Date:   10/12/2013

Grammy nominated John Ford Coley and Hall of Famer Terry Sylvester appearing at Thrasher

There are songs you hear in your life that transport you to a certain time period or give you a special feeling. You associate those good times to the groups that made them famous. Songs like "I’d Really Love To See You Tonight,” "Nights Are Forever Without You,” "Love Is The Answer,” He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother," and "Long Cool Woman" have that kind of effect on people. Those songs and numerous others have made John Ford Coley (the most revered half of the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley) and Terry Sylvester (the Hollies) singing legends.  Both have spent decades touring, writing, recording, and producing, and we are thrilled to have them together on stage at the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to double platinum and gold records, John has also produced other artists. Most recently, he co-produced several sides on Eddie Money. Country musician, Vince Gill added vocals along with John to give the sessions a country feel. Additionally, John has produced CD’s on Country Artist Tom Wurth and another talent, Lynn Bryant. Of late, John recorded a live album while he was on tour in the Philippines with many of the hits. It is available on the internet, and at concerts. John is currently going into the studio to record new material for an acoustic album.

Some of John’s songs have appeared in feature films and commercials and include songs such as: "Just Tell Me You Love Me”, "Dr. Pepper", "Major League, Back To The Minors”, "James At 16”, "Joe Panther”, "The Spy Within” "Cold Case” and "Maxwell House Coffee” with Paul Newman in Japan. And in the mid-1980’s, John entered acting, playing in a handful of movies, as well as on an episode of "America's Most Wanted."

Over the years John has shared the stage with many of the music industry’s famous hit makers. Some of those include: Elton John, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Carole King, Bread, Loggins and Messina, Led Zepplin, Carly Simon, Bill Cosby, Steve Miller Band, Randy Bachman, Jesse Colin Young, Air Supply, Ambrosia, Poco, Terry Sylvester (formerly of the Hollies), Orleans, Lou Gramm and Gordon Lightfoot, to name a few.

Terry Sylvester started his musical career at the famous Cavern Club Liverpool in the early 1960's. His first group "The Escorts" appeared at the Cavern with "The Beatles" on many occasions. When The Beatles played at the Cavern for the last time on August 3, 1963, "The Escorts" were handpicked by Cavern DJ Bob Wooler and The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, to share the stage with the Fab Four.

In 1965 Terry joined established Liverpool group The Swinging Blue Jeans, known for their smash hit, Hippy Hippy Shake. He got his big break in December 1968, when he was asked to replace vocalist Graham Nash in "The Hollies". His first single with them, Sorry Suzanne, reached number 3 in the UK singles charts. His first album Hollies Sing Dylan went all the way to number 1 in the album charts.

In 1969, The Hollies recorded He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother with the then unknown session player Elton John playing piano. The song became their biggest hit, and to this day remains an anthem for those who choose to help others less fortunate than themselves.

More hits followed including the 1972s #1 in the US, "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress," and the 1974 worldwide smash hit single, "The Air That I Breathe." In 1975, Terry was asked by Alan Parsons to sing the critically acclaimed final song, "To One In Paradise," on "The Alan Parsons Project" debut album "Tales of Mystery And Imagination." Terry has been awarded 4 Platinum, 9 Gold, and 6 Silver Discs so far in his career. -

This special performance is supported by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Alliant Energy Foundation. Ticket price for the Coley/Sylvester concert is $25 and can be purchased at Thrasher Office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake), Ripon Drug and Pick ‘N Save (Ripon), Twister (Princeton) or by calling 920-294-4279. You can also order online at


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