Our History

The Runaways

A transplanted Chicago boy from the north side, Barry started playing guitar and writing songs in high school. His first band, The Runaways, played extensively in the Chicago area, at the WLS Battle of the Bands as well as many of the local colleges, fraternities, and high schools.

Barry    George
Mark     Barry

The Story of Midwest Songs Limited LLC

As high school students in the 1966, a band called The Runaways was formed in Chicago.   George Balogi- lead guitar, Barry Bianco- drums, Mark Havel- bass guitar  (altho one publicity flyer had Mark playing a base guitar 8=)   ), and Barry Geldzahler- rhythm guitar.

Eventually, the band mates tried their hands at writing songs.   First came ”When In Need” (Balogi, Geldzahler, and Bianco).  Next came “Pamela” (Bianco, Balogi, and Geldzahler).   Finally, George and Barry began writing together producing such undeniably forgettable tunes such as Troublemaker, Telephoner, and Sunburn as well as a sweet ballad called “When I Had Her With Me.”

Being the era of The Beatles whose publishing company was Northern Songs Limited and The Runaways being from Chicago, we imagined a company called Midwest Songs Limited.  Imagination turned to reality in 2012 when Midwest Songs Limited LLC was incorporated in the state of Virginia and continues to this day.

Dreams really can come true…with persistence and dedication…and wonderful friends.

Boiz’enBarry Jam Session

Barry's s college band, Boiz’enBarry Jam Session, played extensively in the Urbana, Illinois area at many of the local pubs, fraternities, and other venues.

 

Boys'N'Barry

After a long hiatus, a reset was in order.

Pondering new directions on the green:

Barry has taken up songwriting seriously and both by himself and with fabulous co-writers has produced the songs on this website.

Boys’N’Barry’s music can't be described by one particular genre.  Their repertoire includes fast-paced rock n' roll, blues, adult contemporary ballads, pop, classics, and instrumentals.    The lyrics are just as eclectic, describing remarkable, fleeting moments in time as well as the deepest of human desires as in 'Lovers Hands'.  The story-teller is rarely in solitude.  The scenes include friends and lovers whose presence influences the artist’s perceptions and experiences.  Their style is primarily energetic though his selection includes quieter, slower pieces that allow the listener to drift away into the imagery.  The lyrics are clever and original; drawn from the artist's rich vocabulary and his unique form of expression.  Many pieces describe common events in fresh new ways such as “Reach For The Stars” and “Connected.” Overall the message is upbeat and full of hope “It’s Never Too Late”, taking the listener back to an era when life was simpler and eams came true. For after all, life CAN be simpler, and dreams DO come true.

 

Radio Airplay

2020
WGMU

2019
WGMU

WHUS DJ Chicopee John, Square Pegs and Round Holes
12/8/2019: https://spinitron.com/WHUS/pl/9933845/Square-Pegs-Round-Holes
12/15/2019: https://spinitron.com/WHUS/pl/9975491/Square-Pegs-Round-Holes