Larry Lee and Back In The Day
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Larry Lee and Back In The Day

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"Larry Lee and Back In The Day"

Larry Lee & Back In The Day
Written by Christopher "Alleyne" Rudder

I was in the in the office here at PulpMag when "Sex In The Stars" and "Bookmarks" writer Nola Summers walked by my desk handing me a love note, telling me...Well first my horoscope...Then about this Funk band I should check out for my "Hearing Aid" Column.

Larry Lee & Back In The Day.
With more than 100 years performance experience and several of the members having been members of some of the greatest groups of all time. The Four Tops, Temptations, Dramatics, Bill Moss and the Celestials, Mary Wilson, Chaka Khan, Parliament/Funkadelic, and the Contours. DAMN. I was getting amped!!!
Listening to their live performances brought me back to a time when I was a kid going through my pops records and getting my ass beat. This is some of the music I grew up with. This is some of the music I as a hip hop artist and many other hip hop artists sample today.
Back In The Day was formed in August, 2002. Larry Lee wanted to put together a group of musicians/vocalist that would rival any national act and rival any national act they did!!! There very first show was with Chante' Moore, Kenny Lattimore, and Joe. Larry convinced some promoter friends of his to put Back In The Day on the show, and the rest is history. Their next next show, the following week was with the Isley Brothers. Since then the band has shared the bill with more national acts that can be named in there bio, but I had to name all the people in this article...check this list out: Isaac Hayes, Morris Day and the Time, Dave Koz, Billy Preston, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Stylistics, KEM, Ko Ko Taylor, Denise Williams, Contours, Gap Band, Boyz II Men, Envouge, Chante' Moore, Kenny Lattimore, MC Lyte, Kentucky Headhunters, Los Lobos, Floetry, AWB, Cameo, Whispers, Down to the Bone, Cee lo, O'Jays, Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Revue, Ohio Players, Cherelle, Confunksion, Midnight Star, United We Funk, Boney James, Oleta Adams, Howard Hewitt, Chi-Lites, Jeffrey Osborne, Jonathan Butler, Wayman Tisdale, Joe, Ryan Cabrerra, Little Richard, Chaka Khan & Smokey Robinson. I’m getting shivers up and down my spine with some of those acts!!!
While growing up in Dayton, Larry played in groups with members of Slave, Roger Troutman, Ohio Players, and Lakeside.
Back In The Day has also been capturing a national/international audience with past performances held in Aruba, West Indies, Florida (Super Bowl XXXIX), Ohio, Indiana, Illinois (for Steadman Graham), and Pennsylvania along with performances scheduled to take place in, Virgin Islands, Los Angeles, Vegas, and Japan. In their home town of Detroit, Back In The Day was the busiest band in the city during Super Bowl XL week. The band performed 7 shows in 5 days. Performances for major parties such as NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabues' Super Bowl Party, The Perfect Party held by the perfect 72 Miami Dolphins and The NFL Management Councils' private party.
Lastly, Chrysler Motor Corp. has adopted Back In The Day as their personal band with performances all over the country for various Chrysler events and they have two Detroit Music Awards nominations under its belt for the R and B band of the year, and Larry was voted the outstanding urban/funk musician of the year (2006)
I got in touch with Larry Lee...So...Lets take a trip down memory lane and remember what it was like Back In The Day!!!

Alleyne: Larry it is a pleasure to meet you, how are you

Larry: I'm blessed Thanks

Alleyne: I wanna thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me and to PulpMag

Larry: It's my pleasure. I'm finally down with Pulp Mag!!!

Alleyne: haha, yeah dawg, no doubt, your down with PulpMag!!! iiight lets do this!!! Aside from music and what is written in your bio, tell us something about you that your fans don’t know.

Larry: How light I am on my feet for a big man. I used to have a 34 inch vertical jump and during my NFL years I would shoot a lot of hoop and could dunk a basketball anyway weighing 270
Alleyne: Wow, man that’s some impressive stuff man!!! As an artist, the musical journey is a long (trust me I know) and can not be done by oneself. Who are some of the people in your life who have supported you and continue to support you through you musical career.

