From the Land of Band Box Records

The Roots of Rock and Roll
on Long Play in the U.S. – A thru Con

Earliest long plays selected when possible to obtain images from these iconic founders from the world of Rock ‘n Roll.

1966 – The Abbey Tavern Singers – VIP – “We’re Off to Dublin In the Green”

This was an Irish group that became very popular in  Canada formed in Dublin, Ireland – and somehow finding their way onto the Motown “VIP” label.

1955 – Johnny Ace – Duke 71 – “Memorial Album”

Born in 1929 – Memphis, Tennessee John Marshall Alexander – Died December 25th, 1954 (shooting accident)

1963 – Mike Adams and the Red Jackets – Crown 5312 – “Surfer’s Beat”

Members were Howard Davies, Johnny Jones, Kaye Klassy, Norman Eiserman and Mike Adams.

The Adventures – Columbia 1747 – “Can’t Stop Twistin'”

The Adventures were from Pennsylvania and eventually became “The Chosen Few”.  Members included Gerald Perry and Eddie Johnson.

1965 – Jewel Akens – ERA ES-110 – “The Birds and the Bees”

Jewell Akens was born in September of 1933 in Houston, Texas Jewel Eugene Akens – He died on March 1st, 2013 – Akens was a member of both “The Four Dots” and “The Medallions”.

1961 – Steve Alaimo – Checker LP 2981 – “Twist with Steve Alaimo”

Steve Alaimo was born in December of 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska soon moving with his family to New York.  He was a member of a group called “The Redcoats”

1961 – Lee Allen – Ember ELP-200 – “Walkin’ With Mr. Lee”

Lee Allen was born in July of 1927 in Pittsburg, Kansas and raised in Denver, Colorado!  Lee Allen played with many musicians and notably with Dave Bartholomew’s band and as a backing musician for Fats Domino.  Allen died on October 18th, 1994.

1963 – Richie Allen & The Pacific Surfers – Imperial LP 9243 – “Surfer’s Slide”

Leader of this group was Richard Podolor born in 1940 – Performed with “The Hondells”, “The Renegades”, “The Super Stocks” and more.  Other studios guys on this LP are Rene Hall, Ray Phhiman, Lincoln Mayorga, Sandy Nelson and Harper Crosby.

1961 – Tony Allen and the Night Owls – Crown CST 240 – “Rock ‘n Roll with Tony Allen and the Night Owls”

Tony Allen was born in about 1946 in New Orleans, Louisiana – He performed with a group called “The Champs” (not the Tequila group) and “The Chimes” (not the One Summer Night group).

1959 – Gene Allison – Vee Jay VJLP 1009 – “Gene Allison”

Gene Allison was born in August of 1934 in Pegram, Tennessee Versie Eugene Allison – He died on February 28th, 2004. – He first sang with the gospel group “The Fairfield Four” and then the jazz group “The Skylarks” before going solo.

1967 – The Amboy Dukes – Mainstream 56104 – “The Amboy Dukes”

The Amboy Dukes formed in 1964 in Detroit, Michigan – Original members were guitarist Ted Nugent who had been in a group called “The Royal High Boys” in Detroit, Bob Lehnert, Gary Hicks, Dick Treat and Gail Uptadale.

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1967 – The American Breed – Acta A-38002 – “The American Breed”

The American Breed formed in 1962 in Brookfield, Illinois – They later evolved into a group called “Rufus”.

1969 – American Eagle – Decca 75258 – “American Eagle”

Members included Che Nova, Fred Zeufeldt, Glen Johnson, Greg Beck, Mike Demola, and Rob Lowery.  Beck and Zeufeldt were both in “The Viceroys”.  Lowery was with “The Galaxies” and “The Surprise Package”.

1965 – Lee Andrews & The Hearts – Lost Nite – “Dean Tyler Presents Lee Andrews and The Hearts Live On Stage”

Lee Andrew and the Hearts formed in 1953 out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Members included Lee Andrews, Roy Calhoun, Thomas Curry, Ted Weems and Wendell Calhoun.

1967 – The American Breed – Acta A-38002 – “The American Breed”

The American Breed formed in 1962 in Brookfield, Illinois – They later evolved into a group called “Rufus”.

1969 – Anders and Poncia – Warner Bros. 1778 – “The Anders & Poncia Album”

Peter Anders and Vini Poncia  – Vini Poncia was with “The Innocence”, “The Videls” and “The Tradewinds”.

1962 – The Angels – Caprice LP 1001 – “And the Angels Sing”

The Angels formed in 1961 in New Jersey with Barbara Allbut, Phyllis Allbut, Bernadette Carroll and Lynda Malzone. They began as “The Starlets” and also appeared as “The Halos”.


1968 – The Animated Egg – Alshire S-5104 – “The Animated Egg”

This band was actually a group of studio musicians out of Los Angeles performing instrumentals.  Musicians included Jerry Cole, Edgar Lamar, Don Dexter, Tommy Lee, Glenn Cass, Billy Joe Hastings, Norm Cass and Billy Preston.

1961 – Ann-Margret – RCA Victor LP 2399 – “And Here She Is Ann-Margret”

Ann-Margret was born in April of 1941 in Sweden – She established herself as both an actress and a singer in the 1960’s with “Bye Bye Birdie” being her hallmark performance.

1959 – Annette – Buena Vista BV-3301 – “Annette”

Annette was born in October of 1942 in Utica, New York Annette Joanne Funicello – This great little Mouseketeer passed away on April 8th, 2013.

1968 – Aorta – Columbia CS 9785 – “Aorta”

Aorta formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois  – They were originally “Kal David and the Exceptions” – Original members were Kal David, Peter Cetera (both later with “The Big Thing” which became “Chicago”), Denny Ebert and Marty Grebb.


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1959 – The Aquatones – Fargo FLP-3001 – “Sing”

The Aquatones formed in 1956 out of Valley Stream, New York – Original members were Dave Goddard, Larry Vannata and Gene McCarthy – first known as “The Rhythm Kings”.

1968 – The Archies – Calendar KE 101 – “The Archies”

The Archies were all fiction to complement a TV cartoon show.  Don Kirshner put this group together in the studio – with the lead vocalist being Ron Dante (“The Cuff Links”, “The Detergents”).  The female lead was Toni Wine a writer of songs.  Background vocals were provided by Jeff Bary, Ellie Greenwich, Andy Kim, Joey Levine, and Bobby Bloom as well as others.

1964 – Ginny Arnell – MGM E-4228 – “Meet Ginny Arnell”

Ginny Arnell was born in November of 1942 Virginia Mazarro from New Haven, Connecticut.  She recorded with Gene Pitney as a teen as “Jamie and Jane”.

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1961 – Arnie and His Soul Brothers – F.D. Arnold 5500 – “Doin’ The Prune”

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1965 – The Arrows – Tower T 5002 – “Apache ’65”

Davie Allan and The Arrows was a more-or-less revolving group of musicians out of Los Angeles, California headed up by guitarist Davie Allan – Davie was born in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California in Van Nuys.  He was a member of groups “The Sudells”, “The Heyburners” and “The Zanies” again all studio creations.

