Sphere Clown Band is probably the first and only band to combine classic circus clowning with more "serious" children's music. The successful Canadian band has multiple awards and gold records under their polka dots.
Lead singer Pat "Patty" Silver was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She was educated at Stephens College, and received a master's degree through Bowling Green State University. Silver became accomplished on the fiddle, flute, and accordion. Later, she moved to Canada and, in 1977, formed the Sphere Clown Band to address the entertainment needs of young children. Silver was joined in this endeavor by drummer James Love ("Pooky") and keyboardist Jack Preobrazenski ("Gizmo"). The band immediately started touring across Canada.
In 1983, the Sphere Clown Band launched its own label, One-Eyed Duck, and introduced its first record, I Can Do Anything. The album won a Juno nomination, and was followed four years later with Sharing. Sharing featured original music and the Band's trademark clowning, and was so well received that the album went gold in Canada. The Band kept up a vigorous touring schedule, mostly in Canada.
In 1991, the Band released Kidstuff, followed three years later with Clowntown. The wacky clown album, full of corny jokes and fractured fairy tales, won approval from the Parent's Choice Foundation. That same year, Silver's ten-year-old son, John-Michael Erlendson, joined the band as a vocalist and composer, and a second generation of musical clowns was born. ~ P.J. Swift