Larry: The first guy that comes to mind is Robert Penn Detroit Blues Legend. When I was a player for the Detroit Lions, Robert would let me sit in with his band. I became his bass player for a year then I broke away to start Back In The Day. Secondly my partner Kerry Lacy, he's a bass player also and we were sharing some licks one day and he told me to start a band because of my playing ability and my NFL background he just knew that it would be successful

Alleyne: Cool, so at what point in your life did you know you wanted to pursue a musical career and realize that you had what it takes to succeed in the messed up industry.

Larry: Well in High School I played with a group called Soul Explosion. I left to play college ball at UCLA later the group changed the name to New Horizons and signed a deal with Roger Troutman/Zapp (more bounce to the ounce) I knew then but I was a high school all american in football so I did that first. So after 18 years in the NFL as a player and executive I'm back to my passion music

Alleyne: That’s amazing!!! If we ever start a sports section im’ma have to bring you back!!! What experience do you value more and in turn get more personal satisfaction from as an artist: Getting to meet and perform along side some of the musical greats OR performing those musical greats music in at a live show and feeling/seeing the crowds positive reaction and love for your show.

Larry: Great question.

Alleyne: Thanks as I told my last guest ScholarMan, It was a question my brother Andrew asked me when I was the featured artist in Pulp. I still can't really answer it

Larry: I love both scenarios, but to be on the bill and share the stage with all of the people we do is gratifying to me because I've dreamed and accomplished some of my musical goals

Alleyne: Who are the musical legends that influenced you growing up, and/or affected your musical career and who are the unsigned artists you respect and love

Larry: Well to put it lightly I am a music nut. I absolutely love music. So I'm very aware of a lot of artists, but my biggest influence is and has been George Clinton/Parliament Funkadelic. I am the biggest P Funk fan on the planet. I cover a lot of the P Funk and my band will tell you it must have the stank in it. There's a group of young fellas in the Detroit area named Hot Sauce. I love their show and their energy

Alleyne: Aside from me, hahaha who are some contemporary musicians you would love to have the opportunity to collaborate and work with.

Larry: You are right, obviously there's you. Also I love that whole Dr Dre Ice Cube vibe because of the P Funk samples they do but Fantasia, Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Snoop would top the list

Alleyne: Talk about the musical environment that you consciously chose to immerse yourself in that helped foster the development of your fundamental musical skills such as the self-examination of your strengths and individuality, creating improvisational music, and writing/performance techniques; shaping your musical competence and helping you discover your unique voice that your fans are blessed with in your musical creations.

Larry: Well I grew up in Dayton, Ohio in the 70's and at that time Dayton had several national acts to its credit. Slave with the hit Slide. Lakeside with the hit Fantastic Voyage. Ohio Players with several hits such as Roller Coaster and Skin Tight. Heatwave with hits like Always and Forever. Most of these artist I grew up with in the old neighborhood and Dayton was known as the land of funk. Although I play and love several other genre's I am absolutely A FUNK MAN. When you hear anything that I cover or write I promise you that it will stink up the joint. FUNK IS WHAT I DO!!!

Alleyne: Sweet...I love funk too, something about that groove. With the emergence of Online Independent Music Labels such as Magnatunes that are capable of selling there own music online, and can market/promote music primarily through the internet medium via the assistance of the burgeoning online communication networks such as, do you think that the major record labels in the world will eventually cease to be the gatekeepers to musicians seeking lucrative sales and worldwide acclaim.

Larry: Yes, that's just the sign of the times music labels have made a lot of money off of artist and have made a number of people who they are, but the free enterprise system we have grown to love is forever changing and all that is happening now is just a result of it

Alleyne: Nurture VS Nature...Do you think music talent, song writing, music producing, playing intruments, performng something that is learned or something that comes naturally

Larry: I think that you can learn to do almost anything in life, but in order for you to stand out and /or become the best I believe that it is what you were put on this earth to do in other works its your passion and therefore it is not work and you love and perfect your God given ability

Alleyne: Where do you get your inspiration to write your songs

Larry: Life's circumstances. I tell stories about life and try and create a story that's has a positive message

Alleyne: How do you feel about the Indy Music scene in Detroit?

Larry: It needs enhancing. Although the Techno scene here is helping. The big record labels are losing out because they are not totally in control anymore

Alleyne: P2P File Sharing. Do you think that with modern technology enabling us to share music is a heaven sent for indie artists or total hell for big record labels who lose millions due to illegal downloading of files.

