Sunday, April 05, 2015

Birtha - Can't Stop The Madness

Birtha was one of the leading female rock bands performing during the 
early 1970's.  The band consisted of four women:

 Shele Pinizzotto ( guitar), 
Rosemary Butler (bass), 
Sherry Hagler (keyboards)
 and Liver Favela (drums)

All four members of the group performed lead vocals and 
Liver was the last member to join Birtha in 1968.   The group immediately 
started playing the club circuit  and toured from  California to Alaska.  From 
1968 to 1971 Birtha worked to tighten and refine their rock sound and in 
1971 they started writing  their own material.   Most of the material was 
written by Birtha, but there were a few songs  which were written in 
partnership with other parties including,  Mark Wickman and Gabriel 

Birtha signed a record contract with Dunhill Records in 1972 and recorded 
their first album, "Birtha" with record producer Gabriel Mckler and 
Engineers,  David Hassinger and Val Caray.    After the release of their first 
album, Birtha began playing rock concerts and clubs  throughout the U.S., 
Canada and Europe.    While taking breaks in their home town,  Los 
Angeles, they would often play The Whiskey and The Troubadour and 
frequently played a club in Glendale, CA called The Sopwith Camel (great 
 In 1973 Birtha recorded their second album, "Can't Stop The Madness" with producer and engineer Christopher Huston.  

The band was on the road for more than 250 days a year and played with groups like, Fleetwood Mac, Alice Cooper, Poco, Black Oak Arkansas, 
Cheech and Chong, The Kinks, B.B. King, Three Dog Night, James Gang and many more.  

The band broke up in 1975 and all the members went their seperate ways.  

Birtha - Can't Stop The Madness  1973

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