4 decades later, Hamilton band rockin’ record deals in 3 countries

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 11:40 AM


            Band members of The Brotherhood included, from left, Donny Hoskins on drums; Jeff Hanson guitar and vocals; John Hurd on Hammond organ, electric piano and vocals; MJ Coe on flute, guitar and vocals; and Bill Fairbanks on bass guitar piano and vocals. The 1972 album, “Stavia,” is being re-released.
Band members of The Brotherhood included, from left, Donny Hoskins on drums; Jeff Hanson guitar and vocals; John Hurd on Hammond organ, electric piano and vocals; MJ Coe on flute, guitar and vocals; and Bill Fairbanks on bass guitar piano and vocals. The 1972 album, “Stavia,” is being re-released.

It’s been 45 years since a Hamilton band called The Brotherhood performed together at Taft High School, but the group now has record deals on two continents.

An earlier version of the band, The Revised Brotherhood, also has a deal with a German company for a single released in 1971 called “Tragedy.” Both the album, called “Stavia,” and the single have cult followings worldwide.

The number 45 must be their lucky number, because last year — 45 years after the Revised Brotherhood issued a 45-rpm single called “Tragedy,” they reached a deal with a German label to reissue it. In an unexpected quirk, the band called The Revised Brotherhood actually existed before The Brotherhood.

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Recently, “We were contacted by a small record label in Spain, saying that they wanted to reissue Stavia,” said John Hurd, 64, lead singer of both groups and a Badin High School graduate. The label, Guerssen Records, wrote him, with an opening sentence of, “I guess you know your album was bootlegged in France?”

“I already knew that,” Hurd said with a laugh.

Hurd insisted that the deal, for the production of 500 copies of Stavia, be non-exclusive, in case another label also wanted to make a deal. It’s a good thing he did, because Shake It Records in Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood, which is a record store and a label, also plans to reissue 500 copies of the album, probably in early 2018.

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Hurd visited Shake It, asking if they would be willing to sell copies of his 45, and the man told him, “I’ve been looking for you for a long time, couldn’t find you.” Hurd said the man told him, “I want to make you an offer to re-release your album, Stavia. That’s a great album.”

Darren Blase, a co-owner of Shake It, said Stavia “has always been this fascinating record, because there’s sound like Blood, Sweat and Tears, and there’s parts that sound like Neil Young, and then there’s this organ and flute,” Blase said. “It’s just an odd record for this part of the country, and it’s always been this pretty mysterious record.”

Band members of The Brotherhood included Donny Hoskins on drums; Jeff Hanson guitar and vocals; Hurd on Hammond organ, electric piano and vocals; MJ Coe on flute,guitar and vocals; and Bill Fairbanks on bass guitar piano and vocals.

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“You know, you ask around, and nobody really knows about it, said Blase, who calls Stavia a southern Ohio “Holy Grail record that I’ve always been wanting to find more about, and I found out that John worked with one of my employees’ lives at Miami University.”

Here’s how Blase describes Stavia: “It’s not a psych(edelic) record, it’s not a rock record, it’s not a soul record. It inherits this kind of odd space, and there’s not a lot of records that sound like that. And I’m a big fan of Rite Records, a company down here that put it out. And there’s people down here that just collect Rite stuff. “

Stavia will be part of a Shake It reissue series called Reissues from Ohio.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Hurd said. “It was one of the best days of my life, as far as being a musician, being in a store, surrounded by all these famous people’s records, and then this guy, knowing who I was, and then offering me a record deal.”

“It was like, ‘Huh? Really?’” said Hurd. He also was impressed with the technical abilities to remaster the recordings.

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Fairborn coffee shop abruptly closes, announces new location in Huber Heights

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

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Grind House Coffee and Tea Company in Fairborn had a ribbon cutting its grand opening in late-April ribbon cutting, but now, only a 3 months later, the coffee shop has suddenly closed.

After days of being “temporarily closed,” Grind House posted to Facebook this afternoon that the Fairborn location will be closing for good, while a brand new Huber Heights location is in the works. 

