By Tom Semioli
For a time, he was the “&” in Darryl Hall & John Oates! His impressive body of work on stage and on record traverses pop, rock, funk, fusion, jazz and rhythm & blues and permutations thereof.
A prolific studio ace, sideman, composer John Siegler waxed sides with artists including Todd Rundgren and Utopia, the aforementioned Daryl Hall & John Oates, Bette Midler, Desmond Child, Edgar Winter, Cher, Roger Daltrey, Rick Derringer, Meat Loaf, Tim Curry, Air, and Moogy Klingman, among others. Siegler’s main weapon of choice was a Fender Jazz bass (which he still plays) with the bridge pick-up tweaked ever-so-slightly to afford a biting tone ala Jaco, which was rather vogue in the late ’70s – early ’80s.
Nowadays John composes, arranges, and appears on soundtracks for film, television, and advertisements and plays select gigs at The Bitter End.
John Siegler Sound & Vision:
Air “Man Is Free” https://youtu.be/80lElVCVA8A
Todd & Utopia:
“Freak Parade” https://youtu.be/DitwakvT7hw
“Another Life” https://youtu.be/68CszREd_rY
(Reunion) “Lady Face” https://youtu.be/nWupBsiOom0
(Reunion) “The Ikon” https://youtu.be/OeFkydP5PFs
John’s and performance speech at The Bitter End memorial concert for Utopia keyboardist Moogy Clingman – performing “A Dream Goes On Forever” along with The Utopians Kasim Sulton, Jesse Gress, Daryl Tookes, Curtis King, and Julie Eigenberg https://youtu.be/_adj3LnbVQM
Darryl Hall & John Oates:
“Can’t Stop the Music” https://youtu.be/dSBZtisVJaA
“Beanie G and the Rose Tattoo” https://youtu.be/iSoK8Khy6A4
“You Make My Dreams Come True” https://youtu.be/EErSKhC0CZs
KYBP Adjunct Professor Tony Senatore’s renditions of John with DH & JO:
“Your Imagination” https://youtu.be/Uy7myz5KwW8
“Looking for a Good Sign” https://youtu.be/XT3NBHSNAJo
“Tell Me What You Want” https://youtu.be/sGe452RgVTw