From the Land of Band Box Records

In the Groove with Grove!

May 24, 2019

Pueblo’s John Grove – Aloha & Jan & Dean

Received this nice email from the bass player for many Colorado bands from back in the day (not the sax player):

“Craig, First of all, let me tell you thank you for keeping the garage band flame brightly burning, Appreciate the work you do, certainly a labor of love. I have a couple of requests…..I am mentioned in numerous bands out of Pueblo and in a few I am shown as my instrument being “Sax”. The only problem is, I have never played sax in my life.

Would very much appreciate if you could change it to “Bass” . That is the only instrument I’ve ever played. (Here is) a little bit of rock n’ roll history. The band “Aloha” was the backing band for surf legend, Jan Berry and Jan & Dean in the late seventies.

The band consisted of  John Grove – Bass, Carl Brenner – Drums, Gary Snyder – Guitar, Brad Rice – Keyboards, Gene Wall – Keyboards. We toured the US and played hundreds of shows with just Jan.

The historical part is…..in July of 1978, we received a call from our management. company in Arizona that we would be performing in NYC at the famed “Palladium” and for the first time since Jan’s horrific car accident in 1966, Jan & Dean would perform a full live concert.

This show was promoted by the legendary Ron Delsner and was Billed as The Murray the K Brooklyn Fox Reunion. We were the headliners, along with The Four Tops, Jay & The Americans, The Ronettes with Ronnie Spector, and the original Skyliners.

Would greatly appreciate the addition. 
Thank You”

Upper Row L-to-R: Gene Wall, Jan Berry, Gary Snyder, Carl Brenner – In Front: John Grove

Left to Right Upper Row: Carl Brenner, Brad Rice, John Grove, Gary Snyder – Front” Jan Berry


Vinyl Alive & Well In Colorado

May 19, 2019

Resurgence of Front Range Record Stores

Fort Collins, Colorado

Two new record stores have emerged in Fort Collins, Colorado to compete with the “Bizarre Bazaar” and “Rock N’ Robbins” which are both situated on College Avenue near the CSU Campus.

All Sales Vinyl….

…. owned by Doug Gaddy is open for business – also located on College Avenue but further to the North situated in the heart of the old town district – a great location.

All Sales Vinyl is located at 120 S. College Avenue – phone: 303-955-1519 – cell: 303-803-8349

Intersect Records….

Is located far to the southwest sector of Fort Collins – Situated inside Intersect Brewery – the facility doubles as a boutique like vinyl outlet.

2160 West Drake Road #A1 – 970-682-2041 – Web Site

Speaking of the Bizarre Bazaar…

I stopped by there and had a nice time going through their outside “honor system” bargain books and records – just a quarter each!  And if it is after hours – you can place your quarters in an envelope and drop it in the mail slot.

Also their 45’s (1,000’s of them) are now priced right.

The Bargain Rack

Longmont, Colorado

Two record outlets have relocated in Longmont – one coming in from Boulder, Colorado and the other departing downtown Longmont settling further to the west.

Absolute Vinyl…..

Is back – good news for record hounds – with a great inventory as was the case in Boulder before they closed shop there – and still offering quality stereo components.

Absolute has taken a nice spot on Longmont’s primary drive – 319 Main Street – 303-955-1519 – Facebook Page

Recycled Records….

Is now out on Hover Street with a much larger store – all of the LP’s arranged very nicely – with hundreds of quality collector LP’s displayed along the walls.  Recycled also offers up a nice line of stereo components.

Estes Park, Colorado

Sgt. Pepper’s Music and Video

Not a new store but one I had previously not listed – I always stop by when in beautiful Estes Park – They feature many new collectible type items – many Fab Four in nature – and then all the way to the back entrance of the store is their used LP racks.

Found more than a couple for my own collection through the years.  Worth a visit.

160 East Elkhorn Avenue – 970-586-7624 – Facebook Page

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Here is the Link to my “Rocky Mountain Vinyl Stores” Page

Get in touch should you have knowledge of another Colorado record store missing from the site.

Louise Duncan

Had a nice surprise this week picking up a copy of Denver’s Louise Duncan – a jazz pianist from back in the day.

Louise was a close friend of symphony bassist and jazz player Charlie Burrell who migrated to Denver from Detroit at a young age and who became very entrenched in the Five Points neighborhood music scene.

Here is an excerpt from an earlier Post pertaining to Louise:

“Charlie formed a close friendship with the extraordinary piano player Louise Duncan, who did not usually perform or play in Five Points.  Her usual venue was a long-gone Lakewood, Colorado spot named “The Aviation Club”.

The location was just off Pierce Street and Colfax.  I was able to frequent the Aviation from time-to-time since my future wife’s family had a membership (this WAS NOT a country club in the vein of Cherry Hills, Denver Country Club and so on – but a comfortable place for the “little people”.  The club included a nice olympic-size pool along with a very tiny little par three golf course – probably no more than four or five holes – and finally a quaint little restaurant where Louise chose to play for a considerable length of time.