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1968 – The Art of Lovin’ – Mainstream 6113 – “The Art of Lovin'”

The Art of Lovin’ was formed in Boston, Massachusetts – with members Paul Applebaum, Johnny Lank, Barry Tatelman, Gail Winnick and Sandy Winslow.

1966 – The Association – Valiant VL 5002 – “And Then…Along Comes The Association”

The Association formed in 1965 in California – Original members were Jules Alexander, and Terry Kirman – They formed “The Inner Tubes” in 1964 and then “The Men” moving on to become “The Association” with Brian Cole, Russ Giguere, Ted Bluechel, Jr., and Bob Page – who would be replaced by Bob Yester.

1963 – The Astronauts – RCA Victor LPM 2760

The Astronauts out of Boulder Colorado were formed initially as “The Stormtroopers” before changing their name to “The Astronauts”.  Original members were Jon Patterson, Robert Graham, Bob Demmon, Brad Leach.  They would soon add Rich Fifield and Dick Sellears .

1969 – Aum – Sire 97007 – “Bluesvibes”

Aum is Ken Newell, Wayne Ceballos and Larry Martin

1957 – Sil Austin – Mercury 20237 – “Slow Walk Rock”

Born 1929 Dunnellon, Florida Sylvester Austin – Died September 1st, 2001

1963 – The Avalanches – Warner Bros. W 1525 – “Ski Surfin’

Members were Al De Lory, Billy Strange, David Gates (“Bread”), Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco and Wayne Burdick – all of the notorious group of session men in California know as “The Wrecking Crew”.

1958  – Frankie Avalon – Chancellor – “Frankie Avalon”

Born in 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Francis Thomas Avallone

1966 – The Avengers VI – Mark 56 – 536 – “Good Humor Presents Real Cool Hits”

The Avengers VI were from Anaheim, California members being Rick Bastrup, Bob Gallant and Curt Pickelle in 1964 – first as a trio.  They added Jim Goodwin who had been with “The Pyramids” and Colorado’s “Astronauts” – Then Jim Ferguson was added and finally Mike DeYoung to make six.

1965 – Hoyt Axton – Vee Jay VJ 1127 – “Saturday’s Child”

Hoyt Axton was born in March of 1938 in Duncan, Oklahoma – Axton claimed lasting fame when he composed “Heartbreak Hotel” for Elvis Presley.  Some other compositions include Ringo’s “No, No Song”, “Never Been to Spain” & “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night.  Axton died on October 26th, 1999.

(From Fred Hoyt: June, 2017): Hi Craig,
I’m sure you’ll hear this more than once… Hoyt Axton DID NOT write “Heartbreak Hotel” — his mother, Mae, was one of the co-writers.

(My Reply):  I bet he wished he did….

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1968 – The Back-Wash Rhythm Band – Capitol 2886 – “The Golden Breed”

Musicians on this LP were Phil Kasper, Mike Clifford, Bob Bennett – both of whom were members of “The Rip Tides”

1960 – Joan Baez – Vanguard 2077 – “Joan Baez”

Joan Baez was born in January of 1941 in Staten Island, New York Joan Chandos Baez – One of her younger sisters was singer Mimi Farina who passed away in 2001.

1968 – The Bag – Decca DL 75057

The Bag were Al Espositio, Dan Mohony, Jay Savino, Jimmy Curtiss and Joe DiMarzo

1962 – Bailey’s Nervous Kats – “The Nervous Kats”

This group formed in 1960 in Redding, California – Members were Norm Bailey, Herb Kliebe, Bob Smith, and Jim Mills.  This very obscure LP can go for nearly $1,000 if in very good condition.

1956 – Lavern Baker – Atlantic – La Vern

Born in 1929 in Chicago, Illinois Delores LaVern Baker – Died March 10th, 1997 – Lavern Baker is a 1991 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1959 – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – King – Singin’ & Swingin’ The Twist

Born in 1927 in Detroit, Michigan John Henry Kendricks – Died March 2nd, 2003 – Hank Ballard is a 1990 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame, and the Midnighters were inducted in 2012.

The Bangor Flying Circus – Dunhill 50069 – “Bangor Flying Circus”

The Bangor Flying Circus formed in 1957 in Chicago, Illinois with David Wolinski Alan DeCarlo, Tom Schiffour.  Schiffour came from “The Shadows of Knight”.  Wolinski was also with “The Shadows of Knight” and before that “The Males”.

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1967 – Darrell Banks – Atco 33-216 – “Darrell Banks is Here!”

Darrell Banks was born in July of 1937 in Mansfield, Ohio Darrell Eubanks – He died on February 24th, 1970 at age 32 shot to death by a police officer in Detroit.

1966 – The Bantams – Warner Bros. 1625 – “Beware”

The Bantams were three brothers Fritz, Jeff and Mike from Santa Monica, California.

1965 – The Barbarians – Laurie LP 2033 – “The Barbarians”

The Barbarians formed in 1964 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts – Original members were Victor Moulty Moulton, Bruce Benson, Ronnie Enos and Jerry Causi  Members went on to form the Band “Black Pearl” in 1967.

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1965 – Gene Barge – Checker LP 2994 – “Dance with Daddy “G”

Gene Barge was born in August of 1926  in Norfolk, Virginia – He formed “The Church Street Five.

1960 – H.B. Barnum – RCA Victor – “The Big Voice of Barnum”

Born in 1936 in Houston Texas Hidle Brown Barnum

1967 – The Barracudas – Justice JLP 143 – “A Plane View Of The Barracudas”

The Barracudas were from Sandston, Virginia formed in 1965 – Mike Sheppard was one of their members – others are unknown  to me.

1963 – Barry & The Tamerlanes – Valiant W406 – “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight”

Barry & The Tamerlanes formed in California in 1963.  Members were Barry De Vorzon, Terry Smith and Bodie Chandler.

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1965 – Len Barry – Decca DL 4720 – “1-2-3”

Len Barry was born in June of 1942 in West Philadelphia Leonard Borisoff – He formed the Dovells upon his discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard before going solo.

1969 – The Jon Bartel Thing – Capitol 274 – “The Jon Bartel Thing”

Members included Jon Bartel and Larry O’Brien – This project was more or less a studio musician project.

1961 – Dave Bartholomew – Imperial 12076 – “Dave Bartholomew and His Great Big Band”

Born December 24th, 1918 in Edgard, Louisiana Davis Bartholomew

1967 – The Baskerville Hounds – Dot DLP 258323 – “Featuring Space Rock, Part 2”

The Baskerville Hounds formed in 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio – They were originally known as “The Majestics” then the Dantes and finally the Tulu Babies – Original members included Doug McCutcheon, Larry Meese, and John Kirkpatrick, Bill Emery and Dante Rossie.

