Bocky (and the Visions) / Visions

Cleveland, 1958-70

The Visions were a four member white vocal group. They recorded their 1st 45 on the local Warwick label, and also cut records for Brunswick and Mercury records. Redda Robbins became their manager, and soon lead singer Bocky (also known as Bocky Boo) was getting top billed. Bocky and the Visions recorded on Robbins' Redda label and Philips, scoring several local hits including "Spirit of '64", "I Go Crazy", "I'm Not Worth It". His backing band included the nucleus of Dick Whittington's Cats and Charade. Bocky and his band briefly adopted the name Little Caesar and the Empire for a 1967 release on Parkway records. The Little Caesar period saw the group donning 1930's style Gangster outfits. In 1970 he recorded an LP with a Detroit based hippie/psych band, Wazoo. He fell on hard times in the late 70s and 80s and had not been singing. He was murdered in 1988 - a crime which is yet unsolved - a sad end to one of Cleveland's most popular acts of the 1960s.