Before McKendree Spring, Dreyfuss earned degrees in physics (BA), medicine (MD), taught anatomy to medical students, researched limb regeneration in newts, and published fiction about music in Northern Ohio Live and Penthouse magazines.
On tour in the 60′s and 70′s, McKendree Spring rocked audiences in Europe and the USA with its special brand of innovative music. McKendree Spring recorded seven albums for MCA and PYE. Line Records (Germany) released five on CD in 1994. A compilation CD issued by Edsel records (UK, 1996) features Dreyfuss’s rock improvisation, God Bless the Conspiracy – a work that the New York Village Voice called “the most original use of the electric violin we’ve heard”.
Dreyfuss joined with Howie Smith and Bill Cavanaugh in Snowball, a 72-track improvisation for electric violin, viola, keyboards, and saxophones on Cyborg Records (USA, 1992). In 1990, as music director of Wyse Advertising, he created an award-winning version of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in which sampled animal sounds are used to produce the instrumental parts (for the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo). In collaboration with the Cavani String Quartet (in Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music) he composed and recorded Ignition (DFA Records, 1994, 1997), a quintet for string quartet and electric viola. A new collection of his wild and wholly hits, Nice & Queasy, is now available from DFA Records.
Dreyfuss, whose awards include the National Addy and the Clio, is profiled in Who’s Who in Entertainment. Work and artifacts of McKendree Spring, are represented in the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.