Have you seen the video retrospective of Honk? Check it out!
The 2 albums on 20th Century are now available as a download. The first HONK LP was released by Twentieth Century Records in 1973. The cover showed clay figures of the band. A second LP was recorded by 20th Century but never released as an LP. In 2004, both albums were remastered and released on a single CD. This package includes all 20 selections as well as the cover art and the booklet.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN MP3 DOWNLOAD. THE PHYSICAL CD IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
History of Honk
The Honk Band began in Laguna Beach in 1970. I joined in 1972. That year, we produced the music for a very popular film on surfing called “Five Summer Stories.” One of the songs on that sound track LP – “Pipeline Sequence” – became a #1 hit in Hawaii and climbed the charts in Australia. We later headlined a concert in Honolulu.
From 1972 to 1975, Honk was featured at high school and college concerts all over California, as well as at LA hot spots such as the Whiskey Au Go Go and the Troubadour. We recorded with producers known for their work with Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, the Beach Boys, and Ike & Tina Turner.
Amazingly, in Honk’s 40-year life span, there have been only 2 changes in personnel! This may be a record for a rock band. The members are: Beth Fitchet Wood (vocals & guitar), Steve Wood (vocals & keyboard), Richard Stekol (vocals & guitar), Craig on saxes, clarinet, & flute, Will Brady (bass & vocals), and Tris Imboden (drums).
All of us are still full-time musicians. Steve has played with Kenny Loggins, The Pointer Sisters, etc. & has produced IMAX sound tracks. Richard produced 3 of my CD’s in addition to a bundle of his own, has played with scads of bands, has written songs for Kenny Loggins, Ricky Nelson, and Kim Carnes, and is a noted golf pro. Beth and Willy have made some great CDs and perform in various all-star settings. Tris has been the drummer for the band “Chicago” for 20 years & has played with almost everyone else. Since the “Chicago” touring schedule has grown increasingly busy, Tris has had to send in a sub for several recent HONK concerts. He chose the incredible young drummer Nate Wood (who just happens to be the son of Steve & Beth). The wonderful Frank Cotinola, (formerly of the Righteous Brothers and now with the Missles and known as “The Truck”) has also appeared with Honk.
Since 1983, Honk has been offering yearly “reunion” concerts to sold out venues in Southern California. The band has an uncanny way of retaining the freshness of its material & execution. These concerts are loads of fun! We are often featured at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA, (949) 496-8930.
The members of HONK (with Nate again substituting for touring Tris) graciously consented to perform on my CD “Renewed Hope.” HONK’s Steve Wood produced this effort.
While HONK took its 8-year “vacation,” Willy & i formed the jazz group “Storyville,” which released 1 of the several albums we recorded, played all over California, and opened for Dizzy Gillespie and the Crusaders. The Storyville trio featured the wonderful Jack Prather on bass, from whom we learned so much about music. Other Storyville alumnae include John Ferraro (drums with Larry Carlton, Rod Stewart, etc.), Paul Kreibich (drums with Ray Charles, James Moody, Woody Herman, Gene Harris, etc.), Karen Hammack (LA first-call studio pianist), Brian Atkinson (Disneyland Band, Lou Rawles, Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, etc.), and Dan Barrett (trombone with Benny Goodman, Concord All-stars, etc.) Dan, Brian, Karen, & Paul all appear on my latest jazz CD “Skykomish,” a collection of popular songs from artists such as the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, the Doobie Brothers, etc. transformed onto fresh new jazz arrangements.
To purchase HONK CDs:
For the “Clay Figures” LP on 20th Century Records, click here. This is an EXCELLENT re-issue, fully endorsed by all the members of HONK. The original tapes were completely re-mastered by a well-respected mastering artist. In addition to the original LP, a second set of 20th Century recordings never before released has been included. There is also a beautiful booklet with photos of the band and essays on our history.
For the soundtrack to “Five Summer Stories”, click here.
In response to overwhelming demand, i have again begun offering a burned CD copy of the 1974 HONK LP on Epic Records (the “orange LP”). You can download the mp3 collection along with various HONK photos for $6.99 by clicking here to order the download.
Or, to order the physical CD for $25 plus postage, Click here to order the physical CD.
Here is a poster of a Linda Rondstadt concert for which HONK was the opening act. I was late to this one, because i was attending my grandmother’s funeral, so Dan Hicks had to go on before HONK. I hope he has since forgiven me.
Check the Events Calendar for Concert Dates. New photos of the band will appear here soon. If you have any photos of HONK, please contact me.