From the Land of Band Box Records

They Gave Us Rock and Roll – Part 11

June 15, 2017

The Roots of Rock and Roll on Long Play in the U.S.

A bunch more from the early days – vintage groups and artists – so many long gone!  If you haven’t watched it, go to YouTube and watch “The Cake” video.  Now that’s a girl group!  Saw Freddy Cannon a couple of times – first time in Fresno and again back at home at McNichol’s Arena along with Chuck Berry.

1969 – C.K. Strong – Epic BN 26473 – “C.K. Strong”

Members were Christopher Brooks, Geoff Westen, Jefferson Kewley, Lynn Carey and Ron Grinel,

1967 – The Cake – Decca DL 74927 – “The Cake”

The Cake were formed in 1966 out of New York City.  Members were Jeanette Jacobs (deceased in 1982 at age 32), Barbara Morillo and Eleanor Barooshian (deceased in 2016 – committed suicide).

1968 – Bobby Callender – MGM 4557 – “Rainbow”

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1965 – Choker Campbell and His Band – Motown 620 – “Hits of the Sixties”

Choker Campbell was born in March of 1916 in Shelby, Mississippi Walter Luzar Campbell.  Choker was a member of Motown’s notorious “Funk Brothers” and also lead a group of musicians to back the Motown recording artists when on tour.

1962 – The Candymen – Diplomat FM 100 – “The Twist by the Candymen”

The Candymen out of Georgia  formed in 1965.  Members included John Adkins, Barry Bailey, J.R. Cobb, Rodney Justo, Robert Nix and Dean Daughtry.  The group went on to become “The Atlantic Rhythm Section”.

1967 – Canned Heat – Liberty 7526 – “Canned Heat”

Canned Heat formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California.   Their lineup was Alan Wilson, Henry Vestine, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor and Adolfo de la Parra. Bob Hite would join and be the familiar lead voice on “Going Up the Country”, “On the Road Again” and others.  He died in 1981

1962 – Ace Cannon – Hi HL 12007 – “Tuff Sax”

Ace Cannon was born in May of 1934 in Grenada, Mississippi John Cannon.  He was a member of “Bill Black’s Combo”.

1966 – The Capitols – ATCO 33-190 – “Dance The Cool Jerk With the Capitols”

The Capitols formed in 1962 in Detroit, Michigan – starging off as “The Caps”.  Members were Samuel George, Don Storball, and Richard Mitchell.

1967 – Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Buddah 5001 – “Safe as Milk”

Captain Beefheart was Don Van Vliet – “His Magic Band” was a conglomeration of musicians passing through – He died on December 17th, 2010.

1969 – Carnival – World Pacific 21894 – “Carnival”

The Carnival formed in 1969 with Janis Hansen (“Sergio Mendes and Brazil ’66”), Terry Fischer (“The Murmaids). Jose Suares and Tommy Neal.

1960 – Carolina Slim – Sharp SMG-2002 – “Blues From the Cotton Fields”

Carolina Slim was born in August of 1922 in Leasburg, North Carolina Edward P. Harris – He died on October 22nd, 1953 from a heart attack at age 30.

1969 – The Carpenters – A&M SP 4205 – “Offering”

The Carpenters formed in 1969 in Los Angeles, California – Members were Karen Carpenter, Richard Carpenter  – Richard was initially in “The Richard Carpenter Trio”. Karen died on February 4th, 1983 at the age of 32 after battling anorexia nervosa.

1959 – Cathy Carr – Roulette R-25077 – “Shy”

Cathy Carr was born in June of 1936 in The Bronx in New York City Angelina Helen Catherine Cordovano – She died on November 22nd, 1988 at age 52.

1960 – The Carroll Brothers – Cameo C 1015 – “College Twist Party”

Members were Billy McGraw, Dick Noble, Jimmy Chick, Kenneth Dorn, and Pete Carroll.

