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Ever since his early days as front man for the Lost Planet Airmen, Commander Cody has been a truly unique and iconoclastic figure. His special blend of old-time rock ‘n’ roll, country, boogie-woogie, R&B and Western swing have virtually defined American roots music. The band’s straightforward energy was evident on their debut single, 1968’s “Hot Rod Lincoln,” and is still on display at their blistering live shows. After 23 years away from the studio, Cody returned in 2009 with Dopers, Drunks, and Everyday Losers, a collection of new songs and CC classics.
- Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen is an American country rock band founded in 1967. Core members included founder George Frayne IV (alias Commander Cody) on keyboards & vocals; Billy C. Farlow on vocals and harmonica; John Tichy on guitar and vocals; Bill Kirchen on lead guitar; Andy Stein on saxophone and fiddle; Paul “Buffalo” Bruce Barlow on bass guitar; Lance Dickerson on drums; and Bobby Black on steel guitar.
- Retaining his stage name of Commander Cody, Frayne had a subsequent solo career, touring and releasing albums from 1977 on.
- Recent Releases have been as “The Commander Cody Band” as well as “Commander Cody and his Modern Day Airmen.”
- Frayne is also an artist. He Received a bachelor’s in design from the University of Michigan in 1966 and a master’s in Sculpture and Painting from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies of the University of Michigan in 1968.
- After appearing in the Roger Corman movie Hollywood Boulevard, Frayne disbanded the group in 1976.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“The Commander and his still vital band continue to bridge the gap between twanged-out country sagas and sing-along hippie anthems.” -Relix
“The Commander is stronger than ever- his floor-stomping mix of country, swing, and rockabilly can shake the rafters of any bar or club.” -Hittin’ the Note