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Terry Cashman was born in New York City.
He watched baseball through the 50's and even
played minor league baseball in the Detroit
Tiger Organization in 1959 and 1960. At
that same time he was making records as a lead
singer of a group called The Chevrons which had
three chart successes in the years 1958-60.
The fact that Terry's group appeared on American
Bandstand, at the same time he was playing
professional baseball, was a forerunner of
things to come in Terry Cashman's unique
involvement with both music and baseball.
In 1964, Terry went to work for ABC records.
He believed that working from inside the music
business was the quickest way to success.
The hit songs, "Mary In The Morning"
and "Cinnamon" were songs that Terry
discovered as the General Professional Manager
of ABC's publishing firms. After meeting
Gene Pistilli in 1966, Cashman & Pistilli
penned their first hit song, "Sunday Will
Never Be The Same" which was a #1 record
for Spanky & Our Gang in 1967. After
that, the duo combined with Tommy West to form
Cashman, Pistilli & West and wrote the hit
songs "Medicine Man," "But For
Love," and "Sausalito."
Cashman & West went on their own in 1971 and
recorded the famous "American City
Suite" which bought them tremendous
recognition as recording artists and composers.
But during that time, everything took a back
seat to Cashman & West's involvement with
Jim Croce. After struggling for three to
four years to get Jim's material off the ground,
in 1971 "Don't Mess Around with Jim"
finally became a national best-seller--and the
career of one of America's greatest
singer/songwriters was launched. The
recordings of "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,"
"I'll have To Say I Love You In A
Song," "I've Got A Name,"
"Time In A Bottle," and all of Croce's
work live on today as classics in the recording
Cashman & West formed Lifesong Records in
1975 and immediately produced a hit record with
Henry Gross; "Shannon" went to the top
of the charts and their label was launched.
For the next few years a lot of Terry's time was
taken up in the running label.
Cashman says he always wanted to write a
baseball song but could never come up with the
right combination of ideas to satisfy himself.
Finally, in 1979, when a friend who worked for
the Mets presented him with a picture of Willie
Mays, Duke Snider, Mickey Mantle and Joe
DiMaggio, a real seed was planted in terms of a
baseball song of which Cashman could be proud.
In the following years, Cashman became more
involved with baseball and other sports.
Naturally there was a musical involvement which
led ventures in video and television.
"Baseball Video Magazine" which Terry
created aired on ESPN in 1987-89.
Terry and Steve Bilkis
collaborated to create and produce "The
Perfect Match," the first interactive
sports game show on television, through their
company: Bilkistar Properties, Inc.
"The Perfect Match" aired from October
1994 through January 1995 on ESPN. Terry
and Steve are currently active in developing
other television properties.