Frank 'Zeke' Sheppard
(vocals; replaced Finley; 1973)
(bass; replaced Hodgson)
Penti 'Whitey' Glan
(drums; replaced Steinberg; 1973)
Following the demise of Rhinoceros in the Fall of 1971, in July 1972 former Rhinoceros members John Finley, Michael Fonfara, Danny Weis, Larry Leishman and Peter Hodgson reunited with the help of Frazier Mohawk and his business partner Gary Howsam as a new act calling themselves The Blackstone Rangers. The line-up would be rounded out with new drummer, Richard Steinberg, and ex-McKenna Mendelsohn Mainline member Frank 'Zeke' Sheppard .
Not long after, the band shortened its name to Blackstone after being threatened by the Southside Chicago Black Panthers' motorcycle gang for using their name. Within a year former Rhinoceros' producer/creator Paul Rothchild traveled to Toronto and recorded the group's debut album called 'On The Line' for GRT Records
Unfortunately, with the album attracting poor critical reviews and sales, by March 1973, various members began leaving. Fonfara and Weis carry on briefly with new singer Mike Stull and ex-Bush bassist Prakash John and drummer Penti 'Whitey' Glan, but the band ultimately stalled out in Los Angeles. John and Glan would go on to join Lou Reed's touring band (and eventually Alice Cooper) while Fonfara and Weis become top session musicians; Steinberg and Sheppard are both now deceased.
On The Line (GRT)
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