• West Coast Music

    As the name indicates West Coast Music has its origin on the American West Coast. The music emphasizes melody, harmonies and arrangements, and the vocal and instrumental performances are always with great skill and of high quality. The music is often performed by pop/rock artists from the American West Coast, but is in no way limited to any geografical area.


Fandango were an American pop rock band fronted by vocalist Joe Lynn Turner.

The band opened for acts like The Allman Brothers and Chicago. Turner has stated that the band took influences from the Eagles and southern rock. He also claims the group disbanded after their equipment was stolen and that they had various problems.

Turner’s work with the group got him noticed by Ritchie Blackmore, who chose him to replace Graham Bonnet in Rainbow. Larry Dawson (stage name of Larry Dvoskin), one of the band’s keyboardists, would later play for Uli Jon Roth.



RCA Records 1980

Tracks: Blame It On The Night, Rock ‘n Roll You, Hypnotized, Don’t Waste My Time, Stranger, Cadillac, Fortune Teller, Getaway & Headliner.

Musicians on the Cadillac album: Rick Blakemore, Bob Danyls, Larry Dawson, Joe De Lia, Denny LaRue, Santos, Abe Speller & Joe Lynn Turner.

One Night Stand

RCA Records 1979

Tracks: One Night Stand, Thief In The Night, Hard Man (Bless My Soul), Hard Headed Woman, I Would Never Leave, Dancer, Little Cherie, Late Nights, Two Time Loser & Ain’t No Way.

Musicians on the One Night Stand album: Rick Blakemore, Bob Danyls, Larry Dawson, Denny LaRue, Lou Mondelli, Santos, Abe Speller & Joe Lynn Turner.

Last Kiss

RCA Records 1978

Tracks: Last Kiss, Sure Got The Power, Mexico, Hotel LaRue, Feel The Pain, Losin’ Kind Of Love, City Of Angels, The Mill’s On Fire & I Keep Going / Hard Bargain.

Musicians on the Last Kiss album: Rick Blakemore, Bob Danyls, Larry Dawson), Denny LaRue, Lou Mondelli, Santos, Abe Speller, Joe Lynn Turner & Jimmy Hall.


RCA Records 1977

Tracks: Headliner, Down Down Down, Jesse And Will, San Joaquin, Life Of The Party, Shadow Boxing, Helpless Heart, Devil Rain, Misery Road & Goin’ Down For The Last Time.

Musicians on the Fandango album: Rick Blakemore, Bob Danyls, Denny LaRue, Abe Speller & Joe Lynn Turner.


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    Good music enriches your life. At BLUE DESERT we are passionate about this particular yet wide-ranging style of music we call West Coast Music. This site is a modest tribute to the music and the performing artists, who through the (many) years have given us – and continue to give us – endless hours of musical enjoyment.

    As long-time fans we want to share our enthusiasm, experiences and views with fellow connoisseurs as well as curious newcomers. If we can do our bit to help promote this great music and all the gifted artist – well, then we have succeeded.

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