Born May 23, 1951, Minneapolis
Died July 24, 1996,
attended both Southwest High School and the University of Minnesota
in Minneapolis with his life-long buddy Dennis J. Peterson.
Al was drummer, vocalist, and arranger of Skogie and the Flaming Pachucos.
Al was a
founding member of The Kats, Nu-Kats and the Kat Club!
Galles grew up in Southwest Minneapolis, Miinnesota
and moved to Los Angeles, California on August 26, 1976.
Al lived in North Hollywood, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Glendale,
Huntington Beach and Buena Park.
Unfortunately in 1996 Al died of liver failure during the making of
the "House Combinations" CD (a project he had put his body, soul and
Here’s a blurb from Loni Specter that conjures up a bit of the
ol’ AJ Galles mystique:
I dreamed I had a beer with Al,
just last night.
He was espousing the merits of
fine pilsners versus my preference for stouts and ales.
Without warning, he rose from
his seat on his drum throne and proceeded to pummel me about the
face and ears with an empty Blatz quart bottle.
I awoke in a sweat, screaming,
only to discover my pet Tucan had escaped it’s cage and was pecking
at me with it’s great long beak.
Do you supose he was trying to tell me something? (the bird, I
Here's The Al Galles Bio when he was in SKOGIE
Galles , drummer. Brown Hair, blue eyes. The easy going member of the group. Secretly aspires to record an album of percussion using odd rhythm sounds. "Like beating on someone's back while they sing 'oh', or tapping feet on linoleum floor, stuff like that."
Educated at Southwest High in Minneapolis, he showed plenty of talent in Music and English, but did poorly in Math. "I can do long division as well as the next guy, but those x'a and y's..."
He remembers a high school orchestra concert. "There wasn't much to do in the band, mostly standing and waiting fo the next part. All the percussionists were in the back high on the risers. We, of course, got bored and started fooling around. I don't know what happened, but I ended up falling off the risers. I was sure everyone at the concert notices so I hid in back for the rest of the night."
Galles is the adopted son of Glen and Dorothy Galles. His original parents were traveling musicians. "They couldn't bring me with them." He has an older brother and a younger sister.
The man who lays down the driving rhythmic foundation for Skogie used to be a sailor. "It was nothing really, I used to crew on a small sailboat. We won a few races as I remember though."
Skiing, too, is a favorite sport. "I went to the Rockies on vacation once and had such a great time on the slopes that I can't wait to get back."
Music is now
Al's life, and he listens to it whenever he has a spare moment. "I like most anything; British, America, jazz, R&B-anything. I think Rick Moore's songs are fantastic, right up there with the very best." Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa are other composers he admaires. Al also digs pets. "I used to have some tropical fish, but it's hard to get close to fish. I moved up to hamsters after that. I hope to have a dog someday."
As for girls he says, "They should be intelligent with a good sense of humor. I like girls that are practical, girls with their feet on the ground." Of marriage, "I have no immediate plans for settling down, but you never know."
Al is happy about the group's success. "The only thing is that I never have a chance to sleep anymore. I wish we could just take a few days off sometime."
Allen was born May 23, 1951.
THE INSIDER ARTICLE
BY Tom Murtha:
Meanwhile at Southwest High School, Peterson and Galles
started their first 5-piece group, Mozart's
two had gotten guitars in grade school, and convened their first
band when one guy said he played piano.
Peterson: "The popular song he could
play was "Green, Green" by the Christy Minstrels, so we thought we'd
better hang it up for a while and learn to play before we played. We
didn't know anything. We just thought you had to bang on it and
music would come out. We never knew you had to practice."
They returned home to woodshed. "Al would call me on the
phone, and I got really envious because clean chords were coming out
and I was still struggling with C, F and G7." When
Peterson and Galles got together
after summer, Peterson had discovered Galles had been
playing his guitar in an open tuning with a pencil. "I almost killed
him when I found out…" Chastened Galles
switched to drums.
The Mafia was a step up from playing in garages with a
wollensak tape recorder to the beat of a single snare drum. The original Mafia was an English Invasion group that
faked accents on stage - a trick picked up from some of the "big
time" local groups of the mid-sixties. Galles met some
horn players (including Jim
) in the gym class when he
was thinking of adding a horn section for a school assembly. After
the appropriate amount of soul searching and overcoming parental
opposition to their association with such unsavory characters as
Peterson and Galles ("the black sheep of
the school") they joined. The Mafia's
version of "Harlem Shuffle" and "I Feel Good" went over with the
student body, so the group became an 8-piece choreographed white
punk-soul band playing the standard local bag of "Show Me" and
After graduation the Mafia
disbanded and went their own ways. Meanwhile Peterson and Galles
played country rock and surrogate Buffalo Springfield with the band, Homestead.
