Daily Trivia: 12/16/11

Question: On Knight Rider, what was Michael Knight’s former name?

Last Question: What group was formed by drummer Terry Bozzio and his wife Dale, a former Playboy Bunny who sported Plexiglass bras?

Answer: Missing Persons

Dale and Terry Bozzio met while working with Frank Zappa, and they married in 1979. Guitarist Warren Cuccurullo met the couple while contributing to the Zappa album Joe’s Garage. Together with bassist Patrick O’Hearn and keyboardist Chuck Wild, they formed Missing Persons.

In 1980 the band made its first record, a 4-song EP entitled Missing Persons. In 1982 they signed with Capitol Records and re-released the EP and released the new full-length album Spring Session M (an anagram of “Missing Persons”).

They released several singles with varying results. The visual effects used in the music video for “Words” were unusual for the time, making it popular on the fledgling cable TV channel MTV.

Although they were becoming populat on MTV, the band’s 1984 album Rhyme & Reason did not do very well. Capitol was not happy with the band’s direction. So in 1986, Missing Persons followed up with the more conventional Color In Your Life. During the short-lived promotional tour, increasing tensions between Terry and Dale Bozzio led to the end of the tour, the couple’s marriage, and the band.

After the breakup of the band, Warren Cuccurullo replaced Andy Taylor in Duran Duran and had his greatest success for the fifteen years he was with them.

Dale Bozzio scored minor success as a solo performer under the name Dale with a top 40 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart, “Simon Simon”.

Terry Bozzio worked in 1987 with Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck. He has played with several groups and artists as a session or tour drummer.

In recent years Missing Persons has had some reunions. Most recently, on May 11, 2011, it was announced on Dale Bozzio’s website that “Dale and Warren have reformed Missing Persons for an incredible reunion tour in anticipation of the 30th Anniversary of Spring Session M, the band’s groundbreaking, certified-Gold album originally released in 1982.” In the same announcement, Terry Bozzio’s absence in this reunion was explained by stating that “rock bands are dysfunctional families at best, and sometimes, the show just can’t go on with all on-board.”

So maybe Missing Persons fans will be able to catch the band on tour this coming year. And I’m sure they would perform this song:

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