Thursday, December 12, 2013

Five More ( Moxie)

Tucson, Arizona Moxie Records released several garage 45's in the 1960's. The Intruders was the most well known of those garage groups. Another Tucson band the Five More managed to released a record of their own in 1965. "She Cares" was comped on Wyld Sydes.

Gary Arthur (Debby)

Gary Arthur recorded this two sided gem that was released on Debby Records out of  Chicago. He does a really good version of the Charlie Rich song "Lonely Weekends" and an equally superb teen ballad "The Little Things" that he wrote himself. I would appreciate more information about his recording career.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Handful Of Obscurities

  I was in my man cave passing the time, listening to some records. I came across a few that I hope will bring some enjoyment and also maybe stir conversation about the artist who made these 45's. It's a mixture of Rock, Folk and Country/Western. I would like to start off with the cool twangy song " Baby Remember Me" by Al and the Echoes on the Echo label. It was released in 1966. The band members are listed on the label. The flip is a C/W ballad.
  The Destinations release a two record's that I know of. Both are on the "D" record label. On this 45 the group recorded this nice Folk sounding ballad "Let Me Down Easy". The other side is an instrumental. Their other record released in May1965 has the moody song " Baby Don't". From the number on the label, the record feature on the blog seems to have been released before the group's May 1965 record. But I'm not for sure.

  Linda Wilson recorded this killer song "La-Dee-Daa" that was released on the Spindle record label . It's a gem! Great beat sound. The flip side is a teen ballad, nothing like "La-Dee-Daa". I read she was possibly from Kansas City, More info is desired.

 Lastly I would like to feature another C/W song by Cliff Clay. It's a trucker song, certainly not what I normally post but I really enjoy the guitar and the beat on "Road Runners". Maybe you will as well.  

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Echotones (Dart)

I usually feature some of the lesser known groups from 1960's. For this post I would like to step back a little further in time to 1959 and remember an outstanding record by The Echotones. Their song "So In Love" is one of the better teen ballad's from this time period in my opinion. " My Baby Doll" has a fast beat with a rockin' guitar solo.

The Maveriks (Presta)

Hello to all. Here is a 45 by The Maveriks on Presta records. One side is country & western while flip side has this great song "Wonder Why which is more Rock n Roll. I noticed the label shows the writers of "Wonder Why" as Floyd and Jerry Westfall. The Westfall's had a very successful recording career with a huge following in their home town of Phoenix in the 1960's. As members of the group the Door Knobs, they scored with the regional  hit "Hi-Fi Baby"on Viv records in 1965.  In 1966 the Westfalls switched to Presta records and released a couple of 45's as Floyd and Jerry with the Counterpoints.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Last Draft (Trans-Action)

The Last Draft were from LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  Band members consisted of Greg Wuensch (Vocals), John Nibblelink (Lead Guitar), Dave Peterson (Rhythm Guitar), Dennis Bremmer (Bass) and Jerry Gaynor (Drums). The group released their only record on the Trans-Action label. They do a very good version of "It's been a long long time" which was a song recorded in 1966 by The Dynasty's (also from Wisconsin).

Gary E Meyers has extensive knowledge on many of the Wisconsin rock bands in the1960's. The above photo of the Last Draft is from his book "On That Wisconsin Beat".

The Kampus Kids (Ensign)

The Kampus Kids were originally from East Liverpool, Ohio. The band's "Leave Me Alone" has a slight Buddy Holly sound. In 1961 the single made it all the way into the top five on radio station WNOR in Norfolk, Virginia. Even though the song was extremely popular regionally it failed to achieve success nationally.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bill Readence (Trans-World)

I was digging around the old record collection a few months ago when I came across several 45's that I  forgot that I had. Bill Readence on the Trans-World record label was one of those. I was reading that it came out possibly in 1969.  "I'll never believe you again" is a superb song.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Denny Dale and the Honeymoons (Lejac)

Dennis Gudim recorded under various names. Denny Dale and the Honeymoons was one of those. It was released by Lejac and Soma records. The record I featured on the blog I think was released in 1965. It has the catchy song "Why Did You Leave Me" and the Coachmen's garage classic "Mr. Moon" for the flip side.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tammi and the Bachelors (Bangar)

Tammi and the Bachelors were from Duluth, Minnesota. In 1964 the group released their only recordon the Bangar label. "My Summer Love" was included in the Girls in the Garage compilation series. I also enjoy the moody teen ballad "My Love" the group recorded for the flip side.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Royal Knights

