From the Land of Band Box Records

The Roots of Rock and Roll
on Long Play in the U.S. – G thru Kn Artists

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

1964 – The Galahads – Liberty 3371 – “Hello Galahads!”

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1969 – Game – Evolution  2021 – “Game”

US American Psychedelic Rock band from Florida, late 1960s to early 1970s.

1969 – Gandalf – Capitol 121 – “Gandalf”

Gandalf were an American psychedelic rock band formed in 1965 in New York City. Originally called The Rahgoos, the group consisted of guitarist Peter Sando, bassist Bob Muller (2), keyboardist Frank Hubach and drummer Dave Bauer.

1960 – Cecil Gant – King 671 – “Cecil Gant”

Cecil Gant was born in April of 1913 in Columbia, Tennessee – He died on February 4th, 1951 at the age of 37.

1965 – The Gants – Liberty 3432 – “Road Runner”

US American band formed 1963 in Greenwood, Mississippi. Members included: Sid Herring, Johnny Freeman, Vince Montgomery, Don Wood, Johnny Sanders

Members: Don Wood, Johnny Sanders, Sid Herring, Vince Montgomery

1962 – Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford – Fire FLP 105 – “I Need Your Lovin'”

Don Gardner was born in May of 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – He teamed up with Dee Dee Ford in 1962 – birth name Wrecia Holloway from Minden, Louisiana born in 1936 – Ford passed away in 1972.

(From Paul Payton: June, 2017): The Don Gardner/Dee Dee Ford album is original but I’m surprised that it doesn’t have the full-length two-part version of “I Need Your Lovin’,” which puts the song in a whole other context. Hear it here (I promise you won’t be disappointed): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8tZjnnEqGk.

1964 – Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos – Capitol 2114 – “Surfink!”

Studio musicians including Gary Usher, Bob Klimes, Dennis McCarthy, Jackie Ward, Darlene Love, Dick Burns, Peter Klimes.  Jackie Ward is “Robin” Ward of “Wonderful Summer” fame.

1961 – Marvin Gaye – Tamla TM-221 – “The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye”

Marvin Gaye was born in April of 1939 in Washington D.C. Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. He started off with the group “The Marquees” and then became “The Moonglows”. Marvin Gaye is a 1987 Inductee Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1967 – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston – Tamla 270 – “Take 2”

Kim Weston was born in December of 1939 in Detroit, Michigan Agatha Nathalia Weston.  Her career ended up sour with royalty law suit issues.

1968 – Gene & Debbe – TRX 1001 – “Hear & Now”

Gene and Debbie formed in 1967 in Nashville, Tennessee.  Gene Thomasson was born in December of 1937 and died on August 26th, 2012 at the age of 74. Debbe was born Debbe Neville.

1968 – The Gentle Soul – Epic 26374 – “The Gentle Soul”

The Gentle Soul were Pamela Poland and Rick Stanley joining up in the mid 1960’s in Los Angeles, California.

1966 – The Gentrys – MGM 4346 – “Gentry Time”

The Gentrys formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1963 – high school friends – with members Bruce Bowles, Bobby Fisher, Jimmy Johnson, Pat Neal, Larry Raspberry and Larry Wall.

1961 – Barbara George – AFO LP 5001 – “I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)”

Barbara George was born in August of 1942 in New Orleans, Louisiana Barbara Ann Smith – She died August 10th, 2006.

1964 – The Ghouls – Capitol 2215 – “Dracula’s Deuce”

Once again – studio musicians Gary Usher, Steve Douglas, Chuck Girard, Dick Burns, Bill Cooper, Glen Campbell, Richie Polydor, Randy Thomas, Hal Blaine, Wayne Edwards, Jackie Ward, and Darlene Love.

1968 – Giant Crab – UNI 73037 – “A Giant Crab Comes Forth”

The Giant Crab formed in 1963 in Santa Barbara, California – They evolved from a group called “Ernie and the Emporers”  Members included Denny Fricia, Kenny Fricia, Ernie Orosco, Ray Orosco and Randy Busby.

