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The Livin’ Ends

December 31, 2019
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“Livin'” the Dream

The Living Ends – Governor’s Mansion for Atlantic Records Publicity Shot

I Was very happy when I received a nice email from Bob Miller late this year (2019) regarding the Colorado garage group “The Livin’ Ends”!  Bob has been very kind to provide so many materials and sound clips relating to the Livin’ Ends.  Bob resides in Sacramento, California.  In conjunction with our correspondence, Bob managed to contact a few past members of the Livin’ Ends, obtaining comments and memories from them as well.

Bob Miller on the Keyboard

The Livin’ Ends were four Cherry Creek High School students along with two members coming from Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High.

  • Greg Tharp (bass) – Cherry Creek High/Thomas Jefferson
  • Art Colyer (lead guitar) – Cherry Creek High – departs 1970
  • Andy Yoelin (drums) – Cherry Creek High
  • Craig Vollmer (rhythm guitar) – Cherry Creek High – departs 1969
  • Bob Miller (keyboards) – Thomas Jefferson High
  • Irving Andrews (vocals, sax, harmonica) – Cherry Creek High/Thomas Jefferson High
  • Dave Sondrup (drums) replaces Andy Yoelin in 1968
  • Gary Hammergreen (guitar) joins 1970

NOTE: Greg Tharp and Irving Andrews attended Cherry Creek until attendance borders were changed for the two schools.

Early Days – Cherry Creek High School – 1966

The group formed in 1966 and played around Denver including at their own high schools, both Cherry Creek and Thomas Jefferson, along with college venues and even a YMCA dance!

Livin’ Ends at the “Y”

Bob Miller fondly remembers those early formative days with band members and families all pitching in to get the band going.  Miller recalls “The band van was cool!  I got it for $400 at a Ford dealer in Littleton as soon as I turned 16.  Prior to that, Greg Tharp hauled us and the equipment to gigs in his parents’ station wagon.”

The “400 Buck Special”

Miller commented on how Andy Yoelin’s father owned a carpet business and would volunteer to “deck out” the interior of the group’s van, and “My mom made the letter and color design.  As you see from our business card, van paint and YMCA poster, we used this as a logo.  My mom and I made the cards and posters on a silkscreen.”

Thanks Mom!

Miller on the Livin’ Ends Repertoire : “We were a rock/soul band doing Rascals, Eddie Floyd, Booker T., Spencer Davis Group, Love, Animals’ songs.  We were strictly a copy band.  Everyone wanted to hear their favorite radio hits at dances.  Audiences were generally not into original artists’ compositions unless you had a record out and name recognition.”

No Go Denver – and So to the ‘Springs’

For a young high school age band, securing gigs in Denver wasn’t an easy task.  Miller remembers “We had a hard time breaking into the Denver club scene initially.  Joel Brandeis was the big concert promoter in Denver and had the club gigs locked up for his groups.  We went to his office but he turned us away.”

And so the boys headed south about 60 miles to the city of Colorado Springs.   Miller continues, Funny how things happen.  Irving’s brother Steven Harrell was our manager.  He took photos of the band at his house in Colorado Springs and made a poster to promote our gigs.  I found a tube (shown above) with the poster from 1967 or 1968.  Quite a change from our blue blazers and turtlenecks” (from the early high school days).

The ‘Ends’ would attend an audition in the Springs which Steven arranged.  Miller: “He got us an audition at “Grandma’s” in downtown Colorado Springs.  John Philbin was there looking for talent for his club, the “Apple”.”

Philbin would assume management duties for the Livin’ Ends at that point with the band becoming the house band at both the “Apple” and “Kelker Junction”.  Miller relates, “Kelker Junction was an awesome place with psychedelic light shows on every wall.”

John Philbin was also managing another group from Colorado “The Beast” – a group which recorded in Clovis, New Mexico with Norman Petty.  That group would eventually release two long plays.  Philbin would have The Livin’ Ends join Beast on the road for performances.

The band would eventually crack the Denver scene, meeting Nate Feldman from “La Pichet” (the Pitcher) in Denver.  Many gigs would follow over the next few years including “Dirty Harry’s” on Santa Fe, J.B.’s Lounge also on Santa Fe, the “Family Dog”, “Crowder’s Barn”, Boulder venues including “The Buff Room”, “Tulagi’s”, the “Skunk Creek Inn”, as well as “Sam’s” on Lookout Mountain

Tulagi in Boulder

Sam’s High Atop Lookout Mountain (today an Events Center)

Battle of the Bands

In the spring of 1967, the Livin’ Ends would enter Denver radio station leader KIMN’s “Battle of the Bands ’67”.

