Meadows (born Edwin Lionel Meadows on February 6, 1950)
is an American guitarist known for his glam image as a
member of the band Angel.
Punky Meadows grew up in Washington, D.C., the oldest of
four boys, in the Barnaby Terrace neighborhood which
produced guitar legends Danny Gatton, Roy Clark, and
Link Wray. He attended Draper Elementary and Hart Junior
High Schools, the latter where he started playing guitar
in his first band, the Intruders.
The Cherry People formed in Southeast Washington, D.C.
during the British Invasion of 1964 and changed their
name from the Intruders to the English Setters to the
Cherry People, all the while establishing themselves as
the city’s hardest working and most talented band. From
1964 to 1972 the band revolved around founding members
Chris Grimes (born July 17, 1948), Doug Grimes (born
April 24, 1951), and Punky Meadows (born February 6,
1950), with a number of personnel changes taking place
from 1972 until the band’s demise in June 1975. The
Cherry People’s origins go back to the Barnaby Terrace
neighborhood of Southeast Washington D.C. where original
members Chris and Doug Grimes, Punky Meadows, and Larry
Gray were raised on the Beatles and the early wave of
the British Invasion. In 1964 these four youngsters
formed their first band, the Intruders.
Later he formed the English Setters, a Beatles-sounding
band that opened for the Yardbirds, Neil Diamond, and
the Young Rascals, all while he was still in high
school. In 1967, The English Setters changed their sound
and changed their name to the Cherry People, and were
later signed to a record deal by Heritage Records.
Meadows himself says that the record company promoted
them as a "poor man's Monkees". They toured briefly in
1968, appearing at Caesar's Palace and on American
After Cherry People disbanded, Meadows and Mickie Jones
formed Daddy Warbux, later BUX, which released one
album. Angel formed after the two met Gregg Giuffria and
then Barry Brandt and Frank Dimino, choosing the name
"Angel" after the song by Jimi Hendrix, of whom Meadows
was a fan.
Angel released studio albums from 1975 to 1979 and the
live album Live Without a Net in 1980, and disbanded not
long thereafter after not achieving mass critical or
popular success. Meadows, however, both during his
tenure with the band and thereafter was invited to join
Kiss, Aerosmith, and the New York Dolls, all of which he
The band possessed a strong glam image that was said to
be the antithesis of Kiss's, while Meadows himself
became the most strongly associated with the glam
persona, so much so that Frank Zappa ridiculed his
trademark pout and hair in the song "Punky's Whips".
Meadows, however, was "flattered" and eventually ended
up onstage during a Zappa concert in his Angel costume.
While the band had (and still has) a number of fan
sites, a fan of Meadows has a site devoted exclusively
to him called the "Punky Meadows Shrine".
Meadows has retired from the music business, and for 13
years owned and ran a tanning salon in Oakton, VA.
The Intruders 1964-1965
The English Setters 1965-1967
Tragedy b/w If She's All Right (March 1966)
Someday You'll See b/w It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog
Wake Up b/w She's in Love (January 1967)
The Cherry People 1967-1972
Albums and Singles
The Cherry People (1968)
And Suddenly b/w Imagination (1968)
I'm The One Who Loves You b/w Gotta Get Back (To the
Good Life) (1968)
Sea and Me b/w Come on Over (1972)
We Came to Play (Recorded in 1974, Released in 1976)
Helluva Band (1976)
On Earth As It Is In Heaven (1977)
White Hot (1978)
Live Without a Net (1980)
An Anthology (1992)
In the Beginning (1999) Plays lead guitar on "Hero" and
"Set Me Free"
Angel: The Collection (2000)
Angel: The Singles Collection Volume 1 (2006)
Angel: The Singles Collection Volume 2 (2006)