b February 14, 1951 Cairo, Egypt
The New York Dolls
replaced Rick Rivets in the 1971 original New York Dolls which included
guitarist-Johnny Thunders, drummer-Billy Murcia, bassist-Arthur Kane Jr.,
and singer-David Johansen. The
original Dolls first performance was at
the Homeless Shelter of the Endicott
Hotel in New York on December 24,1971.
After a whirlwind rise in
popularity, the Dolls headed to London in October
of 1972 to open on a bill for
Rod Stewart. While in London, drummer Billy Murcia
died on November 6,
1972 and the Dolls returned to the States the following day.
Auditions were held for a new drummer and Jerry Nolan joined
July 27, 1973
debut album on the Mercury label was produced
Todd Rundgren (b 6-22-1948 Upper Darby, PA)
and was aptly titled, "New York Dolls".
Their 2nd album released in July 1974
and also on Mercury,
was titled, "Too
Much Too Soon" and was produced
George F "Shadow" Morton (b
9-3-1942 d 2-14-2013).
Mercury decided to drop the Dolls in November 1974 due to trouble with the
Dolls' notoriety. During this
period, the Dolls couldn't get along and in 1975,
Johnny Thunders and Jerry
Nolan left in the middle of a Florida tour and returned
to New York to form the
Heartbreakers with Walter Lure and Richard Hell
(AKA Richard Meyers b 10-2-1949
Sylvain and Johansen
kept playing and covered many of the Dolls' tunes with
several other musicians,
however they parted ways in 1977 which ended The New
June 26, 2000, Sylvain released some New York Dolls' music recorded during 1977 with
Sylvain on guitar, Michael Page on bass, Bobby Blaine on piano, and Tony
Machine on drums.
2004, Sylvain and Johansen reunited and reformed the New York Dolls
Conte-guitar, Gary Powell-drums, Brian Koonin-keyboard, and
Later in 2004, Brian Delaney replaced Powell on drums.
On July 25, 2006
the New York Dolls released their album titled, "One Day It Will
to Remember Even This", produced by Jack Douglas on Roadrunner Records.
The New York Dolls - Members
David Johansen-singer (AKA David Doll, AKA Buster Poindexter) b 1-9-1950 Staten
Johnny Thunders-guitar (AKA Johnny Volume, AKA John Anthony Genzale Jr) b 7-15-1952
Queens, NY - d 4-23-1991 St Peter House Room
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Rick Rivets-guitar (AKA George Fedorick) b 1949 Bronx, NY
Arthur "Killer" Kane Jr-Bass b 2-3-1949 Bronx, NY - d 7-13-2004 Los Angeles
Billy Murcia-drums b 10-9-1951 Bogata, Columbia - d 11-6-1972 London, England
Sylvain Sylvain b 2-14-1951 Cairo, Egypt *REPLACED
Jerry Nolan-drums b 5-7-1946 Brooklyn, NY - d 1-14-1992 NY
Peter L Jordan-bass b 6-20-1951 fills in for Kane at times
Blackie Lawless-guitar (AKA Steven Edward Duren, AKA Blackie Goozeman)
9-4-1956 Staten Island, NY *REPLACED Thunders for 15
days in May 1975 in Florida
Chris Robison-keyboard b New York City
Johnny Thunders & Jerry Nolan left Florida and returned
to New York to form
David Johansen and Sylvain part ways and the Dolls are history
A reunion was organized with Johansen, Sylvain, and Kane.
Steve J Conte-guitar b 9-23-1960 New York City
Sami Yaffa-bass (AKA Sami Takamaki) b 9-4-1963 Finland
Gary Powell-drums b 11-11-1969 New York City
Brian Delaney-drums b 1967 St Louis, MO *REPLACED Powell in 2004
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