Miller:  “We had a good battle, but were bested by the more popular Moonrakers (I believe it was one of Bob McVittie’s bands that one) They were better musicians than we were.”

(Photos taken at the “Battle”)

Miller: “As you see from the uniforms, we were blue blazer, white turtleneck, checked pants and Beatle boots.  During the summer of ’67 we were drawn to the San Francisco sound and British Invasion groups.”

Next Stop – Buddy Holly’s Home and Norman Petty

The Livin’ Ends – like many other Colorado garage-era bands, would journey down to the New Mexico town of Clovis, home of Norman Petty’s legendary recording studio where Buddy Holly, the Fireballs and a host of lesser known bands recorded.  The West wasn’t exactly the epic center for recording studios and so Petty’s operation was a destination for wanna be bands and singers.

The ‘Ends’ approached Petty and passed the audition.  On March 13th, 1969 the Livin’ Ends entered into a contract with Norm to promote tracks recorded in Clovis and seek placement with record labels.  All six then-members of the group would be present to sign (see below).

The ‘Ends’ came to Clovis on two occasions to record.  The two photos that follow were shot outside the Petty studio.  Miller relates why the group is not in possession of copies:

“Norman was very protective of his material and we could never get copies of out unreleased recordings.  (One photo) is in front of the original 7th Street Studio. I do not remember taking the pictures, but I recognize the building front.  Norman and John Philbin must have taken them to sell the tracks. Norman was tight with Ahmet Ertugen at Atlantic Records and he worked hard to get us signed.”

Livin’ Ends on Atlantic Records

The Petty Studio/Petty Mode of Operation

Miller: “This (the photo) is in front of the original 7th street studio.  The glass window was where the recording and mixing room was. To the right on that picture was the entrance to the studio that was a waiting room.

That is where we sat when other tracks were being recorded. Norman always did a rhythm track first (drums, bass, keys, guitar). Then he did solo tracks. Then was lead vocal and then backup vocals. He added string machine effects in the mixing room (kind of like a George Martin with the Beatles). Every session was like this at the 4 track studio.

After he found a track he liked he would simply say “That one felt good boys.” You did not stop making tracks until you heard those words.

There were Four rooms in the 7th St Studio. Recording and mixing, a vocal booth and the main room that fit drums, Hammond B3, amps and guitars and microphone booms. Every space was used.  It was awesome for us to record with a legend at a birthplace of Rock (Buddy Holly, Jimmy Gilmer).

We did our first session there in January, thus the tree without leaves and jackets.  Later that year we went back to record more songs for a potential album and got to use the Mesa Theater Studio.  (Petty) used that renovated movie theater to record his big orchestra clients. He turned the projection room into his recording and mixing room. We set up on the stage and played to rows of empty seats with” the master looking down from a bank of windows. He was using 8 tracks there and 4 tracks at the original 7th St Studio.”

In the Spring, the group would record “Jolyn” and “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” the two tracks which would make it onto an Atlantic pressing.  Those tracks were both laid down in the 4-track 7th Street studio.  Then, later in the year, the group would return to record “Gimme Some Lovin'”, “Mama Come Sit” and “I Love You” in the Mesa Theater studio.  In all, the group cut 8 tracks – five which have been lost to time.

The group nearly became “American Mercury” and were considering it during the time of the Clovis sessions, but ended up sticking with the Livin’ Ends.

The Ends Are Near

All good things come to an end.  The group would disband in 1970.  Bob would attend the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD).  During that time he would play with “bar bands” “Phaedra” and “Backstreet”.  From there it was onto Philadelphia in 1973 where he worked with “American Dream”.

Miller:  “The man in the middle of the photo is Nicky Indelicato, the band leader. He recorded at Todd Rungren’s studio. I was not part of the original group. I was hired to tour with Nicky in Philadelphia PA for six months. We played their hit song “Frankfurt El” (an elevated train line from Philly to Frankfurt) at every concert.”

American Dream

Miller returned to Colorado and would join the band “Whiterock”.  In 1976, he headed off to California to work with fellow “Ends” Irv Andrews with “The Irv Andrews Band”.  They cut several tracks but none ever made it to vinyl.

