born on 30/9/1952 in Jamestown, NY, United States
John Lombardo (born 30 September 1952 in Jamestown, New York) was one of the founding members of the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs and one of the band's most influential members, writing much of its early material. He is also a member of folk rock duo John & Mary.
Called by the Buffalo News "a dominant force" in the Maniacs, Lombardo was in the group from its inception in 1981 until he left in 1986 after the release of their first major-label album, The Wishing Chair. Lombardo cited "creative and political differences" as his reason for leaving the band.
Lombardo formed the folk rock duo John & Mary with the classically trained Mary Ramsey, who played violin and viola for 10,000 Maniacs and sang backing vocals on the 1993 album MTV Unplugged. The pair made two recordings under the name John & Mary, Victory Gardens in 1991 and 1993's The Weedkiller's Daughter, called "a garden of shimmering delights" by the Atlanta Constitution. Both albums were released on Rykodisc and are out of print.
Lombardo returned to the Maniacs in 1994 after Natalie Merchant's departure, with Ramsey joining as the new lead singer. The duo released two albums with the Maniacs, 1997's Love Among the Ruins, which contained a cover of the Roxy Music song "More Than This" that did well in the U.S. charts, and 1999's The Earth Pressed Flat. In 2002, after leaving the Maniacs following the death of guitarist Rob Buck, John and Mary released The Pinwheel Galaxy. With their current band, the Valkyries, they recently released Peace Bridge (2007).
Melody Maker called Lombardo "one of the very great tunesmiths and guitarists of our age", and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote that he is "a fine songwriter whose adeptness at illustrating quiet desperation and rustic spirituality becomes more apparent with each listen".
Lombardo continues to perform regularly with John & Mary and has appeared frequently with the Maniacs at their local concerts.
With 10,000 Maniacs
- Human Conflict Number Five (EP) (1982)
- Secrets of the I Ching (1983)
- The Wishing Chair (1985)
- Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 (1990)
- Love Among the Ruins (1997)
- The Earth Pressed Flat (1999)
- Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings (2004)
With John & Mary
- Victory Gardens (1991)
- The Weedkiller's Daughter (1993)
- The Pinwheel Galaxy (2002)
With John & Mary & the Valkyries
- Peace Bridge (2007)
- 10,000 Maniacs Official website
- John and Mary and the Valkyries MySpace
- Mary Ramsey Official website
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|* John Lombardo
|Albums||* Victory Gardens
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Jerome Augustyniak · Dennis Drew · Jeff Erickson · Steve Gustafson · Mary Ramsey|
Rob Buck · Duane Calhoun · Chet Cardinale · Jim Colavito · Tim Edborg · Jim Foti · Debbie Heverly · John Lombardo · Natalie Merchant · Terry Newhouse · Oskar Saville · Bob Wachter
|Albums||Human Conflict Number Five · Secrets of the I Ching · The Wishing Chair · In My Tribe · Blind Man's Zoo · Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 · Our Time in Eden · MTV Unplugged · Love Among the Ruins · The Earth Pressed Flat · Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings · Live Twenty-Five|
|Singles||"Peace Train" · "Like the Weather" · "What's the Matter Here?" · "Trouble Me" · "Eat for Two" · "Candy Everybody Wants" · "These Are Days" · "Few and Far Between" · "You Happy Puppet" · "Everyday Is Like Sunday" · "Because the Night" · "More Than This"|
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