1961 – Cal Carter – Vee Jay – “Simply Instrumental Twist Along”

Cal Carter was born in May of 1925 in Gary, Indiana Calvin T. Carter – He died on July 9th, 1986

1963 – The Cascades – Valiant W 405 – “Rhythm of the Rain”

The Cascades formed in 1960 out of San Diego, California – Members included John Gummoe, Lenny Green , Dave Wilson, Dave Stevens and Art Eastlick.  The group was initially known as “The Thundernotes”.  The Cascades recorded two of Denver’s Bob Lind compositions “Cheryl’s Goin’ Home” and “Truly Julie’s Blues”.

1965 – Alvin Cash & The Registers – Mar-v-lus MLP 1827 – “Twine Time”

Alvin Cash was born in February of 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri Alvin Welch – The Registers also performed as “The Crawlers” – Cash died in 1999.

1968 – Cashman, Pistilli & West – ABC 629 – “Bound to Happen”

They were Eugene Pistilli, Terry Cashman and Tommy West – They also performed as the Buchanan Brothers.  Terry Cashman was the former lead singer for “The Chevrons”.

1967 – The Casinos – Fraternity FLP-1019 – “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”

The Casinos formed in 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio – Original members were Gene Hughes, Bob Armstrong, Ray White, Pete Bolton and Ken Brady.  By 1962 they expanded to a nine member band.

1963 – The Centurians – Del-Fi DFLP 1228 – “Surfers’ Pajama Party Recorded Live on the U.C.L.A. Campus”

The Centurians formed in the late 1950’s  in Newport Beach, California – Members were Dennis Rose, Ernie Furrow, Jeff Lear, Ken Robison, Pat Gaguebin, and Joe Dominic.

1968 – The Ceyleib People – Vault LP 117 – “Tanyet”

The Ceyleib people were from Los Angeles forming in the late 1960’s – Early members included Jim Gordon (Delaney Bonnie & Friends), Mike Deasy (The Road Runners from Denver, Colorado), and Ry Cooder (Captain Beefheart)

1963 – The Challengers – Vault 100 – “Surfbeat”

The Challengers formed in 1962 evolving from surf band “The Bel-Airs” out of Los Angeles, California – Members included Dick Dodd, Richard Delvy, Jim Roberts, Randy Nauert, Glenn Grey, Don Landis and Nick Hefner.

1968 – Chamaeleon Church – MGM SE 4574 – Chamaeleon Church”

Chamaeleon Church formed in 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts – with Ted Myers, actor Chevy Chase, Tony Scheuren (Lost Kyle Generation).

1962 – Bruce Channel – Smash 27005 – “Hey Baby!”

Bruce Channel was born in November of 1940 in Jacksonville, Texas Bruce McMeans

1963 – The Chantays – Dot DLP 3516 – “Pipeline”

The Chantays are a surf band that formed in 1962 out of Santa Anna, California – Early members included Bob Spickard, Brian Carman, Bob Welch, Warren Waters and Rob Marshall.

1969 – The Charlatans – Philips PHS 600-309 – “The Charlatans”

The Charlatans formed in 1964 in San Francisco, California – Early members were George Hunter, Mike Wilhelm, Mike Ferguson, and Sam Linde.

1957 – The Charms – King – “Sing Their All-Time Hits”

Otis Williams and the Charms formed in 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio – Original Members were Otis Williams, Bob Smith, Rolland Bradley, Joe Penn and Richard Parker. Otis Williams was born in October of 1941 in Texarkana, Texas.

1960 – Chubby Checker – Parkway – “Twist with Chubby Checker”

Chubby Checker was born in October of 1941 in Spring Gully, South Carolina Ernest Evans.

1967 – The Checkmates Ltd. – Capitol 2840 – “Live! At Caesar’s Palace”

The Checkmates, Ltd., formed in the late 1960’s from Fort Wayne, Indiana  – led by Sonny Charles, Bobby Stevens, Harvey Trees, Bill Van Buskirk, Marvin Smith, Calvin Thomas and Jimmy Milton.

