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Formed by drummer Terry Bozzio with his wife Dale, who he had met when both worked on FRANK ZAPPA's 'Joe's Garage' album, MISSING PERSONS embraced Los Angeles New Wave and Pop Rock cool with the heaviosity of American Metal riffage, especially in a live setting

band were originally discovered by Ken Scott, the producer releasing an EP on his own KoMos label. The recordings featured original bassist Garry Guttman and keyboard player Trantham Whitley. Both would be replaced by Patrick O'Hearn and Chuck Wild respectively.

Having signed to Capitol the band recorded 'Spring Session M' (an anagram of the band name) with Ken Scott producing. The group would embark on a mightily successful period of touring in America, making it over to Britain for a show at the Lyceum Theatre in London and a TV appearance on Channel 4's 'The Tube'.

Back in America, MISSING PERSONS participated in the huge 'Us Festival' in Los Angeles during the Summer of 1983 before beginning work on a follow up album to 'Spring Session M'.

second album, 'Rhyme And Reason', was produced by Terry Bozzio, Bruce Swedian and the rest of the band, with photography by Helmut Newton. It tended to go in a less Rock oriented direction and into far Poppier, Dance territory. Needless to say, it failed to make as much of an impact as 'Spring Session M', a record that possessed huge crossover appeal.

In July 1985 Dale Bozzio was announced to have quit the group for a solo career, although the singer seemingly changed her mind as 1986 brought with it the funkier third album, 'Color In Your Life', a record handled by CHIC maestro Bernard Edwards. This record found the band whittled down to a quartet consisting of Dale, Terry, Warren and Patrick.

Patrick O'Hearn recorded a solo album, Warren Cuccurullo was to replace ANDY TAYLOR in DURAN DURAN.

Dale chose to throw caution to the wind and bare all for notorious American porn magazine 'Hustler' in a spread that, quite frankly, left nothing to the imagination.

Dale dropped her ex husband's surname, re-married and signed to PRINCE's Paisley Park label, releasing a more Pop oriented solo album, 'Riot In English' and was later at the centre of Sunday newspaper articles based upon the downfall of 80's Pop figure MARILYN having loaned the singer the use of an apartment..

A 'Best Of..' album, released in 1987, was for some time the only album of MISSING PERSONS material so far released on CD.

a Japanese live album of material recorded during 1982 appeared in early 1998 as Dale Bozzio (now a mother of two) performed shows as MISSING PERSONS, albeit being the only original member of the group involved.

Since the demise of the original band Terry Bozzio has, unsurprisingly, been the most prolific in his recording achievements. The drummer has worked with a whole heap of names including JEFF BECK (with whom he cut an album for Epic in 1989 alongside bassist Tony Hymas). More recently Bozzio has recored a Progressive Rock album entitled 'Age Of Impact' with EXPLORERS CLUB, a project that also involved members of DREAM THEATER, MAGELLAN and MR. BIG.

In 2001 Terry Bozzio reunited with vocalist Dale Bozzio and guitarist Warren Cuccurullo for a new project. The trio would be joined by bassist Wes and keyboard player Rodney Ron.

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