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Steve Cassells: Pop Bop Rock Honor Roll Inductee

January 23, 2021

Keyboard Player Steve Cassells of the Nickel Matchbox

Conversations with Nickel Matchbox keyboard player Steve Cassells

We are proud to add Steve Cassells to our Pop Bop Rock Honor Roll!

Members of the Nickel Matchbox, fall 1966, in front of the Exodus, looking north across 20th on Lincoln (how ’bout those old cars!). The Exodus entrance is the small striped overhang beyond the hotel entrance. l-r  Mark Kincaid, Steve Cassells, Steve Rowe, Ray Chatfield, John Bradley

As always – there is nothing as exciting as hearing from member of a former Colorado rock and roll Garage Band – from the 1960’s era!  And that happened in mid June (2020) when I was contacted by Steve Cassells the keyboard player for a Denver-based group called “The Nickel Matchbox”. I did once hear from a member of the Matchbox – a very brief note in passing – and so when Steve took the time to send in some great photographs and share the band’s biography well, like I said, it made my day!

Lothar and the Hand People – Vacate the Exodus

The Nickel Matchbox formed in the mid 1960’s in Denver when Steve Cassells on keyboards from Nebraska, Mark Kincaid on guitar from Kansas, Ray Chatfield on bass from Boulder, along with Steve Rowe vocals and John Bradley drums both from Denver all came together.  Bradley and Kincaid had been playing in a band called “The Children”.  Then Cassells signed on along with Rowe and Chatfield.

Steve Cassells Keyboards at the Exodus – John Bradley on Drums

CASSELLS: “The Nickel Matchbox was stupidly named for a $5 quantity of weed, a red flag to the local vice squad that ultimately contributed to the band’s demise.” During the summer of 1966, the Nickel Matchbox would land a regular gig: CASSELLS:  “We took over as the house band at the 3.2 club The Exodus, replacing Lothar and the Hand People. Lothar had been lured to NYC by the Lovin’ Spoonful after they opened for them that summer at a concert at the Denver Colosseum.  Previously, the Exodus was a popular Denver folk club where Judy Collins got her start.”

Unknown Musicians Outside the Exodus

CASSELLS: “The Nickel Matchbox was a pure blues band, and started to get some attention in town. I remember one night having one of the Exodus waitresses point out two members of the Kingston Trio in the audience, and then another night Al Kooper come up to us at the end of the evening and spent an hour talking to us about our band and ways to hone our skills (this was before he supposedly helped get Lynyrd Skynyrd famous). After a few months at the Exodus, the Vail Resort area came calling: CASSELLS: “Then, just before Christmas ’66 I went to Steve Rowe’s apartment. We had a weekend booking at the Ore House in Vail (the gear had already gone ahead with the other two band members). When I knocked on the door I was greeted by a smiling member of the Denver Vice Squad. We all went to jail for possession of weed. I got out the next day but Rowe and Kincaid were behind bars for a few weeks. The band never performed together again. My newlywed wife hustled me back to college in Nebraska! It’s silly at this point, but at times I still wish the cops had just waited another week to bust us so that we could have played Vail just that once!”   

The Drivin’ Dynamics with Randy Meisner

Driving Dynamics – Around 1961

Almost as an afterthought, Steve sent me some very interesting information relating to his time playing music in Nebraska with the ‘garage band’ “The Dynamics” (later to become the “Drivin’ Dynamics”). The group would form in 1961 in the Scottsbluff area with Richard Rohnke, John Ankeny, Larry Soto and a 15 year-old by the name of Randy Meisner. The foursome would decide to expand their lineup in 1965 adding a lead guitar player, David Margheim and keyboard player Steve Cassells.  In the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame website, Cassells and Margheim are described by the Hall as “both the best at their instrument in the area.”

Randy Meisner 3rd from left – Cassells on Keyboards – About 1965 – Drivin’ Dynamics

FROM THE NEBRASKA MUSIC HALL OF FAME SITE: “The band (Dynamics) was now drawing crowds of over 2500 occasionally and entered at “Battle of The Bands” contest in Denver.  The contest was won, however, by The Soul Survivors (not the same band as “Expressway to Your Heart” fame).   “The Soul Survivors lured Meisner away from The Dynamics and took off for California to seek a record deal.  During that time, they changed their name to The Poor.  The Poor released several excellent 45’s on Loma, York & Decca Records in 1966 & 1967, however with limited success.”

The above photo was taken at the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony – Randy Meisner is on the left on the microphone – Paul Asmus center and Larry Soto on the right

The above photo is a Dynamics’ reunion photo taken at the “Oregon Trail Days” in Gering, Nebraska – Left to Right: Steve Cassells, David Marcheim, Steve Cassells, Paul Asmus and Larry Soto

Steve tells us that Marcheim was “the best guitar player to ever come out of the State”. CASSELLS:  “I left the Dynamics in the early summer of 66 and came to Denver because that is where my fiance was from. Shortly after I left, the Dynamics came over to Denver for a big battle of the bands, and I believe it was the Soul Survivors who heard him and talked Randy into leaving the Dynamics and joining them when they headed to Cal to become famous. “Not sure why they didn’t keep their Denver name, but Randy told me later they were selling newspapers on street corners to make ends meet. and thus the Poor was the natural name.

