Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen were formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the late sixties. During the seventies, they were frequent visitors to Austin, TX. Their repertoire was a good-time mix of almost any music to party by: country swing, rockabilly, tex-mex, gospel, and the occasional country tear-jerker. Their rendition of the 1962 classic "Hot Rod Lincoln" soared to number 9 in 1972. All members were accomplished multi-instrumentalists, and their live recordings are extremely good. "Live from Deep in the Heart of Texas" (MCA 659) is the recommended summary of the Airmen at their best. Around 1978 the original team broke up, but Cody went on with different Airmen.
Both singer Billy C. Farlow and guitarist Bill Kirchen returned to the scene in 1994 with fine solo albums.
Deep in the Heart of Texas 1991 MCA 659 Too Much Fun: Best of Commander 1990 MCA 10092 Live from Deep in the Heart of Texas 1990 MCA 659 Aces High 1990 Relix 2041 Sleazy Roadside Stories 1988 Relix 2028 Returns from Outer Space 1987 Edsel 202 Let's Rock 1986 Blind Pig 2086 Lose It Tonight 1980 Line 624453 Flying Dreams 1978 Arista 4183 Rock 'n Roll Again 1977 Arista 4135 We've Got a Live One Here 1976 Warner 2939 Tales from the Ozone 1975 Warner 2883 Lost in Space 1975 Relix Comm Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen 1975 Warner 2847 Live Deep in the Heart of Texas 1974 Paramount 1017 Country Casanova 1973 MCA 661 Hot Licks, Cold Steel 1972 MCA 28031 Lost in the Ozone 1971 MCA 31185
Personnel Quite a few people were in this band at some time in its history. The best line-up may have been:
Commander Cody (George Frayne) Keyboard "Buffalo" Bruce Barlow Bass Bobby Black Pedal Steel Guitar Lance Dickerson Drums Billy C. Farlow Lead Vocals Bill Kirchen Lead Guitar Andy Stein Fiddle/Sax John Tichy Guitar Norton Buffalo Harmonica
Apart from John, they all sang.
Written and compiled by Bert van Rijn (firstname.lastname@example.org).