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1966 – Fontella Bass – Checker LP 2997 – “The New Look”

Fontella Bass was born in July of 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri Fontella Marie Bass.  She was a member of the “Clara Ward Singers” – She died on December 26th, 2012 at age 72 from a heart attack.

1961 – The Baysiders – Everest LPBR 5124 – “Over the Rainbow”

The Baysiders formed in the early 1960’s out of Los Angeles, California – Original members were Jackie Walker, Sally Stevens, Jim Mitchell and Jim Patton.  – Jackie Walker recorded many solo releases on Dot, Imperial and Everest record labels.  Their version of “Over the Rainbow” was very similar to the hit version by the Demensions but couldn’t dent the charts.  The group members had attended UCLA together before forming their group.

1962 – The Beach Boys – Capitol T 1808 – “Surfin’ Safari”

The Beach Boys formed in 1961 with Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine – For a time – David Marks replaced Jardine.  Dennis Wilson drowned on December 28th, 1983 and brother Carl passed away on February 6th of 1998.

1968 – The Beacon Street Union – MGM E-4517 – “The Eyes of the Beacon Street Union”

The Beacon Street Union formed in Boston in 1966 – Members were John Lincoln Wright, Paul Tarachny, Wayne Ulaky, Robert Rhodes and Richard Weisberg. One of the not-so-notorious “Bosstown Sound” groups.

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1965 – The Beau Brummels – Autumn LP 103 – “Introducing the Beau Brummels”

The Beau Brummels formed in 1964 in San Francisco, California – Members were Sal Valentino, Ron Meagher, Decian Mulligan and John Peterson.  Meagher and Mulligan had been in a group called “The Stepping Stones”.

1967 – The Beethoven Soul – Dot DLP 25821 – “The Beethoven Soul”

The Beethoven Soul were Andrea Kouratou, Bill Powell, Dick Lewis, John Lambart, Otis Hale and Terry Nu.

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1968 – Archie Bell & The Drells – Atlantic SC 8181 – “Tighten Up”

Archie Bell and the Drells formed in 1966 in Houston, Texas with Archie Bell, James Wise, Willie Parnell and Billy Butler.  The group was backed up by the instrumental group “The T.S.U. Tornadoes”.  Archie Bell was born in September of 1944 in Henderson, Texas Archie Lee Bell.

1957 – Freddie Bell & The Bell Boys – Mercury – “Rock & Roll All Flavors”

Born September 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania Ferdinando Dominick Bello – Died February 10th, 2008

1969 – Vinnie Bell – Decca 75138 – “Good Morning Starshine”

Vinnie Bell was born in 1935 in New York Vincent Gambella.

1960 – Tony Bellus – NRC 8 – “Robbin’ The Cradle with Tony Bellus”

Born in 1936 in Chicago, Illinois Anthony J. Bellusci

1962 – The Belmonts – Sabina SALP 5001 – “Carnival of Hits”

See the “Dion and the Belmonts listing on this page.

Tony Bellus – May 1959

1959 – Jesse Belvin – RCA Victor 2089 – Just Jesse Belvin

Born December 15th, 1932 in San Antonia, Texas Jesse Lorenzo Belvin – Died February 6th, 1960 (car accident)

(From Paul Payton – June, 2017): Nice to see the Jesse Belvin LP. “Guess Who” is pure beauty. He, of course, had an extensive career as a singer, group member, writer and producer for many years with various smaller labels in LA, but he also got a good one on RCA as “The Chargers” – Old MacDonald: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qUaNBpY5LE. His – and his wife’s – death in a car crash was a very sad day for rock and r&b.

1955 – Boyd Bennett – King 594 – “Boyd Bennett”

Boyd Bennett was born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in December of 1925 Boyd Byron Bennett – He died on June 2nd, 2002.  His backing band was “The Rockets”.  Bennett’s King LP shown below is very rare – commanding at times over $2,000!  His group was first known as “The Southlanders”.  Not sure who “The Rockets” were – They also played behind Moon Mullican.

1959 – Brook Benton – Mercury SR 60146 – “Endlessly”

Brook Benton was born in September of 1931 in Lugoff, South Carolina Benjamin Franklin Peay – He died on April 9th, 1988.  Before embarking on a solo career Benton sang in several prominent gospel groups including “The Golden Gate Quartet”.  From there he joined an R&B group “The Sandmen” who recorded for Okeh Records.

1957 – Chuck Berry – Chess 1426 “After School Session”

Born October 18th, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri Charles Edward Anderson Berry – Died March 18th, 2017 – Chuck is a 1986 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

Richard Berry – 1963 – Crown CLP 5371 – “Richard Berry & The Dreamers”

Richard Berry was born in April of 1935 in Extension, Louisiana Richard Berry Jr.  He died on January 23rd of 1997.  Berry was a member of “The Penguins”, “The Cadets”, “The Chimes”, “The Crowns”, “The Five Hearts”, “The Hunters”, “The Whips”, “The Dreamers”, “The Debonaires”, “The Flairs” and “The Flamingos”! Whew!  a busy guy.

He also composed the teen anthem – “Louie Louie”.

1965 – The Big Beats – Liberty LRP 3407 – “Live! At the Off Broadway”

The Big Beats formed in 1957 and generally backed mainstream rock and roll acts in live appearances.  They were purported to be Columbia Records’ first rock and roll act – They toured with some heavies including Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Roy Orbison and Ricky Nelson.

Members included C.W. Kendall Jr., Bobby Rambo, Earl Slocumb, Larry Randall and Billy Mitchell among many others.


1967 – Big Black – UNI 3012 – “Message to Our Ancestors”

Big Black was born in 1934 in Danny Ray – He began performing in the 1950’s  as a percussionist and worked with Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King and many more.

1958 – The Big Bopper – Mercury MG 20402 – “Chantilly Lace”

The Big Bopper was born in October of 1930 in Sabine Pass, Texas Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr. – He did the ‘the plane crash’ on February 3rd, 1959.  Richardson was a Beaumont Texas radio DJ.

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1958 – Big Maybelle – Savoy MG 14011 – “Blues, Candy & Big Maybelle”

Big Maybelle was born in May of 1924 in Jackson, Tennessee Mabel Louise Smith – She died on January 23rd, 1972 – Big Maybelle recorded “Whole Lotta Shakin Goin’ On” in 1955 preceding Jerry Lee Lewis by two years.

1960 – Bill Black’s Combo – Hi 12002 – “Saxy Jazz”

Bill Black was born in September of 1926 in Memphis, Tennessee William Paton Black, Jr.  He started off performing as a stand-up bass player with a “clown” like approach to entertaining.  He worked with “The Starlight Wranglers” backing Red Foley – along with Scotty Moore.

The two also worked with the Burnette brothers – Johnny and Dorsey along with Paul Burlison.  They both were invited to provided session support for Elvis Presley in the Sun studio in 1954 when the young rocker was still unknown.

