From the Land of Band Box Records

They Gave Us Rock and Roll: Part 10

June 14, 2017


Next batch of long plays released in the United States up to 1969.  Very earlier and largely neglected rocker Boyd Bennett is included here.

1967 – The Barracudas – Justice JLP 143 – “A Plane View Of The Barracudas”

The Barracudas were from Sandston, Virginia formed in 1965 – Mike Sheppard was one of their members – others are unknown  to me.

1963 – Barry & The Tamerlanes – Valiant W406 – “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight”

Barry & The Tamerlanes formed in California in 1963.  Members were Barry De Vorzon, Terry Smith and Bodie Chandler.

1965 – Len Barry – Decca DL 4720 – “1-2-3”

Len Barry was born in June of 1942 in West Philadelphia Leonard Borisoff – He formed the Dovells upon his discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard before going solo.

1969 – The Jon Bartel Thing – Capitol 274 – “The Jon Bartel Thing”

Members included Jon Bartel and Larry O’Brien – This project was more or less a studio musician project.

1967 – The Baskerville Hounds – Dot DLP 258323 – “Featuring Space Rock, Part 2”

The Baskerville Hounds formed in 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio – They were originally known as “The Majestics” then the Dantes and finally the Tulu Babies – Original members included Doug McCutcheon, Larry Meese, and John Kirkpatrick, Bill Emery and Dante Rossie.

1966 – Fontella Bass – Checker LP 2997 – “The New Look”

Fontella Bass was born in July of 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri Fontella Marie Bass.  She was a member of the “Clara Ward Singers” – She died on December 26th, 2012 at age 72 from a heart attack.

1961 – The Baysiders – Everest LPBR 5124 – “Over the Rainbow”

The Baysiders formed in the early 1960’s out of Los Angeles, California – Original members were Jackie Walker, Sally Stevens, Jim Mitchell and Jim Patton.  – Jackie Walker recorded many solo releases on Dot, Imperial and Everest record labels.  Their version of “Over the Rainbow” was very similar to the hit version by the Demensions but couldn’t dent the charts.  The group members had attended UCLA together before forming their group.

1962 – The Beach Boys – Capitol T 1808 – “Surfin’ Safari”

The Beach Boys formed in 1961 with Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine – For a time – David Marks replaced Jardine.  Dennis Wilson drowned on December 28th, 1983 and brother Carl passed away on February 6th of 1998.

1968 – The Beacon Street Union – MGM E-4517 – “The Eyes of the Beacon Street Union”

The Beacon Street Union formed in Boston in 1966 – Members were John Lincoln Wright, Paul Tarachny, Wayne Ulaky, Robert Rhodes and Richard Weisberg.

1965 – The Beau Brummels – Autumn LP 103 – “Introducing the Beau Brummels”

The Beau Brummels formed in 1964 in San Francisco, California – Members were Sal Valentino, Ron Meagher, Decian Mulligan and John Peterson.  Meagher and Mulligan had been in a group called “The Stepping Stones”.

1967 – The Beethoven Soul – Dot DLP 25821 – “The Beethoven Soul”

The Beethoven Soul were Andrea Kouratou, Bill Powell, Dick Lewis, John Lambart, Otis Hale and Terry Nu.

1968 – Archie Bell & The Drells – Atlantic SC 8181 – “Tighten Up”

Archie Bell and the Drells formed in 1966 in Houston, Texas with Archie Bell, James Wise, Willie Parnell and Billy Butler.  The group was backed up by the instrumental group “The T.S.U. Tornadoes”.  Archie Bell was born in September of 1944 in Henderson, Texas Archie Lee Bell.

1962 – The Belmonts – Sabina SALP 5001 – “Carnival of Hits”

See the “Dion and the Belmonts listing on this page.

1955 – Boyd Bennett – King 594 – “Boyd Bennett”

Boyd Bennett was born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in December of 1925 Boyd Byron Bennett – He died on June 2nd, 2002.  His backing band was “The Rockets”.  Bennett’s King LP shown below is very rare – commanding at times over $2,000!  His group was first known as “The Southlanders”.  Not sure who “The Rockets” were – They also played behind Moon Mullican.

1959 – Brook Benton – Mercury SR 60146 – “Endlessly”

Brook Benton was born in September of 1931 in Lugoff, South Carolina Benjamin Franklin Peay – He died on April 9th, 1988.  Before embarking on a solo career Benton sang in several prominent gospel groups including “The Golden Gate Quartet”.  From there he joined an R&B group “The Sandmen” who recorded for Okeh Records.

Richard Berry – 1963 – Crown CLP 5371 – “Richard Berry & The Dreamers”

Richard Berry was born in April of 1935 in Extension, Louisiana Richard Berry Jr.  He died on January 23rd of 1997.  Berry was a member of “The Penguins”, “The Cadets”, “The Chimes”, “The Crowns”, “The Five Hearts”, “The Hunters”, “The Whips”, “The Dreamers”, “The Debonaires”, “The Flairs” and “The Flamingos”! Whew!  a busy guy.

