The Curtis Brothers

Approximate Years Active1972-80
HometownGoshen Indiana, West Palm Beach, Southern California
Influences
Members and LineupsRick Curtis: keyboards, vocals Michael Curtis: guitar bass, vocals Thom Mooney: drums Tom Curtis: guitar (rejoined later) (Patty Curtis/ Moan also did some writing and backup vocals)
Venues PlayedThe Troubador, other Southern Cal. clubs.
Original Songs1972: Rick and Mike met drummer Ralph Molina and joined Crazy Horse, writing and singing on the album “At Crooked Lake”. 1973: “Don’t Mess With a Woman” on Helen Reddy’s “Long Hard Climb” album was written by Michael, Rick Curtis and sister Patty Moan. 1974: “Blue Letter”, written by the Curtis Brothers, covered by Lindsey Buckingham, and Fleetwood Mac. (2 versions) Also “Seven League Boots” sung by Stevie Nicks, but not released. 1980: Stephen Stills heard “Seven League Boots” and rewrote the lyrics. It became “Southern Cross” a top 20 hit off of the 1982 C,S,N. album, “Daylight Again”
Recordings
Comments, Highlights, StoriesThe Curtis Family were successful local musicians in Indiana in a band called “These Vizitors”. In 1967 they were signed to Capital Records and released the single “For Mary’s Sake/ Happy Man, and five more tracks engineered by Phil Ramone. They relocated to West Palm Beach and played the local club and festival scene for a while. Their father Dale was Program Director for WIRK radio. Patty Curtis Moan became a member of Red Dog Kin. After These Vizitors split up, Tom played for a short time with Ric Steele. Michael, Rick, and Patty eventually moved to California. Mike later toured with Gene Clark’s Byrds, and Dewey Martin’s Buffalo Springfield. He then worked for 12 years in Hoyt Axton’s band. (Ric passed away unexpectedly from a seizure in 1995.) Over the years The Curtis family members were very productive writers and live/studio performers, individually and as a group. Check out the YouTube videos of Michael playing “Blue Letter”, and explaining the writing of “Southern Cross”. Also, www.quora.com, Bio. And indiana-bands-60s.blogspot.com Bio, by Phil Yoder. Allmusic.com bio by Jason Ankeny