Phaedra

Members:

  • Nancy Lowrey – vocals
  • Bob Miller – keyboards

Phaedra

Backstreet

Members included:

  • Bob Miller – keyboards (The Livin’ Ends – Phaedra – Whiterock)
  • Teddy Napoleon – drums
  • Jim Morgan – guitar
  • John Miller – vocals/harmonica
  • David “Gilly” Gilman – bass

Backstreet

Whiterock

Formed around 1973 – Members included:

  • Mick Emeson – bass (Galaxies, The Pleasant Street Jazz Band)
  • Bob Miller – keyboards (The Livin’ Ends – Phaedra – American Dream – Backstreet)
  • Scott Post – guitar
  • Bobby Winters – guitar
  • Chris Naylor
  • Nancy Lowrey – vocals

Whiterock

Summing Up the “Ends”

Robert Miller provided me with this nice addition to the Livin’ Ends’ story telling us a bit about life beyond music:

“The Livin’ Ends was the first band for all of us.  Dave Sondrup was from the same neighborhood as the other band from Thomas Jefferson, The Outriggers. I am quite sure he jammed with them while learning to play the drums. He could already play well when he joined the Ends.

I never worked a regular job while in music from 1966 to 1978. The Ends was my main music group. All of the other groups lasted a year or so. I did some studio work at Bananaland in Boulder and in LA. The club and small concert gigs took a big hit from the disco craze in the late seventies and work became scarce at best in LA. I kept my Fender Rhodes, Hammond BC organ and Leslies for another 10 years, but was faced with making a living away from music.

School was the main priority for our parents. We lived in their house and had to follow their rules. We are thankful for their trust and support. Irv and Greg attended Metro College (Jerry Corbetta studied music there) for two years and I attended CU Denver Center Music School while we played music. School during the day, Music at night.

I still play around the house on a Yamaha portable. After music in LA, Irv and I sold cars, lived and partied together in the LA scene until 1991. I am retired after 30 years as a PGA Club Professional and PGA Teaching Professional.

Golf was an easy career. Being a PGA Golf Professional for the past 25 years is a highlight for me. My office was green grass, trees, lakes and blue skies. I loved being around people, had sales experience and could get around a golf course.
Thanks for your service to America! We spent lots of time chatting with Vietnam Vets doing R & R at Ft Carson. Kelker Junction was a great getaway that they needed. I also spent three years teaching golf clinics for veterans with our PGA Section. We started our program partnership at Travis AFB in Fairfield, CA. We had a few WWII vets, but most were Vietnam era with a few new vets. We trained for golf activities with mobility carts and limb loss for many of the new vets. We could see most injuries, but PTSD was a new teaching/learning challenge. It was amazing to see a group of vets get together in a golf activity  and become a unit again. 

La Pichet was a hang out for local musicians and one night W.G. Snuffy Walden rolled into Denver with a 3 piece band “Aphrodite”. He was fresh in from Texas with that dirty blues sound like ZZ Top. His discography and history are recorded in Wikipedia. He turned out to be an Emmy award winning TV and movie soundtrack recording artist. It was an unforgettable night when he took the stage to jam with Backstreet.

The other Ends are excited about the work you are doing. Thanks, you are awesome. I am not sure we deserve the attention, but perhaps some of the information and pictures will help you with your efforts to memorialize part of the vibrant music scene in Colorado.”

Dave Sundrop continues on today performing music.

Livin’ Ends’ original lead guitar player Art Colyer ran a veterinary practice in the northern California town of Paradise, raising four kids with his wife Joan.

Disography/Songography – Livin’ Ends & Related

Norman Petty Tracks – Clovis, New Mexico

Livin’ Ends

45 – Atlantic 45-2622 – I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know b/w Jolyn – April, 1969

CD – Big Beat CDWIDK 262 (UK) – Get Ready To Fly: Pop-Psych From the Norman Petty Vaults – 2007

  • Has “Jolyn” by the Livin’ Ends (Denver)
  • “Just For a While” and “Think About It” by the Frantics (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • “Reflections of Mine” by The Daniel Paul Revelation (Longmont, Colorado)
  • “Blue Man (Peace of Mind)” by White Lightnin’ (Pueblo, Colorado)

(Tracks which exist today in digital form)

  1. Jolyn (45 Version)
  2. Mama Come Sit
  3. Gimme Some Lovin’
  4. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
  5. Jolyn (LP intended version)

Backstreet

Miller: “Eddie Ulibarri was younger and we met at La Pichet. He was an up and comer with lots of energy. He would come to hear Backstreet and we were glad to have local musicians come up and jam. I heard about Eddie and Dick Walker (guitar) getting a recording contract with a new label (A&M Record affiliate?) and being in LA to make an album. That would be around 1978-79. I have a vague recollection that they were with Brett Tuggle, maybe with Head First. I remember the name Brett Tuggle associated with early local bands.”

