Rick Falkowski remembers Cory Wells’ special induction ceremony

When Cory Wells was selected to be inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame (BMHOF) in 1997, he was touring with Three Dog Night and could not make it to the event. He later had a break from touring so we scheduled a Special Induction Ceremony on May 26, 2000, at the Lafayette Blues Room.

Cory wanted to give the event a Buffalo slant so he reunited his band the Enemys, a group that was formed in Buffalo and relocated to L.A. in 1965. Drummer Dave Treiger was still living in Buffalo and guitarist Mike Lustan, who also played with Cory in The Vibratos, came up from Florida. They had not performed together since 1966. Three Dog Night keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon came to Buffalo for the induction and Rick Ryan, from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame band Weekend, completed the band on bass. It is ironic that Rick Ryan is now the bass player for WNY-based Three Dog Night tribute band – E.L.I.

To promote the Special Induction Ceremony, Cory was a guest on the Oldies 104 and 97 Rock morning radio shows, along with appearing on Channel 7’s AM Buffalo. Sportsmens Tavern owner Dwane Hall let the band use Sessions Recording Studio, next to the club, as a practice room. Cory put a lot of time into promoting and rehearsing for the show.

The induction ceremony opened with a set by BMHOF member Barbara St Clair and her band the Shadows. Cory’s plaque was presented by BMHOF radio personality Danny Neaverth, who admitted he was a big fan of the band and had the opportunity to introduce them at concerts in the 1970s. Officers from the Three Dog Night Fan Club came to Buffalo for the event. They expressed appreciation that Buffalo was inducting Cory Wells into the BMHOF, when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland had not recognized Three Dog Night for their numerous achievements.


Everyone attending the Special Induction Ceremony was treated to a very memorable night. Cory Wells showed he was a down to earth person, who cared about not what you would do for him, but what he could do for you.

Since his passing on October 20, 2015, many stories have been told about Cory being a family-oriented person, who loved fishing and abstained from alcohol/drugs. He will not only be remembered as one of the top vocalists of classic rock music, but for the positive life he lived and the many lives he touched.

Rick Falkowski
Founder, BMHOF



45 Friday: KEY And CLEARY – A Man


By ‘Bob The Record Guy’ Paxon

Here’s a 45 for today, and an unhappy announcement.

The announcement is this: for the time being, I wouldn’t be able to do 45 Friday articles. There’s several reasons, but taken all together, I simply don’t have time right now to do what needs to be done to do them the way I think they should be done.

There’s some more stories that need to be told, and someday they will be told. There’s some local musicians who’ve contacted me and I’m waiting to interview them. There’s music which needs to be recorded and uploaded to YouTube. But I can’t do those things right now. The only alternative is to just post songs but after almost 150 articles I’ve exhausted the available stuff. Without uploading more music, we won’t be covering any new ground. So I’m taking a break for awhile. Hopefully I’ll come back with more and better articles before too long.

For today, here’s Key And Cleary – Buffalo’s greatest duo of community activist musicians! Someday we’ll cover their story. Suffice to say, they made a lot of music (among other things) and a fair amount or records- all singles, as far as I know.

“A Man” b/w “There Are Troubles” came out on local Mark Records around 1975. It has an interesting mix of Soul with Folk and Jazz influences. Like a lot of their musical efforts, I believe this one uses a drum machine for the percussion sounds and home-recording technology.

Jessie F. Key and Sylvester ‘Syl’ Cleary had a confusing discography. Besides this Mark release they 45s also on Amherst,  Gold Plate and Buffalo’s Reflection – at least. And one or more as the Chosen Few Band, or with the Chosen Few Band. Some of these contain the same songs but may be different versions. These are all local labels except Gold Plate which is affiliated with a local label (Amherst).

Years later a reissue came out on the mysterious Original Gold label which seems to mainly be reissues of local WNY sides including The Invictas, The Seven, and The Rockin’ Rebels. On it, “A Man” was backed with Bob & Earl’ famous hit “Harlem Shuffle”. As good as it it, I can’t imagine a lot of people were clamoring for a reissue of the Key and Cleary track since it seems to have not been a good seller even when it was released!

Enjoy! and keep spinning those little record with the big hole in the middle.

45 Friday: JIMMY SATAN – Look At The Clock


By ‘Bob The Record Guy’ Paxon

Today’s post is pretty minimal. Just a song! I have a feeling a few people might know what this is. Most won’t. But many would recognize Jimmy Satan by his real name, and have either heard his music or seen him play; or been customers of his, or at least seen his shop.

For now, I will keep his story – and his real identity –  as a mystery. One clue: it’s connected to something we’ve been talking about lately.

Enjoy the sound of the mid-Sixties, from Spring 1966. For historical perspective, this was released right around the same time as the Blonde on Blonde and Pet Sounds albums; in-between the Beatles We Can Work It Out and Paperback Writer singles; and while the #1 Billboard singles were These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ and The Ballad Of The Green Berets.