1964 – Jimmy Gilmer – Dot 3577 – “Buddy’s Buddy”

Jimmy Gilmer fronted the instrumental group “The Fireballs” (See the Fireballs listing)

1964 – The Glaciers – Mercury 60895 – “From Sea to Ski”

Members included Bill Pitman, Carol Daye, David Gates (later of “Bread”), Glen Campbell, Leon Russell, Ray Pohlman and Irving Ashby all “Wrecking Crew” session musicians.

1968 – Glad – ABC 655 – “Feelin’ Glad”

The started off as “The New Breed” forming out of Sacramento, California – Members included George Hullin, Ron Floegel, Tom Phillips and Timothy B. Schmidt who would find fame with Poco and then The Eagles.

1969 – The Glass Prism – RCA Victor 4201 – “Poe Through the Glass Prism”

They started off as “The El Caminoes” forming in the early 1960’s with Steve Bond, Jim Shrader, George Fox, Tom Varano and Carl Siracuse.

1964 – The Go-Go’s – RCA Victor 2930 – “Swim with the Go-Go’s”

This studio group was another brain child of Gary Usher.

1964 – The GoldBriars – Epic 24087 – “The GoldBriars”

The GoldBriars formed in 1963 by Curt Boettcher in Minnesota with sisters Dotti and Sheri Holmberg and Ron Neilsson.   Upon moving to Los Angeles they added Ron Edgar who would later be in “The Music Machine”.  Boettcher would work with many California based groups as a producer and worked closely with Gary Usher in the group “Sagittarius”.

1969 – Goldenrod – Chartmaker 1101 – “Goldenrod”

Goldenrod was Ben Benay, Toxey French and Jerry Scheff.

1965 – Bobby Goldsboro – United Artists 3358 – “The Bobby Goldsboro Album”

Bobby Goldsboro was born in January 18th, 1941 in Marianna, Florida.

1967 – Good & Plenty – Senate 21001 – “The World of Good and Plenty”

They were Douglas Good and Ginny Plenty – and it was one and done.

1967 – The Good Guys – GNP Crescendo 200 1- “Sidewalk Surfing!”

More session players with Art Fisher, Steve Douglas, Paul Johnson and Hal Blaine.

1969 – Good Rats – Kapp 3580 – “The Good Rats”

The Good Rats formed in 1969 in Long Island, New York – Original members were Frank Stapleton, Ted Haenlein, Denny Ryan, Eric Crane and Peppi Marchello.

1969 – The Goodees – Hip 7002 – “Candy Coated Goodees”

The Goodees formed in the late 1960’s with Judy Williams, Kay Evans and Sandra Jackson.

1962 – Dickie Goodman – Rori 3301 – “The Many Heads of Dickie Goodman”

Dickie Goodman was born in April of 1934 in Brooklyn, New York Richard Dorian Goodman – He kicked off his career with partner Bill Buchanan in 1956 with the break-in smash “The Flying Saucer” (parts 1 and 2). – Goodman died on November 6th, 1980 at the age of 55 taking his own life.

1968 – The Gordian Knot – Verve 5062 – “The Gordian Knot”

The Gordian Knot formed in 1968 and has included Steve Hackett (Genesis), Bill Bruford (King Crimson/Yes), Ron Jarzombek and Jim Matheos among others.

1963 – Leslie Gore – Mercury MG 20805 – “I’ll Cry If I Want To”

Leslie Gore was born in May of 1946 in New York City Lesley Sue Goldstein – She died on February 16th, 2015

1968 – Graffiti – ABC 663 – “Graffiti”

Members included Jon St. John, Richie Blakin, Tony Taylor, George Strunz, and +-Steve Benderroth

1969 – Grand Funk Railroad – Capitol 406 – “Grand Funk”

Grand Funk Railroad formed in 1968 with Mark Farner, Don Brewer and Mel Schacher who was from “Question Mark & The Mysterians”.  Terry Knight became their manager.

1963 – The Grand Prix – Vault 104 – “Hot Rod City”

This particular assembly of “Wrecking Crew” studio musicians released this same LP also as by “The Quads” and “The Customs” to get the biggest bang from their buck during the Hot Rod music craze in 1963 and 1964 for the most part.