(Recorded Live at Denver’s 3.2 Club “La Pichet” 1972)

  1. Cruisin’ for Love
  2. Blues With a Feelin’
  3. Walkin’ the Dog
  4. Walk In My Shadow
  5. Key to the Highway
  6. Let’s Go Get Stoned
  7. Brown Sugar
  8. Roll Away
  9. The Stone
  10. Woman
  11. I’m Tired
  12. It Ain’t Easy

(Recorded live at Denver’s 3.2 Club “La Pichet”)

  1. Look At You Look At Me
  2. Lookin’ In
  3. Country Comforts
  4. Mother’s Daughter
  5. Laughter
  6. Hope You’re Feelin’ Better
  7. High Time We Went
  8. Baby I’m Amazed

(Backstreet Jams at La Pichet)

  1. Jam with Snuffy Walden and Eddie Ulibarri
  2. Break Song 1
  3. Break Song 2
  4. Shuffle

The Frantic Frantics/Frantic

December 16, 2019
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Psychedelia Comes to the Rockies! – The Frantics Colorado Connection

The Frantics – Colorado Springs Days

The original Frantics’ lineup from 1966:

  • Max Byfuglin ~ Vocals, Tambourine
  • Don Kingery ~ Drums
  • Bill Koglashak ~ Bass
  • Doan Moak ~ Rhythm Guitar
    Kim Sherman ~ Lead Guitar

The 1970 lineup as “Frantic”:

  • Max Byfuglin ~ Vocals, Tambourine
  • David Day ~ Bass (Wanderers – 1966 Montana Group – joined The Frantics in 1967 – later to “Whitehorse”)
  • Dennis Devlin ~ Guitar
  • Jim Haas ~ Keyboards
  • Phil Head ~ Drums
  • Kim Sherman ~ Lead Guitar

This group came out of Billings, Montana to establish themselves in Colorado.  The band is cited as being an early pioneer of psychedelic music.  They made their way around the country – for a time in New York City and then a stint in New Mexico before finally finding a base in a Colorado Springs nightclub called “Kelker Junction”.

During their time in New York they would mingle and jam with east coast musicians – one in particular of note – Jimi Hendrix!  I am thinking  that during their stay in New York they somehow hooked up with the Sunco Records label and this is where they released their Sunco single probably in 1966.  Another group who transplanted to Denver around this same time – and who also recorded three singles for Sunco was the “Fantabulous Jags”.

Denver’s Fantabulous Jags – On Sunco Records

Like many Colorado-based bands, the Frantics would find their way into Norman Petty’s studio in New Mexico.  The band had two sessions in Clovis, the first in the summer of 1968 and the second in December of that year.  They were working with Petty on recording a full long play.  Two members of the Frantics composed a few songs which Petty recorded with other bands.  One of these was titled “Think About It”, but the effort lacked the power of the Frantics’ version and went nowhere.

The tracks that the Frantics laid down for their LP eventually first surfaced in 1994 with the release of the “Relax Your Mind” CD on the Collectibles label (below).

In 1966 and 1967 the group performed on the same billing as many prominent touring acts including England’s “Yardbirds” and “The Who”,  “The Young Rascals”, “The Everly Brothers” and the “McCoys” to name a few.

Eventually the group would relocate to Los Angeles modifying their name slightly to “Frantic” in 1970. During that time the lineup underwent nearly total overhaul with Byfuglin and Sherman being joined by four new members.  One of their first appearances out west was as the famed “Whiskey-A-Go-Go”.

Frantic – circa 1970

They would finally get to take a shot at a long play when they signed on with the “Lizard” record label and one resulting 45 rpm release (both shown below).  By 1971, things were cooling off and several members moved on while others continued playing around Los Angeles.

Fortunately, the Frantics’ “Route 66” from Clovis made it onto a couple of releases from the “Garageland” label (shown below).

