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Paul Michael Eaton Black (born Paul Black March 27, 1965 in Dundee, Scotland) was originally a singer and drummer. Most notable for his time as lead vocalist in L.A. Guns, with whom he wrote most of their self-titled debut album.
His roots were in bluegrass. In the seventies his high school rock band was called Your Mother. He also played in several jazz cover bands. In 1978 he was a percussion major at San Jose State University.
He moved to Los Angeles in May 1980 still using his given name Paul Martin Marmorstein. His first L.A. band was Mad Captions who played CBGBs in New York and The Hot Club in Philadelphia with The Dead Boys. In 1981 Paul joined The Mau Maus, a famous LA punk band which was fronted by Rick Wilder of The Berlin Brats. During Paul's time with The Mau Maus he shortened his name to Paul Mars. Paul played drums for a Mau Maus record produced by Robbie Krieger of The Doors which was never released. In 1984 Paul Mars Joined the Joneses and recorded the drums for Keeping Up With The Joneses. Paul also began putting together a side project for his songs to be called Faster Pussycat with guitarist Mick Cripps. Paul switched to lead vocals, Mick switched to bass, and the two joined guitarist Tracii Guns and drummer Nickey "Beat" Alexander and later on guitarist Robert Stoddard to complete this line up.
The name was switched to L.A. Guns because the owner of the name, Raz, offered to back the band if this line up would re-use L.A. Guns, a name which had been abandoned over a year prior by a former band of Tracii's. Paul changed his name again to Paul Black. From 1985 to March 1987 Paul Black wrote and co-wrote a number of songs which led L.A. Guns to a record deal with Polygram Records. However, Paul left before the record was finished and before the deal was signed. Paul Black was replaced by Phil Lewis. These songs became the foundation of the group's success which helped them stand apart from the repetitive glam metal scene of the time. Paul Black has recently been acknowledged for his contributions to L.A. Guns self titled debut.
After leaving L.A. Guns, Paul Black formed Black Cherry, which quickly became one of the most popular and sought after bands in L.A. But, a law suit filed by Black against his former band L.A. Guns and Polygram Records kept Black Cherry from signing a deal. One of the original members of Black Cherry was the artist now known as Ukulele Bartt, who at the time was a guitarist and singer. Paul Black retired in 1993 and seldom played shows. In 2000 Paul Black wrote and recorded an album with Jo Almeida of Dogs D'Amour called Jo & Paul's Sonic Boom, Sun Down And Yellow Moon. The band itself did about 8 shows with different rhythm sections. The record received great reviews but only a few were made. Paul is working on a solo record and at the end of 2005 plans were made to reform Paul Black's L.A. Guns line up for a tour in 2006.
Paul Black released CDs of L.A. Guns with himself on lead vocals called Black City Breakdown (1985-1986) and Black List and a CD of Sonic Boom Sun Down And Yellow Moon on his own label " Black City Records (www.blackcitymusic.com ). In the making are plans to release Black Cherry, The Mau Maus, The Joneses and a solo record.
Paul Black recently parted ways with the version of L.A. Guns featuring guitarist Tracii Guns.