1968

At the age of 19 Tony sang lead vocals and played guitar, bass and piano with a 4-piece rock band "Chamaeleon Church".  The band included Chevy Chase on drums and piano, Ted Myers on vocals and guitar, and Kyle Garrahan on
vocals, guitar, bass, drum and piano.  They recorded an album of original songs, released on MGM Records in 1968. They briefly toured the East Coast and appeared on an ABC Television generation-gap special called, "What Gap?"
performing their single release "Camillia is Changing".  During this time Tony also began writing and performing early comedy videotape material with Chase at Ken Shapiro's original "Groove Tube" studio and theater in New York.

1969

Toured and recorded with "Ultimate Spinach" with guitarist Jeff Baxter (who later went on to join Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers).  Recorded the album "Ultimate Spinach III" in 1969 for MGM Records.

1971

After Ultimate Spinach disbanded, Tony played several small clubs in and around the Boston area as a solo artist and recorded demos with Jeff Baxter and Andy Pratt at Aengus Studios (these recordings have never been released).

1973

Tony was selected for a lead musical comedy role in National Lampoon's "Lemmings" which played off Broadway at New York's Village Gate and toured with the show until January 1974.  The cast of 7 included Chevy Chase, John Belushi and Zal Yanovsky, formerly of "Lovin' Spoonful".

1974

Recorded National Lampoon album "Missing White House Tapes" on Blue Thumb Records with Chevy Chase and John Belushi.

1973-1975

Contributing Writer for the "National Lampoon Radio Hour."  Much of the material included rock parodies published in 1976 in the "National Lampoon Songbook."  Parodies written and produced by Tony include the Grateful Dead, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young.  The Neil Young parody ("Southern California Brings Me Down") appeared on the National Lampoon Grammy-nominated Epic Records release (1976) "Goodbye Pop."

Tony also wrote and recorded many short spots on Radio Hour including Subliminal Radio, Tom Carvel phone message, James Taylor, Man Bricked Up, Rod Serling, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young.

Besides writing for and appearing in the National Lampoon show "Lemmings", Tony also performed in the show "If We're Late Start Without Us" and in 1976 was writer and production assistant for the nationwide tour of the show "That's Not Funny, That's Sick".

1977-1993

Tony continued to write and record many more songs.  We have catalogued over 100 original compositions.  Many of them he recorded at Sunset Beach Studio (in the basement of his home).  He performed as a muppet on Sesame Street singing the song "With a Little Yelp From My Friends" written by Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs.

1993-2002

Since Tony's death on October 31, 1993, Rhino Records released a 3-CD compilation of Radio Hour material including Tony's James Taylor parody "Methadone Maintenance Man" and his Neil Young parody "Southern California Brings Me Down"("Buy This Box or We´┐Żll Shoot This Dog: The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour." "Methadone Maintenance Man" receives regular airplay on the "Imus in the Morning" radio show. Big Beat Records re-released Chamaeleon Church & Ultimate Spinach III on CD. In December 2000 Akarma released "Chamaeleon Church" and in May 2001, Varese Records released "The Best of the Boston Sound" and "The Very Best of Ultimate Spinach".

2002-Present

In 2002, Wham Records released 'Gaining on You', the first of four planned albums of Tony's music.

 

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