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Mr. Mister

Mr. Mister
l–r: Steve Farris, Steve George, Pat Mastelotto, and Richard Page
Background information
Origin Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1982–1990
Labels RCA, Little Dume
Associated acts Third Matinee, Pages
Past members Richard Page
Steve George
Pat Mastelotto
Steve Farris

Mr. Mister was an American Pat Mastelotto on acoustic and electronic drums/percussion and Steve Farris on guitars/backing vocals. Mr. Mister was the successor to the band Pages, fronted by Page and George from 1978 to 1981.

Contents

  • Early work 1
  • Mainstream success 2
  • Discography 3
  • Awards and nominations 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early work

Although formed in Phoenix, Arizona,[3] Mr. Mister was based in Los Angeles.[3] Richard Page had previously worked as a session musician (for Quincy Jones) and had composed for Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, and many more.

In 1978, Page and his childhood friend Pages in Phoenix, Arizona. Pages explored a pop fusion sound, with a changing lineup of session musicians. Although Pages had a minor hit single with "I Do Believe In You," and its three albums garnered favorable reviews, the group had little commercial success.

After disbanding Pages in 1981, Page and George focused on songwriting and studio session work for pop artists ranging from Laura Branigan to the Village People.

By 1982, Page and George began putting together a more pop-oriented group with a permanent lineup, rounded out by drummer Pat Mastelotto and guitarist Steve Farris. All four members had done extensive session work for other artists and brought numerous influences to the band. The initial plan was to bring in a fifth member (a bassist), but after realizing that Page, who was originally slated to be solely the lead singer, could hold his own on bass guitar, the members decided to remain a fourpiece.[1]

Mainstream success

When the first Mr. Mister album, I Wear the Face, was released by RCA Records in 1984, Page was offered the chance to replace Bobby Kimball as lead singer of Toto, and later was offered Peter Cetera's place in Chicago; he refused both offers.[4]

Their second album, 1985's Welcome to the Real World—with lyrics from Page's cousin John Lang—was the breakthrough for Mr. Mister. All three singles were in the top 10, two of which hit No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts—"Kyrie" and "Broken Wings". The latter was inspired by the book of the same title by Khalil Gibran.[5] They had several No. 1 MTV videos, and performed at the first MTV Spring Break show in 1986. That year, Mr. Mister had two Grammy Award nominations, including Best Pop Band (which was awarded to the "We Are the World" ensemble, USA for Africa).

During this time, Mr. Mister toured with other popular acts including Don Henley, The Bangles, Eurythmics, Tina Turner, and Adam Ant. The band's third album was Go On..., which was not a commercial success.

During the 1980s, the group wrote and/or performed songs for several movies, including the title song for Stand and Deliver, and Is It Love as the outro track for Stakeout.

Guitarist Steve Farris left in 1988. The remaining bandmembers teamed up with Christian recording artist Paul Clark and acted as his backup band for Clark's 1988 indie release Awakening from the Western Dream. Next, the band began working on a fourth album, Pull, with session guitarists Buzz Feiten, Trevor Rabin, Doug Macaskill and Peter McRea. The album was completed in 1990, but RCA Records decided not to release it. Soon afterward, the band broke up. The album remained unreleased for 20 years—though one track ("Waiting in My Dreams") appeared on a 2001 greatest hits collection by the band. On November 23, 2010 the remastered album was finally released by the band – in collaboration with Sony music – on Richard Page's independent label, Little Dume Recordings. The album is also available from Sony on iTunes and other digital distribution channels.

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result
1986 28th Grammy Awards Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group - "Broken Wings" Nominated
1987 29th Grammy Awards Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance - "Healing Waters" Nominated

Notes

  • History of Mr. Mister - Pages - 3rd Matinee - Richard Page

References

  1. ^ a b
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  3. ^ a b
  4. ^
  5. ^ Notes on Broken Wings - from Mr. Mister fansite

External links

  • Mr. Mister official site
  • Mr. Mister biography at VH-1
  • Mr. Mister soundtrack record at Internet Movie Database
  • Richard Page - Official website
  • Pat Mastelotto - Official website
  • Steve Farris - Official website
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