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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stallion - Ain't no way 1981

Dan Milner started his music career at the age of 6 taking piano lessons. At the age of 13 he started his own group, "The Visions" in Minneapolis. By the time he was 17, "The Visions" were a band in the Twin Cities playing all venues available. After two years of college majoring in music and art, Dan moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music career without his fellow band members. Within six months, he once again formed a band; this one named "Pony". Gathering together 3 other members with the love for The Beatles, Dan created a group which started to gather a good following in the LA area. At the age of 21, Dan's group was signed to the famous William Morris Agency and one month later signed to 20th Century Records.
After 2 years on the label, he became disenchanted with the producers of their first two albums and left that label and signed with Warner / Chappel roster as a composer.
In 1978 Dan moved South to San Diego, and started managing the largest recording studio in the city, "Studio West". Within two years, he was head / first engineer, and manager. Two years later he bought Studio West, and started his own music company, Wintermoon Music. Even though at one time Wintermoon Music had offices in San Diego, Minneapolis, and Toronto.

In 1981 he collaborated with the band called "Stallion". Not to be confused with the pop/rock group Stallion from Denver which recorded two albums with Casablanca Records in the late 70s. Stallion released a single entitled "You / Ain't no way" on KG Records. Dan Milner wrote both of these songs. Also both of these songs were produced by Dan Milner.
Today I have the pleasure to present one of the rarest modern soul songs which probably it appears for the first time in the world. 

Dan has been a first engineer, producer, and arranger for over 25 years. He has earned over 350 advertising awards. and has produced music for over 650 episodes of television. One of them was “The American Gladiators”.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

#  I would like to thank Buddy Stephens for all his info. Buddy Stephens  is a member of the group Stallion which released two albums with Casablanca Records in the late 70s.


Buddy Stephens said...

Hi, This is the Singing Killer. I was with Stallion and we did two albums with Casablanca and after we split up in 1980 some of the guys went to LA and I recorded some vocals with them but none of them got released. The song Ain't No Way is not us, but it is very nice. Good luck to you. You have great taste.
Singing Killer

Rendy Jones said...

hi ...can you send my this song email is

Souldennis said...

Hi, first of all thank you very much for your interest on my blog. I'm sorry, my friend, it is illegal your request. I do not distribute my music. You can listen samples of music.

Dan Milner said...

HI SoulDennis,

This is Dan Milner, the composer and producer of "Ain't No Way" and want to thank you for your posting of that song . . nice to hear it again. I also appreciate you didn't send it out in its entirety to those who request it . . . Im glad people like it though.

The band Stallion was an absolute KILLER band . . . great musicians, great singers, and great guys.
We cut this song in about two takes on a saturday afternoon and recorded the vocals that night after our gig. (Started at 2 am) Kim Sturdivant who sang the lead always hated it cause he said he sounded tired . . . but I always liked his approach on the track.

I would be interested to know if the other "Stallion" on Casablanca were signed by Russ Regan when he was there as president. Russ was the person who signed my first band to 20th before he moved over.

Well enough for now . . but thank you for posting the song and all my info . . . very cool . . . and good luck with the blog . . . nice to see someone out there digging deep to find good material.


Souldennis said...

First of all, thank you very much for your comment. It is my honor speaking with you because the song "Ain't no way" is one of my all-time favorite songs. I'm really impressed by the fact that such a great song was recorded the way you described above. However concerning the other "Stallion" from Casablanca, if you want more information, you have to speak with a member of the group, like Buddy Stephens, the lead singer of the band.
I would like to come in contact with you through e-mail (you can see it on my blog), in order to know more things about the band and use them on my article.