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Rindy and Marv first performed together in the ‘70s at Western Oregon University where they fell in love and got married. While completing their teaching degrees, they began gigging in bands with Rindy playing sax and singing Marv’s guitar-driven compositions.

After teaching three years in Central Oregon, they took very early retirements and formed Seafood Mama - a wildly popular dance band that played every smoky hippy bar between Seattle and Portland in the late ‘70s.

In 1980 they recorded Marv’s song, “Harden My Heart” - which became their first hit and led to Geffen Records signing them. Over the next decade they released four albums under a new name, Quarterflash, garnering gold and platinum records and tours with Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, and assorted big-haired ‘80s acts better left unmentioned. It was an exciting-tumultuous-insane era and the Rosses lived out many a fantasy, including Marv writing a song with Burt Bacharach and Rindy appearing on Merv Griffin with Richard Simmons.

In 1991 they formed Ross Productions (rossproductions.com) to create music for NW audiences. Their first project was a commission from the state of Oregon to produce a musical based on diaries of immigrants on the Oregon Trail. From that project came The Trail Band and nine CDs of traditional Americana music. (trailband.com) Also, the Rosses gained a deep interest in Native American music and Marv began to write his second play, “The Ghosts of Celilo” (ghostsofcelilo.com) - a Broadway-styled musical featuring Native American music and culture. “Ghosts” was presented in October by Artists Repertory Theatre at The Portland Center for the Performing Arts to rave reviews and thirteen sold-out performances.

Recently, Marv and Rindy were awarded Western Oregon University’s Alumni Award of Excellence and they have released a new Quarterflash CD, Goodbye Uncle Buzz (2008), an astounding collection of twelve new tunes by Marv and Rindy Ross - the singer/songwriter duet that created “Harden My Heart”, “Find Another Fool”, and Take Me to Heart”. Rindy’s voice is more beautiful than ever on these guitar driven tunes written by Marv and produced by Gregg Williams (Dandy Warhols, Wallflowers, China Forbes). Goodbye Uncle Buzz (2008) features Rindy’s lush vocals complemented by her trademark saxophone tone and Marv’s uniquely tuned guitars and arresting lyrics. Though best known for their gold and platinum hits of the ‘80s, the Rosses twist folk, rock, jazz, and Americana voicings here into a new intimate hook-laden sound. Goodbye Uncle Buzz reveals stories of haunted love, dark childhood secrets, enduring friendships, and shared heartache. In many ways autobiographical, this new outing by the Rosses is their most honest and powerful work yet.


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