Gary Van Scyoc

Recorded and Performed with John Lennon and Chuck Berry
Gary Van Scyoc of Waynesburg, is a bass player and singer/songwriter who performed and recorded with John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Neil Sedaka, Keith Moon, Paul Simon, and the band Elephant's Memory. 

As a freshmen at Salem College Gary Van Scyoc joined the group the Dynatones and recorded with them at Gateway Studios in Pittsburgh. Hanna Barbera records signed the band and released the hit single "The Fife Piper" in 1966.  In 1969 Gary recorded with the band Pig Iron on their Columbia Records release. Pig Iron's music was brassy hard rock in the style of Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. The group toured the U.S. playing large outdoor festivals with The Rascals, Blodwyn Pig, Bob Seger System and Chicago. In 1970 Gary joined the band Elephant's Memory for their album "Take It to the Street" that included the number 50 hit song "Mongoose".

Working with John Lennon

After hearing a tape of an Elephant's Memory live concert on WLIR, John Lennon showed up at the band's rehearsal and asked them to become his band. In 1972 John Lennon released "Sometime in New York City" produced by Phil Spector and backed by Elephant's memory. During the summer of 1972 Lennon and Elephant's Memory performed at Madison Square Garden and recorded "Live in New York City" that was released in 1986. In 1973 the band recorded "Approximately Infinite Universe" with Yoko Ono and Lennon. John Lennon produced the 1972 Apple release "Elephant's Memory" that included Gary's song "Wind Ridge". Gary appeared with John Lennon on the Mike Douglas show the Dick Cavett show, Dick Clark’s “Rolling Stone's 25 Years”, and VH-1’s Legends and Behind the Music. The last Elephant's Memory release was "Angels Forever" on RCA in 1974. The band broke up in 1977 with the coming of the "New Wave".

Gary went on to record with Chuck Berry on his releases Chessbox (1988) and Gold (2000). Gary continues to record, perform, teach, make appearances at Beatle shows. He wrote the book “Shortcuts To Improving Your Bass Playing", created the curriculum for bass students at Sam Ash Music Institute, and founded Bass Styles Inc. a contemporary school for bass studies.