Quarterflash is an American rock group formed in 1980 in Portland, Oregon. The band was originally made up of the only two current members, Rindy Ross (lead vocals and saxophone), her husband Marv Ross (guitars), along with Jack Charles (guitars), Rick DiGiallonardo (keyboards/synthesizers), Rich Gooch (electric bass), and Brian David Willis (drums and percussion). Having a lead singer who also played the saxophone made Quarterflash notable. In a 1982 interview, Rindy Ross said that she viewed the saxophone as an extension of her voice, enabling her to express things she could not express with her voice alone.
The group was formed by merging two popular Oregon bands, Seafood Mama and Pilot (not to be confused with the Scottish band of "Magic" fame). Continuing under the name Seafood Mama, the band originally released the picture-sleeved single "Harden My Heart" on a local private label, Whitefire Records, in the spring of 1980 (with the B-side track being "City of Roses"). "Harden My Heart" 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 September 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, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 (and 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.
Quarterflash released their second album, Take Another Picture, in 1983. It reached #34 in Billboard, and scored the single "Take Me to Heart", which reached #14. The group released their final album, Back Into Blue, in 1985. It peaked at #150 in Billboard. The group later disbanded after getting dropped from their record label.
In 1990, Quarterflash reunited, hiring session musicians, including bassist–vocalist Sandin Wilson, drummer Greg Williams, guitarist Doug Fraser, and Mel Kubik on saxophone and keyboards. The group released Girl in the Wind on Epic Records. In 1991, Rindy and Marv Ross founded the historic music ensemble, The Trail Band, which was formed at the request of the Oregon Trail Advisory Council to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail.
In June 2008, Marv and Rindy Ross released a new Quarterflash CD, Goodbye Uncle Buzz. It did not chart.
In September 2013, the band released a new album, Love Is a Road.
|Year||Album||US Top 200|
|1983||Take Another Picture||34|
|1985||Back Into Blue||150|
|1991||Girl in the Wind||-|
|2008||Goodbye Uncle Buzz||-|
|2013||Love Is a Road||-|
- The Best of Quarterflash: The Millennium Collection (1996)
- Harden My Heart: The Best of Quarterflash (1997)
|Year||Song||U.S. Hot 100||U.S. Mainstream Rock||U.S. Adult Contemporary||UK Singles Chart||Album|
|1981||"Harden My Heart"||3||1||41||49||Quarterflash|
|1982||"Find Another Fool"||16||12||-||-|
|"Right Kind of Love"||56||-||-||-|
|"Night Shift"||60||-||-||-||Night Shift soundtrack|
|1983||"Take Me to Heart"||14||6||28||-||Take Another Picture|
|"Take Another Picture"||58||-||-||-|
|1985||"Talk to Me"||83||-||-||-||Back Into Blue|
- (official website).
- at AllMusic
- , Marv Ross' official website.
- Bangor Daily News (Maine), Dave Cheever, special to the News, , Sat.-Sun., February 20–21, 1982, page ME 9, includes black-and-white photo of band.
- , Randolph Michaels, Lincoln, Nebraska: iUniverse Books, 2005 (by Michael R. Smith), "From the Desk of Marv Ross, Guitarist for Quarterflash," pages 152-155. On page 153, Marv states that "Take Another Picture" is probably his favorite Quarterflash song which was released as a single.