The phrase "Skinny Little Boy From Cleveland, Ohio" will strike recognition for anyone around Cleveland's 1970s rock scene. The words, are of course, by Alex Bevan, a Cleveland singer/songwriter who was able to break down the wall between a folk busker and a rocker and has performed continuously for 41 (and counting) years.
Bevan started performing around 1968 during the first wave of Cleveland's folk/singer-songwriter scene at clubs like LaCave and Faragher's. Around 1971, Cleveland manager Eric Stevens (Damnation, Wild Butter) got him a record deal with Big Tree records. He released one LP and a 45 with songs from the LP in 1972. He contiuned to play extensively throughout the folk club circuit before releasing his second LP on his own, having gotten a taste of the major label frustrations. The LP called "Springboard" included the song "Skinny" aka "Skinny Little Boy" that turned him into a local star, as the song got heavy airplay on Cleveland's FM rock stations (WMMS and WWWM). He recorded a few more LPs over the next several years, with occasional moves into electric folk-rock, while continuing to write songs with local/regional themes such as "Grand River Lullaby".
Bevan's pace of recording slowed down, and he started to work on some children's music as well as more pure acoustic music. He has continued to perform all over the northern Ohio area and release recordings on occasion.
For more details, check out his website - www.alexbevan.com