Steve Cassells (right) with his 1948 Woodie Wagon purchased at age 19 – He still owns it today!

Randy came by and I saw him at the Exodus one time after I joined the Matchbox. Randy and the other members of the Poor were on hiatus at the time. I asked him recently if he remembered that, and he didn’t. The Poor did cut a few tunes in California, and one of them made it onto a television soundtrack of some big show. “I want to say the Fugitive, but don’t think that is right. Eventually most of those guys gave up and came back to Denver.  Randy hung on out there and did some studio work (bass on James Taylor’s Fire and Rain and others). Eventually Randy made it into Poco and then Ricky Nelson’s band (the Stone Canyon Band) before hitting it big with Frey and Henley.” (The Eagles)

Nickle Matchbox in Denver – Biding Their Time

Mr. and Mrs. Cassells Top 1966 – Bottom: 2016 by then Living In Longmont, Colorado

CASSELLS: “Years later I was the Colorado Assistant State Archaeologist down at 13th and Broadway and one day the guys in the office invited me to join them for lunch in a bar called “The Broadway: a few blocks away. “Low and behold there was Denny (former owner of the Exodus) behind the bar and running that place, which also featured bands on the weekends, and Mark Kincaid was playing there as well. Not sure how much longer Mark was around after that before he died. They eventually knocked the whole building down where the Exodus was and it is now a parking lot. “I did hear from Ray years ago and he was doing bluegrass banjo out in the Nashville area. Wish I could find the others, but no luck. Had we stayed together, we might have cut a record.  Kincaid went on to play lead guitar for the 2nd version of The Electric Prunes.”

Cassells 2012 with Curly “No Shoes” Jr. Band

CASSELLS:  “The founder of the Dynamics, Larry Soto, still lives in west Nebraska and asked me to sit in with them for two upcoming performances at a car show in Potter, NE on the 26th-27th of June (2020) and I recruited a couple of my former band mates (not from the Dynamics) from Denver to join us, so we will try to shake off the rust with old 50s-60s tunes that weekend. “I am hoping to take my old 1948 Chevy Woodie to that car show. I bought it when I was 19 and still have it. It was one of our band vehicles that got us and our gear to gigs all around the Midwest, and I could kick myself because I have no photos of the Dynamics with that car. In the attached picture is from about 1965.  I’m on the right and the guy on the far left is now the head of the Baylor art dept, but was one of our roadies at the time.”

Fabulous Flicks Part 96

January 21, 2021

Juvenile Motion Pictures Part 96

Fun stuff from the 1950’s and 1960’s representing the golden era of teen/juvenile/horror/drag racing/monster/outer space genres – with musician/music references – and throwing in a few others – not so Teen – but music from our past!

“Way, Way Out!” – 1966

(with Gary Lewis & The Playboys – Connie Stevens)

“The Way West” – 1967

(with the Serendipity Singers)

“What A Carve Up!” – 1962

(with Adam Faith)


“What Am I Bid?” – 1967

(with Leroy Van Dyke – Johnny Sea – Faron Young – Al Hirt)

“Where Are You From Johnny” – 1963

(with Johnny Hallyday)

“The Woman Eater” – 1958

(Music by Edwin Ashley)

“Wonderful To Be Young” – 1961

(with Cliff Richard – The Shadows – Grazina Frame – Patti Brook)

“X the Unknown” – 1956

(Music by James Bernard – John Hollingsworth)

“The Yellow Canary” – 1963

(with Pat Boone)

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“X the Unknown” – 1956

(Music by James Bernard – John Hollingsworth)

“The Yellow Canary” – 1963

(with Pat Boone)

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“Young Billy Young” – 1969

(with Robert Mitchum singing)

“The Young Doctors” – 1961

(Music by Elmer Bernstein)

“Your Cheatin’ Heart” – 1964

(Music by Freg Karger)

“Zabriskie Point” – 1970

(with John Fahey – Roy Orbison – The Grateful Dead – Roscoe Holcomb – Patti Page – The Rolling Stones – The Youngbloods – Pink Floyd – Jerry Garcia – The Kaleidoscope)

“Zachariah” – 1967

(with The James Gang – Country Joe and the Fish – Elvin Jones – Doug Kershaw)

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Fabulous Flicks Part 95

January 21, 2021

Juvenile Motion Pictures Part 95

Fun stuff from the 1950’s and 1960’s representing the golden era of teen/juvenile/horror/drag racing/monster/outer space genres – with musician/music references – and throwing in a few others – not so Teen – but music from our past!

“Two Thousand Maniacs” – 1964

(with The Pleasant Valley Boys)

“Up Jumped a Swagman” – 1965

(Music by Norrie Paramor – with Frank Ifield)

“The Valley of the Dolls” – 1967

(with Dionne Warwick – Patty Duke – Susan Hayward – Tony Scotti)

“Vice Raid” – 1960

(uncredited music)

“The Village of the Damned” – 1960

(Music by Ron Goodwin)

“Voyage To the Bottom of the Sea” – 1961

(with Frankie Avalon)

“Walk on The Wild Side” – 1962

(with Brook Benton)

“War of the Colossal Beast” – 1958

(Music by Albert Glasser)

“War of the Satellites” – 1958

(Music by Walter Greene)

“The Wasp Woman” – 1959

(Music by Fred Katz)

Note: The soundtrack from this film was used in seven horror flicks including “Little Shop of Horrors”

Fabulous Flicks Part 94

January 21, 2021

Juvenile Motion Pictures Part 94

Fun stuff from the 1950’s and 1960’s representing the golden era of teen/juvenile/horror/drag racing/monster/outer space genres – with musician/music references – and throwing in a few others – not so Teen – but music from our past!

