Steve Domer was born in Canton, Ohio in 1952 but at
age 13 his family moved to Canfield, Ohio, a suburb of the Youngstown
/ Warren, Ohio metro area.
started playing guitar at the age of 12 being influenced by the growth of pop rock music with the Beatles, Rick Nelson, Elvis
Presley, and the Byrds. North-Eastern Ohio was a significant area for the growth of Rock 'n' Roll music, bands, and venues.
Today the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland, Ohio in honor of the area's
early influence to the genre.
In high school,
Steve's band "Thyme" was popular and performed at school, church and other local events in the Canfield
area. The website; www.buckeyebeat.com/thyme.html , highlighting Ohio
bands of the 60's & 70's, contains a biographical overview. "Thyme" self produced a 45 RPM single on their
own Orange Records label in 1969 selling copies at local gigs. Excerpts of the two songs "Sunshine in the Morning" (S. Domer) and "Let Us Be Friends" (J. Coulter, K. VanKleeck, & S. Domer)
can be found on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YQlA4f-2wo and www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGv3SV_kwbk
After high school, "Thyme"
evolved into the Psychedelic Rock band, "Stars & Stripes", adding Steve's brother Mike on bass &
vocals. The band performed regularly at popular club, high school, and college fraternities throughout the greater Youngstown-Warren
Ohio area from 1970-1971. The band further evolved to "Phoenix", a power rock trio, that played continuously in the club scene throughout Ohio and
four bordering states from late 1971 through early 1974.
While still as "Stars & Stripes", the band recorded and released
a 45 rpm record on the Starshine Productions label that received regional radio airplay. The A-side was the song
"Listen" written by Steve, and the B-Side was "Your Love No More" written by Steve's brother, Mike. Both
are good examples of the band's Psychedelic Rock sound at the time. Excerpt versions can be found on YouTube at:
itself as a top 40's lounge act in the mid 1970's in order to avoid the stresses of a road touring band. The new
act was now called simply, the Domer Bros. Band, and performed regularly at many of the popular Youngstown
/ Warren over-21 lounge venues.
Steve also focused
on writing songs and in 1977 had recorded a number of his original songs. Four of these were entered into the emerging
national songwriter's festival, The American Song Festival, in 1977 and received awards
among the 100,000's of submitted entries. The song "Girl You're The Only One for Me" is an example of these sessions,
and can be heard on Steve's SoundClick
In May, 1977, Steve and his wife moved to San Diego, CA where he further
advanced his music career and completed his studies in Electrical Engineering.
Steve's first band after moving to San Diego
was "Moonraker". A talented quintent featuring vocalist Lorah Bodie. However, focus on a "harder"
rock sound limited opportunity for steady gigs in the top 40/disco San Diego club scene. By 1978, Steve along with the bassist, Bob Lantis, formed the band "Front
Page" focusing their repertoire on the commercial Top 40 "disco" sounds, made popular
at that time with "Saturday Night Fever". The band performed regularly in the
greater San Diego area throughout 1978 thru early 1979.
"Front Page" disbanded in 1979 so Steve could focus on completing his education in Electrical
Engineering while also devoting time to further songwriting. He also used this period to hone himself as a solo singer / songwriter /performer, and played steadily at a local lounge
and parties from late 1979 through 1982.
In the Spring of 1979, with the help of the "Front Page" musicians, Steve booked
studio time, and recorded five new original songs. Two of these won awards in the 1979 American Song Festival, with the song "If Something's
Wrong" placing in the semi-finals. Steve further performed at live show-cases to launch
his solo singer / songwriter phase. You can hear "If Something's Wrong" also
at Steve's SoundClick page
Steve has now performed as a solo
singer/songwiter ever since, performing in lounges, parties, weddings, and other events as
a guitar/vocal solo, and ocassionally with other musicians, over the last 35 years.
In 1989, due to Steve's Electrical Engineering career, he and his family moved to Mesa,
Arizona (a suburb of Phoenix) where he still resides today. He continues
to write and record original music, producing several CD's worth of original material and started performing more regularly in 2004 for local parties
and charity events. Recently, in late 2013, he retired
from his Engineering career and now enjoys having more time to devote to his music.
Steve loves entertaining
audiences with his huge repertoire of songs from over the past six
decades and working in original songs to his sets. Please also visit Steve Domer's "Soundclick" web page
to hear MP3s of Steve's more modern original songs. You can
access this from clicking on the SoundClick
icon on the home page or by going to
|The DDK Band 2017; Bob Doyen, Steve Domer, Larry Kubiayk
|Steve Domer 2015
|1970 Released Single 45rpm
|written by S. Domer
|Phoenix 1971 -1974
|Left to Right: Kim Van Kleeck, Mike Domer, Steve Domer
|Domer Bros Band 1974 - 1977
|Moonraker 1977 San Diego, CA
|L to R: Jeff Ferris, Bob Lantis, Steve Domer, Jeff Shrin, Lorah Bodie
|Front Page 1977-1979
|Front Page; San Diego, CA 1978
|Steve Domer 1979