Growing up in Canton, Connecticut was an ideal out in the country type of town. Like a lot of kids during that period, Isaw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show, heard all the girls screaming, and decided to make music my life! In seventh grade I had a trio with some friends, they were older than me. And then in 8th grade a quartet called the Hellions. And then in 10th grade Woody Andrews, Jym Cifaldi, and I started performing and writing songs together. We were all about the same age, very creative! We originally named the band, Strange Brew, after the song by Cream. But the principal of the high school didn't want the word 'brew', relating to beer, advertised on the walls of the high school for dances. So we changed the name Burnt Suite meant...hot music.
BJW stood for Billy, Jimmy, Woody. We made it up. We decided to record an album of the songs we had already written. Woody's father was a singer and director of plays and helped us produce The record. We actually got $1000 loan from the local bank in Canton to record the album!! Woody's father most likely co-signed for us. Both my father and Woody's father were always extremely supportive. We were still seniors in high school when we did that record. So it had to be 1970 or 1971 when we began recording. We actually took advance orders from other kids in high school to help finance the record.
We mostly performed locally at local events and dances. We sold the records our selves at the venues. We didn't really have somebody helping us to present our selves nationally. The band broke up because I decided I wanted to move to Massachusetts and be near the ocean and Cape Cod. I just needed to spread my wings, travel, and experience other parts of the country!
by William Florian
1. Tonight (William Florian) - 3:49
2. Sally Salamander (Jym Cifaldi) - 2:22
3. Coming To An End (Jym Cifaldi) - 2:31
4. Finest Thing In Life (William Florian) - 2:58
5. Lightning (Jym Cifaldi) - 5:17
6. Enjoyment Of The Dawn (William Florian) - 2:59
7. Got Time (Jym Cifaldi, William Florian, Woody Andrews) - 3:35
8. Vindati Shanti (William Florian) - 6:29
9. It's What You Wanted (Jym Cifaldi, William Florian, Woody Andrews) - 4:06
*William Florian - Guitar, Piano
*Woody Andrews - Bass, Claves
*Jym Cifaldi - Percussion