Black formed his combo in 1959 with Joe Lewis Hall, Martin Willis, Reggie Young, and Jerry Arnold.

Black died on October 21st, 1965 at the age of 39 from a brain tumor.

1969 – Black Pearl – Atlantic SD 8220 – “Black Pearl”

Black Pearl was Bernie Fieldings, Bruce Benson, Oak O’Connor, Geoffrey Morris, Tom Mulcahy and Jerry Causi. out of San Francisco, California.  They formed in 1967.  Morris, Causi and Benson had been with “The Barbarians.

1963 – Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars – RCA Victor LP 2834 – “Deuces, T’s, Roadsters and Drums”

Wrecking Crew musicians on this LP were Hal Blaine, Bill  Pitman, Glen Campbell, Tommy Tedesco, Ray Pohlman, Leon Russell, Jimmy Bond, Ron Smith, Marshall Cram, Richard Leith, Steven Kreisman adn Frank Capp.

1961 – Bobby “Blue” Bland – Duke DLP 74 – Two Steps From the Blues

Born January, 1930 in Barrelville, Tennesse, Robert Calvin Bland – Died June 23rd, 2013 – He is a 1992 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1963 – The Blasters – Crown CST 392 – “Sounds of the Drags”

Studio musician project with Jerry Cole, Steve Douglas, Don Dexter, Ray Pohlman and Plas Johnson.

1968 – Mike Bloomfield (and friends) – Columbia CS 9701 – “Supper Session”

Mike Bloomfield was born in July of 1943 in Chicago, Illinois Michael Bernard Bloomfield – He teamed up with Paul Butterfield in his “Paul Butterfield Blues Band” before going on his own.

1967 – The Blue Belles – Atlantic 12577 – “Dreamer”

Born May, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards

1968 – Blue Cheer – Philips PHS 600-264 – “Vincebus Eruptum”

Blue Cheer formed in 1967 out of San Francisco (their name based on a form of LSD it is supposed although there was a detergent of the same name) – Original members included Dickie Peterson (a Haight Street resident at the time), Leigh Stephens and Eric Albronda.

1962 – Blue Jays – Milestone Mil 1001 – “The Blue Jays Meet Little Caesar & The Romans”

The Blue Jays formed in 1961 out of Venice, California – Members were Leon Peels, Van Richardson, Alex Manigo and Leonard Davidson – The band broke up in 1962.

1969 – The Blue Velvet Band – Warner Bros. W-1802 – “Sweet Moments with the Blue Velvet Band”

The Blue Velvet Band formed in the late 60’s with Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Jim Rooney and Richard Greene.  All the members had been with other groups with Bill Keith having been with “Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band”.

1966 – The Blues Magoos – Mercury R-61096 – “Psychedelic Lollipop”

The Blues Magoos formed in 1964 in The Bronx in New York City.  The Band was first called “The Trenchcoats” next becoming “The Bloos Magoos” before settling on their final name. – Original members were Emil Thielhelm, Dennis LePore, Ralph Scala, Ron Gilbert and Jon Finnegan.  Scala would go on to join “The Dependables”.

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The Blues Project – Verve Folkways FV 9024 – “Live at the Cafe Au Go Go”

The Blues Project formed in 1965 in Greenwich Village, New York.  Original members were Danny Kalb, Steve Katz, Tommy Flanders, Roy Blumenfeld and Andy Kulberg. – They were first known as the “Danny Kalb Quartet” in 1965.

1963 – Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans – Philles PHLP-4002 – Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah

Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans form in 1963 and enjoyed a very brief career with Phil Spector’s guidance.  They were Bobby Sheen, Darlene Love and Fanita James.  Sheen was born in May of 1941 and died on November 23rd, 2000.  Sheen was a member of the groups “The Robins”, “The Lovables”, “The Ding Dongs” and “The Alley Cats”.

1968 – Bo Grumpus – ATCO SD33-246 – “Before the War”

Bo Grumpus formed in 1966 out of Boston, Massachusetts.  Members were Eddie Mottau, Joe Hutchinson, Jim Colegrove N.D. Smart II and Jeff Gutcheon.

1964 – Johnny Bond – Starday LP 298 – “Hot Rod Lincoln/Three Sheets to the Wind”

Johnny Bond was born in June of 1915 in Enville, Oklahoma Cyrus Whitfield Bond – Bond died on June 12th of 1978 at the age of 63 of a stroke.

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1961 – Gary U.S. Bonds – Legrand LLP 3001 – “Dance ‘Til Quarter To Three”

Born June, 1939 in Jacksonville, Florida Gary Levone Anderson

1963 – The Bonnevilles – Drum Boy DBLS 1001 – “Meet the Bonneviles!”

The Bonnevilles were formed in 1962 out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin later becoming “The Skunks”.  Members included Larry Lynn, Larry Ostricki, Ted Peplinski, Peter Funck, Danny Sesso, Johnny Cerniglia and Dennis Madigan.

1969 – T.S. Bonniwell – Capitol ST-277 – “Close”

T.S. Bonniwell was born in August of 1950 in San Jose, California Thomas Harvey Sean Bonniwell – He fronted “The Music Machine” – Bonniwell passed away on December 20th, 2011.

1967 – The Bonniwell Music Machine – Warner Bros. WS 1732 – “The Bonniwell Music Machine”

This band was Bonniwell’s effort to keep “The Music Machine” going after the original group broke up.

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1962 – Booker T & The MG’s – Stax 701 – “Green Onions”

Booker T and the M.G.’s formed in 1962 out of Memphis, Tennessee where they backed many groups as well as stepping to the forefront as a soul instrumental group.  Members were Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg and Al Jackson.  The M.G.’s are are 1992 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

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1956 – Earl Bostic – King 503 – “Bostic For You”

Earl Bostic was born in April of 1913 in Tulsa, Oklahoma – He passed away on October 25th, 1965 expiring from a heart attack which occurred while he was performing.

1957 – Jimmy Bowen – Roulette 25004 – “Jimmy Bowen”

Born November, 1937 in Santa Rita, New Mexico James Albert Bowen – Bowen was a member of the Rhythm Orchids along with Buddy Knox. Bowen went on to become a premier record producer –

1967 – Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – A&M SP 4146 – “Test Patterns”

Boyce and Hart formed up as co-writers in the mid 1960’s and worked for the popular TV group “The Monkees” – Tommy Boyce died on September 29th, 1939.

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1960 – Billy Boyd – Crown CST 196 – “Twangy Guitars”

This LP would be released again in 1963 by “Don Dailey” under the title “Surf Stompin'”

1967 – Brenda & The Tabulations – Dionn LPM 2000 – “Dry Your Eyes”

Brenda and the Tabulations formed in 1966 out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – with members Brenda Payton, Eddie Jackson, Maurice Coates and Jerry Jones

1968 – The Brooklyn Bridge – Buddah BDS 5034 – “Brooklyn Bridge”

The Brooklyn Bridge formed in 1968 In New York City with former Crest lead singer Johnny Maestro combining with former members of “The Del Satins”

1961 – Donnie Brooks – ERA EL 105 – “The Happiest Donnie Brooks”

Donnie Brooks was born in February of 1936 John Dee Abohosh – He died on February 23rd, 2007.  He recorded under several names including “Johnny Fare”, “Johnny Jordan” and “Dick Bush”.

