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From the Land of Band Box Records

Monarchs – Mastertones
& The Wildest Clan

Early Monarchs Group

Early Chuck Mills Group

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.

Chuck Mills

Chuck Mills

Chuck Mills (left) with The Wildest Clan

Chuck Mills (left) with Mastertones

LP – Inn-Timate – The Unpredictable Nu-Sett

NU SETT A NU-SETT - INN TIMATE 22960 - RBA (2)

NU-SETT - INN TIMATE 22960 - RA NU-SETT - INN TIMATE 22960 - RBA (1)

45 – Band Box 221 – Who Was The Fool b/w She’s Mine

chuck-mills-and-the-monarchs-who-was-the-fool-band-box-2 chuck-mills-and-the-monarchs-shes-mine-band-box

45 – Band Box 226 – Crazy Little Ol’ Feelin’ b/w Fannie Mae (Part Two)

Mastertones - Band Box 226 - 60s A Mastertones - Band Box 226 - 60s B

45 – Band Box 227 – Who Was the Fool b/w Ding Dong

Band Box 227 - Mills, Chuck & Monarchs - Who Was the Fool Band Box 227 - Mills, Chuck & Monarchs - Ding Dong

45 – Band Box 230 – Johnny Rondo b/w Angel Eyes

Band Box 230 - Mills, Chuck & Monarchs - Johnny Rondo Band Box 230 - Mills, Chuck & Monarchs - Angel Eyes

45 – Band Box 238 – For The Rest of My Life b/w Mamacita

Band Box 238 - Mastertones - For the Rest of My Life PS Band Box 238 - Mastertones - Mamacita Mia PS

Band Box 238 - Scotty & Bobo & Mastertones - For the Rest of My Life Band Box 238 - Mastertones - Mamacita Mia

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.

Band Box 238 PSred- Scotty & Bobo & Mastertones - For The Rest Of My Life 400 Band Box 238 PSrd - Scotty & Bobo & Mastertones - Mamacita Mia 400

45 – Band Box 363 – Would You Believe That b/w Yahoo Mountain Dew (Mills with the Wildest Clan)

Band Box 363 - Milt Watson's Wildest Clan - Would You Believe ThatBand Box 363 - Milt Watson's Wildest Clan - Ya Hoo

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