The American Breed

60’s Pop 

Members; 1968. L to R: Gary Loizzo - vcl, gtr; Lee Graziano {"The American Breed"} - dr, tr, vcl; Charles Colbert - bass, vcl; Al Ciner - gtr, vcl

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American Breed 1968

Brookfield, Illinois, USA

The group was formed in 1958, 

Years active 1962 - 1970


The American Breed was an American rock band that was formed in 1958 and disbanded in 1970, later evolving into Rufus.


The group was formed in Cicero, Illinois as Gary & The Knight Lites. The founding members included Gary Loizzo- vocals and guitar, Charles Colbert, Jr.- bass guitar and vocals, Al Ciner- guitar and vocals, and Jim Michalak on drums. Early releases included- "I'm Glad She's Mine," "I Don't Need Your Help," "Will You Go Steady," "Take Me Back," among others. The group's greatest success as "The American Breed" was the single, "Bend Me, Shape Me", which reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100chart in 1968. The song, written by Scott English and Larry Weiss, had previously been recorded by an all-female bandknown as the Shape and had been a hit on the British charts for the British group Amen Corner. It had also been recorded by The Outsiders after they had reached the top ten with "Time Won't Let Me" in 1966.  Read the original text here >>> The American Breed

The American Breed - Bend me, Shape me - 1967

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