It began when a couple of kids approached Marc on the street and asked “Mister, do you wanna buy a harmonica?” He did, and never looked back. Taking a cue from a discography he found in Blues Harp, an instruction book by Tony “Little Sun” Glover, he immersed himself in the recordings of Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Walter, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Paul Butterfield, and Magic Dick of the J. Geils Band.
In 1976, Marc joined the rock & roll band Brick Alley, soon reborn as the Iron City Houserockers. From their home base at Pittsburgh’s legendary rock & roll bar The Decade, the Houserockers became hometown favorites and went on to cut several records for MCA Records, produced by the likes of Miami Steve Van Zandt, Steve Cropper and British glam rockers Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson. The Houserockers shared stages with Patti Smith, Meatloaf, the J. Geils Band and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, among others. The band’s recordings and high-energy live performances received rave reviews, including this from Rolling Stone magazine: “The Iron City Houserockers’ new album, ‘Have A Good Time…But Get Out Alive,’ earns them a permanent place in the hallowed hall of the immortals.”Continue Reading