“The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock” – 1959

(Music by Raoul Kraushaar – Rudy Schrager)

“Those Fantastic Flying Fools” – 1967

(with Burl Ives – Mike Clifford)

“The Three Stooges in Orbit” – 1962

(Music by Paul Dunlap)

“Three Bad Sisters” – 1956

(Music by Paul Dunlap)

“The Tiger and the Pussycat” – 1967

(with The Rollers)

“A Time To Sing” – 1968

(with Hank Williams Jr. – Shelley Fabares – Gene Autry)

“The Tingler” – 1959

(Music by Von Dexter)

“Tonight Let’s All Make Love In London – 1967

(with Pink Floyd – Mick Jagger – The Animals – The Rolling Stones – Twice as Much – Small Faces – The Marquess of Kensington – Chris Farlowe – Vashti)

“The Trouble with Angels” – 1966

(with The Devils – Haley Mills)

“True Grit” – 1969

(with Glen Campbell)

Folk Light? The Answer My Friend….in Living Stereo

January 21, 2021

The Kingston Trio

Back in the early 1960’s (actually 1963) – my parents surprised me on Christmas with my very first record player!

It was a Zenith suitcase model – a tidy little package that folded up and transported very easily.  At that time I was astonished at the sound emitting from the fold-open dual stereo speakers (looked a lot lot this model below).

So there I was sitting under the Christmas tree – very happy – very excited – and planning a bus trip to downtown Denver’s Woolworth Store located on 16th Street.  That would probably have to be held off for a time because I would have to save the $3.49 for a stereo long play or (since I now had a stereophonic player) a stereo copy at a challenging $4.49!

But then the unimaginable happened – My next present retrieved out from under the tree was a flat – seemingly square – probably – yes!  Just about the correct dimensions.

I tore into it and there they were!  My very first two long play record albums!  And who would have guessed?  They were both recordings by the very popular-at-the-time Kingston Trio!  In my wildest imagination I would never imagined me going out an buying a Kingston Trio record.

Christmas Morning 1963 with Nerdy Sister Pam/1965 at CSU Fort Collins with the Zenith – Freshman Year

Then it hit me.  My then 18 year-old sister (I was 14) was a bit of a square.  I was then quite certain that my parents had consulted by sister for the long play gift purchase.  “Oh well,” I thought silently, “It’s okay.  It could have easily been an Eddie Fisher or Liberace record!”

So next, it was time to put the old Zenith to the test.  I gently opened the first Kingston Trio record – “The Best Of The Kingston Trio” and placed the platter on the automatic dispensing spindle post – turned to engage switch – the in a moment or two out came – in living stereo – the sounds of “Tom Dooley”.

That day I sort of became a closet folkie.  I was mesmerized by the rich stereo sound and I was sold!  The second LP was a little daunting for me initially.  It was “Sunny Side” and you know what?  I came to enjoy this second LP even more than the greatest hits!

Early Days

Hilo: Birth Town of Dave Guard

The Kingston Trio formed in the 50th State of Hawaii in the town of Honolulu.  Dave Guard and Bob Shane were friends and classmates in Punahou School where they both learned to play ukuleles and to admire Hawaiian music.

Two years ago, when I was vacationing in my favorite Hawaiian island – Hawaii (the “Big Island) and was residing in my favorite of all Hawaiian towns – Hilo – I was surprised to learn that Bob Shane was born in Hilo.

The Kingston Trio’s legacy places them commercially far above the nearest competitor – In their time they were scorching hot!

Bob Shane was born Robert Castle Schoen on February 1st, 1934.  Dave Guard was born Donald David Guard in San Francisco, California on October 19th, 1934.  He made his way to Honolulu to attend the notable Punahou School.

In addition to their classroom duties, sixth-grade teachers Bill Knowlton and Tom Metcalf lead a physical education class on lower field. (Photo: Punahou Archives c. 1950)

Punahou School on the Island of Awahoo

Alumni of the school include Olympian Buster Crabbe – who later portrayed the character “Tarzan” in the movies; actor Scott Coffey (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off); TV writer Allan Burns (Munsters, Get Smart, Mary Tyler Moore Show); and many more including Barrack Obama!

Guard and Shane began performing around Honolulu while still teens.  After graduating, Guard would head for California to attend Stanford and Shane would also travel to sunny Cal attending Menlo College in San Diego where he would meet up with Nick Reynolds.

Reynolds was born on July 27th, 1933 in San Diego Nicholas Wells Reynolds.  In time, Reynolds and Shane would seek out Guard and the three would begin working together as a trio but often with many other musicians as well – without a group name for the most part but sometimes as “Dave Guard and the Calypsonians”.

The Kingston Quartet

The alliance wasn’t intended to become a way of life and so the three went their separate ways.  Bob Shane would head back to Hawaii to work in a family business.  Guard and Reynolds continued to focus on their music and met up with Barbara Bogue and Joe Gannon forming the “Kingston Quartet”.