The Royal Knights hailed from Lewiston, Maine. They were very popular locally and was a regular on the Portland, Maine WGAN televised teen dance show Club Thirteen. The group release a total of three records on the Fireball label. Band members consisted of Ed Boucher (Lead guitar), Paul Boucher (Drums,Lead Vocals), Guy Mathieu (Rhythm Guitar) and Ronnie Morin (Bass). Ed Boucher had a major impact on the New England music scene in the 1960's managing and promoting several bands such as the Innkeepers and Terry and the Telstars. I found a couple documentaries of the Royal Knights on the web that I think you will enjoy. Both are a nice tribute to band.
1995 PBS Documentary
PAL HOP 2010 Reunion

Record Discovery
Chief Whoopin-Koof / Long Long Ponytail     Fireball FL-101
Forever Little Girl / Knight-Mare                   Fireball  FL-103/104
Sweet Revenge / Yes It's Me                       Fireball  200660 / 200661
It's A Lie / Seven Veils of Arabia                  Unreleased Acetate

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The New Dawn (Garland)

Garland Records (Salem,Oregon) released several 45;s. Some are highly desired by collectors. The New Dawn  original band members included Dan Bazzy (Drums,Vocals), Bobby Justen (Bass), Bill Gartner (Vocals, Harmonicia), Joe Smith (Lead Guitar) and Larry Davis (Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar). The group formed in 1967. I think this record featured on the blog by the band was released in late 1969. I enjoy both of the songs on the record. "Why Did You Go" has heavy organ throughout, and nice beat. The group would also release a very cool limited pressing (500) LP album"There's A New Dawn" on the Hoot label in July, 1970. I have provided a link for additional information and current activities of the group at Dan Bazzy and the New Dawn . The above 1970 promotional photo of the band was courtesy of Dan Bazzy. 

                                                                         New Dawn - Why Did You Go

                                                                                  New Dawn - Tears

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Marksmen (Bulls-Eye)

In the quest to remember and also to hopefully to learn more about some of lesser known rock and roll groups of the 1960's, today I feature The Marksmen from Detriot, Michigan. The record was released in 1966 on the Bulls Eye label. A fitting name for a label after all they were the Marksmen. The group does their version of the Beau Brummels song "I've never known". The flip side is the Gerry and the Pacemakers song  "You'll never walk alone". I like the guitar work and vocals, it has a unique sound.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Shanels (Dee-Jay)

In early 1965 The Shanels released their one and only record on the Dee Jay label. If you like the British Invasion/Garage sound from mid 1960's you will enjoy this 45. The record label would suggest that the band was an Indiana group. There are some record collectors who believe the band could possibly be from Michigan. I would be grateful for any formation to help better remember this outstanding group.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Abdo - Men (Arcola)

Minnesota was a happening Rock and Roll scene in the 1960's. There are several compilations albums that highlite the various groups from this time period. This record by the Abdo-Men who were from Minneapolis is another example of the cool sounds coming out of State in the 1960's. It was released in late 1969 on the Arcola record label.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Mustangs (Morgan)

The Mustangs were from Montgomery Alabama. The group does their own rock version of Marvin Gaye's song "Hitch Hike". The flip side is cover of Shep and the Limeliters "Daddy Home". The matrix number looks like it was released in 1966.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Lord Douglas and the Serfs ( H R )

In early 1967,  Lord Douglas and the Serfs released this very enjoyable record. They had it all on this 45, nice vocals and jangle sound. Looking at my copy of Joel Whitburn's book, I was surprised to find neither song by the group reached the top 100 of the Billboard charts. Wow! I guess like many groups in the 1960's it must have simply been lack of exposure, both song's are great.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The X L's (Sound)

There was several groups in the 1960's that called them self the X L's. The group featured today was from Michigan. It was released in 1965. I really enjoy the moody teen ballad  "But it's true". The flip side "Pin Curlers" is a novelty song with a catchy frat/rockabilly sounding beat.      

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Soaring Satellites (Wilco Entertainers)

Happy New Year to all. I would like to start this year off with this cool record by The Soaring Satellites. Mike Markesich's book TeenBeat Mayhem says the record was released in 1965. I like the sound the group had. My copy of the 45 is what record collectors say is "well used ". It plays with quite a bit of noise. With that said the group's talents still comes shining thru.