Missing Persons









Missing Persons

Missing Persons

was an American Band who played the New Wave style of music and also electronic pop rock. The band was formed in 1980 in Los Angeles. Warren Cuccurullo (guitar player), Dale Bozzio (vocalist), and Terry Bozzio (drum player), was the lineup of the band. Later they added Patrick O’Hearn (bass player), and Chuck Wild (keyboard player). Dale and Terry Bozzio married while working with Frank Zappa. Patrick O’Hearn was also a former member of Zappa’s touring band.

Missing Persons recorded their first record which was a 4 song EP called, Missing Parts. The band recorded the EP in the new recording studio, UMRK, which belonged to Zappa. Cuccurullo’s father financed the recording of the record. The group went on tour to promote the EP and they also appeared in the movie called, Lunch Wagon. Their record, Mental Hopscotch, was a number 1 hit the local radio station, KROQ. Their self promoted EP sold over 7,000 copies. After two years of hard work they signed up with Capitol Records in 1982. Under this label they re-released the EP and it sold another 250,000 copies and their release of the album, Spring Session M, went gold. The band continued to record and release music, some of which did not receive much attention. The tension between Terry and Dale Bozzio brought an end to their promotional tour in 1986, as well as an end to their marriage and also caused an end to the band. After the breakup of the band, the members went their separate ways to pursue solo projects. Cuccurullo had biggest success as a guitar player for the band, Duran Duran, and it lasted for 15 years. He left the band in 2001 because the band had a reunion of it’s original members. Warren recorded several solo albums before he left Duran Duran, and is still recording solo material. Terry Bozzio has a solo career and has received minor success. Dale Bozzio developed a successful career also. Terry has worked with several big music artists such as, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck. She also records albums and instructional videos, and performs all of the time at musical festivals in Europe and in worldwide drum clinics. She recently recorded with the band called, Korn. O’Hearn composes music and Wild composes New Age and meditation music and uses the name Liquid Mind.

In 2001 the new band called Missing Persons was formed by Warren, Dale, and Terry. They recruited Ron Poster (former keyboard player for Dale), and Wes Wehmiller (former bass player for Warren). The band was short lived but they still had 3 live performances in July 2001, and other permotional activities. In 2002 and 2003, Dale, Warren, and Cuccurullo reunited along with Ron Poster and Wes Wehmiller, and Joe Travers. This group did three live performances and was featured on Access Hollywood before they split up. Their days together were also short lived. The band released 10 albums and 5 singles during their musical career as Missing Persons.