Larry: Yes, that's just the sign of the times music labels have made a lot of money off of artist and have made a number of people who they are, but the free enterprize system we have grown to love is forever changing and all that is happening now is just a result of it

Alleyne: How do you define musical success? Is it a personal feeling of acheivement based on goals you set out for your self? or is it “money in the bank” international stardom, fame & glory

Larry: Well I'm all for personal satisfaction or achievement, but there is nothing like healthy finances, fame, and stardom

Alleyne: What is it like performing with such greats who all have help to shape the way music is today.

Larry: It is absolutely awesome. I had an out of body experience once. If someone looked closely they could see the tears in my eyes. In 2005 we opened for the O Jays and at one point in the show we had the 30,000 in attendance rockin and on the side of the stage was the O Jays pumping their fists and jammin to us. It was off the hook. I then broke down because that moment was something I had dreamed about. Big stage, crowd rockin, and opening for a national act it was overwhelming. We're a national act now its time for the big hit
Alleyne: I’m gonna say a few words...tell me the first thing that comes to mind...Back In The Day

Larry: Life was less stressful

Alleyne: Change

Larry: Change is good

Alleyne: Journey

Larry: Finishing Completion

Alleyne: Destination

Larry: Obtainable

Alleyne: Education

Larry: Absolutely Necessary

Alleyne: Favorite word

Larry: Jesus

Alleyne: Least favorite word

Larry: Mother_ _ _ _ _ _

Alleyne: Favorite word to cuss with

Larry: Try not to

Alleyne: Your favorite body part

Larry: Tits

Alleyne: Do you have sex or “make love”

Larry: Make Love

Alleyne: For all of our readers who will hear some of your songs, read the interview, and become instant fans; tell them where they can learn more about you, your music and your production. Tell everyone your website addresses?


Alleyne: Do you have any upcoming projects, events or albums coming up that you wanna give the readers and your fans the “heads up” about

Larry: Yeah, we're in studio working on our latest project. As I said earlier it will be full of funk mixed in with stories about life etc. Look for it in the spring

Alleyne: Cool, on behalf of the PulpMag Familia I wanna personally thank you for taking the time out to chit-chat with me. You are an amazing singer/song writer and your band is awesome. I enjoyed your hypnotic performance, your presence and your passion. Keep on pushing and we will work together again!!!

Larry: It was my pleasure. For those of your readers that don't know me all I can tell you is you can tell when someone loves what they're doing and is professional when doing it. Please come out and see us live and purchase our projects for one heck of a musical experience. Peace

Alleyne: Peace & Thanks

- Pulp Magazine

"Prodigy vs. Professional"

PR Newswire - Press releases by industry
Prodigy Vs. Professional! Julian Pavone, 'The World's Youngest Drummer' to Perform with Former Detroit Lion, Larry Lee, at the Detroit Tigers' 2007 Opening Day Block Party

DETROIT, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- What does a two-year old have in
common with a former NFL football star and executive? Musical talent! You
can experience it LIVE on April 2 at Grand Circus Park in Detroit!
Larry Lee first heard of Julian Pavone while working on his new album
at Detroit's legendary Harmonie Park Recording Studio. While Michael J.
Powell, Mark Pastoria (Multi Grammy Award Winners), and Brian Pastoria
(Harmonie Network CEO), were working on the production of Julian's upcoming
TV Show, "Finding Julian's Band", Larry saw the video footage and stated,
"I would love to jam with that baby, this is crazy!" Brian Pastoria
immediately introduced Larry to Julian's management team. Tim Muir, a
mutual friend of Larry and Julian's dad, then orchestrated this exciting
Larry Lee spent 17 years in the NFL, 8 as a player and 9 as an
executive. He participated in Super Bowl XXII while playing for the Denver
Broncos. He then went on to become Vice-President of the Detroit Lions.
After his NFL years, he decided to return to his childhood passion, music.
He has been a professional bass player for more than 25 years. After
getting his fingers back into shape, he formed the band "Larry Lee and Back
In The Day" (LL and BITD). LL and BITD have comprised a resume that is
second to none. In its short 4-year existence, LL and BITD has shared the
bill with artists such as the Isley Brothers, Smokey Robinson, Little
Richard, The O'Jays, Average White Band, The Temptations, Isaac Hayes, The
Gap Band, Morris Day and The Time, Dave Koz, Los Lobos, KEM, Robert
Randolph and The Family Band, just to name a few. LL and BITD was nominated
as the "R & B Band of the Year" in 2005/2006/2007. Larry was the 2006
"Urban/Funk Musician of the Year".
Many consider Julian Pavone the "Tiger Woods of the Music Industry". At
only 19 months old, Julian recorded his CD, "Go Baby!" He has appeared on
many television shows, including "Good Morning America", "Martha Stewart",
"Inside Edition", "MSNBC", "WGN", "FOX News Dayside", "Good Company", and
locally, "Fox 2" and "WDIV 4". He has also received accolades in newspaper
articles from every corner of the world. He has performed for the Detroit
Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, at a VIP party for the Chicago Cubs season
home opener, at the House of Blues, inspired the creation of Harmonie
Network (a national entertainment and music company) and launched his own
clothing line.
In February, Julian received The 2007 Rock and Roll Lifetime
Achievement Award, presented by the Hard Rock Cafe Cleveland. He has also
been awarded full artist endorsements from Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drum
Sticks, and Innovation Drums. Most recently, a production crew from South
Korea, on behalf of Seoul Broadcasting Systems, completed three days of
filming for a documentary about Julian, which is scheduled to air this
April. All of this accomplished BEFORE his third birthday!
For more information on Larry Lee, please visit
For more information on Julian, please visit
For more information on Harmonie Network, please visit

