Terence Boylan

Terence Boylan is a singer/songwriter, and the owner of Spinnaker Records and The River Press, which publishes books and CDs. He has written and recorded music for several film soundtracks, recorded albums for MGM and Warner Bros./Asylum Records, and worked as a producer with Warner/Elektra/Atlantic and CBS Records. He is the recipient of two BMI Awards for Best Songwriting.

Boylan first appeared on local radio in Buffalo, NY in the late 1950s, performing a song he had written at the age of 11. While still in his mid teens, he performed in Greenwich Village and, following a chance meeting with Bob Dylan, was encouraged to pursue a solo music career in upstate New York. He attended Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, and with his older brother John formed a band, The Ginger Men. By 1967, they had both signed with Verve Records, for whom they then recorded an experimental concept album, Playback. Boylan’s self-titled second album, released in 1977, garnered critical acclaim, and British singer Ian Matthews recorded a cover of Boylan’s song “Shake It” which quickly climbed to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

In addition to his music career, Boylan is the Executive Director of the Boylan Foundation for International Medical Research, an organization that supports biomedical research and international scientist exchange fellowships. He has supported children’s educational programs at the Center for Scientific Review at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and served as Chair of the MDI Biological Laboratory board of trustees from 2003 to 2011. He served on the Board of Governors of Bard College from 1980 to 1998, and was the Board’s Vice-President for a span of five years.

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