Bobby Valentino

The Fabulous Poodles

Bobby’s first proper band and experience as a professional musician was in the Fabulous Poodles between 1974 and 1980. With them he recorded and released 3 albums and numerous singles; toured the UK and Europe and the USA 3 times.

The first US tour was a mixture of club dates and support slots with the likes of Sha-Na-Na, Aerosmith and the Ramones.

The tours lasted between 3 & 4 months. At one point the Fab Poos played 75 shows in 71 days – there were lunch time shows, and some clubs would do 2 shows a nite – (it was America, and they can’t spell).

The band had the pleasure and privilege to be chosen as the opening act for Tom Petty & the Heartbreaks’ “Damn the Torpedoes” tour. We are informed that every one of them had a really great time in an era when the British New Wave consisted of Joe Jackson; Dire Straits and the Fab Poos. Bobby has pointed out –“It was unbelievable touring the USA at that time as an up and coming British band, the girls loved the accent”.

There is an unofficial Fabulous Poodles site with many photos here.

There is also a “mice pace” where a few tracks can be heard here.

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