- PR Newswire

"Party with Back In The Day"

Dancing and Partying is what Festival at Sea is all about and “Back
in the Day” is going to bring it on! Larry Lee spent 17 years in the
NFL, 8 as a player and 9 as an executive. During his playing days he
played for the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos.
While with the Broncos he participated in Super Bowl XXII. He
then went on to become Vice-President of the Detroit Lions. After
his NFL years he decided to return to his childhood passion, music.
He has been a professional bass player for more than 25 years. After
getting his fingers back into shape he formed Back In the Day. Back
in the Day is a band that covers several genres and decades of music
from the 60’s to today’s top 40. Its mission is to please everyone
listening. Obviously, its working. Back in the Day has opened for
several national acts that included The Isley Brothers, Dave Koz,
Jeffrey Osborne, Floetry, KEM, Chante’ Moore, Kenny Lattimore,
Joe, Morris Day and the Time and Isaac Hayes. They are
high Energy entertainment and will play Funk, Motown, Top 40’s
Blues, R&B and Jazz. They also have some original music that you
are going to love. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for “Back
in the Day” on Festival at Sea 2005! - Festival at Sea


We are in the process of finishing up our 1st CD/Project. We are shooting for spring 09 as a release date. Two of our tracks we play live and receive rave reviews. What you can expect from us is positive message story telling mixed in with a multiple mix of funk, jazz, and blues.



Larry Lee one talented individual, spent 17 years in the NFL, 8 as a player and 9 as an executive. During his playing days he played for the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, and Denver Broncos. While with the Broncos he participated in Super Bowl XXII. He then went on to become Vice-President of the Detroit Lions. After his NFL years he decided to return to his childhood passion, music. He has been a professional bass player for more than 25 years. After getting his fingers back into shape he formed a group and named it Larry Lee and Back In The Day. LL and BITD has comprised a resume’ that is second to none. In its short existence, 6 years, LL and BITD has shared the bill with artist such as Brian McKnight, Chaka Khan, Isaac Hayes, Gap Band, Morris Day and The Time, Dave Koz, Los Lobos, KEM, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Isley Brothers, Smokey Robinson, Little Richard, O Jays, Average White Band, and the Temptations just to name a few. Corporate clients such as General Motors, NCAA, AARP, Penske Racing, NFL, Ford Motor Company, NAACP, National Housing Authority, American Heart Association, Super Bowl XL Host Committee, Chrysler, Governer Ted Strickland (Ohio), Governer Jennifer Granholm (Michigan), and National Housing Authority have all acquired the services of LL and BITD. LL and BITD also has been voted best live performance band by The Detroit Metro Area Musicians and Entertainers Association, nominated as the R and B band of the year 2005/2006/2007/2008 Detroit Music Awards, and Larry was voted Urban/Funk musician of the year (2006). In February, 2009, the group performed 3 Super Bowl XLIII events to include the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers post game after party. There are too numerous, casino performances, club dates, and wedding receptions to mention. Therefore, if high energy professional entertainment is what you are seeking then
Larry Lee and Back In The Day is your solution.