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Exact reasons for the abrupt closure is still unknown, but we have left messages for Grind House’s president and CEO, Bill Miller Jr. We update the story as we learn the latest details.

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“I will be giving an official statement on the closing of our Fairborn location and the Grand Opening date of our HUBER HEIGHTS location tomorrow morning at 8am,” read a Facebook statement from Miller Jr. 

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‘Real Housewives’ star Luann de Lesseps arrested for battery on a cop, disorderly intoxication 

Published: Sunday, December 24, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

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UPDATE, Dec. 25: 

Luann de Lesseps, 52 and a star of “The Real Housewives of New York City,”  will be released without bond from Palm Beach County Jail, a judge ruled Sunday.

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De Lesseps slammed a door and kicked at least one police officer, said an assistant state’s attorney.

“I’m going to kill you all,” the state’s attorney said De Lesseps told people prior to her arrest.

De Lesseps, who has no prior offenses, will be allowed to go back to New York, Judge Ted Booras ruled.

Booras, acknowledging De Lesseps’ celebrity, said she should hire a criminal defense attorney from Palm Beach, Florida, instead of ignoring the charges.

“I don’t think it would be that hard to find you,” he said.

De Lesseps was advised by Booras not to incriminate herself and respond to him when he said she might have a drinking problem.

“Don’t say anything,” he told the reality star.

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Luann de Lesseps, a Real Housewives of New York City reality starwas arrested by Palm Beach police Sunday morning.

The 52-year-old was arrested on charges of battery on an officer, disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest with violence and crimes against a person.

She was taken to Palm Beach County Jail at 1:25 a.m.

Luann de Lesseps of "The Real Housewives of New York" was arrested by Palm Beach, Florida, police Dec. 24.(Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)

De Lesseps is a former wife of Count Alexandre de Lesseps and retained the French royal title after their 2009 divorce until her remarriage in 2016. She was married to Tom D’Agostino Jr. until earlier this year.

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‘Real Housewives’ star Luann de Lesseps heading to rehab after arrest

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 4:03 PM

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“The Real Housewives of New York” star  Luann de Lesseps is heading to rehab after after her arrest in Palm Beach, Florida, last weekend.

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De Lesseps, 52, announced on Twitter Friday afternoon that’s she’s voluntarily checking into an alcohol treatment center.

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In an apology, de Lesseps told her followers she was embarrassed by what occurred. Police said de Lesseps was drunk when she slammed a door in the face of an officer and told other officers she was going to kill them.

De Lesseps apologized a day after her arrest on her Twitter account and said it was her first time on the island since her wedding with Tom D’Agostino Jr. at The Brazilian Court Hotel last New Year’s Eve.

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During her first appearance at Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday, Judge Ted Booras told de Lesseps to stop drinking because she might have a problem.

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Bruce Willis says ‘Die Hard’ isn’t a Christmas movie

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  Bruce Willis speaks onstage during the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis at Hollywood Palladium on July 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Despite an ongoing debate among fans, Bruce Willis says “Die Hard” is not a Christmas movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Willis made the declaration at the end of “The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis,” in which comedians and past co-stars -- and his ex-wife, Demi Moore --  joked about the 63-year-old. Dennis Rodman was also at the roast, but his jokes reportedly bombed.

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“’Die Hard’ is not a Christmas movie!” Willis said to close the roast, Variety reported. “It’s a (expletive) Bruce Willis movie!”

THR reported that Willis replied “We’ll see,” when he was asked about how some fans may receive the declaration.

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The 1988 action movie takes place on Christmas Eve, which has led many fans to claim the movie is a Christmas film. In 2017, one of the film’s screenwriters, Steven E. de Souza, appeared to suggest that “Die Hard” is a Christmas film. He responded in part on Twitter to a debate about the film with, “#DieHardIsAChristmasMovie.”

Willis’ Comedy Central roast airs on Comedy Central July 29 at 10 p.m.

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