He also composed the teen anthem – “Louie Louie”.

1965 – The Big Beats – Liberty LRP 3407 – “Live! At the Off Broadway”

The Big Beats formed in 1957 and generally backed mainstream rock and roll acts in live appearances.

1967 – Big Black – UNI 3012 – “Message to Our Ancestors”

1958 – The Big Bopper – Mercury MG 20402 – “Chantilly Lace”

The Big Bopper was born in October of 1930 in Sabine Pass, Texas Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr. – He did the ‘the plane crash’ on February 3rd, 1959.  Richardson was a Beaumont Texas radio DJ.

1958 – Big Maybelle – Savoy MG 14011 – “Blues, Candy & Big Maybelle”

Big Maybelle was born in May of 1924 in Jackson, Tennessee Mabel Louise Smith – She died on January 23rd, 1972 – Big Maybelle recorded “Whole Lotta Shakin Goin’ On” in 1955 preceding Jerry Lee Lewis by two years.

1969 – Black Pearl – Atlantic SD 8220 – “Black Pearl”

Black Pearl was Bernie Fieldings, Bruce Benson, Oak O’Connor, Geoffrey Morris, Tom Mulcahy and Jerry Causi. out of San Francisco, California.  They formed in 1967.  Morris, Causi and Benson had been with “The Barbarians.

1968 – Mike Bloomfield (and friends) – Columbia CS 9701 – “Supper Session”

Mike Bloomfield was born in July of 1943 in Chicago, Illinois Michael Bernard Bloomfield – He teamed up with Paul Butterfield in his “Paul Butterfield Blues Band” before going on his own.

1968 – Blue Cheer – Philips PHS 600-264 – “Vincebus Eruptum”

Blue Cheer formed in 1967 out of San Francisco (their name based on a form of LSD it is supposed although there was a detergent of the same name) – Original members included Dickie Peterson (a Haight Street resident at the time), Leigh Stephens and Eric Albronda.

1962 – Blue Jays – Milestone Mil 1001 – “The Blue Jays Meet Little Caesar & The Romans”

The Blue Jays formed in 1961 out of Venice, California – Members were Leon Peels, Van Richardson, Alex Manigo and Leonard Davidson – The band broke up in 1962.

1969 – The Blue Velvet Band – Warner Bros. W-1802 – “Sweet Moments with the Blue Velvet Band”

The Blue Velvet Band formed in the late 60’s with Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Jim Rooney and Richard Greene.  All the members had been with other groups with Bill Keith having been with “Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band”.

1966 – The Blues Magoos – Mercury R-61096 – “Psychedelic Lollipop”

The Blues Magoos formed in 1964 in The Bronx in New York City.  The Band was first called “The Trenchcoats” next becoming “The Bloos Magoos” before settling on their final name. – Original members were Emil Thielhelm, Dennis LePore, Ralph Scala, Ron Gilbert and Jon Finnegan.  Scala would go on to join “The Dependables”.

The Blues Project – Verve Folkways FV 9024 – “Live at the Cafe Au Go Go”

The Blues Project formed in 1965 in Greenwich Village, New York.  Original members were Danny Kalb, Steve Katz, Tommy Flanders, Roy Blumenfeld and Andy Kulberg. – They were first known as the “Danny Kalb Quartet” in 1965.

1963 – Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans – Philles PHLP-4002 – Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah

Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans form in 1963 and enjoyed a very brief career with Phil Spector’s guidance.  They were Bobby Sheen, Darlene Love and Fanita James.  Sheen was born in May of 1941 and died on November 23rd, 2000.  Sheen was a member of the groups “The Robins”, “The Lovables”, “The Ding Dongs” and “The Alley Cats”.

1968 – Bo Grumpus – ATCO SD33-246 – “Before the War”

Bo Grumpus formed in 1966 out of Boston, Massachusetts.  Members were Eddie Mottau, Joe Hutchinson, Jim Colegrove N.D. Smart II and Jeff Gutcheon.

1963 – The Bonnevilles – Drum Boy DBLS 1001 – “Meet the Bonneviles!”

The Bonnevilles were formed in 1962 out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin later becoming “The Skunks”.  Members included Larry Lynn, Larry Ostricki, Ted Peplinski, Peter Funck, Danny Sesso, Johnny Cerniglia and Dennis Madigan.

1969 – T.S. Bonniwell – Capitol ST-277 – “Close”

T.S. Bonniwell was born in August of 1950 in San Jose, California Thomas Harvey Sean Bonniwell – He fronted “The Music Machine” – Bonniwell passed away on December 20th, 2011.

1967 – The Bonniwell Music Machine – Warner Bros. WS 1732 – “The Bonniwell Music Machine”

This band was Bonniwell’s effort to keep “The Music Machine” going after the original group broke up.

1962 – Booker T & The MG’s – Stax 701 – “Green Onions”

Booker T and the M.G.’s formed in 1962 out of Memphis, Tennessee where they backed many groups as well as stepping to the forefront as a soul instrumental group.  Members were Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg and Al Jackson.  The M.G.’s are are 1992 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

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1956 – Earl Bostic – King 503 – “Bostic For You”

Earl Bostic was born in April of 1913 in Tulsa, Oklahoma – He passed away on October 25th, 1965 expiring from a heart attack which occurred while he was performing.