Goldstein, after a visit to the state fair, wandered into the Coffeehouse Extempore and heard Homestead, Brian Peterson's CSN &
Springfield-derived group playing (of all things) Frank
singer-bassist Dennis Peterson and singer-drummer Allen J.
home for a midnight jam.
Peterson and Galles jammed on some of
Moore's tunes. There was no doubt in any
of their minds, this was it. Moore and Goldstein hired them on the
Says Moore, "When Infinity folded, our managers hadn't even heard about it before record people were calling up saying, well Infinity just folded, now what are you going to do?
And already, the deals we're looking at are 25 percent better than what we had with Infinity. And it keeps getting better. We're just waiting for the right one now.
says drummer Al Galles , somewhat less enthused than the others, "We're making a career out of it!"
"I'm so used to waiting, I don't care;' grumbles Galles.
FROM RHINO RECORDS
Once a wall overheard drummer Allen Galles raving about his split
musical personalities, everything from surf bands to rhythm & blues
to Zappa to Crosby, Stills and Nash to a barbershop quartet.
From MUSIC CONNECTION :
Al Galles looking like a longshoreman who just got through unloading a
ship and is out moonlighting at a bar with his best friends, added up to a
feast for the eyes of the audience.
Skogie and company opened Sunday late, due to a
tardy flight from Rochester. The half-hour wait for drummer
was quickly rewarded.
Mara - daughter
of Al Galles and Emily Hoffman:
'Gonsagas' Galles (Al's musical
("A.J.", "Al", Allen John Galles)
|The Kat Club Trio||Moore, Peters, Galles||1990-1997|
Harrell, Galles, others || 1995 |
|The Danny Johnson
Band ||Johnson, Galles, etcs
||Mar 1981-Sep 1984 |
|Nu Kats||Bobbyzio and Freddy Moore, Peters, Galles ||Mar 1980-Mar1981|
|The Kats (v3)||Bobbyzio and Freddy Moore, Peters, Galles, McRae ||Jun 1978-Mar 1980|
|The Kats (v2)||Bobbyzio and Freddy Moore, Peters, Galles, Dunn, Charles, (Brenner) ||Feb 1978-Jun 1978|
|The Kats (v1)||Bobbyzio and Freddy Moore, Peters, Galles, Goldstein, (Brenner) ||Jul 1977-Feb-1978|
|The Skogie Band||Bobbyzio and Freddy Moore, Peterson, Galles, Goldstein, (Brenner) ||Aug 1976-Jul 1977|
|Skogie||Moore, Peterson, Galles, Goldstein, (Winger, Christianson, Brenner, Bobbyzio) ||Nov 1972-Aug 1976|
|Skogie & The Flaming Pachucos (v5)||Moore, Peterson, Galles, Goldstein, Greenberg, (Winger) ||Sep 1971-Nov 1972|
|Homestead||Peterson, Galles, B. Peterson, McGuire, Diedrich ||1970-Sep 1971|
|Mozarts Mafia (v2)||Peterson, Galles, Sutherland, Ryder, (Greenberg, Wright) ||1967-1969|
|Mozarts Mafia (v1)||Peterson, Galles, Sutherland, Brinquist ||1964-1967|
Galles - Lead Vocal and/or
I had a dream about
Al Galles, a while back. My brother and I were in a room of a church
or school out in the country. Suddenly a casket appeared, out of
thin air. There were flowers and everything surrounding it, just as
it would look at a traditional funeral.
My brother and I
stared in shock as the casket lid opened and Al climbed out. He
looked just like he did the last time I saw him, which was about 4
or 5 months before he died. He was wearing that same suit and tie
and his skin was hanging off his face. I was shocked but really
excited to see him.
The three of us
talked for hours-mainly about Al's life- particularly about the
bands he had been in and all the people he knew and played with. He
kept telling us one incredible story after another.
In the evening Al and
I had a jam session, I can't recall where. He played drums, of
course, I played bass. I don't remember who played guitar. The music
seemed really tight. We played mostly Kat songs and maybe one from
Danny Johnson. To me it was so much fun.
At the end of the
day-and the end of the dream, Al and I said our goodbyes and then he
went back over to the casket, climbed in, laid down and closed the
lid. And just like that the casket disappeared into thin air.
I woke up, in a total
state of confusion. The dream was so real. I remember specific
things I said to him and vice versa. Perhaps the dream was a
manifestation of my wish that he was still around and the thought of
how great it would have been to jam with him.
(Note: this bio is a work in progress)