"The 77s" (alternatively spelled "The Seventy Sevens") are an American rock band consisting of Michael Roe on vocals/guitar, Mark Harmon on bass, and Bruce Spencer on drums.
Originally called "Scratch Band", this ministry-based quartet formed in the late 1970s in Sacramento, California, by Roe, keyboardist/guitarist Mark Tootle, bassist Jan Eric Volz, and drummer Mark Proctor. Guitarist Jimmy A and singer Sharon McCall also performed occasionally with the band, whose repertoire contained a number of songs penned by English poet and fellow Exit Records musician Steve Scott.
''Scratch Band'' changed its name to The 77s just prior to the release of their first album, ''Ping Pong Over the Abyss'', in 1982. Proctor left the band and was replaced by former Temptations/Romeo Void drummer Aaron Smith, who first appeared on ''All Fall Down'' and remained with the band until the mid-90s.
After considerable success on Exit/A&M, The 77s soon found themselves signed to Island Records and on the road to what Mike Roe would facetiously refer to as "teenage stardom." Their 1987 self-titled release, which was favorably reviewed by ''Rolling Stone'' magazine, pro...
|origin||Sacramento, California, United States|
|years active||1979 – present|
|music genre||Rock (music)|
|current members|| Left to Right:|
Mark Harmon (musician)
|past members|| Jan Eric Volz|
Aaron Smith (musician)