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Sometime in 1979, Raspberries bassist Dave Smalley and Raspberries lead guitarist Wally Bryson teamed up with singer Eric Robertson and drummer Frank Musara to form The Secret. The band received a lot of radio and press publicity locally—all of it firmly in support of band.

A special guest was in the audience one night when The Secret started their set at Peabody's, a small club in Cleveland. The gig ended with the first "almost" Raspberries reunion as Eric joined his former bandmates in a rousing 45-minute jam that included a couple of choice Raspberries hits.

"Year! Eric jumped up one time," recalled Wally. "I was pumped to see him as I hadn't seen him in a while. We did 'Should I Wait' and 'Tonight.'"

Personally, I love the second photo (which has never before been published) in the series above. The exuberant expression of joy on Eric's face says it all.

Bernie

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Brian   

Nice shots! I remember The Secret well...videotaped them once at The Old Front Bar in Willowick.... a GREAT local band...very entertaining!! Bernie...are you librarying these "rare photos" somewhere on the site??? Can't find them.....

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AnniekNY   

I would say their eyes in the photos say a lot!!!

I'm thinking about the timing: Eric, were you back in Cleveland at this point or visiting from LA? How did you end up at the club - an invite from one of the guys or just meeting up with other friends for a night out?

(I know it's in Marathon Man somewhere but I am studying for a test right now..only one book at a time!! :cool: )

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missy   

Awesome! Eic looks great, as usual, and seems to be having a genuinely good time playing with his old buddies. Thankyou Bernie, keep 'em comin'.

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Kirk   

Cool beans! This must have been Eric's hat era- COH and now this one. And Wally's jeans- I recognize that insignia (Jordache, maybe?). My wife used to wear the same brand back then. Good stuff!!

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Anna R   

The guys all look fantastic! What great, candid shots.

And of course...Eric looks gorgeous as usual!

Bernie,

I really want to express my absolute JOY that you are sharing these gems with us.

It is like winning the lottery every week! :)

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these are really very cool pics, thx for posting Bernie. on a tangent, what's very interesting to me is the appearance of a Fibes drum kit in the shot - these are made in Austin & are preferred by many drummers these days (especially locally, but nationally, internationally too). but back then, they were, i think, a tiny custom shop known to few - & btw, they are *great* sounding kits..

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LC   

I wish... there were at least an audio recording of this night? (Is there, Bernie?)

 

 

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