1956 – Big Bill Broonzy – Columbia WL 111 – “Big Bill’s Blues”

Big Bill Broonzy was born in June of 1893 (making him our earliest “Rocker”) in Lake Dick, Arkansas Lee Conley Bradley – He died on August 14th, 1958 at age 65.

1961 – Buster Brown – Fire FLP 102 – “New King of the Blues”

Buster Brown was born in August of 1911 in Cordele, Georgia – He died on January 31st, 1976.

1957 – Charles Brown – Score SLP 4011 – “Drifting Blues”

Charles Brown was born in September of 1922 in Texas City, Texas Tony Russell Brown – He died on January 21st, 1999.

1958 – James Brown – King 610 – “Please Please Please” (and the Famous Flames)

Born May, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina James Joseph Brown – Died December 25th, 2006 – James Brown entered the Rock Hall of Fame in 1986 and The Famous Flames followed as a group in 2012.


1969 – Nappy Brown – Elephant V Ltd EVS-101 – “Thanks for Nothing”

Nappy Brown was born in October of 1929 in Charlotte, North Carolina Napoleon Brown Goodson Culp – He died on September 20th, 2008.

1968 – Roy Brown – King 956 – “Roy Brown Sings 24”

Roy Brown was born in September of 1925 (we think) in Kinder Louisiana Roy James Brown – He died on May 25th, 1981.

1957 – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 8004 – “Rock & Roll”

Ruth Brown was born in January of 1928 in Portsmouth, Virginia Ruth Alston Brown – She died on November 17th, 2006.  Ruth Brown is a 1993 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1959 – The Browns – RCA Victor LP 2144 – “Sweet Sounds by The Browns”

The Browns formed in 1955 out of Sparkman, Arkansas with siblings Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie Brown.  They were country but their early hits were wholeheartedly embraced by the teen crowd.  Jim Ed Brown died On June 11th, 2015 – Bonnie Brown died on June 16th, 2016 and Maxine continues on.

1968 – Bubble Puppy – International Artists IALP-10 – “A Gathering of Promises”

The Bubble Puppy were formed in 1967 in San Antonio, Texas – two members coming from “The Bad Seed”.  Original members were Rod Prince, Roy Cox, Todd Potter, Danny Segovia and Clayton Pulley.

1969 – The Buchanan Brothers – Event ES 101 – “Medicine Man/Son of a Lovin’ Man”

Members were Terry Cashman, Eugene Pistilli and Tommy West – Terry Cashman had been the lead singer for “The Chevrons” in the early 1960’s.

1967 – The Buckinghams – USA LP 107 – “Kind of a Drag”

The Buckinghams formed in 1966 evolving from a group called “The Pulsations”.  The group was out of Chicago, Illinois – Original members were Carl Giammarese, Nick Fortuna, Curtis Bachman (all from “The Centuries”).  They became the Buckinghams with several personnel changes along the way.

1965 – The Buddies & The Compacts – Wing SRW 16293 – “The Buddies & The Compacts”

Members were studio musicians Davie Allan, Billy Strange, Mike Curb, Larry Knechtel, Bill Pitman and Artie Wright.

1966 – Buffalo Springfield – ATCO 33-200 – “Buffalo Springfield”

The Buffalo Springfield formed in 1966 in Los Angeles, California with Steven Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, and Ritchie Furay.

1969 – Bugsy – Dot 25945 – “Inside Bugsy”

Bugsy was Charley Maugh who had been with “The Paul Butterfield Blues Band”

1960 – Solomon Burke – Apollo ALP 498 – “Solomon Burke”

Solomon Burke was born in March of 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania James Solomon McDonald  – He started in “The Gospel Cavaliers” before going solo as an R&B singer.  Solomon Burke is a 2001 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1956 – The Johnny Burnette Trio – Coral 57080 – “Johnny Burnette & The Rock ‘n Roll Trio”

Brothers Johnny and Dorsey Burnette with Paul Burlison (born 1929 – died 2003)

1960 – Dorsey Burnette – Era EL 102 – “Tall Oak Tree”

Born December, 1932 in Memphis, Tennesse Dorsey Burnette – Died August, 1979

1961 – Johnny Burnette – Liberty LRP 3190 – “Johnny Burnette Sings”

Born March, 1934 in Memphis, Tennessee John Joseph Burnette – Died August 14th, 1964 (boating accident)

1965 – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Elektra EKL 294 – “The Paul Butterfield Blues Band”

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band formed in 1963 – Members included Mike Bloomfield Mark Naftalin, Billy Davenport Sam Lay and many others.  Paul Butterfield died on May 4th, 1987 at the age of 44 from substance addiction.

1958 – Jerry Butler – Abner LP 2001 – “Jerry Butler, esq.”

Jerry Butler was born in December of 1939 in Sunflower, Mississippi Jerry Butler Jr.  – Went on to join the Impressions with Curtis Mayfield.

1969 – Joseph Byrd & The Field Hippies – Columbia Masterworks 7317 – “The American Metaphysical Circus”

The driving force behind this assembly was Joseph Byrd who had been a member of the group “The United States of America”.  The Field Hippies were studio musicians which included Tom Scott, Ted Greene, Meyer Hirsch and Fred Selden.

1965 – The Byrds – Columbia CS 9172 – “Mr. Tambourine Man”

The Byrds formed in 1964 in Los Angeles, California – The original members were Jim McGuinn, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby and Michael Clarke.

1959 – Edd “Kookie” Byrnes – Warner Bros. W-1309 – “Kookie Star of 77 Sunset Strip”

Edd Byrnes was born in July, 1933 in New York City Edward Byrne Breitenberger

1969  – The C.A. Quintet – Candy Floss CF 7764 – “Trip Thru Hell”

The C.A. Quintet was formed in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota in 1966 – Original Members were Ken Erwin, Doug Reynolds, Tom Pohling, Jim Erwin and Paul Samuels.  Their Candy Floss LP commands big bucks!

1957 – The Cadets – Crown CLP 5015 – “Rockin’ ‘N’ Reelin’

The Cadets formed in Los Angeles, California in 1955: Original members Lloyd McGraw, Willie Davis, Austin Taylor, Aaron Collins and Will Jones – The group also recorded as “The Jacks”.

1957 – The Cadillacs – Jubilee – “The Fabulous Cadillacs” – 1959 – Jubilee – “The Crazy Cadillacs”

Formed in Harlem, New York in 1953 – Original Members: Earl Carroll, Bobby Phillips, Lavern Drake, and Gus Willingham – first known as “The Carnations”.

