Tommy Strand and the Upper Hand

Tommy Strand & the Upper Hand

Approximate Years Active1967-1973
HometownWest Palm Beach
Members and LineupsThomas Stradthagen: vocals, aka Tommy Strand (Palm Beach High 1959)
Geoff Foreman: trumpet
John Pezzanelli: guitar
Greg Williams: drums, later:
Scott Kirkpatrick: drums
Jaco Pastorius: bass (late ‘70 to 1971)
Larry Seay: bass
(Some band members, (including Jaco), moved in and out of Wayne Cochran’s C.C Riders.)
Venues PlayedJai Alai Fronton 1967
The Patio 1967-68
JB’s, 59th St. 1972-73
Mr. T’s, in W.P.B. (Strand and Cochran bands)
Seven Seas Lounge, Collins Ave. Miami (house band)
Original Songs“Instant Reaction”, Fame Records promo 45
Recordings“Real Appeal”, 45, Living Legends Records (remake of Birdwatchers song) Gary Stites writer, producer
“The Trik”, 45 on “R” Records. Tom DeCillis, writer, producer.
“Little Tear”, 45 on Living Legends Records. Gary Stites, writer. Later released as an Epic records demo 45.
“Tommy Strand and The Upper Hand, Featuring Jaco Pastorius”, Import Album (Japan) Holiday Park Records KKJ-004. CD released 2009, 10 tracks (covers) Producer Bob Bobbing, also bassist, friend of Jaco (CD no longer available. Text on cover in Japanese, band members?)
They also recorded for Ric Hall’s Fame label in Alabama
Comments, Highlights, StoriesTommy Stradthagen played with Buddy Decker and Hughie Burns in The Accents, in the early sixties. Strand and the Upper Hand were a high-energy R&B band, well known throughout South Florida, performing mainly in the Dade/Broward area. They also performed on ABC’s, “The Joey Bishop Show”.
Info from P.B.Post, Limestone Records (Scott Kirkpatrick), and Southern Garage Bands websites.