Monarchs – Mastertones
& The Wildest Clan
Three of the Band Box rock and roll groups contain some common threads, with the most common being Chuck Mills. Chuck Mills founded The Monarchs prior to his Band Box days, with a line-up now forgotten but shown here in a photo provided by Four Gigolo drummer Larry Higgins – a long-time Denver-area resident. Larry was kind to provide additional photos including the one below of “Milt Watson’s Mastertones” taken a some point in time when the Mastertones were featured as his back-up band. Watson’s credentials appear on many Mastertone singles beginning with the first release – Band Box “Crazy Little Ol’ Feeling” as well as the flip side “Fannie Mae Part 2” – (and no – it is not Buster Brown’s “Fannie Mae” but is dangerously close). Another Band Box artist – Cee Cee Carol also record Crazy Feeling (Band Box 292). It is known that Cee Cee was often backed by Band Box combo The Saints, and also at times by Dean Carr & The Corvettes. She most like appeared at some point with The Monarchs or entered the studio with them – my guess.
Chuck Mills grew up in Wheat Ridge (as did national recording artist Gary Stites and international rocker Dean Reed the “Red Elvis”. After the Monarchs, Chuck found his way into the line up of The Nu-Sett. There he joined Buddy Brown a Denver Manual High School grad and Adams State student, Scotty Roberts from Illinois, and Rod Jenkins a University of Colorado graduate who performed as drummer with Colorado’s Astronauts for more than a year.
LP – Inn-Timate – The Unpredictable Nu-Sett
45 – Band Box 221 – Who Was The Fool b/w She’s Mine
45 – Band Box 226 – Crazy Little Ol’ Feelin’ b/w Fannie Mae (Part Two)
45 – Band Box 227 – Who Was the Fool b/w Ding Dong
45 – Band Box 230 – Johnny Rondo b/w Angel Eyes
45 – Band Box 238 – For The Rest of My Life b/w Mamacita
The silver graphic sleeve above is definitely the original issue. This pink sleeve below I believe is a reproduction. It is produced on flat heavy stock paper not typical of any of the Band Box picture sleeves and is appearing often on auction sites.
45 – Band Box 363 – Would You Believe That b/w Yahoo Mountain Dew (Mills with the Wildest Clan)