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FormationThe Fortune Band began in the late 70's when brothers Richard Fortune on guitar and Mick Fortune on drums decided to join together and form a band. The first Fortune self-titled album was released on Warner Bros in 1978 with follow up WB singles releases including "Squeeze me, Tease Me" and "Saddle in the Wind". In the early 80's keyboardist Ray Barrett and bassist David de Leon (formerly Stanley Clarke's touring support bassist [1]) teamed up with the brothers and the band began its move more toward the pop rock style of the time. This phase of the band capped with a show at Aloha Stadium Summer Blowout 1981 opening for Heart and Blue Oyster Cult. The band began to receive some national attention with the 1982 Columbia Records/CBS Inc. release of "Airwaves" on The Last American Virgin motion picture soundtrack. The movie is considered by many to be a cult classic of the time and the soundtrack proved to be a memorable compendium of 1980s radio hits with Fortune sharing the bill with bands such as U2, Journey, Blondie, REO Speedwagon and the Police. As Fortune began to gain momentum the core of the band, Richard, Mick and David, decided to take their music more mainstream and that some adjustment in personnel was now necessary to move in that direction. By Fall of 1982 the band had recruited keyboardist Roger Scott Craig. Craig, formerly with Liverpool Express, a British based group known in Europe and South America. By year-end of 1982 Fortune's singer (Richard's wife Colleen Fortune) had left the band and was replaced by vocalist Larry Greene. The band began writing all new songs of which Roger and Larry contributed significantly. Over the next two years Fortune spent much of their time in the studio recording demos for CBS records and performing live gigs in clubs around Los Angeles and opened a stadium show in Hawaii. Unfortunately the band was unable to get traction during this time and eventually disbanded in 1984. [edit] Fortune 1985In 1985 Camel/MCA Records came on the scene and offered to release a Fortune album. The band regrouped with Bobby Birch on bass. Greene and Craig had been collaboratively songwriting and landed most of their songs in the second 1985 Fortune album. The album was released, and was believed to have achieved significant sales in Europe and Japan. During this period Camel/MCA had under-marketed and understated album sales to the band. While well received by the public, the band itself received virtually no revenue or recognition from the album. Camel Records shortly thereafter unexpectedly declared bankruptcy for undisclosed reasons and refused to give up the masters of the album, making an album re-release almost impossible. Fortune disbanded a second time. [edit] Fortune - PresentThe band regrouped again in 2006 as a power trio with original Fortune band members Richard Fortune on vocals/guitar, Mick Fortune on drums/vocals and Dave de Leon on bass/vocals. The band went back into the studio in mid 2008 to record new songs with plans in the works to release a new FORTUNE album.

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