Generation Gap Band
Generation Gap Band
Richard Abbott: "The Rickster" (on the top right)The founder of the original Generation Gap Band, Rick has been playing guitar for more years then he would like to remember. A native of New York, Rick moved to Southern California in November of 1965 and performed with several bands in the Valley area. He has had the pleasure to perform with recording artist like The "Coasters", J.J. Jackson, and Chris Montez. In the late 70's, Rick formed his own band which consisted of 5 members and named it "The Generation Gap." After many successful engagements in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the band dissolved. While keeping the name "Generation Gap" he formed a duo with his brother-in-law. In 2005, his brother-in-law moved back to New York and Rick continued the band adding Ted and Joey.
Ted James: "The Tedmeister" (on the top left)Ted has appeared with the Generation Gap many times as a guest singer since 1995. In July 2005, Ted became a full member of the band. A Southern California native, Ted has been singing since he was 12 years old and sang in church choirs and many other venues. While serving in the USAF, Ted entered a major talent contest and won 1st place. Since the 70's, he has appeared as a guest singer with many bands all over Southern California. We are proud to have him as permanent member of the Generation Gap Band.
Joey C: "Cousin Joey" (center) Many people in the San Fernando Valley area will know Cousin Joey. A native of New York, Joey has been singing since age 10 when he got hit with the showbiz bug in 1958 while listening to Dion and The Belmonts singing "Teenager In Love". His first group was with a streetcorner doowop group he put together at age 15 called "Little Joe and the Adelfies".
At 16 he formed his first band called "The Ebbtides" who were very popular all over Long Island. After disbanding Joey continued on in New York with such groups as "Charm City Drive" an 8 man show band with a complete horn section doing much of "Chicago" and "Blood, Sweat and Tears" and then moving on with another 8 man show band "The Magic Touch." In 1982 after moving to Southern California, Joey performed for over 15 years at the Maui Sugar Mill Lounge in San Fernando Valley as a quest singer with The Bill Baker Show. Joey joined the Generation Gap in October 2006, and we are glad to have him with us.