The nucleus of Elton Duck was formed in Los Angeles in 1976 by Mike McFadden and Mike Condello. The two musicians had a history playing in bands together around the Phoenix area before McFadden made the move to California. They reconnected in L.A. and recruited Andy Robinson and future Bangle Michael Steele to round out the group. The band with the unusual name began playing all over L.A., including the Troubadour and Club 88. A loyal following and a set of original songs caught the attention of Arista’s head hitmaker Clive Davis, and in 1980 he financed the recording of a proper set of demos. The tapes were enough to persuade Davis to sign the group, but in an unfortunate twist of fate, he decided to shelve the recordings and soon after, Elton Duck slowly disbanded. It seemed the recordings and Elton Duck were lost forever. Flash forward to 2012 when broadcaster Lee Cooley began a project to get these lost tracks released. Cooley became familiar with the infamous Elton Duck through the music of Mike Condello, who passed away in 1995. In honor of Condello, Cooley began a Kickstarter fundraiser project that would finally release Elton Duck to the world. The project was successfully funded and in July 2012, the first official appearance of the lost Elton Duck tracks appeared in a self-title, limited-run CD pressing. The project dubbed “The Greatest Album Never Heard” was designated as a benefit for the Mike Condello Music Scholarship Fund, which benefits college-bound students from Condello's alma mater of North High School in Phoenix. Copies of the benefit project can be obtained by going to It took 30 years for Elton Duck to finally be released, but the project proves it is never too late to get your work out to the world and recognized., Rovi

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