Who Am I?
Born in New Orleans. I grew up in New Jersey and Dallas.
Bourgeois Tagg is born…
I moved with Tagg to California’s Bay Area after high school. In the late (long time ago) we played in a Sacramento band named Uncle Rainbow, which included members from Texas and other parts of the South.
In (still a long time ago), we moved to Sacramento and formed Bourgeois Tagg with guitarist Lyle Workman, drummer Michael Urbano, and keyboardist Scott Moon. Tagg played bass. I played keys. We both shared lead vocal duties.
Our album Bourgeois Tagg spawned two singles. “Mutual Surrender (What a Wonderful World)” and “The Perfect Life”.
In (another year many years ago), Bourgeois Tagg recorded Yoyo with my soon to be great friend as producer: Todd Rundgren. Our first single from the album, “I Don’t Mind at All,” hit the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #38. Some people said the music was reminiscent of the Beatles. (The new album is already eliciting similar comments.) The single was a Top Five hit on the Adult Contemporary chart, and a major hit worldwide. Its success was fueled by an innovative video that received heavy airplay on MTV and other music video outlets.
Rebirth… Todd’s Band
All five members of our band Bourgeois Tagg appear on Todd’s album “Nearly Human”. Tagg, Urbano and Workman toured as part of Rundgren’s backing band.
I signed a solo recording deal with Virgin imprint Charisma Records, and my self-titled album was released in 1990. Co-produced by rock veteran Danny Kortchmar, the album featured guest appearances by Christine McVie and Rick Vito of Fleetwood Mac as well as American Idol’s Randy Jackson. The track “Can’t Feel the Pain” was co-written with former bandmate Lyle Workman, who also plays guitar on that song.
1992 saw the release of A Matter of Feel. The track “I’m Down with You” was co-written with Robert Palmer.
In 1995 I released another solo album, Come Join the Living World, produced by Charlie Peacock. The album spawned four No. 1 songs on Christian radio.
Many of you first came to know me as an artist. Many more know me in the Contemporary Christian Music world for my songwriting and production work for such acts as Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, 4Him, Jaci Velasquez, Michelle Tumes, and Cindy Morgan. I served as the vice-president of A&R at Word Records from 1997–2001, and signed some amazing talent including Nicole C. Mullen and Rachael Lampa.
“Where Are They Now?”
They are on my first album in 20 years “Don’t Look Back”!
Bourgeois Tagg! (Larry Tagg, Mike Urbano, Lyle Workman)
One reason we have been getting “The Beatles” comments for the album, my good friend Julian Lennon decided once every 20 years was a great idea and joins me on the album!
John Lee Sanders!
David J. Holman!
My son, Adrian Bourgeois!
WOW!!! I can’t even express what a joy it was to be back in the studio making music with all of my friends!
In case you were wondering, my band mates did a few other things along the way…
- Larry Tagg released two solo albums, With a Skeleton Crew and Rover.
- Lyle Workman has performed as a session musician ever since the dissolution of Bourgeois Tagg. He worked with the band Jellyfish in the 1990s, and worked scoring films including Jon Favreau’s “Made” and the Steve Carell and Seth Rogen comedy “The 40 Year Old Virgin.” He also contributed his talents to the world of video games with 2005’s “Guitar Hero”, and has continued to tour with Todd Rundgren.
- Michael Urbano played with the group Smash Mouth from 2000 to 2006.
- Tagg, Workman, Moon and Urbano joined Todd Rundgren for his “Nearly Human” tour. Workman, Tagg and Urbano have appeared on subsequent tours.
It is great to be playing together again!
I want to say “THANK YOU!” to everyone who joined me to make “Don’t Look Back” a reality.
And I want to thank all the fans who have encouraged me many times to become the “Rip Van Winkle” of the music world.