1967 – The Cake – Decca DL 74927 – “The Cake”

The Cake were formed in 1966 out of New York City.  Members were Jeanette Jacobs (deceased in 1982 at age 32), Barbara Morillo and Eleanor Barooshian (deceased in 2016 – committed suicide).

1968 – Bobby Callender – MGM 4557 – “Rainbow”

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1965 – Choker Campbell and His Band – Motown 620 – “Hits of the Sixties”

Choker Campbell was born in March of 1916 in Shelby, Mississippi Walter Luzar Campbell.  Choker was a member of Motown’s notorious “Funk Brothers” and also lead a group of musicians to back the Motown recording artists when on tour.

1962 – The Candymen – Diplomat FM 100 – “The Twist by the Candymen”

The Candymen out of Georgia  formed in 1965.  Members included John Adkins, Barry Bailey, J.R. Cobb, Rodney Justo, Robert Nix and Dean Daughtry.  The group went on to become “The Atlantic Rhythm Section”.

1967 – Canned Heat – Liberty 7526 – “Canned Heat”

Canned Heat formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California.   Their lineup was Alan Wilson, Henry Vestine, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor and Adolfo de la Parra. Bob Hite would join and be the familiar lead voice on “Going Up the Country”, “On the Road Again” and others.  He died in 1981

1962 – Ace Cannon – Hi HL 12007 – “Tuff Sax”

Ace Cannon was born in May of 1934 in Grenada, Mississippi John Cannon.  He was a member of “Bill Black’s Combo”.

1959 – Freddy Cannon – Swan 502 – “The Explosive! Freddy Cannon”

Born in December, 1936 in Revere, Massachusetts Frederick Anthony Picariello Jr.

1966 – The Capitols – ATCO 33-190 – “Dance The Cool Jerk With the Capitols”

The Capitols formed in 1962 in Detroit, Michigan – starging off as “The Caps”.  Members were Samuel George, Don Storball, and Richard Mitchell.

1967 – Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Buddah 5001 – “Safe as Milk”

Captain Beefheart was Don Van Vliet – “His Magic Band” was a conglomeration of musicians passing through – He died on December 17th, 2010.

1969 – Carnival – World Pacific 21894 – “Carnival”

The Carnival formed in 1969 with Janis Hansen (“Sergio Mendes and Brazil ’66”), Terry Fischer (“The Murmaids). Jose Suares and Tommy Neal.

1960 – Carolina Slim – Sharp SMG-2002 – “Blues From the Cotton Fields”

Carolina Slim was born in August of 1922 in Leasburg, North Carolina Edward P. Harris – He died on October 22nd, 1953 from a heart attack at age 30.

1969 – The Carpenters – A&M SP 4205 – “Offering”

The Carpenters formed in 1969 in Los Angeles, California – Members were Karen Carpenter, Richard Carpenter  – Richard was initially in “The Richard Carpenter Trio”. Karen died on February 4th, 1983 at the age of 32 after battling anorexia nervosa.

1959 – Cathy Carr – Roulette R-25077 – “Shy”

Cathy Carr was born in June of 1936 in The Bronx in New York City Angelina Helen Catherine Cordovano – She died on November 22nd, 1988 at age 52.

1960 – The Carroll Brothers – Cameo C 1015 – “College Twist Party”

Members were Billy McGraw, Dick Noble, Jimmy Chick, Kenneth Dorn, and Pete Carroll.

1961 – Cal Carter – Vee Jay – “Simply Instrumental Twist Along”

Cal Carter was born in May of 1925 in Gary, Indiana Calvin T. Carter – He died on July 9th, 1986

1963 – The Cascades – Valiant W 405 – “Rhythm of the Rain”

The Cascades formed in 1960 out of San Diego, California – Members included John Gummoe, Lenny Green , Dave Wilson, Dave Stevens and Art Eastlick.  The group was initially known as “The Thundernotes”.

1965 – Alvin Cash & The Registers – Mar-v-lus MLP 1827 – “Twine Time”

Alvin Cash was born in February of 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri Alvin Welch – The Registers also performed as “The Crawlers” – Cash died in 1999.

1956 – Johnny Cash – Sun 1220 – “Johnny Cash”

Born February, 1932 in Nashville, Tennessee J. (“John”) R. Cash – Died February 26th, 1932 – Johnny Cash is a 1992 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1968 – Cashman, Pistilli & West – ABC 629 – “Bound to Happen”

They were Eugene Pistilli, Terry Cashman and Tommy West – They also performed as the Buchanan Brothers.  Terry Cashman was the former lead singer for “The Chevrons”.

1967 – The Casinos – Fraternity FLP-1019 – “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”

The Casinos formed in 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio – Original members were Gene Hughes, Bob Armstrong, Ray White, Pete Bolton and Ken Brady.  By 1962 they expanded to a nine member band.

1962 – The Castells – Era 109 – “So This Is Love”

The Castells formed in 1959 in Santa Rosa, California – Original Members: Chuck Girard; Tom Hicks, Warren Hays and Bob Ussery (They were accompanied by non singing pianist Jeff Bush)

(From Paul Payton – June, 2017): For those who didn’t know, Chuck Girard emerged from The Castells into The Hondells into Love Song (an early Contemporary Christian Music group) and into a long solo career in that genre. Apparently, despite the smoothness of his sound, he lived a pretty wild rock& roll life prior to his conversion.

1961 – Cathy Jean & The Roomates – Valmour 78 – “Great Oldies”

Cathy Jean and the Roommates formed in the 1950’s first as a duo with Steve Susskind and Russell Sage both 15 year-olds at the time – out of Queens in New York City.  They added Cathy Jean Giordano from Brooklyn and had their big hit record “Please Love Me Forever” which reached number 12 on Billboard formerly recorded by Tommy Edwards.

The Roommates followed this with “Glory of Love” without Cathy Jean also in 1961 peaking at number 49.  Two additional Roommates were added to the original duo Felix Alvarez and Bobo Minsky.

1963 – The Centurians – Del-Fi DFLP 1228 – “Surfers’ Pajama Party Recorded Live on the U.C.L.A. Campus”

The Centurians formed in the late 1950’s  in Newport Beach, California – Members were Dennis Rose, Ernie Furrow, Jeff Lear, Ken Robison, Pat Gaguebin, and Joe Dominic.

1968 – The Ceyleib People – Vault LP 117 – “Tanyet”

The Ceyleib people were from Los Angeles forming in the late 1960’s – Early members included Jim Gordon (Delaney Bonnie & Friends), Mike Deasy (The Road Runners from Denver, Colorado), and Ry Cooder (Captain Beefheart)

1963 – The Challengers – Vault 100 – “Surfbeat”

The Challengers formed in 1962 evolving from surf band “The Bel-Airs” out of Los Angeles, California – Members included Dick Dodd, Richard Delvy, Jim Roberts, Randy Nauert, Glenn Grey, Don Landis and Nick Hefner.

