BRISTOL BITS: A legend is born ... Lori and the Legends, that is

Published on Thursday, 5 July 2018 21:07
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Lori and The Legends, a band that plays rock with soul, stopped by The Bristol Press Thursday for an interview. These folks are: Larry Palin, bass guitarist from Bristol; Jim Otis, sax/guitar from East Hartford; Andy Carello, lead guitarist from Bristol; Ralph Nocera, percussionist from Meriden; and Lori Vigue, vocals and guitar. The idea of the stop-by was to let people know who they are and that they are available.

“We were at a party on July 4 last year at Cedar Lake and there were a lot of people there,” Vigue said. “It was an open mic.”

The male members of the band-to-be were having a practice session during the gathering and asked if anyone wanted to come up and sing back-up, and Lori made the walk to the microphone and “took over the show,” according to her new bandmates.

This was the beginning of what is now Lori and The Legends.

“Each of us had been in various groups through the years and we each bring a different vibe to the group,” Andy said. “We are looking to play different venues in the area.”

The band hopes the Mum Festival folks would want them to participate in this year’s Boulevard activities and that others will keep their name in mind. I personally have known Larry, a retired Bristol firefighter, since the second grade and am familiar with his music career.

The band will appear at Legends on Friday evening, July 27, and at Hawks Landing in Southington on Aug. 25. Lori can be reached at  and Andy at .

Jim Cleveland

Wednesday’s photo with this column was that of Jim Cleveland in a NYC restaurant during the mid-1940s. Jim operated Bristol Construction for many years.

More kudos for the WBIS program

Al Goodwin writes in about the WBIS program recently held at the Bristol Historical Society:

“If you weren’t able to attend the program ‘Bristol’s Lost Icon - WBIS’ two weeks ago, you missed a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane. Nearly 100 guests enjoyed a film by Tom Dickau plus comments and memories by a panel of former DJs and employees of the station, which first broadcast in 1948. (An interesting bit of trivia: I and I’m sure others, thought the BIS in WBIS was a shortened version of ‘Bristol’ ...but no - B-I-S were the initials of the station’s first owner - Benjamin I. Sachner).

“WBIS was an important part of Bristol’s history. First located above Sam Levinson’s Men’s Store on Main Street, it eventually moved out on Farmington Avenue before ending broadcasting in the late 1980s. The station covered many local board meetings and politics, neighborhood events, and local sports. Also DJ’s spun national and regional top tunes of the day. One of the most difficult news events covered the ’55 Flood, which presented a major logistical problem, since the city was divided in two by fierce floodwaters. But engineers solved the problem and Bristol residents were kept up to date on local and regional news when it was most needed.

“All the panelists spoke for a few minutes on their experiences with many amusing tidbits and each got a hearty round of applause from the appreciative crowd.”

Contact Bob Montgomery at  or by calling .

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 5 July 2018 21:07. Updated: Thursday, 5 July 2018 21:09.