Alan Bernhoft BIO
Alan Bernhoft -Musician, Composer, Actor, Screenwriter and Producer
“We couldn’t afford The Beatles’ music, so we got the next best thing- Alan Bernhoft” -Marc Cushman, Director & Producer, “Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney”
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Alan has spent over twenty five years creating music and film. A serious drummer at the age of eight, he had his first band in grammar school, playing parties and school dances through makeshift P.A. systems. As a young boy drawn to the many blues clubs around town, Alan developed quite an array of fake I.D.’s in order to get in to hear his favorite old players. The “little white boy over in the corner” became a familiar fixture at intimate performances by legends such as Little Richard and Leadbelly. He was soaking in the experiences like a sponge. His Beatles records were seldom off the turntable.
Alan and the punk-art band, The Wedgeheads, created a lasting local impact with outrageous performances like “Puppy Slicer” and Alan’s dead-Elvis parody, “Always Elvis” that made for great press. It subsequently,however, got Alan thrown out of The Sundowners, a country group he was gigging with on the side, and PAN, a top 40 group who didn’t get the humor.
He and songwriter Jaxon Baker then formed The Mice! with X-Wedgeheads Howie Pickett and Bill Humphreys, a Beatlesque, harmonizing pop group whose self-produced first single “I Like Her” circulated on college radio throughout the country, grabbing the ear of Electra A&R man Kevin Patrick in New York and radio legend Rodney Benginheimer in Los Angeles. Alan moved the band to L.A. to release a second single with Greg Shaw’s Voxx Records, “I Can Fly,” soon re-forming with some locals as Mary Kelly. They received extensive airplay on independent radio in the U.S., Canada and Europe with a four-song EP, “Living In A Pay Toilet” It was penned and produced by Alan (lyrics by Jeff Potter) and recorded with producer and friend Brett Gurewitz (of Bad Religion & Epitaph Records fame) at his Westbeach Studios in Hollywood. “I learned everything I really needed to know about recording rock ‘n roll from Brett”
After leaving Mary Kelly, Alan pursued several solo projects. He wrote and recorded a series of rock musicals, including “The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde” (based on the classic novel) on which he produced, played all the instruments and created all the vocal characterizations. The multi-award winning independent film version, “The Jekyll & Hyde Rock ‘n Roll Musical”, starring Alan in a critically-acclaimed award-winning performance, is currently being distributed internationally by Elite Disc. The film features a cameo by Alan’s friend and mentor, studio legend and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer, Hal Blaine.
Alan has also been heard on the internationally syndicated Dr. Demento Show, with a series of parody tunes recorded at his home studio. He enjoys a certain amount of notoriety for his uncanny John Lennon impersonation. He has performed with dozens of Beatles Tribute shows, including IMAGINE and TICKET TO RIDE in nightclubs and casinos including numerous performances in Las Vegas and at the International Beatlefest Convention.
Alan penned six Beatlesque tunes for the popular independent feature film, “Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney” on which he is also Associate Producer. The film had it’s DVD release in Sept of 2008.
Alan also released the bluesy and soulful “MRS. SIPPY BONE” -the L.A. rock ‘n roller returns to his Southern roots with this blues-infused collection, reminiscent of early Stones and Zeppelin. The title cut is featured in the film “Rx For Mayhem” and “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” was an audience-voted #1 song on ENGAGE internet radio, where he hosted a weekly interactive Saturday morning children’s show, PLAYDATE. He was awarded ARTIST OF THE YEAR for 2006 by the evolving artist network and inducted into their Hall Of Fame in October ’06. Alan’s song, “Chocolate Chip Cookie Rock” from his children’s release, PLAYDATE, can also be found on volume three of the “Are We There Yet?” CD series for kids, and the title cut appeared in the feature film “Team Extreme.” He also played drums for the LA-based band, Theory, who had a tune on TV’s Party Of Five.
Beatlesque One is a collection of Alan’s MOST Beatles- like songs, including six titles from the feature film, “DESPERATELY SEEKING PAUL MCCARTNEY” Alan wrote the words & music, sings, plays all the instruments and produced the recordings at his AIM Studios in Los Angeles. Alan’s other new release is FRANKENSTEIN ROCK, the soundtrack to his Frankenstein Rock Musical, which he intends to make his second feature film.