From the Land of Band Box Records

With Nets of Wonder….

April 29, 2018

Colorado Folkie Meets a Colorado Rocker!

Bobby Swanson – former recording artist and member of the Colorado 1960’s bands The Sonics and the Roadrunners – has been sending in some interesting tales – This is a a good one!

No Nets of Wonder for Bobby

(Colorado’s) “Bob Lind and I had a mutual friend, Dave Williams.  Bob had written a song and wanted to hear it on tape to see if it was any good.  He asked Dave Williams if he had a tape recorder.  Dave said he didn’t but Bobby Swanson had an old Ampex.  He gave Bob my number. 

(When Bob called) I told him to come on over.  I had only met him a couple of times so we didn’t know each other well.  We went in my room and Bob recorded his song.  We sat on the bed and listened to it.  Bob asked me if I thought it was any good.

I was a rocker and didn’t know anything about folk music so I said I didn’t think it would do good.  He then made me erase the tape and double check that it was gone.  I think the tune was something about a butterfly.  Shows how much I know, huh? 

I sent him a message not long ago and teased him about that.  His message back was ‘well after all, who knows WHAT s*** will go over in this business’ !

Bob Lind was interviewed in 2012 by Goldmine Magazine and was asked what it was like to come to California and work with record producer icon Jack Nitzsche.  Lind recalled that the experience went very well and talked about having not really been in a recording studio prior to that qualifying that remark with “When I came to Los Angeles and signed with World Pacific, I had never been in a studio before, if you discount those horrible sessions that became the album ‘The Elusive Bob Lind,’ and, well, you should discount them.”

Here Bob is referring to the 11 tracks he recorded at Denver’s Band Box studio’s in the mid 1960’s – none of which were released by Band Box.  But as posted here previously, Bob has stated that he was very displeased when he learned that these tracks were sold to the Verve-Folkway label who released “The Elusive Bob Lind” in May of 1966.  That LP and a single released from it failed to chart.  His World Pacific LP, “Don’t Be Concerned” did not fair very well only reaching number 148 with an abbreviated 2 week run on the Billboard Charts.

Following “Elusive Butterfly” Lind managed to chart two additional times with a double sided release “Remember the Rain (number 64) b/w “Truly Julie’s Blues (I’ll Be There)” which peaked at number 65 in 1966.

The Cascades recorded “Truly Julie Blues” (“Julie” vs. original “Julie’s”) as well in 1966 and another Lind composition on the “B” side – “Cheryl’s Goin Home” neither of which charted.  Just about everyone and their brother recorded “Elusive Butterfly” with more than 200 versions making it to vinyl over the years including Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Cher, and Carmen McCrae for goodness sakes.

And of course “The Elusive Butterfly” skyrocketed in 1966 to the number 5 position on the Billboard Charts and also number 5 on the U.K. charts. In the 1980’s after Lind’s recording career had came to an end he moved on to Florida.  While residing there he authored five novels and wrote a screen play titled “Refuge”.

Lind was a 2013 Inductee into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame – entering with Judy Collins, The Serendipty Singers and Chris Daniels.

A final note – My wife – Janet – always thought the lyric in Elusive Butterfly was “With Neps of Wonder”.  At first I thought that was a little silly but now thinking back – it would seem to fit… I’ll have to run that by Bobby Swanson



  1. The first time I heard “Elusive Butterfly” – which a fellow DJ used to call “exclusive butterfly” – I knew it would be a smash hit. There were other good tracks on the album as well, including the two you mentioned and “Mr. Zero,” which was a tad “obvious” but still got a bit of airplay. At the time I thought the Verve Forecast LP was a disaster, but I heard a couple of tracks from it again a couple of years ago and the germ of something good was buried in them. The slathered-on overdubbed orchestration was embarrassing, though; Lind should have sued them for defamation of talent!

    • Paul – going to have to pull out my copy and give it another listen – I have both stereo and mono copies so I suppose Verve-Folkways processed a stereo rendition

      • Just to clarify, Mr Zero was on the World Pacific album. The underlying tracks of the Verve Folkways album, while hardly brilliant, were kind of okay, but the way they produced them as an afterthought was definitely not! That album never saw a turntable in the on-air studio and probably wouldn’t now even on a collector show.

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