The BusBoys are a musical group known for playing rock & roll with a bar band, boogie woogie flavor. Formed in Los Angeles in the late 1970s, the original lineup featured brothers Brian O'Neal (keyboards, vocals) and Kevin O'Neal (bass, vocals), Gus Louderman (vocals), Mike Jones (keyboards, vocals), Vic Johnson (guitar), and Steve Felix (drums). All of the original band's members were African-American except Felix, who is of Hispanic heritage. The group is best known for their appearance in t...
The BusBoys are a musical group known for playing rock & roll with a bar band, boogie woogie flavor.
Formed in Los Angeles in the late 1970s, the original lineup featured brothers Brian O'Neal (keyboards, vocals) and Kevin O'Neal (bass, vocals), Gus Louderman (vocals), Mike Jones (keyboards, vocals), Vic Johnson (guitar), and Steve Felix (drums). All of the original band's members were African-American except Felix, who is of Hispanic heritage.
The group is best known for their appearance in the 1982 film 48 Hrs., in which they performed their songs "New Shoes" and "The Boys Are Back in Town" (the latter song also heard during the closing credits). The band opened for the film's costar, comedian Eddie Murphy, during his subsequent Delirious standup comedy tour in which he referred to them throughout, including an hour-long special that aired on HBO. On January 29, 1983, the Busboys were also musical guests on an episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Murphy.
A follow-up song, "Cleanin' Up the Town", written for the soundtrack to the 1984 film Ghostbusters, was a minor hit for the group, reaching #68 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart in the United States. The album was nominated for a Grammy award.
Their first two albums on Arista Records, Minimum Wage Rock & Roll and American Worker, both reached the Billboard 200 chart.
In 1985 they released a third album entitled Money Don't Make No Man with a more synth-funk feel. The band replaced Louderman and Jones with keyboardists Andy Kapner (a.k.a. Andrew Kapner, DrewK) and Bill Steinway. Kapner (being a 16-year old high school student) was held back from the tours of 1985 and Mike Radi was brought in to play keyboards for the road shows. Greg French also replaced Kevin O'Neal on bass, although both O'Neal and Louderman are credited as additional musicians. The Bus Boys toured extensively with this line up, appearing with prominent acts such as Linda Ronstadt, Brian Setzer and The Stray Cats, and ZZ Top. Their many TV appearances included American Bandstand, Soul Train and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
Leon has been a member of Sha Na Na for over 15 years and Johnson is currently the lead guitarist for Sammy Hagar.
In 2000 they released their fourth album, (Boys Are) Back in Town, which featured rerecorded versions of their two popular songs from 48 Hrs. With Gus Louderman (vocals), returning to the band's line-up along with two new members, Kenny Tomlin (bass) and Jorge Evans (guitar). It was the first time that the title track had been made available on one of the band's CDs. Brian O'Neil commented in an interview with Songfacts that, "for almost 20 years it was probably the most famous song in the history of America that had never been released."
The band has enjoyed a rebirth in large part to the popular use of "The Boys Are Back In Town" in various television sports programming. The track has served as the theme for the NBA and Fox Sports Network's coverage of Major League Baseball. In addition, their song, "Did You See Me", was used to promote the NFL Re-Play series on the NFL Network in 2006 and 2007.
After several years out of the limelight, The BusBoys made an appearance on ABC TV during the Capital One Bowl on New Years Day 2005 under their new name, "Brian O'Neal and the Busboys." And in early 2006, they began releasing tracks from their new music project, Sex, Love and Rock & Roll, via digital download. The full album was to be released in CD form in late 2007.
In July 2007, the band announced on its web site they were at work on a documentary film, The Story of Brian O'Neal and The BusBoys, directed by Ruth Robinson. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.