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Magnum  1978-1994  
Magnum is a rock band based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Their career spans about four decades and they performed over 3500 shows on the East Coast in premier venues of all levels. From night clubs to festivals and concert venues. Magnum was trailblazers who were one of the first American bands benefiting from corporate sponsorship in Miller's Rock Band Network. An early DIY band from the get go, releasing singles, EPs and albums that were favorably reviewed by Billboard Magazine and achieving East Coast air play and live performances on cable network shows. Their popularity earned them direct support slots for artists such as Hall & Oates, The Ramones, Survivor... including Spring Break events in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Summer residencies at the Jersey Shore. The band amassed a huge loyal following and were honored by being #1 on several radio station rock polls who also endorsed the band's recordings. The band still performs occasionally for reunions and in 2018 they celebrated their 40th anniversary.

Founding Members:

Original Lineup (1978)
Steve Weiss - Guitar, Vocals (1978 - 1980)
Lonnie Warner - Keys, Vocals (1978 - 1994)
Dave Werkhiser - Drums, Vocals (1978 - 1994)
Charley Lippincott - Lead Vocals, Guitar (1978 - 1979)
Butch Samolewicz - Bass, Vocals (1978 - 1985)

Subsequent Members:

Tommy Zito - Keys, Vocals (1980 - 1986)
Michael DeFrank - Guitar, Vocals (1982 - 1994)
Kent Warner - Bass, Vocals (1985 - 1987)
Robert Mason - Lead Vocals, Guitar (1988 - 1989)
Jeff Smith - Lead Vocals, Guitar (1990 - 1994)
Kjell Benner - Bass (1990 - 1994)
Rory Castellano - Bass (1988 - 1990)
Steve Manning - Crew Member

Noteable Highlights:

-Voted #1 rock band, in the WZZO-FM Z-95 Annual Rock Poll in both 1979 and 1980.
-The band's first singles "Fun and Games? & "Rock and Roll Man" were produced by Billy Terrell

Hot Nights
1. "Hot Nights"
2. "Public Memory #1"
3. "Second Chance"
4. "Unanswered Love"
5. "Video Girl"

No Secrets
1. "Breaking Point"
2. "Betrayed"
3. "Forever Ended Yesterday"
4. "2 Sides of Love"
5. "I've Got Your Number"
6. "Angela"
7. "Prisoners of Fortune"
8. "You Could Have Told Me"

Venues Played:

The Gables - NJ
Rock Bottom - NJ
Oakhurst Cafe - NJ
Bill Daniels Rock Palace - PA
Heister's Lounge - PA
Tiger Tail - NJ
Silo - PA
Red Rooster NJ
Jason's Place - PA
Red Maple Inn - PA
Mother's - NJ
Smile's -NJ
The Alley - PA
Bayshores - NJ
Firehouse Lounge - PA
Riverside - NJ
Four Winds - PA
Vernon's Tavern - PA
Saylor's lAke Tavern - PA
Conn's Garden Club - PA
Lighthouse - PA
Silver Dollar - NJ
Gallagher's Wooden Nickel - PA
Old Colony - PA
Shady Lane - NJ
Yock & Jay's - NJ
Aquarius Lounge - NJ
Fernwood - PA
Starburst Lounge -PA
Lighthouse - PA
Harrigan's - PA
Governor's Inn - NJ
Chatterbox - NJ
Miseracordia College - PA
Castle Inne - NJ
The Nook - NJ

Ice-A-Rama - PA
Weex Community Spirit Day - PA
Stroudsbug Mall - PA
Easton Area High School - PA
Warren Hills High School - NJ
Temple University - PA
Centenary College - NJ
Liberty High School - PA
Moravian College - PA

Additional Info:

Magnum was formed in May of 1978 by Lonnie Warner and Steve Weiss, formerly of the popular disco group Trust, with the help of Dave Sestak of Media Five Entertainment. They teamed up with former Auburn member Butch Samolewicz, Dave Werkhiser of Oasis, Charlie Lippincott of Kydds and bass player, sound and light man Rico Corcoan. Magnum debut in July of 1978, and overnight established themselves as one of Lehigh Valley's favorite bands. Later in 1978 they expanded their appearance schedule, gaining fans and building a professional reputation throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Magnum was Voted #1 rock band, in the annual rock Poll in the spring of 1979, conducted by WZZO-FM 95, Bethlehem, PA.