Montana’s “Wanderers” pictured with Chan Romero (David Day in this group)

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Montana’s Chan Romero

The Wanderers were from Billings, Montana and first formed in 1965.  They won Montana’s 1966 “Battle of the Bands”.  They recorded one single on the Warrior record label which was owned by Chan Romero.  A handful of singles were released on Chan’s label – very obscure – including one by the Pueblo, Colorado garage band “The Trolls”.

Wanderers Photo Teen Town 66

Frantics/Frantic Discography

45 – Sunco SR 1008 – The Frantics – Route 66 b/w La-Do-Da-Da  Released most likely 1966 late or early 1967

(If this record came out in 1967 that would indicate that the Frantics re-recorded the “A” side in Clovis with Petty in 1968)

45 – Lizard 21002 – Midnight to Six Man b/w Shady Sam – Released 1970

LP – Lizard A20103 – Conception – Released 1970

45 EP – Garageland EP 5 – “Punk Classics Presents: Vol. 5 Six Wild Covers! – Released 1987

(with “Route 66” by the Frantics)

CD – Collectibles COL-0570 – The Frantics – Relax Your Mind – Released 1994

CD – Garageland #13 – “Punk Classics” – Released 1995

(with “Route 66” by the Frantics)

CD – UK Big Beat Records CDWIKD 262 – The Frantics and Others – “Get Ready To Fly: Pop-Psych From the Norman Petty Vaults” – Released 2007

(Contains “Just For A While” and “Think About It” by the Frantics – Also contains tracks by three other Colorado-based groups, “White Lightning” from Pueblo, “The Livin’ Ends”, from Denver Cherry Creek High School and “The Daniel Paul Revelation from Loveland, Colorado)

LP – Lost Sounds Montana – The Frantics (& Others) – “Long Time Comin’ (Lost Sounds From the Treasure State Vol. 1 – 1958-1969 – with “Route 66” and “La Do Da Da” by the Frantics – Released 2015

(Interesting: Chad Romero was a friend of “The Wanderers” and he too made his way to Colorado for a time during the 1960’s – Also, this CD contains a track by The Wanderers – “”Don’t Pity Me”)

LP – Lost Sounds Montana LSMT002 – The Frantics – “Birth” – Released 2018

CD – Nor-Jak-Music NVJCD11 – The Frantics – “Birth” – Released 2018

(This collection came via the guys who acquired the Petty tracks Shawn Nagy and Greg Walker – the Clovis recordings were released directly from original master tapes)

Related Releases by Frantic Members

David Day

(David Day’s real name is David Merril Havlicek)

45 – Chrislon AC 102 – David Day – Dance Her By Me (One More Time) b/w A Lifetime of Missing You – release date unknown

45 – Christ 122 – David Day – Bobby (Played Guitar in A Dance Band) b/w If You Really Want Me To I’ll Go – release date unknown)

45 – Warrior L-140 – Wanderers with David Day – Don’t Pity Me b/w Give Me All You Got – Released 1966

Jimmy Haas

45 – United Artists UA-XW553 – Jimmy Haas – Love Is Loving You b/w Ridin’ On a Rainbow – Released 1974

45 – United Artists UA-XW696 – Jimmy Haas – “I Don’t Believe In Miracle” (promo issue)

Denver’s Rock ‘n Roll Royalty

December 14, 2019
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A Good Day for Rock and Roll

(December 12th, 2019)

Left to Right: Myself – Royalty: Ray Sekera – Pete Tracy – Larry Higgin – Joe Holonbek

Had a great mid morning meet-up with my good friends on Thursday this week!

Had the pleasure of joining up with Larry Higgins, Joe Holonbek, Ray Sekera and Pete Tracy – getting caught up on who is doing what – and just general chit chat about music now and back then.

Joe Holonbek

Joe Holonbek has played guitar for decades – an original member of the “Saints” and “Freddie and the Hitch-Hikers” – both groups who recorded on Band Box Records.  Joe is still performing around town in small venues and at private gatherings.  “I tried retiring one time,” Joe told me. He concluded, “I couldn’t do it.  I was born to play music.”  Beyond rock and roll, Joe has given us a wealth of country music and is an inductee (and one-time president) of the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Original Saints - 1959

Joe Holonbek’s with the Saints

Joe had some great memories to share recalling his time with Wayne Thompson, son of Odie and Olivia Head, transplants to Denver who recorded and performed as “Shorty and Sue Thompson” primarily on the Denver “Ace”.  Their son Wayne would play for a time with “The Saints” as well as “Freddie and the Hitch-Hikers” before moving on to national fame primarily as a composer (he did release more than 40 singles on his own or with groups).