Image result for the kingston quartet

Reynolds was replaced in the foursome for a short time by Don MacArthur but then returned.  Bogue and Gannon would both depart causing Guard and Reynolds to put in a call to Hawaii to their friend – Bob Shane would eagerly agreed to return to the States.  The group’s manager was a publicist from San Francisco – Frank Werber.  Frank was a task master and drove the trio very hard in lengthy rehearsals and even submitted them to the handling of a voice instructor.

Frank Werber

Their big break came in 1957 when they took the place of a female comedian who had cancelled her gig at the Purple Onion in San Francisco.  Her name was Phyllis Diller!

All of the rehearsing and vocal training paid off.  The trio were a big hit!  The next step was to secure a recording contract.  Two west coast labels made offers – Liberty and Dot – but both labels only wanted the trio to record 45’s.  Werber and company insisted on long plays.  A Purple Onion acquaintance had a contact at Capitol Records in Hollywood.  Capitol sent a scout to watch and listen to the trio perform – He was impressed and the Kingston Trio had themselves a 7-year contract!

In 1959 the Kingston Trio were bestowed with a Grammy award for “Best Country & Western Performance” for the hit song “Tom Dooley”.  At that time there wasn’t a Grammy folk category and this led directly to the creation in of a new category: “Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording”.  This award was given to the Kingston Trio for their second long play “The Kingston Trio At Large”.

Holding out for a long play recording contract proved to be a great move on the part of Werber and the trio – Their first six Capitol long plays all went Top Ten – with five going to number 1 and the sixth to number 2 during which time the group sold millions of copies and gained international fame.

Along Came Stewart

As time marched on trouble was on the horizon.  Purist folkies were critical of the trio’s smooth and commercial sounds (purist folkies are generally not happy with anyone who manages to become fiscally successful it seems – Bob Dylan was subjected to the same criticism and he lashed back in an interview stating that “the left-wing puritans seem to have a hold on the folk-music community”).

Next, a rift was forming between Dave Guard and his two folk-mates based on many reasons – creative and otherwise.  In the Spring of 1961 the split came with Guard being bought out of his share of the enterprise.  A void had to be quickly filled and so they turned to another folk group member from the Cumberland Three – the 21-year-old John Stewart.

John Stewart (Middle)

With Stewart the number 1 LP’s ceased but the trio still were very successful, placing nine of their next 10 long plays in the Top Ten nationally.

Dave Guard moved on to form the Whiskey Hill Singers with Judy Henske, David Wheat and Cyrus Faryar – a short-lived project – releasing one LP in the Spring of 1962.

John Stewart was born on September 5th, 1939 in San Diego, California John Coburn Stewart.  Unlike his fellow Kingston’s, Stewart’s first journey into music was with a rock and roll garage band called Johnny Stewart and the Furies.  The group managed one obscure single on the Anna label.

John next joined a group called the Woodsmen followed by the formation of the Cumberland Three – modeled after the popular Kingston Trio.  Other members of the Cumberland’s were John Montgomery and Gil Robbins who would become the father of actor Tim Robbins.

I had the pleasure of seeing the Kingston Trio perform live at the “Lagoon” in Salt Lake City, Utah in the summer of 1965 when I was working a summer job in nearby Huntsville, Utah.  The Trio at the time included John Stewart.  During an intermission my group wondered into a Lagoon malt shop and lo and behold there were the three Kingstons, taking their break, drinking soft drinks and playing songs on the malt shop juke box.  I do remember that they selected at least one Beach Boy song!  Turns out the Kingston Trio made the Lagoon a regular stop – appearing there yearly from 1959 through 1967 sometimes returning twice during a year.

Folk Music on the Wane

1964 ushered in the British Invasion led by you-know-who and the days of the commercial folk groups was nearing an end.  Record sales began to slump and Capitol Records elected to not re-sign the Trio.  So it was onto Decca Records where the group managed some minor single and LP action for a couple of years (1965-1966).

Trouble Looms for Folk Folks

1967 saw Stewart electing to go solo and Nick Reynolds wanting to retire from touring.  The three with Werber’s guidance, made their final year a performance-packed lucrative undertaking, making the final appearance on June 17th, 1967 a bitter-sweet final bow.

Reynolds would pursue his love of race cars and ranching.  Bob Shane went solo for a time.  Reynolds and Shane also co-owned a successful restaurant along with Frank along with other profitable ventures.

Shane would form the New Kingston Trio – which only had minor success.  Guard had headed off for Australia where he stayed involved in music performing and teaching.  Shane and Guard had remained at odds for over two decades but then in the 1980’s it appeared that there might be a reunion in the making – but with Guard it wouldn’t happen.

A New Trio: Pat Horine, Bob Shane, Frank Sanchez, Stan Kaess and Jim Connor

1988 saw Nick Reynolds return to the Trio along with Bob Shane (and others) and they remained together until 1999 when Nick once again retired.  Shane would be forced to retire in 2004 due to heart problems.

The world would never enjoy a Shane, Reynolds and Stewart reunion.

Bob Shane died on January 26th, 2020 at age 85; Dave Guard passed away at age 56 on March 22nd, 1991 from cancer; Nick Reynolds died on October 1st, 2005 at age 75.  John Stewart died in 2008 at age 68.