1968 – Chamaeleon Church – MGM SE 4574 – Chamaeleon Church”

Chamaeleon Church formed in 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts – with Ted Myers, actor Chevy Chase, Tony Scheuren (Lost Kyle Generation).

1959 – The Champs – Challenge CHL 601 – “Go, Champs, Go!”

The Champs formed in Los Angeles, California in 1957 rising out of the ranks of studio musicians – Original Members: Dave Burgess; Chuck Rio, Gene Alden, Buddy Bruce and Cliff Hills – Some other later noted members included Glen Campbell, Jerry Cole and the 70’s duo Seals and Crofts.

1962 – Gene Chandler – Vee Jay 1040 – “The Duke of Earl”

Born July, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois Eugene Drake Dixon – Chandler started off with a group called the Gaytone and then the Dukays.

1962 – Bruce Channel – Smash 27005 – “Hey Baby!”

Bruce Channel was born in November of 1940 in Jacksonville, Texas Bruce McMeans

1963 – The Chantays – Dot DLP 3516 – “Pipeline”

The Chantays are a surf band that formed in 1962 out of Santa Anna, California – Early members included Bob Spickard, Brian Carman, Bob Welch, Warren Waters and Rob Marshall.

1958 – The Chantels – End 301 – “We Are The Chantels”

The group formed in 1957 while in school in the Bronx, New York – Original Members: Arlene Smith, Sonia Goring Wilson, Renee Minus White, and Jackie Landry Jackson.

(From Paul Payton – June, 2017): Of the original Chantels, you accidentally missed Lois Harris. Thanks for posting the rare original album cover; as Maybe took off, they replaced it with white kids standing around a jukebox. (I love the music, but I really wouldn’t want to go back to those 1950s….)

1969 – The Charlatans – Philips PHS 600-309 – “The Charlatans”

The Charlatans formed in 1964 in San Francisco, California – Early members were George Hunter, Mike Wilhelm, Mike Ferguson, and Sam Linde.

1957 – Ray Charles – Atlantic 1259 – “The Great Ray Charles”

Born in September, 1930 in Albany, Georgia Ray Charles Robinson – Died June 10th, 2004 – Ray Charles is a 1986 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1957 – The Charms – King – “Sing Their All-Time Hits”

Otis Williams and the Charms formed in 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio – Original Members were Otis Williams, Bob Smith, Rolland Bradley, Joe Penn and Richard Parker. Otis Williams was born in October of 1941 in Texarkana, Texas.

1960 – Chubby Checker – Parkway – “Twist with Chubby Checker”

Chubby Checker was born in October of 1941 in Spring Gully, South Carolina Ernest Evans.

1967 – The Checkmates Ltd. – Capitol 2840 – “Live! At Caesar’s Palace”

The Checkmates, Ltd., formed in the late 1960’s from Fort Wayne, Indiana  – led by Sonny Charles, Bobby Stevens, Harvey Trees, Bill Van Buskirk, Marvin Smith, Calvin Thomas and Jimmy Milton.

1968 – The Cherry People – Heritage HTS 35,000 – “Cherry People”

The Cherry People formed in 1967 out of Washington, D.C. – The group evolved from “The English Setters” – Members included Punky Meadows.  Many others have passed through the group lineup.

1961 – The Chevrons – Time 10008 – “Sing-A-Long Rock ‘N Roll

The Chevrons formed in 1959 from Manhattan, New York – Members were Terry Cashman who went by Dennis Minoque at that time, John Trautman, Gary Giordan, Frank Williams and Raul Al Conde.

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1969 – Chicago Transit Authority – Columbia GP 8 – “Chicago Transit Authority”

The Chicago Transit Authority formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois  – They started off as Walter Parazaider, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, James Pankow, Lee Loughnane and Robert Lamm.  They started off as “The Big Thing” and then became “Chicago”.  They sold a ton of records, more singles than any other 70’s band.  David Clayton Thomas would come on board to handle the lead vocals in a big way.

1963 – The Chiffons – Laurie 2018 – “The Chiffons”

The Chiffons formed in 1960 in The Bronx, New York – Original members were Judy Craig, Patricia Bennett and Barbara Lee – all high school classmates.  Soon they added Sylvia Peterson from “Little Jimmy & The Tops”.

1968 – The Children –  Cinema CLP 1 – “Rebirth” (and ATCO 33-271)

This group formed in the late 1960’s and was also known as “The Mind’s Eye” – Members included Andrew Szuch, Jr., Cassell Webb, Luis Cabaza, Stephen Perron and William Ash.

1957 – The Chordettes – Cadence CL 956 – “Listen”

The Chordettes pre-dated rock n roll forming in 1946 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin but they hit big time on the rock charts with a fore runner to the “girl group sound’ with the smash hit “Lollipop”.  They were originally Janet Ertel, Carol Buschmann, Dorothy Schwartz and Jinny Osborn. – They started off singing folk then barbershop.  The are inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.  Of the above only Buschmann survives.

1963 – Lou Christie – Roulette 25208 – “Lou Christie”

Lou Christie was born in February of 1943 in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco.

1966 – Jordan Christopher – United Artists UAS 6479 – “Jordan Christopher Has the Knack”

Jordan Christopher was born in October of 1940 in Youngstown, Ohio – He was a member of “The Wild Ones” – He also played in the house band at the famed Peppermint Lounge.  He died on January 21st, 1996 at the age of 55.

1967 – Circus Maximus – Vanguard VSD 79274 – “Neverland Revisited”

Circus Maximus formed from a group called “The Lost Sea Dreamers” – Members were Jerry Jeff Walker (Ronald Clyde Crosby – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Bob Bruno, David Scherstrom, Gary White and Peter Troutner.

1968 – The City – Ode Z12 44 012 – “Now That Everything’s Been Said”

Carol King formed “The City” in 1968 after moving to Los Angeles from her native New York, with Charles Larkey, and Danny Kortchmar.  King did not want to go on the road and so the group was more or less doomed, but the best was yet to come for the great one-time Brill Building composer.  Kortchmar had been a member of New York’s “King Bees” and “The Flying Machine” along with James Taylor.

1969 – C.K. Strong – Epic BN 26473 – “C.K. Strong”

Members were Christopher Brooks, Geoff Westen, Jefferson Kewley, Lynn Carey and Ron Grinel,

1960 – Jimmy Clanton – Ace 1008 – “Jimmy’s Blue”

Jimmy Clanton was born in September of 1938 in Raceland, Louisiana

1967 – Chris Clark – Motown 664 – “Soul Sounds”

Chris Clark was born in February of 1946 in Santa Cruz, California – Always a “soul singer” she came onto the Motown label – first on the subsidiary V.I.P. label in 1965 before releasing this Motown LP.

1962 – Claudine Clark – Chancellor CHL-5029 – “Party Lights”

Claudine Clark was born in April of 1941 in Macon, Georgia

1959 – Dee Clark – Abner ABLP 2002 – How About That

Born in November, 1938 in Blytheville, Arkansas Delecta Clark – Died December 7th, 1990 – Earlier he was with The Goldentones.

