Who Are They?
Exactly who are the Appalachians? For several years I have been going on the assumption that they were indeed from the U.K. Until today I had forgotten where I got this information. So I waded through all of my British Invasion resources, and finally found two references.
The first is from a book entitled “The Goldmine British Invasion Record Price Guide”. The book lists three singles by the Appalachians on ABC Paramount. Only one of these charted in the US – “Bony Moronie” which peaked at number 62 in 1963. The reference notes only state “They charted in the US with their folk styled remake of Bony Moronie”. That’s it.
Then I came across another entry from chart expert Joel Whitburn’s book “Music Stars” which states ” Folk group which included Priscilla Mitchell Hubbard (married to Jerry Reed) and Stan Robinson – father of Chris and Rich Robinson of (US group) The Black Crowes.” No mention of the UK.
Listening to their records doesn’t help. They sound like the Springfield of “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” also of the UK with no discernable British accent.
One note of interest – the Goldmine Price Guide does list two UK issue releases by the same group – again “Bony Moronie” on a British label HMV and another on a British Mercury release – both also in 1963. I looked up Stan Robinson – and yes there is a well-traveled Brit with that name having (according to Wikipedia) worked with The Don Pendal Quartet in 1965, The Animals Band (a one time thing) also in 1965, The Sandy Brown-Al Fairweather Band in 1968 and later with Maynard Ferguson when he was in the UK.
Same guy? Don’t know. Would love to know – so join in if you know something. Oh, and note that even though this group was very obscure in the US – look at the record sleeves in the photo above. The group is listed right on the company sleeve from ABC Paramount right along with Domino, Ray Charles, the Impressions, Tommy Roe, Tommy Sands, etc., pretty select company. But I can’t find any bio information from any ABC Paramount discography. Oh well, rock on!