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Starbuck was a rock band formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974 by keyboardist/vocalist/record producer Bruce Blackman and marimba player Bo Wagner. Both Blackman and Wagner, along with guitarist Johnny Walker, had previous success with Mississippi-based "sunshine pop" group Eternity's Children, scoring a Billboard Hot 100 hit with "Mrs. Bluebird" in the summer of 1968.
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock, pop rock, progressive rock|
|Years active||1974–1980, 2013–2014, 2016|
|Labels||Private Stock Records|
|Past members||Bruce Blackman|
Starbuck's debut single, "Moonlight Feels Right", reached the #3 position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in 1976. Although the band never re-created the success of their debut, several of their songs did chart in the Billboard Top 100 and their 1977 release "Everybody Be Dancin'" reached #38.
From 1976 to 1980, the band toured with popular groups of the era including Electric Light Orchestra, KC and the Sunshine Band, Hall & Oates and Boston. TV appearances included The Midnight Special, American Bandstand, The Merv Griffin Show, Dinah!, The Mike Douglas Show and Solid Gold.
The band was briefly known as Korona in the 1980s, scoring one Hot 100 hit in 1980 - their song "Let Me Be" reached #43 in April.
In July 2013, a number of former Starbuck members (founders Blackman and Wagner, guitarist Tommy Strain, keyboardists Sloan Hayes and David Shaver, bassist Jimmy Cobb, and drummer Kenny Crysler) performed at Chastain Park in Atlanta.
The group also reunited once more for their final performance on August 20, 2016 with the same lineup as their previous reunion concert in 2013.
Lead singer Blackman was inducted into the Mississippi Writer’s Garden on April 5, 2014.
|Year||Album||US Top 200|
|1976||Moonlight Feels Right||78|
|1977||Rock'n Roll Rocket||182|
|1978||Searching for a Thrill||—|
|1976||"Moonlight Feels Right"||3||1||3||2||2||25||21||Moonlight Feels Right|
|"I Got to Know"||36||9||43||11||40||—||—|
|1977||"Everybody Be Dancin'"||57||30||38||41||48||—||—||Rock & Roll Rocket|
|1978||"Searching for a Thrill"||46||—||58||—||45||—||—||Searching for a Thrill|
|1980||"Let Me Be"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Korona|
|1983||"The Full Cleveland"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Bruce Blackman inducted into Garden"
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- Clark, Matthew C. "Bo Wagner (Starbuck) dies". EricCarmen.com. Retrieved 26 June 2017.