By September 1977, Starr had joined the group for a series of dates across the United States and Canada. Together they opened for Rick Derringer, Head East, Brownsville Station, Cheap Trick, Foreigner and Black Oak Arkansas.
By November of 1977 the group began working on an album. According to the Streator Daily Times-Press, the group had recorded four songs in Peoria which were written by guitarist Kurt Benckendorf. The songs were being produced and mixed by George Tutko, a Streator native, back in California where Tutko was working as a recording engineer.
The four song titles mentioned: "All In The Show," "Piece of the Rock," "Sweet Heather," and "Scotland Yard."
A number of other songs written by Chalfant and Benckendorf were copyrighted around the same time as well: "Revelations," "Randy, My Friend," "On and On," "Reelin' Feelin'," "Eyes of Affection," "Sweet Earth Mother," "For One Night," and "Life Is A Natural."
Several more songs by the band were copyrighted in 1978: "Blow Down," "When Will You Ever Learn?" and "Not Easy." The album however never materialized.
The group, despite the changes, were still hoping to make an album. An article from 1980 states, "As the Jones Band, the group has done several demonstration records, but as Fortran they'd like to do an album for good record company."
In 1981 the group even announced plans to sign a recording contract with a major label soon and said they had been working with George Tutko to refine their sound.
It was not to be however. In 1982, Chalfant left the group and joined the Los Angeles-based band 707, a group that Tutko was producing at the time.
Fortran continued on with a new singer, Mike Husler, who had previously been with the Slink Rand Group. Husler however was replaced by Bob Barr of Marseilles, Illinois in 1985. Fortran stayed together for just a couple more years, changing singers a few more times along the way.