personal info about the four members (Jon, Paul, George and Ringo) of NE Pennsylvania's
first world-wide-known rock band -
is the only remaining original member of Dakota, and the subject of the
previous album's title track, The Last Standing Man. Although
he plays bass in this version of the band, he's also quite the guitar
player, which was his job in the early years, playing those great double
guitar leads alongside Bill Kelly.
A member of Dakota since 1982, Rick is the keyboardist and 'computer nerd'
of the band (despite the fact that he designed this web page, he still
refers to himself in the 3rd person. He's as weird as I am.)
He and Jerry are the main songwriting team of Dakota, and have been writing
together for about 17 years. Rick also has a little solo career,
and released his first solo CD in June 1996 called "...another fine Mesozoic."
(Both Jerry and JL appear on the recording.) And his
new CD, "Living at Square
One" was released in August of 1998.
Jon Lorance (a.k.a. "JL"), guitarist extraordinaire, can be described
as a true "natural musician", as he's never had any formal musical
training, yet is probably the most musically knowledgeable of the members.
Jerry & Rick met Jon when he was in Synch, and for the first
3-4 years, he didn't even own a guitar- he would borrow one from
a friend on the way to the studio! (Then play the hell out of
Band drummer Eli Hludzik amazingly has the same name as bassist Jerry,
mainly because they are father and son. They have almost exactly
the same voice (which can be irritating when you call the house).
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