1968 – The Cherry People – Heritage HTS 35,000 – “Cherry People”

The Cherry People formed in 1967 out of Washington, D.C. – The group evolved from “The English Setters” – Members included Punky Meadows.  Many others have passed through the group lineup.

1961 – The Chevrons – Time 10008 – “Sing-A-Long Rock ‘N Roll

The Chevrons formed in 1959 from Manhattan, New York – Members were Terry Cashman who went by Dennis Minoque at that time, John Trautman, Gary Giordan, Frank Williams and Raul Al Conde.

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1969 – Chicago Transit Authority – Columbia GP 8 – “Chicago Transit Authority”

The Chicago Transit Authority formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois  – They started off as Walter Parazaider, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, James Pankow, Lee Loughnane and Robert Lamm.  They started off as “The Big Thing” and then became “Chicago”.  They sold a ton of records, more singles than any other 70’s band.  David Clayton Thomas would come on board to handle the lead vocals in a big way.

1963 – The Chiffons – Laurie 2018 – “The Chiffons”

The Chiffons formed in 1960 in The Bronx, New York – Original members were Judy Craig, Patricia Bennett and Barbara Lee – all high school classmates.  Soon they added Sylvia Peterson from “Little Jimmy & The Tops”.

1968 – The Children –  Cinema CLP 1 – “Rebirth” (and ATCO 33-271)

This group formed in the late 1960’s and was also known as “The Mind’s Eye” – Members included Andrew Szuch, Jr., Cassell Webb, Luis Cabaza, Stephen Perron and William Ash.

1957 – The Chordettes – Cadence CL 956 – “Listen”

The Chordettes pre-dated rock n roll forming in 1946 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin but they hit big time on the rock charts with a fore runner to the “girl group sound’ with the smash hit “Lollipop”.  They were originally Janet Ertel, Carol Buschmann, Dorothy Schwartz and Jinny Osborn. – They started off singing folk then barbershop.  The are inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.  Of the above only Buschmann survives.

1963 – Lou Christie – Roulette 25208 – “Lou Christie”

Lou Christie was born in February of 1943 in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco.

1966 – Jordan Christopher – United Artists UAS 6479 – “Jordan Christopher Has the Knack”

Jordan Christopher was born in October of 1940 in Youngstown, Ohio – He was a member of “The Wild Ones” – He also played in the house band at the famed Peppermint Lounge.  He died on January 21st, 1996 at the age of 55.

1967 – Circus Maximus – Vanguard VSD 79274 – “Neverland Revisited”

Circus Maximus formed from a group called “The Lost Sea Dreamers” – Members were Jerry Jeff Walker (Ronald Clyde Crosby – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Bob Bruno, David Scherstrom, Gary White and Peter Troutner.

1968 – The City – Ode Z12 44 012 – “Now That Everything’s Been Said”

Carol King formed “The City” in 1968 after moving to Los Angeles from her native New York, with Charles Larkey, and Danny Kortchmar.  King did not want to go on the road and so the group was more or less doomed, but the best was yet to come for the great one-time Brill Building composer.  Kortchmar had been a member of New York’s “King Bees” and “The Flying Machine” along with James Taylor.

1969 – C.K. Strong – Epic BN 26473 – “C.K. Strong”

Members were Christopher Brooks, Geoff Westen, Jefferson Kewley, Lynn Carey and Ron Grinel,

1960 – Jimmy Clanton – Ace 1008 – “Jimmy’s Blue”

Jimmy Clanton was born in September of 1938 in Raceland, Louisiana

1967 – Chris Clark – Motown 664 – “Soul Sounds”

Chris Clark was born in February of 1946 in Santa Cruz, California – Always a “soul singer” she came onto the Motown label – first on the subsidiary V.I.P. label in 1965 before releasing this Motown LP.

1962 – Claudine Clark – Chancellor CHL-5029 – “Party Lights”

Claudine Clark was born in April of 1941 in Macon, Georgia

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