Effective period / Period of releases: 1976 - 1983
Members: Tony Valor, Jolyon Skinner, Roger Canterbury, Orin Canterbury, Steve Marin, Derek Ventura, Maryann Farra, James Mathias, Frank Stevens (2), Carl Ericson, "Satin Soul" Mike Volaris, Edward AaronThe first song put out under the Tony Valor Sounds Orchestra was "Ma-Mo-Ah, on a 7 inch single, & the LP "Gotta Get it". This original mix was done by the one and only TOM MOULTON (The 45 & LP versions are the same mix, just different edits) and later as a Brunswick 12 inch single in 1977 as "Ma-Mo-Ah (Take II)." This 12" version was a remix by Tony Valor himself, with added percussion. "Ma-Mo-Ah" was a worldwide smash in 1977 and has been re-released a few times since then. Valor said; "It gets sampled a lot and how I can tell is there was something I did on that record that has not been done before or since. I encoded certain things in DBX… so it had this particular sound. No one knows how I did it and if they take the sample they can’t change that."