous musical artists, had unprecedented opportunities to learn their craft...and MAKE MONEY TOO!

One of most popular area bands throughout the 70s was Youngstown, Ohio’s LAW. Formed in February 1971 by Steve Lawrence, Steve Acker and Mickey Williamson, the name was derived from their initials. From the band’s first rehearsals it was clear that LAW had a special chemistry and magic which very quickly garnered them a regional reputation as an exciting and original club and concert attraction. At the outset the band was determined to perform original material with the goal of securing a record contract. Even the cover songs they did were performed in their own original style.

LAW was known as a “boogie band.” A three piece power trio, they were quite similar to Z.Z. Top in performing blues-based hard driving rock, although they did not know it at the time. Within a year of their formation LAW was opening for national acts like Bob Segar, Edgar Winter’s White Trash and Alice Cooper. One notable performance took place outdoors at Lake Milton, Ohio before 5,000 fans. LAW not only opened the star-studded program, but also later performed as Chuck Berry’s backup band.

Family responsibilities forced Mickey Williamson to leave the band in 1973. Lawrence and Acker had developed a close friendship with Ronnie Lee Cunningham of Youngstown, who had just become available because of the breakup of his band Brainchild. They immediately called him from Florida and he accepted their offer to join the band as Mickey’s replacement. Ronnie Lee added a whole new dimension to LAW. They retained their energy and showmanship, but Ronnie Lee’s vocals and instrumental prowess, both on the bass guitar and keyboards, was incomparable. He was funky and soulful and he oozed charisma on stage and off. Soon, in order to free Ronnie Lee to play the keyboards, the band added the incredible John McIver of Macon, Georgia on bass. McIver, too, was a very charismatic figure and he contributed heavily to the band’s almost magical stage presence.

In 1975 LAW signed with Atlanta’s GRC Records and recorded its first album at the label’s studio. Produced by Miami’s famed Albert Brothers, the album was sweetened by the Memphis Horns and contained several fine tracks. One song—Ronnie Lee’s show opener “Wake Up”--caught the attention of the Who’s Roger Daltrey. Daltrey and his manager Bill Curbishly signed LAW to their production company, put the band on tour with the Who, and in turn signed the band to MCA Records.

At that point, former James Gang singer Roy Kenner joined the band and LAW then evolved into a tight, powerful, rock and soul unit that, for the next three years, opened for many of the era’s major acts, from Boston to Jethro Tull to Earth, Wind and Fire to Bob Seger and Alice Cooper, all across the country. The band also developed several areas of strong regional popularity of its own, including Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, and New York City.

LAW concerts were driven, from the beginning, by the pile driving rhythms of drummer Steve Lawrence. It was literally impossible not to dance at a LAW show. Their music was a unique blend of funky soul and power chord guitar rock. Few bands in America were quite like LAW.


Many people remain who still fondly remember LAW as an important part of their youth in a different era, when great regional rock bands reigned and their shows were regarded as Events.

LAW broke up after the release of its third album, Hold On to It. Because of the multicultural nature of its music the band’s albums had a hard time finding a place on radio. Too rock for the R&B stations, too R&B for the rock stations. With a lack of airplay, record sales were disappointing. Shortly after Steve Acker left the band in December 1977 LAW broke up for good.

 

THE BEST OF LAW TRACK LIST


1. Ain't Been Here in a Long Time

2. My Baby Walked Out This Morning

3. Back Beat Boogie

4. Sleeping Beauty

5. Running On

6. Bite Me

7. Wake Up

8. Caroline

9. That's What Love Can Do

 


10. I'm a Ram

11. The Shelter of Your Arms

12. Hold On to It

13. The Sun Won't Shine

14. Layin' Down the LAW

15. Just a Dream

16. Must Be Love (Live)

BONUS TRACK
"Fair Weather Friends"
Live at the Cleveland Agora

 

THE REST OF LAW TRACK LIST


1. No Reason in the World

2. Poster Lady

3. Southern Wind

4. The Alabama Rag

5. The Old Days are Gone

6. Winning Hand

 


7. Take Care of Yourself

8. Lay it On the Line

9. My Woman, My Lady, My Friend

10. A full length "Live at the Cleveland Agora" WMMS Concert performance from 1976

 

THE BEST OF STEVE'S A-FILE DEMOS TRACK LIST


1. Desert Rider

2. Indulgence demo

3. Little Boy in Memphis

4. There's No Savjng Us (country)

5. There's No Saving Us (pop)

6. The Dash

7. Lunatic Magnet

8. Do Me Baby

9. A Place in this World

10. If You've Got a Heart

 


11. God Bless This Love

12. Mr. Right Now

13. The Man I Used to Be

14. Make Her Feel Like a Woman

15. The Letter

16. You Touch Me

17. Jump Start

18. There's Something in the Air

19. Her Ultimate Man

20. Hold On to Your Dreams

          

 

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