(From Paul Payton – June, 2017): Dee Clark sang some gorgeous ballads and great uptempo tracks on his albums. I never realized that “Just Keep It Up” was backed by Nashville’s Anita Kerr Singers! There are some stereo versions of many of his tracks posted around YouTube.

1968 – Sanford Clark – LHI 12003 – “Return of The Fool”

Sanford Clark was born in October of 1935 in Tulsa, Oklahoma – He was friends with Lee Hazelwood and recorded Lee’s “The Fool” which was to become his one big splash of fame.  He just missed hitting it big again when he recorded Hazelwood’s “Houston” but was beat to the punch by Dean Martin.

1968 – The Classics IV – Imperial LP 12371 – “Spooky”

The Classics IV formed in 1965 in Jacksonville, Florida – Early members were J.R. Cobb, Walter Eaton, Joe Wilson and Dennis Yost.  Yost was previously with a group called “The Echoes.

1963 – Cassius Clay – Columbia CL 2093 – “I Am the Greatest”

Cassius Clay was born in January of 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. (to become Muhammad Ali).  The champion boxer made a brief sojourn into the recording world – He died on June 3rd, 2016 at the age of 74 – leaving a remarkable legacy indeed.

1968 – The Cleanliness And Godliness Skiffle Band – Vanguard V 79285 – “Greatest Hits”

If not an oddity to begin with, these guys were also the “Masked Marauders” a mysterious project unto itself.  Members were Annie Johnson, Brian Voorhees, Gary Salmzman, Hank Bradley, Phil Marsh and Richard Saunders.

1967 – Clear Light – Elektra EK 74011 – “Clear Light”

Clear Light formed in 1966 in Los Angeles, California evolving from a band called “The Brain Train” – Members included Bob Seal, Robbie Robison, Doug Lubahn, Dallas Taylor (played with Crosby, Stills and Nash), and Michael Ney.  Lubahn spent time in Aspen, Colorado where he met Mama Cass Elliot when she was with a group called “The Candy Store”.

1961 – The Cleftones – Gee 707 – “For Sentimental Reasons”

The Cleftones formed in 1955 in Queens, New York – Original Members: Herbie Cox, Charlie James McGhee, Berman Patterson, Warren Corbin and William McClane.

1969 – Click – ABC 677 – “Click”

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1967 – Jimmy Cliff – Veep 16536 – “Can’t Get Enough Of It”

Jimmy Cliff was born in April of 1948 in Jamaica – He broke onto the pop charts with his self-composed “Wonderful World, Beautiful People” in November of 1969 – which theme-wise fit the bill for that period of time.

1961 – Buzz Clifford – Columbia – “Baby Sittin’ With Buzz Clifford”

Buzz Clifford was born in October of 1941 in Berwyn, Illinois.

1965 – Mike Clifford – United Artists UAL 3409 – “For the Love of Mike”

Mike Clifford was born in November of 1943 in Los Angeles, California  – His first recording “Should I” featured back-up vocals from Patience and Prudence and guitar work from Eddie Cochran!  He continue on today in Oldies Shows.

1969 – The Clique – White Whale 7126 – “The Clique”

The Clique were from Beaumont, Texas starting off as “The Roustabouts”, then “The Sandpipers” before becoming “The Clique.  Original members were John Kanesaw, Bruce Tinch, Cooper Hawthorne, Larry Lawson, David Dunham and Randy Shaw.  By the time they cut “I’ll Hold Out My Hand” and “Sugar on Sunday” they were mostly a completely new lineup .

1956 – The Clovers – Atlantic 8009 – “The Clovers”

The Clovers formed in 1946 in Washington D.C. – Original Members: Harold Lucas, Billy Shelton and Thomas Woods – expanding from a trio to a quartet with the addition of John Bailey.  They were first known as “The Four Clovers”.

1957 – The Coasters – Atco 33-101 – “The Coasters”

The Coasters formed in Los Angeles, California in 1955 spinning off from “The Robins” – Original Members: Carl Gardner, Bobby Nunn, Billy Guy and Leon Hughes – The Coasters are a 1987 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1957 – Eddie Cochran – Liberty LRP 3061 – “Singin’ To My Baby”

Eddie Cochran was born in October, 1938 in Albert Lea, Minnesota Edward Raymond Cochran – Died April 17, 1960 (Automobile accident in the U.K.) – Eddie Cochran is a 1987 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1967 – Wayne Cochran – Chess LP 1519 – “Wayne Cochran!”

Wayne Cochran was born in 1939 in Thomaston, Georgia – His first band ws “The Rockin’ Capris” – He is the composer of “Last Kiss” made famous by “J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers”.


1962 – Jerry Cole – Custom CS 2078 – “Psychedelic Guitars”

Jerry Cole was born in September of 1939 in Green Bay, Wisconsin Jerald Kolbrak. Cole played guitar for “The Champs” and was in a group called “The Cee’s Cee’s” along with fellow Champ Glen Campbell.  Colo worked long as a session musician becoming part of the famed “Wrecking Crew”.

1962 – The Collegians – Winley 6004 – “Sing Along with the Collegians”

The Collegians formed in the 1950’s out of New York – best known for “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom”.

1965 – Albert Collins – TCF Hall TCF-8002 – “The Cool Sound of Albert Collins”

Albert Collins was born in October of 1932 in Leona, Texas Albert Gene Drewery.  He died on November 24th, 1993 at the age of 61.  In recorded one LP on Denver, Colorado’s “Tumbleweed” label in 1971 and several singles.

1968 – The Comfortable Chair – Ode Z12-44005 – “The Comfortable Chair”

The Comfortable Chair formed in California produced by members of “The Doors”.  Members included Bernie Schwartz, Barbara Wallace, Gene Garfin, Greg Leroy, Warner Davis, Tad Baczek and Gary Davis.

1963 – The Competitors – Dot DLP 25542 – “Hits of the Street and Strip”

A studio group with Gary Usher, Dick Burns, Bob Summers, Dennis McCarthy and Randy Thomas.

1966 – Bobby Comstock & The Counts – Ascot ALS 16026 – “Out of Sight”

Bobby Comstock was born in December, 1941 in Ithaca, New York – The Counts were Fred Ciaschi, Gus Eframson, Dale Sherwood, Chucki Ciaschi and Bill Lucas.

1967 – Arthur Conley – Atco 33-215- “Sweet Soul Music”

Arthur Conley was born in January of 1946 in Mcintosh County, Georgia Arthur Lee Conely – He died on November 17th, 2003

1962 – The Contours – Gordy 901 – “Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)”

The Contours formed in 1959 were first called “The Blenders” out of Detroit, Michigan .  Original members were Joe Billingslea, Billy Gordon, Billy Hoggs and Billy Rollins. The Contours were the first act to release an LP on Motown’s Gordy Label.  When they changed names and personnel Leroy Fair and Hubert Johnson came on board.

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