1967 – Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – A&M SP 4146 – “Test Patterns”

Boyce and Hart formed up as co-writers in the mid 1960’s and worked for the popular TV group “The Monkees” – Tommy Boyce died on September 29th, 1939.

1967 – Brenda & The Tabulations – Dionn LPM 2000 – “Dry Your Eyes”

Brenda and the Tabulations formed in 1966 out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – with members Brenda Payton, Eddie Jackson, Maurice Coates and Jerry Jones

1968 – The Brooklyn Bridge – Buddah BDS 5034 – “Brooklyn Bridge”

The Brooklyn Bridge formed in 1968 In New York City with former Crest lead singer Johnny Maestro combining with former members of “The Del Satins”

1961 – Donnie Brooks – ERA EL 105 – “The Happiest Donnie Brooks”

Donnie Brooks was born in February of 1936 John Dee Abohosh – He died on February 23rd, 2007.  He recorded under several names including “Johnny Fare”, “Johnny Jordan” and “Dick Bush”.

1956 – Big Bill Broonzy – Columbia WL 111 – “Big Bill’s Blues”

Big Bill Broonzy was born in June of 1893 (making him our earliest “Rocker”) in Lake Dick, Arkansas Lee Conley Bradley – He died on August 14th, 1958 at age 65.

1961 – Buster Brown – Fire FLP 102 – “New King of the Blues”

Buster Brown was born in August of 1911 in Cordele, Georgia – He died on January 31st, 1976.

1957 – Charles Brown – Score SLP 4011 – “Drifting Blues”

Charles Brown was born in September of 1922 in Texas City, Texas Tony Russell Brown – He died on January 21st, 1999.

1969 – Nappy Brown – Elephant V Ltd EVS-101 – “Thanks for Nothing”

Nappy Brown was born in October of 1929 in Charlotte, North Carolina Napoleon Brown Goodson Culp – He died on September 20th, 2008.

1968 – Roy Brown – King 956 – “Roy Brown Sings 24”

Roy Brown was born in September of 1925 (we think) in Kinder Louisiana Roy James Brown – He died on May 25th, 1981.

1957 – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 8004 – “Rock & Roll”

Ruth Brown was born in January of 1928 in Portsmouth, Virginia Ruth Alston Brown – She died on November 17th, 2006.  Ruth Brown is a 1993 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1959 – The Browns – RCA Victor LP 2144 – “Sweet Sounds by The Browns”

The Browns formed in 1955 out of Sparkman, Arkansas with siblings Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie Brown.  They were country but their early hits were wholeheartedly embraced by the teen crowd.  Jim Ed Brown died On June 11th, 2015 – Bonnie Brown died on June 16th, 2016 and Maxine continues on.

1968 – Bubble Puppy – International Artists IALP-10 – “A Gathering of Promises”

The Bubble Puppy were formed in 1967 in San Antonio, Texas – two members coming from “The Bad Seed”.  Original members were Rod Prince, Roy Cox, Todd Potter, Danny Segovia and Clayton Pulley.

1969 – The Buchanan Brothers – Event ES 101 – “Medicine Man/Son of a Lovin’ Man”

Members were Terry Cashman, Eugene Pistilli and Tommy West – Terry Cashman had been the lead singer for “The Chevrons” in the early 1960’s.

1967 – The Buckinghams – USA LP 107 – “Kind of a Drag”

The Buckinghams formed in 1966 evolving from a group called “The Pulsations”.  The group was out of Chicago, Illinois – Original members were Carl Giammarese, Nick Fortuna, Curtis Bachman (all from “The Centuries”).  They became the Buckinghams with several personnel changes along the way.

1966 – Buffalo Springfield – ATCO 33-200 – “Buffalo Springfield”

The Buffalo Springfield formed in 1966 in Los Angeles, California with Steven Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, and Ritchie Furay.

1960 – Solomon Burke – Apollo ALP 498 – “Solomon Burke”

Solomon Burke was born in March of 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania James Solomon McDonald  – He started in “The Gospel Cavaliers” before going solo as an R&B singer.  Solomon Burke is a 2001 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1965 – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Elektra EKL 294 – “The Paul Butterfield Blues Band”

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band formed in 1963 – Members included Mike Bloomfield Mark Naftalin, Billy Davenport Sam Lay and many others.  Paul Butterfield died on May 4th, 1987 at the age of 44 from substance addiction.

1965 – The Byrds – Columbia CS 9172 – “Mr. Tambourine Man”

The Byrds formed in 1964 in Los Angeles, California – The original members were Jim McGuinn, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby and Michael Clarke.

1959 – Edd “Kookie” Byrnes – Warner Bros. W-1309 – “Kookie Star of 77 Sunset Strip”

Edd Byrnes was born in July, 1933 in New York City Edward Byrne Breitenberger

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