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July 14, 2013

King Harvest Unplugged


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — King Harvest recorded “Dancing In The Moonlight” in 1971, in Paris. The single didn’t do so well there, and the band broke up. Altbach moved back to the United States in 1972. He was back-and-forth between New York and California, where he worked, when “Dancing” got U.S. airplay and became a hit.

“It was popular. It’s just a song that people love,” Altbach said.

Tuleja, Novak and Robinson soon followed Altbach again, this time to Olcott, to reform King Harvest. Post-”Dancing” singles and an album followed but none achieved hit status. One by one, starting with Altbach, band members all made the move to California, where the work and industry contacts were; and disbanded King Harvest for good in 1975, after a second album failed to produce any hit singles.

All of the founders ended up recording with other bands. Altbach played keyboard with the Beach Boys for a few years, then started climbing the corporate ladder in multimedia production, marketing and investment banking.

Today, at age 66, he’s the president of Regeneration Capital Group LLC, a merchant bank. He lives in New York City and still vacations at the family home on the West Bluff.

King Harvest Unplugged is a benefit for the Olcott Beach Carousel Park. Altbach says his bandmates were really fond of Olcott when they lived there and like being boosters for it now.

“It’s a sad town, really, but we all love it. We want to make it un-sad if we can help it,” Altbach said. “If we can raise a few dollars to help improve kids’ lives a little bit, that’s what we want to do.”

Altbach, Tuleja and Novak will be joined on the Carousel Park stage by drummer Richie Pidannick, who played in post-Paris King Harvest, and Dave Stoll and Chris Peacock from the Stoll Brothers band. The set list consists mostly of songs that the co-founders wrote over the years, including a few country tunes by Novak, and did not perform at their 40th anniversary reunion show last year.

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