Willow Glen, California, 1978
China Cat: left to right:
Michael Rizzolo, Robin Gilligan, Ken Rattenne. Jon Nystedt, Tim Larkin
Cat, made up of veteran musicians from the Southbay music scene, has been
together over eight years in one form or another. Formed in 1971 by Michael
Rizzolo and Ken Rattenne, the band opened for such as acts as Elvin Bishop
and Juice Newton before reforming in 1977. Since then, China Cat has kept
fairly isolated, making few personal appearances. Co-producer and bassist
Ken Rattenne explains: "The band decided it was time to stop worrying about
making a living playing the clubs; release ourselves from the ball-and-chain
that copy material places on you. Instead, we concentrated on writing and
recording, polishing our act..."
China Catís current exposure
actually began via radio in 1978, when South Bay rock station KSJO and
ABC Records sponsored the Tom Petty Songwriting Contest. China Catís entry
"Everybody's Mother", written by Michael Rizzolo, was selected winner,
and the song was added to the stationís playlist.
Extensive studio work has
given China Cat a clean, polished approach to rock'n roll. Their music
has been described as a "blending of vocals recalling the San Francisco
Rock scene with the tight instrumentation of the 80's."
China Cat: "A small part of Bay Area music history."
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