Henry Paul (musician)
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August 25, 1949 |
Kingston, New York , USA
|Origin||St. Petersburg, Florida, USA|
|Years active||1966 – present|
|Associated acts||Outlaws, Henry Paul Band, BlackHawk|
Henry Paul (born August 25, 1949 in Kingston, New York) is an American southern rock and country singer/songwriter who was a founding member of the Southern rock band Outlaws, the front man and founder of the Henry Paul Band and the lead singer for the country band BlackHawk.
Henry was born in Kingston, New York and lived on a farm in nearby Hurley, but when his father and mother divorced, Henry, his two sisters, Anselma and Helen and his mother moved to the Temple Terrace suburb of Tampa, Florida as a young boy. At the age of 17, he played his first music gigs at High School folk festivals and playing at the 18th String Coffee House and Music Emporium in Tampa, and by 1969, he had moved back north to Greenwich Village, New York, to pursue a career in music. While living in New York he retraced the footsteps of his hero Bob Dylan and played on the streets to make a living while cutting demos for Epic Records. With an invitation to play a concert in his hometown, he returned to Tampa in 1971. There, Henry and Jim Fish formed the country rock group Sienna with future Outlaw members Monte Yoho and Frank O'Keefe.
In 1972 the group Sienna disbanded and Paul joined the group "The Outlaws" which had been formed in 1967. They started playing clubs around the Tampa area and added Billy Jones. By 1974 they were on the road opening shows for several established Southern rock groups including Lynyrd Skynyrd. Clive Davis of Arista Records discovered them and signed the group to their first record deal; they became the fledgling label's first rock band. Their self-titled debut album quickly went gold on the success of hits like "Green Grass and High Tides," and "There Goes Another Love Song." In 1977, after recording two more albums with the Outlaws, Henry left to pursue a solo career. After several short lived "reunions" and the death of Hughie Thomasson, the Outlaws 2008 came to fruition due to the efforts of Henry Paul and Monte Yoho.
Henry Paul Band
Within a year after leaving The Outlaws Henry founded the Henry Paul Band, debuting in 1979 with the album Grey Ghost. It included songs such as "So Long" and "Grey Ghost", which was dedicated to the memory of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant. Henry Paul told Songfacts that he wrote "Lonely Dreamer" while visualizing a painting of a girl with the words "Lonely Dreamer" underneath. The band recorded three more albums including Feel The Heat, which had more of a rock edge and included the title track as well as "Whiskey Talkin'." Their third album, Anytime, included the top-40 hit "Living Without Your Love" and live show highlight "Crazy Eyes." Henry's last, self-titled album with the Henry Paul Band featured the haunting song "Tragedy."
In 1983 the Henry Paul Band disbanded as Henry reunited with Hughie Thomasson of The Outlaws. Their collaboration led to the 1986 release of The Outlaws' Soldiers of Fortune. He remained with the band until 1989, when he left again to start a new career in country music, founding BlackHawk in 1991. Van Stephenson and Dave Robbins joined Henry in BlackHawk to create a new blend of country music, using three-part harmonies and introspective songs.
Blackhawk's No. 11 debut, "Goodbye Says It All", was heavily promoted on CMT during 1994. Following the platinum success of their self-titled debut album, they developed into a touring band. They have produced five studio albums, Blackhawk, Strong Enough, Love & Gravity, The Sky's the Limit, Spirit Dancer and one compilation album, Greatest Hits. In 2002, the group left Arista for Columbia Records, with one album — 2002's Spirit Dancer — being released on that label before the group was dropped in 2003. The 2008 lineup is signed to Radiance Records.