The Hassles

Hassles, TheFrom: Long Island, NY, USA

The Hassles are best remembered for recording the first releases to feature legendary pianist Billy Joel. The band released two albums and a number of singles between 1964 and  1969. The original band was made up of Billy Joel (keyboards), Jon Small (drums), Richard McKenna (guitar), John Dizek (vocals), and Harry Weber (organ). Weber was eventually kicked out of the band as a result of his excessive drug use. Howie Blauvelt (bass) was brought in as Weber’s replacement.

The band released their debut album, The Hassles, in November 1967. The album was produced by Tony Michaels and Vinnie Gorman, and featured a number of cover versions of soul songs. “You’ve Got Me Hummin'” was released as a single, reaching #112 for one week on the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart. This would prove to be the Hassles’ only Billboard chart appearance. At some point after the release of the album, Dizek left the band, prompting Joel to take over on vocals.

In 1969, the Hassles released their second full-length album, Hour of the Wolf. This album was made up of all original material, mainly written by Billy Joel. Hour of the Wolf was produced by Thomas Kay. Joel and Small would go onto form the band Attila, and Blauvelt eventually joined Ram Jam. ~ Wikipedia

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From the 1967 album The Hassles
Hassles, The Album

  • Every Step I Take (Every Move I Make)
  • Giving Up [Version 2]
  • I Hear Voices
  • Warming Up