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Quarterflash was an American rock group formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1980. The band was made up of lead singer and saxophonist Rindy Ross, her husband, guitarist Marv Ross, guitarist Jack Charles, keyboardist Rick DiGiallonardo, bassist Rich Gooch and drummer Brian David Willis.

Recording history

The group was formed by merging two popular Oregon bands, Seafood Mama and Pilot. They originally released the single “Harden My Heart” in Spring 1980. It was a big hit on Portland radio stations, and got the band a one-hour TV special, Seafood Mama In Concert, on KOIN on June 5, 1980. “Harden My Heart” would later be rerecorded by the band after they renamed themselves Quarterflash. The name came from an Australian slang description of new immigrants as “one quarter flash and three parts foolish”, which the Rosses found in a book at producer John Boylan’s house.

Quarterflash signed to Geffen Records and released their self-titled debut album Quarterflash in 1981. It reached #8 on Billboard’s Top LPs & Tapes list, and sold over a million copies, earning RIAA gold certification on February 5, 1982, and platinum status on June 29, 1982. The album contained the new version of “Harden My Heart”, which became their biggest single. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 (it also reached the Top 20 in France). Their follow-up single off the album, “Find Another Fool”, reached #16. A second one-hour Portland television special, Quarterflash In Concert, was broadcast on KOIN on October 22, 1981, and simulcast on KGON. This concert was taped at the Paramount Theatre on October 15, 1981.


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  • jjmuttly

    makes ya feel good when sit goes bad ps they got him!

    20 Apr 2013 Rispondi

    Spanki! This is a great tune!

    8 Dic 2012 Rispondi
  • TCBProject

    Neat little band! Love the horns! thanks!

    13 Apr 2012 Rispondi
  • lottadogs

    yeah awesome song luv it ....2

    24 Gen 2012 Rispondi
  • muzicsf

    yeah awesome song luv it ....

    14 Dic 2011 Rispondi
  • boomer4459

    awsome memorys for me growing up in the 80's and 70's

    15 Set 2011 Rispondi
  • boomer4459

    awsome memorys for me growing up in the 80's and 70's

    15 Set 2011 Rispondi
  • vaughnvhalen

    Originally a local Portland Oregon band called,"Seafood Mama" 1n 1979-1980. We Portlanders were so proud to see them hit big .1st Bill Walton and the very young Trail Blazers winning the 1977 Championship and then a local band :)

    19 Mag 2011 Rispondi
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    25 Feb 2010 Rispondi
  • marlads

    Saw them open for Night ranger in 1985...It was amazing!!!

    29 Set 2009 Rispondi
  • macnoetz

    what a great voice

    31 Mag 2009 Rispondi
  • moculta

    Echt cool

    16 Mag 2009 Rispondi
  • Rissacakes

    I had completely forgotten about Quarterflash until just recently. Thanks, VH1 Classic. Hahah. :)

    4 Mag 2009 Rispondi

    harden my heart, again............!

    9 Apr 2009 Rispondi
  • SoorFM

    The wild blend of Guitar, Sax and Rindy's voice has made this band one of the most mesmerizing bands for me that are still just as good to listen to today...

    21 Mar 2009 Rispondi
  • M_nk

    I remember Quarter Flash from when I was stationed in San Diego in the 80's. I thought it was interesting that Rindy Ross was so - well - struck me as a Karen Carpenter with all the talent of singing and musical instruments that she played. Too - that the inital name of their band (Seafood Mama) may have set them back - changing to Quarter Flash earlier might have helped them get started earlier - LOL...

    11 Nov 2008 Rispondi
  • reach4dastarz12

    take another pictureeeee is amazinggggg<3 and so is like --- every single one of their songs haha

    5 Set 2007 Rispondi
  • toffea

    Fantastic first album ! Love should be so kind is a marvellous song

    18 Giu 2007 Rispondi
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