Kingston Trio Selective Discography

Selected charting singles along with the group’s top charting long plays – as well as some solo material – and many nice extended plays which were very popular in the early 1960’s.

45 – John Stewart (as Johnny Stewart) – Vita – Rockin’ Anna b/w Lorraine – October, 1957

45 – Capitol – Scarlet Ribbons b/w Three Jolly Coachmen – May, 1958

The group’s debut single

45 EP – Capitol – The Kingston Trio – June, 1958

45 – Capitol – Tom Dooley – Number 1 Hot 100 – Number 9 R&B – September, 1958

45 EP – Capitol – Tom Dooley – 1958

45 – Capitol – Raspberries, Strawberries – Number 70 Hot 100 – January, 1959

45 EP – Capitol – Raspberries Strawberries – 1959

45 Special – Capitol – From the Hungry I – January, 1959

45 – Capitol – The Tijuana Jail – Number 12 Hot 100 – March, 1959

45 EP – Capitol – The Tijuana Jail – March, 1959

45 Capitol – The M.T.A. – Number 15 Hot 100 – June, 1959

45 EP – Capitol – M.T.A. – June, 1959

45 EP – Capitol – The Kingston Trio At Large Part 1 – June, 1959

45 EP – Capitol – The Kingston Trio At Large Part 2 – June, 1959

45 EP – Capitol The Kingston Trio At Large Part 3 – June, 1959

45 – Capitol – A Worried Man – Number 20 Hot 100 – September, 1959

45 EP – Capitol – Here We Go Again Part 1 – October, 1959

45 EP – Capitol – Here We Go Again Part 2 – October, 1959

45 EP – Capitol – Here We Go Again Part 3 – October, 1959

45 – Capitol – Coo Coo-U – Number 98 Hot 100 – December, 1959

45 Special – Capitol – The Kingston Trio Sings For The New March Of Dimes – December, 1959

45 – Capitol – El Matador – Number 32 Hot 100 b/w Home From the Hill – Number 102 Bubbling Under – February, 1960

45 EP – Capitol – A Worried Man – 1960

45 EP – Capitol – Cool Cargo – 1960

KINGSTON TRIO FOR 7-UP – Motor City Radio Flashbacks

45 EP – Capitol – The Kingston Trio’s Three Hit Albums – 1960

45 EP – Capitol – Sold Out Part 1 – April, 1960

45 EP – Capitol – Sold Out Part 2 – April, 1960

45 EP – Capitol – Sold Out Part 3 – April, 1960

45 – Capitol – Bad Man Blunder – Number 37 Hot 100 – June, 1960

45 EP – String Along Part 1 – July, 1960

45 EP – String Along Part 2 – July, 1960

45 EP – String Along Part 3 – July, 1960

45 – Capitol – Everglades – Number 60 Hot 100 – October, 1960

45 EP – 12th Month of the Year Part 1 – October, 1960

45 EP – 12th Month of the Year Part 2 – October, 1960

45 EP – 12th Month of the Year Part 3 – October, 1960

45 Capitol – Goodnight My Baby b/w Somerset Glouestershire Wassail – November, 1960

45 EP – Capitol – Close-Up Part 1 – 1961

45 EP – Capitol – Close-Up Part 2 – 1961

45 Custom – Capitol – Made Exclusively for Welgrume Sportwear Customers – 1961

45 Custom – Capitol – Made Exclusively for Lion Of Troy Shirt Customers – 1961

45 EP – Capitol – Make Way! Part 1 – January, 1961

45 EP – Capitol Compact 33 – The Kingston Trio – February, 1961

45 – Capitol – You’re Gonna Miss Me (Frankie and Johnny) – Number 110 Music Vendor/Record World – March, 1961

45 – Capitol – Coming From the Mountains – Number 112 – Music Vendor/Record World – October, 1961

45 – Capitol – Where Have All the Flowers Gone – Number 21 Hot 100 – Number 4 Adult Contemporary – January, 1962

45 EP – Capitol Compact – The New Frontier – 1962

45 EP – Capitol Compact 33 – New Frontier – 1962

45 – Capitol – Scotch and Soda – Number 81 Hot 100 b/w Jane, Jane, Jane – Number 93 Hot 100 – April, 1962

45 EP – Capitol Promo – Selection From the Best Of the Kingston Trio – May, 1962

45 – Dave Guard & The Whiskeyhill Singers – Capitol – Plane Wreck At Los Gatos b/w Ride On Railroad Bill – June, 1963

45 – Capitol – Old Joe Clark – Number 113 Bubbling Under b/w C’Mon Betty Home – Number 112 Music Vendor/Record World – September, 1962

45 – Capitol Promo – One More Town – Number 97 Hot 100 – September, 1962

45 Promo – Capitol Promo – Kingston Trio Open-End Interview – 1963

45 – Capitol – Greenback Dollar – Number 21 Hot 100 – Number 6 Adult Contemporary – January, 1963

45 – Capitol – Reverend Mr. Black – Number 8 Hot 100 – Number 15 R&B – April, 1963

45 – Capitol – Desert Pete – Number 33 Hot 100 – Number 12 Adult Contemporary – August, 1963

