Canadian born, Arthur Bod started making records in 1970 while in school at Elon University as part of the group ‘Daze End’. The group was signed by famed producer Tom Werman to Epic Records with then CBS/Epic head Clive Davis, who changed the group’s name to Robey, Falk & Bod (‘RF&B’).
R, F & B was known for CS&N style harmonies and acoustic guitar work embodied on their only album, ‘Kentucky Gambler’. ‘Lonesome Road,’ written by Arthur, was the only single released from the album before their promising career was cut short.
“There was a lot of magic with R, F & B. But our heads were just not in the right place and we blew a great opportunity. The label loved us; we were selling 1,000’s of albums and getting good airplay, but keeping together was not in the cards.”
Eventually, Falk & Bod, after a three single deal with Epic fell apart, together with Budge Witherspoon and Shaw Hayes, formed ‘Iguana’ and were signed to United Artists. Another group known for their harmonies, guitar work and songwriting variety, Iguana managed to record ‘The Winds of Alamar’ album releasing the single, ‘Dream Song’.
“Having four writers in a band is not the norm. But it worked for us. It was another magical combination. We had great material, and our live show was getting very polished. Plus, we got along well. Literally, we did everything together. But we were just a paycheck for the production company. They basically skimmed the label’s recording budget and we lived on $40 a week. It finally came to the point where I needed to save my sanity and around 1980, as hard as it was, I left the band. And then went to sleep for a very long time.”
“I kept writing and recording over the years, but it wasn’t until 2019 that I decided to get serious again, this time as a solo artist. Though Shaw Hayes and I still work together on most all of my songs.”
“The music world is so different now, but all I’ve ever wanted to do is write, record, and connect with anyone I can. Music never dies and isn’t bound by age or time. Great sounds and ‘visual’ content should transcend all of that, and that’s still my goal.”
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