HOLONBEK BUS CARD

According to Larry, the Thompson’s resided for a time somewhere in Arvada, just off of 44th Avenue near Wadsworth.  I wondered aloud if Wayne may have attended Wheat Ridge High School or possibly Arvada, and Pete Tracy replied “No, he went to George Washington” (in Denver).  Must have moved to central south Denver.

Wayne became “Wayne Carson” and (as Posted previously in my Blog) wrote the national charting songs “The Letter” and “Neon Rainbow” for “The Box Tops”.  (Visit my Thompson Post Here)

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The late Wayne Head/Thompson/Carson

Ray Sekera

Daleks Left to Right: Joe Aparicio – Ray Sekera – Larry Higgins

Ray Sekera is a well-traveled veteran of the Colorado rock and roll scene.  Along the way he was a member of “The Checkmates” in the 1960’s fronted by Denver’s Frankie Rino, “The Daleks”, who performed often at “Sam’s” on Lookout Mountain, “The Pete Tracy Trio”, “Triangle” and “The Syndicate”.

After hearing Joe’s comment about being unable to retire from music, he stated flatly, “It’s a disease”.  I asked him what was a disease and he responded, “Playing music.  You never get over it.”

I threw out a comment to Ray and Larry, who both played up at Sam’s.  “I can’t even imagine what they were thinking when they opened a 3.2 joint (3.2 beer being legal back in the 1960’s in Colorado) high atop Lookout Mountain with it’s treacherous hairpin curves leading up to the summit.”

Ray responded that he couldn’t recall a single fatal accident during the nearly seven years he played at Sam’s.  But Joe chirped in that he remembers many mangled automobiles littering the steep hillsides having gone over either by accident or intentionally pushed.  “Those wrecks just remained where they crash landed”, Joe recalled.  “They just couldn’t get to them to remove them.”

Today Ray is playing solo around Denver’s venues.  He bills himself as “Uncle Ray – Familiar Music”.  Give him a call!

Larry Higgins

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The Fabulous Hitch-Hikers

My good friend Larry Higgins is a true Colorado Rock n’ Roll pioneer.  He too played with Ray in the “Daleks”, “The Pete Tracy Trio”, “The Syndicate” and “Triangle” all with Ray, and earlier with groups that recorded on Band Box, “Freddie & the Hitch-Hikers”, “The Gigolos” and “The Valiants” and “Milt Watson’s Wildest Clan” – His appearances on the Band Box label, in my mind, earn him the title “Mr. Band Box”.

Larry is a walking-talking encyclopedia of the early Denver music scene and I would be lost on these pages without his recollections and great memory!

Larry related a tale from the past when the Hitch-Hikers appeared in Commerce City at the high school – The sponsors inadvertently headlined Larry as the group leader due to his being the contact person for the group – Larry was a bit worried on how leader Freddie Aldridge would react – but all was well.  Freddie took it in stride and the “Rock ‘N’ Roll” dance was a success!

Pete Tracy

It was a special treat to have Pete Tracy join our group once again.  Pete has had his health challenges but maintain’s a great attitude.  He always provides great memories and contributes insightful comments making our meet-ups very special.  Pete fronted the “Pete Tracy Trio” with Larry and Ray – and earlier was a member of the Band Box recording group “Dean Carr and the Corvettes”.

Pete Tracy with the Corvettes on this Band Box Subsidiary

I asked Pete if he knew of or had a photo of the “Corvettes” and he said he knew of one that was taken back in the day at City Park in Denver – The group posed in front of – yes – a sparkling – boss – shiny Corvette!  Got to find that photo….

Our conversations on Thursday covered the gamut, and have me scrambling to locate additional information for these pages.  Potential topics”

  • Drummer Ray Anderson (“Buck Shot Andy”) and his Gene Krupa connection
  • Wayne Thompson (Wayne Head/Carson)
  • Superb musician Bill Dyker (Dean Carr Corvettes)
  • Dean Carr (apparently still alive and well in Denver – We will look for him)
  • The mysterious Bobby Miller (from the Hitch-Hikers)
  • Mike McAdams
  • Tony and Ray Romero (not brothers)
  • The Broncos
  • Sam’s
  • Frankie Rino
  • and more!

It was truly a great day for Colorado Rock ‘n Roll!  As always – nothing could be better than seeing my friends – the guys who got it all started and who continue to spread the spirit!