45 – Capitol – Ally, Ally Oxen Free – Number 61 Hot 100 – November, 1963

45 – Capitol – Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream – Number 124 Bubbling Under b/w The Patriot Game – Number 132 Music Vendor/Record World – February, 1964

45 – Capitol – If You Don’t Look Around – Number 123 Bubbling b/w Seasons In the Sun – Number 111 Music Vendor/Record World – May, 1964

This would be the Kingston Trio’s final charting Capitol single

45 – Decca – Hope You Understand b/w My Ramblin’ Boy – Number 107 Music Vendor/Record World Boy – October, 1964

This was the Trio’s debut on their new label – Decca

45 – Decca – I’m Going Home – Number 104 Bubbling Under – January, 1965

45 – Decca – Yes I Can Feel It b/w Stay Awhile – June, 1965

45 – Decca – Parchment Farm (Blues) – Number 30 Adult Contemporary – December, 1965

45 – Decca – Babe, You’ve Been On My Mind b/w Texas Across The River – November, 1966

The Trio’s final Decca recording before the break up

45 – Monkees – Colgems – Daydream Believer – Number 1 Hot 100 – November, 1967 (composer John Stewart)

45 – Bob Shane – Decca – Weeping Annahleah b/w Simple Gifts – December, 1967

45 – Bob Shane – Decca – Honey b/w I Don’t Think Of You Anymore – February, 1968

45 – The Lovin’ Spoonful – Kama Sutra – Never Going Back – Number 73 Hot 100 – July, 1968

45 – Pat Boone – Tetragrammaton – July You’re A Woman – Number 100 Hot 100 – Number 23 Adult Contemporary – March, 1969

45 – Tetragrammaton – Scotch and Soda – Number 124 Bubbling Under – May, 1969 (Composer John Stewart)

The Kingston Trio’s final charting single

45 – Mac Wiseman – Churchill – Scotch and Soda – Number 88 Country – July, 1979 (Composer Dave Guard)

45 – John Stewart – Capitol – Armstrong – Number 74 Hot 100 – September, 1969

45 – John Stewart – Capitol – The Lady and the Outlaw – Number 115 Music Vendor/Record World – December, 1969

45 – Ed Bruce – July You’re A Woman – Number 77 Country – July, 1973 (Composer John Stewart)

45 – Red, White and Blue – GRC – July You’re A Woman – Number 71 Country – December, 1973 (Composer John Stewart)

45 – John Stewart & Others – Survivors – Number 101 Music Vendor/Record World – May, 1975

45 – John Stewart – RSO – Gold – Number 5 Hot 100 – Number 42 Adult Contemporary – May, 1979

45 – John Stewart – RSO – Midnight Wind – Number 28 Hot 100 – Number 49 Adult Contemporary – August, 1979

45 – John Stewart – RSO – Lost Her In the Sun – Number 34 Hot 100 – Number 18 Adult Contemporary – December, 1979

45 – Anne Murray – Capitol – Daydream Believer – Number 1 Adult Contemporary – Number 12 Hot 100 – Number 3 Country – December, 1979

45 – Ray Price – Warner Bros. – Scotch and Soda – Number 70 Country – July, 1983 (Composer Dave Guard)

45 – The Monkees – Arista – Daydream Believer – Number 79 Hot 100 – November, 1986

45 – Rosanna Cash – Columbia – Runaway Train – Number 1 Country – August, 1988

Kingston Trio Long Play Selective Discography

Beyond these listed long plays the Kingston Trio placed eight additional albums on the Hot 200

LP – Capitol – The Kingston Trio – Number 1 – November. 1958

LP – Capitol – From the Hungry I – Number 2 – February, 1959

LP – Capitol – The Kingston Trio at Large – Number 1 for 15 Weeks – June, 1959

LP – Capitol – Here We Go Again! – Number 1 for 8 Weeks – November, 1959

LP – Capitol – Sold Out – Number 1 for 12 Weeks – April, 1960

LP – Capitol – String Along – Number 1 for 10 Weeks – August, 1960

LP – Capitol – Make Way! – Number 2 – February, 1961

LP – Capitol – Goin’ Places – Number 3 – July, 1961

LP – Capitol – Close Up – Number 3 – October, 1961

LP – Capitol – College Concert – Number 3 – March, 1962

LP – Capitol – Dave Guard and the Whiskey Hill Singers – Number 92 – April, 1962

LP – Capitol – The Best Of the Kingston Trio – Number 7 – June, 1962

LP – Capitol – The Kingston Trio #16 – Number 4 – March, 1963

LP – Capitol – Sunny Side! – Number 7 – August, 1963

The Trio’s final Top Ten LP

LP – Tetragrammaton – Once Upon A Time – Number 163 – July, 1969

The Trio’s final charting long play

Party Time with Wanda!

January 19, 2021

Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson was born Wanda Lavonne Jackson on October 30th, 1937 in Maud, Oklahoma.

Wanda’s family made their way from Oklahoma to California where she would be encouraged to take up the guitar by her father, Tom Robert Jackson.  Her early influences in music were Tex Williams and Bob Wills.

Things didn’t work out for the Jacksons and so they would return to Oklahoma where the young 11-year-old Wanda would not only place first in a talent contest but would land her own weekly radio program.

