The American Breed was a late 1960s rock group from Cicero, IL first known as Gary And The Nite Lites. Led by Gary Loizzo, the original group members also consisted of Charles Colbert, Jr. (bass guitar), Al Ciner (guitar), and Lee Graziano (drums), and there were some personnel changes along the way.
In 1967, The American Breed debuted on the charts with "Step Out Of Your Mind." This song was followed shortly thereafter by "Bend Me, Shape Me" (1968), the song for which this band is best remembered, which kicks off with a short catchy drum solo followed by a soulful brassy fanfare. The band's other hits also included "Green Light" (1968), "Ready, Willing And Able" (1968), and "Anyway That You Want Me" (1968).
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The American Breed
- Anyway That You Want Me 1968
(This song was previously a hit for the Liverpool Five (1966) and later also became a hit for Evie Sands (1969).)
- Bend Me, Shape Me 1967
- Green Light 1968
- Ready, Willing And Able 1968
- Step Out Of Your Mind 1967
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