Richard Barone broke into the national spotlight back in the ’80s as the lead vocalist with the Bongos. When the Bongos called it quits in 1987, Barone launched his solo career with his solo debut album Cool Blue Halo, a chamber-rock masterwork. Barone celebrated the album’s 25th anniversary with a live recording, the 3-disc Cool Blue Halo: The 25th Anniversary Concert.
Over the course of his career, he’s collaborated with everyone from Lou Reed to Pete Seeger, from Tony Visconti to Donovan.
NOTE: Richard Barone is the answer to both of of pop quizes this week. He’s the author of the memoir “Frontman: Surviving the Rock Star Myth,” which was featured as Monday’s Autobiography: From the Start, and yes, he’s also close personal friends with our own Nipper, as seen at Who Am I? on Tuesday. (The Bongos were signed to RCA Records, hence, the Nipper reference.)
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