Wanda was discovered by country star Hank Thompson while she was still attending high school and she would be invited to join in with Thompson’s backing band, the Brazos Valley Boys.  This would lead to an opportunity for the young lady to record with Thompson’s label, Capitol Records which was newly established in Hollywood by Johnny Mercer.

Wanda with Hank Thompson

Thompson was encouraging and requested that Capitol sign her to a contract but a company executive declined stating the opinion that a female wouldn’t be a good candidate for record sales.

Wanda carried on, traveling and performing with her father.  During her time with her father she would get the chance to share the stage occasionally with rocker Elvis Presley.  The King would encourage Wanda to take a shot at rockabilly music and so the stage was set.

He Changed His Mind: Ken Nelson Capitol Records

In an interesting twist of fate, Wanda would return to Capitol Records in 1956 where she would record a mix of country music and rockabilly – working with the same Capitol exec who had earlier turned her down.  That person was Ken Nelson and luckily for us Nelson recognized Jackson’s potential for rock and roll and would work to get her style more like Capitol Records’ rocker Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps.

Nelson would bring in supporting musicians such as rock and roll pianist Merill Moore and a very young Buck Owens.

Top: Buck Owens – Merrill Moore; Bottom: Roy Clark – Big Al Downing

What followed were a string of rockers that – while not big chart busters – would establish Wanda Jackson as a true pioneer for women in rock and roll.  She would form her own band, the Party Timers, with skilled musicians passing through like  Big Al Downing and a then unknown, very talented guitar player, Roy Clark.

Capitol Records would release a couple of rocking long plays in 1960.  After that Wanda’s material would lean more toward country and she would fare very well on the national country charts beginning in the mid 1960’s.  Wanda’s chart run over the years was consistent – never at the top but continuous appearances in the middle of the country charts and all the while, remaining with Capitol Records – the label that first rejected her in the 1950’s!

As Wanda entered into the country mainstream, she relied more and more on other composers for her songs.

Wanda Jackson’s Legacy

Wanda’s career continued on with successful tours and she landed her own television show “Music Village” in 1967 and 1968.  In the 1970’s Wanda turned more towards Gospel music singing and touring with her husband.  It would be in 1974 when she released one single on the gospel-oriented Myrrh label – departing Capitol Records – and logging in her final chart appearance.

The 1980’s saw Wanda return to her rockabilly roots, touring Europe to considerable good reception and recording the rockers once again after a 20-year absence.

Wanda Jackson sort of retired in 2018 after a experiencing a stroke but as of 2019 was working once again on recording a new LP with modern day rocker Joan Jett producing.

Wanda Jackson’s awards include:

  • 1964 nomination for Best Country & Western Vocal Performance for LP “Two Sides Of Wanda”
  • 1970 nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female for single “A Woman Lives Here”
  • Inductee into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame
  • Inductee into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame
  • Inductee into the Oklahoma Country Music Hall of Fame
  • CMT Television Recognition in 2002  as one of “The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music”
  • 2005 Recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment of the Arts
  • 2009 Inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the category of “Early Influence”
  • 2010 Recipient of a “Lifetime Achievement Award by the Americana Music and Honors Awards
  • 2013 Inductee into the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association Hall of Fame in the category of “Women Who Rock”
  • 2016 Recipient of the Ameripolitan Music Awards “Founder of the Found” award

Wanda Jackson Selective Discography

45 – Decca – You Can’t Have My Love (with Billy Gray) b/w Lovin’ Country Style – May, 1954

Wanda’s debut single

45 – Decca – Wasted b/w I Cried Again – December, 1955

45 – Capitol – I Gotta Know – Number 15 Country – b/w Half As Good A Girl – July, 1956

45 – Bobby Lord – Columbia – Without Your Love – Number 10 Country – September, 1956

45 – Capitol – Silver Threads and Golden Needles b/w Hot Dog! That Mad Him Mad – October, 1956

45 – Decca – You Won’t Forget (About Me) b/w The Heart Your Could Have Had – December, 1956

45 – Capitol – Baby Loves Him b/w Cryin’ Thru the Night – February, 1957

45 – Capitol – Let Me Explain b/w Don’a Wan’a – April, 1957

45 – Capitol – Cool Love b/w Did You Miss Me – August, 1957

45 – Capitol – No Wedding Bells For Joe b/w Fujiyama Mama – December, 1957

45 – Capitol – Honey Bop b/w Just A Queen For A Day – March, 1958

45 – Capitol – Mean Mean Man – Number 40 UK b/w (Every Time They Play) Our Song – July, 1958

45 – Capitol – Rock Your Baby b/w Sinful Heart – September, 1958

45 EP – Capitol Wanda Jackson – 1958

Interesting that Capitol cites these songs as “Country and Rhythm Tunes”

45 – Capitol – Savin’ My Love b/w You’ve Turned To A Stranger – January, 1959

45 – Capitol – You’re The One For Me b/w A Date With Jerry – May, 1959

45 – Capitol – Reaching b/w I’d Rather Have You – September, 1959

45 – Capitol – Let’s Have A Party – Number 37 Hot 100 – Number 32 UK b/w Cool Love – August, 1960

45 – Capitol – Mean, Mean Man b/w Happy Happy Birthday – November, 1960

45 – Capitol – Riot In Cell Block Number Nine b/w Little Charm Bracelet – February, 1961

