From the Land of Band Box Records

Colorado Music – Part IVXX – Harris Bros. – Michael with Lewis and Clarke

June 30, 2017

The Harris Brothers
from Colorado Springs – 1960’s and Beyond!

The lineup for Markley was the final assembly of the “West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band” with Bob Markley, Michael Lloyd, Danny Harris and Shaun Harris.  The Harris brothers were both born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Following are several releases by groups with one or both of the Harris Brothers quite often with their future West Coast Pop partner Michael Lloyd as well as a solo long play by Shaun Harris.

Brigadune (1971)

The California Spectrum (1968)

The Laughing Wind (1967/1967)

The Rogues (1965)

The Snow Men (1964)

The Snow Men were the predecessors to “The Sun Rays” of “I Live For the Sun” fame managed by Beach Boy dad Murray Wilson.  The Harris brothers didn’t come over with the band but remained with Michael Lloyd on the Tower label and beyond.

Shaun Harris LP/45’s – 1973


The Lewis and Clarke Expedition
and Michael Martin Murphy (“Travis Clarke”)

“Murphey formed the Lewis & Clarke Expedition with Boomer Castleman, and recorded one self-titled album for Colgems Records, the company that also released the Monkees’ LPs. They had a modest hit with “I Feel Good (I Feel Bad)”. Boomer Castleman went on to find success with his controversial song “Judy Mae” and as the writer and producer of the million selling novelty hit “Telephone Man” for singer Meri Wilson.”

The Lewis and Clarke Discography

LP – Colgems COM 105 – “The Lewis and Clarke Expedition”

45 – Colgems 66-1006 – “I Feel Good (I Feel Bad)” b/w “Blue Revelations”

45 – Colgems 66-1011 – “Freedom Bird” b/w “Destination Unknown”

45 – Colgems 66-1022 – “Why Need The Pretend?” b/w “Chain Around the Flowers”

45 – Colgems 66-1028 – “Daddy’s Plastic Child” b/w “Gypsy Song Man”

From the Pages of The Colorado Music Hall of Fame (Murphey Inductee)

Born in Oak Cliff, Texas, on March 14, 1945, and grew up in Dallas. His special love for cowboy stories and songs lead him to become a student of the arts. Mark Twain and William Faulkner were a couple of his early mentors.– and was writing poetry before he was in his teens.His first album, Geronimo’s Cadillac (1972), yielded a modest hit in the title song, which was later covered by Hoyt Axton and taken up as an anthem by Native American civil rights activists. A second album, Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir, was well received critically and also a modest hit in the Austin area.

“Wildfire,” got to No. 3 on the pop charts in 1975 and became his first gold record. “Carolina in the Pines,” another song from the same album, also made the Top 30. In 1982, Murphey signed a recording contract with Liberty Records, which yielded two original albums, Michael Martin Murphey and The Heart Never Lies, as well as a best-of collection with superb re-recordings of his A&M and Epic hits as well as his original Liberty hits “Still Taking Chances,” “Love Affairs,” “Don’t Count the Rainy Days,” “Will It Be Love,” and “Radio Land,” the latter a sort of country-flavored equivalent to “American Pie.” The American Country Music Association named him 1983’s best new male vocalist of the year. His rerecording of “Carolina in the Pines” rose to the country Top 10 in 1985, outperforming the original Epic version.

Though he now focuses on cowboy music, he also organizes a series of annual celebrations of the American West called West Fest. He issued Storm Over the Rangelands, a collection of songs about contemporary ranching life, in 2005. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide. He was inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.


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