From the Beginning

"CRUIS'N"

Steve w/ Cruis'n @ Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

Steve w/ Cruis'n @ Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

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While still in his teens, Steve started his career as the lead performer in the rock and roll revival show band “CRUIS’N”. From Northern California, "CRUIS'N" performed an estimated 250 shows per year for nearly 10 years, headlining their own shows and touring with the legendary Wolfman Jack and others. (ABOVE PHOTO SHOWS THEM AT CANDLESTICK PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO late 70's). Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe, Canada, Hawaii, car shows, performing arts centers, theaters, corporate events, nightclubs,  fairs and festivals, as well as TV and radio. His Elvis impersonation garnered rave reviews, as well as a brief meeting with Elvis himself in 1976 at San Francisco’s Cow Palace. Shortly thereafter, "CRUIS'N" released its' only 45 rpm recording, the Waddington/Pepperell penned do-wop/rock influenced novelty hit "Vicky's Hickey", which became a regional radio hit! 

"STEVE ONE & THE SHADES"

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Steve One & the Shades..."I used to be Steve One...now I'm just one Steve!"

Steve One & the Shades..."I used to be Steve One...now I'm just one Steve!"

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Steve One and the Shades” was a popular and all-original power-pop band that shared the stage with such contemporaries as Chris Isaak, Huey Lewis and the News, Eddie Money, Greg Kihn, Eddie and the Tide, Night Ranger, and more. Steve penned all the songs on their two critically acclaimed albums, “Once in a Lifetime” (produced by the band and San Francisco's Dave Denny) and “Steve One and the Shades” (produced by the band and legendary "Duroc" Scott Mathews). In fact the Gavin Report said "Steve One and his Shades possess a remarkable talent and the ambitious songwriting and personality skills which nowadays separates the 'wannabees' from the 'doers'". They played concerts, clubs, festivals, and did numerous live broadcasts and in-studio radio programs, all to rave reviews. Steve also did a few side projects, performing lead and backing vocal harmonies, as well as rhythm guitar, at studio sessions for various artists and producers. Cruis'n co-founder Ray Pepperell, "East Bay Ray", as he was known in his then-new punk rock band "Dead Kennedys",  had produced a few demo recordings for Steve, and by this time Ray had written a few new songs for his own solo, non-DK project, and had Steve do the lead vocals. This venture produced the UK hit "Trouble In Town"/"Poison Heart".
 

http://www.soundclick.com/steveoneandtheshades

"ST. CHRISTOPHER'S SIN"/ "MR. MAJSTYK"

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Strawberry Fields Forever

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When Steve One and the Shades broke up at the end of the 80's, Steve spent a few years in the studio writing, singing, producing and playing guitar on a couple of projects, most notably "St. Christopher's Sin" with Shades' guitarist and co-producer Terry 'T.K.' Kincannon, and "Mr. Majstyk", a solo project, both labled as adult alternative rock/pop. These sessions, as well as outtakes and demos, are still played regularly and charting on SoundClick and BroadJam

http://www.soundclick.com/mrmajstyk

 
Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios

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ON THE SILVER SCREEN/ TELEVISION

Kirk Douglas, Craig T. Nelson, Steve
"Take Me Home Again" NBC TV

Kirk Douglas, Craig T. Nelson, Steve "Take Me Home Again" NBC TV

Steve, Kurt Russell "Breakdown"

Steve, Kurt Russell "Breakdown"

Due in part to his quick wit and his ease on stage, many people suggested he try acting. He joined an actor's workshop where the legendary acting coach Larry Menkin proclaimed Steve to be "...a natural, a gifted actor, and a joy to work with." Larry introduced Steve to an agent with his endorsement, and almost immediately Steve was grabbing supporting roles in film and television, such as “BREAKDOWN”, with Kurt Russell and “TAKE ME HOME AGAIN”, with Kirk Douglas and Craig T. Nelson, “HOLLYWOOD SAFARI” with Sam Jones, and more. He moved to Southern California, studied with Cliff Osmond and Aaron Speiser, and became one of the lead performers in actor/teacher Tim Colceri's  FULL METAL IMPROV. After studying with Joyce Castellanos he also started doing voice over work for film and commercials.

"DINO" and RAT PACK TRIBUTES

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David Wolf, Steve

David Wolf, Steve

Michael B. Levin's RAT PACK ENCORE

Michael B. Levin's RAT PACK ENCORE


At a party in late 2007, Steve was informally singing a couple of Dean Martin songs for friends. At that same party was Shane Kelly, a local Frank Sinatra tribute artist that was putting together a Rat Pack show, and he was so impressed with Steve's "Dino" that he immediately booked him for a series of casino shows. When David Wolf, a top Jerry Lewis Tribute artist, saw Steve as Dino, he booked him in series of  "A Tribute to Martin & Lewis" shows and a mid west tour.. When Michael B. Levin was looking for a fill-in for his show "The Rat Pack Encore", he booked Steve. That lead to a couple of other national Rat Pack shows and tours.. After being introduced to Skip E. Lowe, Steve not only did three of Skippy's syndicated TV shows, but he became one of the top draws and regular members of the Monday night showcase in Beverly Hills, where he met keyboardist David Moscoe. With David Moscoe on board as musical director he started a series of his own local shows.
 

"THE RETRO-ROCKERS" and more

On the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage

On the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage

The band on Jimmy Kimmel Live stage

The band on Jimmy Kimmel Live stage

Doin' "Cash" at the Canyon Club

Doin' "Cash" at the Canyon Club


With Dave Moscoe as MD and keyboardist, he started assembling a band made up of the finest musicians in Southern California. This band would cover everything "FROM RAT PACK TO ROCK &"ROLL".Wanting only the best, Steve realized that these cats would be in high demand from still-touring big name acts, so Steve and Dave built up a pool of alternate pro musicians from which to draw for various shows. This lead to the creation of "The Retro-Rockin' All-Stars",  which would become "The Retro-Rockers". This concept assures that every show has the top talent available. The stellar reputation of the show grew, which ultimately lead to his appearances on the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage and numerous club and casino gigs, as well as private parties and corporate events. Eventually Steve started adding his more show-oriented tributes, Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond in particular, and as these segments of the show grew by popular demand, offers of individual tribute shows started coming in. Steve continues to use the platform of his band's club performances to introduce new features and tributes, such as the ever-growing  "Johnny Rivers A Go Go", the elemental "Sons of Sun" (a salute to the Sun Records artists),  "the hippy-dippy sixties groove thing" and to perfect, expand and "road test" new material for the existing tribute shows. This keeps the shows unpredictable,  fresh, exciting, and keeps the fans coming back for more!
 
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w/ Bonnie Raitt

w/ Bonnie Raitt

w/ Susan, Deana Martin, John Griffeths

w/ Susan, Deana Martin, John Griffeths

Wink & Sandy Martindale

Wink & Sandy Martindale

"Martin & Lewis" meet Bon Jovi

"Martin & Lewis" meet Bon Jovi

w/ Daryl Higham (Imelda May's band)

w/ Daryl Higham (Imelda May's band)

Rose Diamond (Neil's mom)

Rose Diamond (Neil's mom)

w/ Dave Moscoe, Dallas Raines

w/ Dave Moscoe, Dallas Raines

w/ Frank Stallone

w/ Frank Stallone

Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson

Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson