Craig Balzer

Craig Balzer

Profile:
Guitarist and singer (4/14/1949-1/7/2011), was a sparkplug of Cleveland’s music scene in the ’70s. He fronted American Noise, which released a self-titled album in 1980 on Elektra subsidiary Planet Records and became a WMMS favorite and spearhead of its “Pride of Cleveland” promotional campaign. WMMS listeners of that era will recall tracks like “Anyone With a Heart,” “American Noise,” and “Out on the Street.” American Noise broke up in 1986, never catching the wave that propelled similar melodic hard rock bands like Loverboy, Mr. Mister, and Survivor to stardom, despite Balzer’s hard work and relentless promotion. Balzer retired from music and formed a company that sold specialty promotional items. Balzer was already a star in the local music scene, based primarily on his stint in Circus, which lasted only a year but had an outsized impact on the area music scene. He and his guitarist brother Bruce, who’d previously played togther in December’s Children and Ambleside, joined the popular band, which had a local hit with “Stop Wait and Listen,” in mid-1973 and propelled it to another level.
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Artist

Craig Balzer Discography Tracks

Vocals

December's Children December's Children - December's Children (Album) Mainstream Records US 1970 Sell This Version
LPS 7401 Circus (16) Circus (16) - Circus(LP, Album) Metromedia Records LPS 7401 US 1973 Sell This Version
P-8 American Noise American Noise - American Noise(LP, Album) Planet Records (5) P-8 US 1980 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

December's Children December's Children - December's Children (Album) Mainstream Records US 1970 Sell This Version
P-8 American Noise American Noise - American Noise(LP, Album) Planet Records (5) P-8 US 1980 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

December's Children December's Children - December's Children (Album) Mainstream Records US 1970 Sell This Version
American Noise American Noise - Take It All (Single) Planet Records (5) US 1980 Sell This Version
American Noise American Noise - Anyone With A Heart Planet Records (5) US 1980 Sell This Version
American Noise I Can't Feel Any Pain and 2 more… American Noise - American Noise (Album) Planet Records (5) Australia 1980 Sell This Version
210048XA American Noise Another Girl Like You American Noise - Another Girl Like You / Statutory Sue(7", Single) Kriminal Records (2) 210048XA US 1982 Sell This Version
81874-2 Kevin Raleigh Anyone With A Heart Kevin Raleigh - Delusions Of Grandeur(CD, Album) Atlantic 81874-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
Kevin Raleigh Anyone With A Heart Kevin Raleigh - Anyone With A Heart (Single) Atlantic US 1989 Sell This Version
Weezer Weezer - Weezer (Album) Crush Music (2) UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
MRC 728 December's Children December's Children - Sweet Talkin Woman(7", Promo) Mainstream Records MRC 728 US Unknown Sell This Version

Production

210048XA American Noise American Noise - Another Girl Like You / Statutory Sue(7", Single) Kriminal Records (2) 210048XA US 1982 Sell This Version