Two For Tuesday: Pablo Cruise (Yacht Rock)

Pablo Cruise hails from San Francisco. Its original members were David Jenkins on guitar and vocals, Cory Lerios on keyboards and vocals, Bruce Cockrell on bass and vocals, and Steve Price on drums and percussion. They started in 1973 and recorded eight albums between 1973 and 1983, but didn’t reach the Top 10 until 1977, when “Whatcha Gonna Do?” reached #6 in the US and #1 in Canada. It’s from their third album, 1977’s A Place In The Sun.

In 1978, they released Worlds Away and its lead single, “Love Will Find A Way.” That song also reached #6 on the Hot 100 but only climbed to #5 in Canada.

Cockrell left the band in 1977 and was replaced by Bruce Day, and Price left in 1981 to be replaced by David Perper. In 1985, the four original members attempted to reunite, hoping they might get a record deal, but when none was offered, they split in 1986. Jenkins and Cockrell successfully relaunched the band in 1996, and in 2004, with the four original members reuniting for Steve Price’s wedding, they reformed permanently minus Cockrell, who was replaced by George Gabriel. They’re still touring, mostly in California. Their website indicates that they’ll be playing in Niagara Falls, NY on July 10, Covid-19 permitting.

Pablo Cruise, your Two for Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

11 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Pablo Cruise (Yacht Rock)

    1. Any band that’s around for that long is going to have a lot of comings and goings. Watch some of these oldies concert and there’s maybe one person left from the original group. Pablo Cruise is still going and still has a couple of original members, which is almost rare.

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  1. I went to Chicagofest to see The Charlie Daniels Band and he was replaced at the last minute by Pablo Cruise. In retrospect, I should have been happy about that, but at the time I was disappointed. I was even more disappointed when I had remained watching them and missed seeing Fred Willard, who was doing stand-up at the same time. RIP, Fred Willard.

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    1. I don’t think you could get more different than Charlie Daniels and Pablo Cruise. I can imagine a lot of people disappointed about that.

      Fred Willard: funny, funny guy.

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