BMHOF Class of 2004
Michael was born in London England and was formally educated in England The Isle of Man and Canada.
His family moved to Buffalo in 1960 where he attended Williamsville Elementary Williamsville High School and Niagara University.
He is best known for his guitar playing in the band "The Rogues". They were one of the most popular bands of the 60's in Buffalo; performing at "The Inferno", "The Commodore", "Lierczak's", "The Grandview", "Southshore", "Millers" and their own club "The Rogue's Gallery" on Niagara Falls Blvd.
After the break up of ''The Rogues" he formed the group "Magnacoustic" with Nick DiStefano (of "The Road") and Glen Tate. Produced by Gary Mallaber at the infamous Poultney Street studio being used by "Raven" and Stan Szelest they put out three singles on the "Thunderbird Records" label.
After 'Magnacoustic" disbanded he formed "Spriggs, Tate & White" with Glen Tate and Gary "Red" White. White went on to play with John Weitz and the J.R. Weitz trio after that.
Michael was an influence on an entire generation of Buffalo musicians throughout the 60's most notably Jimmy Ralston of Tina Turner fame Phil Dillon, John Brady and many, many more.
He moved to Nashville in 1971 and played lead guitar for Eddie Rabbitt for six years. He played on Rabbitt's first four albums and received a NARAS Super Picker award in 1979 for the following Eddie Rabbitt singles; "Rocky Mountain Music", "I Can't Help Myself', "You Don't Love Me Anymore" and " Hearts On Fire". He played on a total of Eleven #1 songs for Rabbitt.
He has played on over 5 000 live and televised shows which include: Music City Tonight, Solid Gold, Midnight Special, Johnny Carson, Hee-Haw, The Grand Ole Opry, That Nashville Music, Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Osmond Show, Disney World T.V. Show, On Stage, Pop Goes The Country, Nashville Now, Crook & Chase and Charlie Daniel's "Volunteer Jam".
Michael has been an "A Team" session player for over 25 years and works with hundreds of engineers writers session players and artists annually. He has been featured in: Guitar Player Magazine, Taylor Wood & Steel (twice) and The Peavey Monitor (twice)
Currently he has released his first solo album "Without Words" on Agnes Records distributed by Narada Music Design. One cut off the CD is featured on the new Windham Hill release ) 'Sounds Of Wood And Steel" volume 3. He has just completed his second album "Neurasenia" which will be released soon and is currently in production on yet a third album "Sonic Venue".
Record dates include:
Faith Hill, Le Ann Rimes, Trick Pony, Lee Roy Parnell, Alabama,Rebecca Lynne Howard, Trace Adkins, Chris Cagle,Billy Gilman, Lorrie Morgan, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers,Lila Mc Canne, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Eddy Arnold, John Michael Montgomery, Chris Le Doux, leff Carson, Susan Ashton, Pam Tillis, Elton John, Mindy Mc Cready, Tanya Tucker, Michael Peterson, Martina Mc Bride, Waylon Jennings, Chalee Tennison, Suzy Boggus, Hank Williams Ir., Hank Williams the 3rd, Eddy Arnold, Lee Greenwood, The Smokin Armadillos, River Road, Reba Mctyr, Dawn Sears, lohn Berry, Stephenie Bentley, Helen Darling, BB King, Phoenix Billy Dean, Dolly Parton, Lari White, Razzy Bailey, Eddie Rabbitt, Ed Bruce, Holly Dunn, Blake and Brian, hm Witter, Lynn Anderson, Holly Lamar.Vern Gosdin, Ricky Lynn Greg, Marty Robbins, Stella Parton, Ray Stevens, Janie Fricke, Mark Gray, Dobie Gray, Freddie Weller, Ronnie Dove, Danielle Alexander, Gary Morris, Noah Gordon, Robin Lee, T. G. Shepherd, Roger Alan Wade, and Akiko Yano.
Michael has played for the following producers:
Scott Hendricks/ Byron Gallimore,Chuck Howard, Brent Maher, Garth Fundas,Brent Maher, Csaba Petotz Keith Steagal, Rick H1, Steve Dorf, lohn Beths, Barry Becket, James Stroud' George Richey, Keith Stegall, Greg Brown, Andy Byrd, Byron FIill, Jerry Crutchfield, Jim Ed Norman, Mark Wright, David and Jim Malloy, limmy Bowen, Trey Bruce,Gary Morris, Harold Shed, Bob Montgomery, James Stroud, Randy Scruggs, Eric Paul, and Tom Collins.
Current Record & Demo Client List:
Warner Brothers, Asylum, Curb, Sony, Atlantic, CBS, Mercury Polygram, BMG, Royalty, EMI, RCA, Epic.API, E.M.I. Music, MCA Music, Tree International, Blue Water Music, Rainhill Music' Warner Chappel, LitHe Bing Town, Scott HendricksMusic, Kinetic Damond, Big Tactor, AImo ri-ng, 5ee 5-ait Music, Dreamworks, Stars-ck (lleba Mc Intire), Tower Seet, Great Cumberland, Maypop Music Group, W-elk Mu-sic Group, Polygram Music, Buddy Killen Musi-c, Little Big Town Music, -Sony Music, Curb Publishing, Cal 1V, Wrensongs, Encore Music, Lonestar, Muye Bueno George Straight, Hamsteir Productions. Every major publisher in Nashville LA and NY.
He has been a succesful songwriter and has had over sixty cuts. He has enjoyed staff positions with Warner Chappell (six years), House Of Gold (four years), and EMI music publishing (four years), A few of his cuts include: SQ
"Sometimes I'm A Little Girl" - Tammy Wynette
"Goodbye Heartache' - Louise Mandrell
"Twenty Years Ago" - Kenny Rogers*
"If There's Any Justice" - Lee Greenwood*
"Life's Too Short" - Billy Crash Craddock
"The Car" Jeff Carson*
"Runaway Hearts" - Louise Mandrell
*Number One Country Singles
He ownes a state of the art full blown Digital and Analogue studio (SPURTZWORKS) and is a qualified engineer.
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