Thursday, October 9, 2008


Okay, this is telling you an approximation of my age, but as a kid, I thought Bowzer was a hunk! [Okay, so I wasn't a little kid, and I actually was old enough to know what a hunk was!]. That rich deep voice sent shivers down my spine!

So I was thrilled to read Bowzer is still out there doing his Rock 'N Roll Magic!!!

Thank Dick for another great article!


October 06, 2008
Bowzer and the RootsMagic Genealogy Cruise

If you click on the thumbnail image to the right, you'll see a photograph of Jon Bauman, better known as "Bowzer." Bowzer was the bass singer in the ‘70’s band Sha Na Na, which played at Woodstock and later starred in the Sha Na Na television show, the #1 syndicated television show of the time.

As you can see from the picture, Bowzer recently had an encounter with a group of genealogists on the RootsMagic cruise.

Bauman currently tours extensively with his group, Bowzer and the Stingrays, and was an entertainer on board the cruise ship, Vision of the Seas. He and his band played one evening in the ship's theater to a crowd of enthusiastic rockers. I had a chance to sit in the front row and must say that I enjoyed the show. A lot of the folks on the RootsMagic cruise were also in the audience, and I think they all enjoyed it, too.

A day or two later, I managed to snap a picture of Bowzer, just after RootsMagic President Bruce Buzbee handed the musician a book bag with the RootsMagic logo. Perhaps we can now get Bowzer interested in looking up his family tree!

I learned a few facts about Bowzer. For one thing, he is an accomplished classical pianist. He amazed the audience during his cruise ship show by playing several classical pieces. As a child prodigy, he was admitted to The Juilliard School at age 12 and is a graduate magna cum laude of Columbia University. He even hosted the Hollywood Squares television show for a while in the early 1980s. He also had a role in the movie Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. In addition, he does voiceovers on several animated children's movies, including "Animaniacs" and "The Jetsons." That's not the usual image of a rock musician!

You can read more about Bowzer at
You can read more about the RootsMagic cruise at

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