ROCK N ROLL
The group was formed in Bay City Michigan in 1973 and consisted of Robert
Charlebois (born in Bay City in 1957) on lead vocals,guitar,piano,harp and sax,
Joe Charlebois (born in Bay City in 1954) on drums and backing vocals, and
Don Langenburg (born in Bay City in 1949) on bass guitar. The group had a
melting pot of influences which included the Motown sound, English blues,
American blues and metal, as well as the great rock-n-roll bands coming out of
Detroit in the late 1960's.
In 1974, Mad Dog was asked to open for Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet
Band and MC5 at the Skidway Lake Music Festival. The band played all
original material and was making a name for itself. In 1975 the group was again
asked to open for Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band in Saginaw, Mi. at a
club called Hidden Hollow. In 1976 Mad Dog recorded its first album. After a
trip to New York and a slew of rejection letters from the major labels, the band
released the record in 1977. The album received airplay and made numerous
college radio station playlists during 1977 -1978. Commercial radio was not
into music this heavy at the time. Distribution was a problem and the internet
did not exist. Indie labels were few and far between. Mad Dog recorded its
2nd album in 1980 and so far it has not been released. After slugging it out for
ten years playing up to 250 dates a year, the band broke up in 1983.
On the 30th anniversary (2006) of the recording of Mad Dog 617, it was
released on cd and is available for purchase via this site. The cd release of the
album was preempted with the illegal cd release by Mr. Nobody Records in
2005 . This release was not only illegal, it was ripped from vinyl and sounds
bad. The official release is digitally remastered and sounds great. So... take a
look around the site, send an e-mail and let us know where you saw the band,
heard on radio, etc. This site is a work in progress, check back now & then!
Left to Right:
Don, Joe, and Bob
|Mad Dog is eligible for entry into the Michigan version of the
Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, "Michigan Rock-n-Roll Legends".
If you think the band deserves this recognition, go to the website
to vote online.
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