George Puleo

George Puleo

BMHOF Class of 1987

George was inducted in The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame for dominating the guitarist category for 3 years. In 1981 he was one of the founding members of Gamelon. His soulful solos helped propel their first release into the Top Ten of Billboard magazines Contemporary Jazz Charts in 1988. Three more Gamelon records followed, all of which received critical acclaim. But George was looking for a change.

In 1992, along with Sue Kincaid (vocals), John Caruso (bass) and Jim Linsner (drums) he formed a group, simply called The Need. Their first release was a self-titled cassette in 1993. In 1995, with the help of Larry Swist (Spyro Gyro recording engineer), they released "It's A Beautiful Thing". During this time Puleo was also writing recording material for a solo album entitled "So Low".

In 1996 The Need released the self-produced album "From the Heart". They spent the next two years touring the Northeast, building a following whereever they performed. In 1998 they released "Wish", their most memorable work to date. "Wish" was produced by Armand Petri (Goo Goo Dolls and 10,000 Maniacs) and George states it features him "playing great songs, not just great solos".

George is currently playing guitar with Haiku, along with Jim Wynne on Bass (Class of 2015) Hugh Arthur on Drums and Spencer Bolden on Percussion.

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