From the American Dream to Presence (Productions)
My friend-in-music and frequent contributor to this site, Paul Payton, has indeed live and continue to live the life of music. Over the years – via Paul’s official comments to this site, I was often intrigued by his background in the world of Rock and Roll (and Country, and…). He has had so many rich experiences along the way from the time he joined up with a Providence, Rhode Island group, “The American Dream” in 1968 as a keyboardist.
The original band was named “The Slithy Toves” – extracted from Lewis Carroll reference, but so gave way to “The American Dream. Prior to Paul’s arrival, the band would release a single on the East Coast “Bovi” record label. The group would shuffle their line-up in 1969 becoming “Benefit Street” to separate themselves with another “American Dream” combo out of Philadelphia.
The group was obviously talented, coming very close to being signed by major labels, but it just didn’t quite come to pass. They did perform with many note acts along the way including Janis Joplin, Edgar Winter, Sam & Dave, Deep Purple, Buddy Miles, Rhinoceros, Firesign Theater, The Stooges, the J. Geils Band and Manfred Mann Chapter III to name some.
Paul’s time as a DJ brought him into touch with many personalities and provided him with the foundation of a deep and rich knowledge of The Music!
Here is an extract from the group’s biography relating to Paul Payton post 1960’s career: “Paul Payton resumed what became his long radio career as a Music Director and on-air personality in New England and a voice-over talent in New York. Never losing his love for music, he released three singles on Presence in the ‘80s and ‘90s under his own name and with The Fabulous Dudes, a doo-wop group, whose debut album on Presence was released during the winter of 2013. He continues to work with Rob Carlson & The Benefit Street Band, whose second album was released in the fall of 2015 on Presence.”
Click on the links below to read more about the group’s history as well as their current endeavors.
Contact Information for Paul Payton:
“Experienced voice-over talent, narrator, voice-actor; warm, personable, authoritative, high-energy or conversational as directed or self-directed for commercial, corporate, e-learning, training, documentaries, message-on-hold/IVR and all voice communications, broadcast and non-broadcast.”
Phone: Office 973-701-0707 – Cell 973-879-0414 – e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org