She was also booked into downtown Denver’s elite restaurant, “Strombergs” (owner Al Stromberg) in what would come to be called “Larimer Square”.  Burrell would make her acquaintance at Stromberg’s where he would dine often after a Denver Symphony performance.  He helped her obtain a considerable boost in performing fees which established their friendship.

Burrell recalls, “I got a lot of my real broad experience in terms of being a good bass player playing with her, because she wouldn’t play in the traditional keys like B-flat, E-flat and A-flat.  She’d play the blues in F-Sharp or B-Natural.  And I had to follow her, you know, it was a challenge!”

The LP I located was recorded at Stromberg’s in Downtown Denver.

Bob Princeton with the Desperados

This LP comes from 1979 with singer song writer Bob Princeton backed by the Colorado group “The Desperados” featuring Max Hannum (keyboards), Dick Frost lead guitar), David Rodriquez (drums) and Ray Wilinski (bass).  This LP was recorded at Denver’s Maximum Sound Studios.

Not Your Garden Variety…..

May 3, 2019

…. Garden Club

I came across a Cash Box Magazine trade ad for an obscure 1960’s group called “The Garden Variety”.

The Garden Club – Not Sure Who the 3rd Person Is Here

The Garden Variety were a one-shot, no-hit duo comprised of Ruthann Friedman and one Tom Shipley, who would a few months later join up with Mike Brewer to form Brewer and Shipley.  They would start off their recording run first staying with A&M Records for a few releases before moving on to the Buddah/Kama Sutra family where they would hit with “One Toke Over The Line” in 1971.

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Brewer & Shipley

Ruthann was also on the brink of a degree of composing success, delivering “Windy” which was recorded and released a month after the Garden Club single by the Association.

Though Ruthann was New York born, she came to southern California with her family as a young girl, and at a very early age began performing folk music and associating with other folkies such as Hoyt Axton.

In 1963, at age 19 she made her way to Denver, Colorado where she made her paid performance debut at a downtown folk venue – the “Green Spider” in the venue’s “Dark Side” room.  The Spider was located at 612 East 17th Avenue.

Denver’s Beat Joint – Green Spider

Friedman made her way back to California settling for a time in the San Francisco area – joining in on the “Hippie” movement – meeting up with members of local groups such as Country Joe and the Fish and the Jefferson Airplane.  At some point – pre-Garden Club – she teamed up with Airplane member Peter Kaukonen to perform as “Petrus”.  Only one recorded song is known from this association – “There Isn’t Time”.

Ruthann would also make the acquaintance of Van Dyke Parks while in San Francisco which would lead to her introduction to the Association  and her resulting number 1 sensation composition – “Windy”.

In 1969 Ruthann landed a recording deal with Reprise Records and released “Constant Companion” as a solo artist.

The Movies

Friedman composed songs for a 1971 biker/cult movie called “The Peace Killers” – She also sang the songs for the movie song track

The Peace Killers Poster

Not long after the release of “The Peace Killers” tragedy struck in Ruth’s immediate family.  She hurried back to the home of her parents – and her career came to an abrupt end in 1972.  She would resurface again 30 years later.  During her absence she lost her ability to play guitar and it took her nearly two years with instruction to return to form.

Ruthann is alive today – performing once again in small venues in California.

Tandyn Almer

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The co-writer of the Garden Club’s “Little Girl Lost and Found” also would have a connection to The Association, composing their debut hit – “Along Comes Mary” which reached number 7 in the summer of 1966.  Much like Ruthann, Tandyn was primarily a one-hit composer although he did make the acquaintance of Beach Boy Brian Wilson and teamed up with Brian on a couple of song tracks – most notably “Sail On Sailor” which squeaked into the Hot 100 at number 79 in 1973 and then surfaced again in 1975 this time going to number 49.  Van Dyke Parks also contributed to “Sail on Sailor” as well.  Almer apparently fell out of favor with Brian due to a theft incident and an alleged affair with Brian’s wife – perhaps true – perhaps not.

Before Wilson – Tandyn co-wrote a couple of sides with Eddie Hodges of “I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door” fame in 1961.  Before that, Hodges appeared in the motion picture “A Hole In the Head” with crooner Frank Sinatra and accompanied Frank on the hit from the movie “High Hopes”.  Hodges would record a Almer composition “Shadows and Reflections” in 1967 released on the Sunburst record label.  The song was co-written by Larry Marks – which takes us back to the Garden Club single where Tandyn worked with Marks on production and arrangements.

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The Tandyn-Hodges tracks were both recorded by a southern California psychedelic group called “The Paper Fortress”.  Apparently Eddie and Tandyn sang as a duet to demonstrate their compositions but left the final vocals to the Paper Fortress

Tandyn had an up and down existence dealing with mental issues and health issues – restricting his creative process – He passed away in January of 2013 at the age of 70 – due to a heart attack.