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Seven Hills Hall of Fame April Resident of the Month

4/1/2019

Butch Armstrong was born in Shaker Hts., Ohio.  He started listening to music at the age of four.  His first love was playing the trombone, but after hearing, “The Beatles,” he began to play guitar at the age of 10.  

 

At the age of 12, Butch and his brother, Vito, started playing professionally.  Their first band was called the “Neatles,” and later became known as, “Knight Riders.”  They appeared on, “The Jerry G Show,” on WKYC-TV, and on the nationally syndicated show, “Upbeat,” on WEWS-TV.

 

After high school, Butch joined the local/national act, “Rastus,” a Jazz-Blues fusion band.  In the mid-1970s, Butch toured and recorded with Sonny Geraci of the “Outsiders” and “Climax.”  During the Disco-era he played with “Cyclone,” and later with, “The Hoffman Group,” and the “Cedar Taylor Band.”

 

In the late 1970s, Butch moved to Los Angeles, California.  There, he auditioned for one of his favorite bands, “Chicago,” and also met and jammed with, “Tower of Power.”

 

In 1981, Butch returned to Ohio.  He got married and settled in Seven Hills, where he raised his family and has remained to this day.  He played with the band, “Goodfoot,” before finally forming his own band, the “Armstrong Bearcats,” an in your face Blues and Rock and Roll band.  Butch and his bandmates became the band in demand when national acts needed a local opener.  They are still busy playing out all over northeast Ohio and have been staples at the Seven Hills Home Days.