45 – Capitol – Right Or Wrong – Number 29 Hot 100 – Number 9 Country – Number 9 Adult Contemporary – June, 1961

45 – Capitol – In the Middle of A Heartache – Number 27 Hot 100 – Number 6 Country b/w I’d Be Ashamed – October, 1961

45 – Capitol – A Little Bitty Tear – Number 84 Hot 100 b/w I Don’t Wanta Go – January, 1962

45 – Capitol – I Cried Every Time You Hurt Me – Number 58 Hot 100 – Number 28 Country – Number 16 Adult Contemporary b/w Let My Love Walk In – April, 1962

45 – Capitol – I Misunderstood – Number 117 Bubbling Under b/w Between The Window and the Phone – July, 1962

45 – Capitol – The Greatest Actor – Number 117 Bubbling Under b/w You Bug Me Bad – September, 1962

45 – Buck Owens – Capitol – Kickin’ Our Hearts Around – Number 27 Hot 100 – Number 6 Country – October, 1962

45 – Capitol – Whirlpool – Number 141 Bubbling Under b/w One Teardrop at A Time – December, 1962

45 – Capitol – This Should Go On Forever – Number 129 Bubbling Under b/w We Haven’t A Moment To Lose – June, 1963

45 – Capitol – Memory Mountain – Number 124 Bubbling Under b/w Let Me Talk To You – August, 1963

45 – Capitol – Slippin’ – Number 46 Country b/w Just For You – October, 1963

45 – Capitol – The Violet And A Rose – Number 36 Country b/w To Tell You The Truth – March, 1964

45 – Ronnie Dove – Diamond – Right Or Wrong – Number 14 Hot 100 – Number 4 R&B

45 – Capitol – Because It’s You – Number 28 Country b/w Long As I Have You – April, 1966

45 – Capitol – The Box It Came In – Number 18 Country b/w Look Out Heart – December, 1965

45 – Capitol – This Gun Don’t Care – Number 46 Country b/w I Wonder If She Knows – August, 1966

45 – Capitol – Both Sides Of the Line – Number 21 Country b/w Famous Last Words – March, 1967

45 – Capitol – My Heart Gets All of the Breaks – Number 51 Country b/w You’ll Always Have My Love – July, 1967

45 – Capitol – A Girl Don’t Have To Drink To Have Fun – Number 22 Country b/w My Days Are Darker Than Your Nights – October, 1967

45 – Capitol – By the Time I Get To Phoenix – Number 46 Country b/w Wishing Well – January, 1968

45 – Capitol – Little Boy Soldier – Number 46 Country b/w I Talk A Pretty Story – August, 1968

45 – Capitol – My Baby Walked Right Out On Me – Number 34 Country b/w No Place To Go But Home – April, 1968

45 – Capitol – Everything’s Leaving – Number 48 Country b/w You Cheated Me – June, 1968

45 – Capitol – I Wish I Were Your Friend – Number 51 Country b/w Poor Ole Me – October, 1968

45 – Capitol – If I Had A Hammer – Number 41 Country b/w The Pain Of It All – January, 1969

45 – Capitol – My Big Iron Skillet – Number 20 Country b/w The Hunter – August, 1969

45 – Capitol – A Woman Lives For Love – Number 17 Country b/w What Have We Done – March, 1970

45 – Capitol – Two Separate Bar Stools – Number 35 Country b/w Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right – December, 1969

45 – Capitol – Who Shot John – Number 50 Country b/w Stop The World – July, 1970

45 – Capitol – Back Then – Number 25 Country b/w I’m Gonna Walk Out Of Your Life – July, 1971

45 – Capitol – Fancy Satin Pillows – Number 13 Country b/w Why Don’t We Love Like That Anymore – November, 1970

45 – Capitol – I Already Know (What I’m Getting For My Birthday) – Number 35 Country b/w The Man You Could Have Been – October, 1971

45 – Capitol – I’ll Be Whatever You Say – Number 57 Country b/w The More You See Me Less – March, 1972

45 – Myrrh – Come On Home (To This Lonely Heart) – Number 98 Country b/w It’s A Long, Long Time To Cry – December, 1974

This would be Wanda’s final chart appearance

45 – Mary K. Miller – Inergi – Right Or Wrong – Number 41 Country – March, 1978


45 – Third Man – You Know I’m No Good b/w Shakin’ All Over – January, 2010

Wanda’s return to rockabilly music!

45 – Third Man – Thunder On the Mountain b/w Dust On the Bible – November, 2010

45 – Sugar Hill – Tore Down b/w California Stars – October, 2012

45 – BCR Nashville – Funnel of Love b/w Shakin’ All Over – 2014

LP – Capitol – Wanda Jackson – 1958

LP – Capitol – Rockin With Wanda – 1960

LP – Capitol – Right Or Wrong – 1961

LP – Capitol – There’s A Party Goin’ On – February, 1961

LP – Capitol – Wonderful Wanda – September, 1962

LP – Capitol – Love Me Forever – June, 1963

LP – Capitol – Two Sides Of Wanda – January, 1964

LP – Capitol – Blues In My Heart – May, 1965

LP – Capitol – The Happy Side of Wanda Jackson – May, 1969