Musicians were Art Fisher, Glen Grey, Paul Johnson, Rene Hall, Ed Hall – all produced by Gary Usher.

1966 – The Grass Roots – Dunhill 50011 – “Where Were You When I Needed You”

The Grass Roots were formed in Los Angeles, California in 1965 – They were put together by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri joined by Larry Knechtel, Joe Osborn and Bones Howe.  The group served for a time as backup to The Mamas and Papas and Barry McGuire – both stable mates.

1967 – The Grateful Dead – Warner Bros. 1689 – “The Grateful Dead”

The Grateful Dead formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California emerging from “The Warlocks” – Early members were Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Rock Scully, Bob Weir, and Ron McKernan.

1969 – Nick Gravenites – Columbia 9899 – “My Labors”

Nick Gravenites was born in October of 1938 in Chicago, Illinois Nicholas George Gravenites – He was a member of noted groups “Big Brother & The Holding Company” and “The Electric Flag” among others.

1965 – Dobie Gray – Ranger CHR 2002 – “Sings for the ‘In’ Crowd”

Dobie Gray was born in July of 1940 in Simonton, Texas Lawrence Darrow Brown – He died on December 6th, 2011.

1968 – The Great Society – Columbia 9624 – “Conspicuous Only In Its Absence”

The Great Society formed in San Francisco, California in 1965 with husband and wife Grace and Jerry Slick, brother Darby Slick, David Miner, Bard DuPont and Peter van Gelder.  Grace of course would move on to “The Jefferson Airplane” replacing lead singer Signe Toly Anderson.

1969 – R.B. Greaves – Atco33-311 – “R.B. Greaves”

R. B. Greaves was born in November of 1943 in Georgetown, Guyana – He was a nephew of Sam Cooke.  He migrated from the U.S. to the U.K. in 1963 – He died on September 27th, 2012 at the age of 68.

1969 – Green – Atco 33-282 – “Green”

Members included Wilson Fisher, John Martin, James Neel, Richard Gardzina and Gary Casebeer.

1969 – Al Green – Hi 32055 – “Green is Blues”

Al Green was born in April of 1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas Albert Leornes Greene.  He started off with his brothers in the group “The Greene Brothers”.

1969 – Norman Greenbaum – Reprise 6365 – “Spirit in the Sky”

Norman Greenbaum was born in November of 1942 in Malden, Massachusetts Norman Joel Greenbaum – His hit record had a seemingly Christian Theme but Norman was a practicing Jew.

1968 – Ellie Greenwich – United Artists UAS 6648 – “Composes, Produces and Sings”

Ellie Greenwich was born in October of 1940 in Brooklyn, New York Eleanor Louis Greenwich.  She died on August 26th, of 2009.  Ellie was one half of the sensational hitting writing man and wife team – with Jeff Barry.

1963 – Jimmy Griffin – Reprise 6091 – “Summer Holiday”

Jimmy Griffin was born in August of 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio – Griffin worked with the band “Bread” and composed The Carpenters’ hit “For All We Know” – Griffin died from cancer on January 11th, 2005.


1969 – The Grodeck Whipperjenny – People 3000 – “The Grodeck Whipperjenny”

Members included Kenny Poole, Michael Moore, Mary Ellen Bell and Jimmy Madison.

1969 – Groov U – Gateway 3010 – “On Campus”

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1968 – The Group Image – Community Records 101 – “A Mouth in the Clouds”

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1967 – Group Therapy – RCA Victor 3976 – “People Get Ready For Group Therapy”

Group Therapy was formed in New York City with Ray Kennedy, Art Del Gudico, Tommy Burns, Jerry Guida and Michael Lamont.

1968 – The Growing Concern – Mainstream 6108 – “The Growing Concern”

Members included Pete Guerino, Bonnie MacDonald, John Pedley, Mary Garstki, Ralph Toms, Ralph Williams and Dan Passaglia.

1969 – The GTO’s – Straight 1059 – “Permanent Damage”

Essentially a band of Frank Zappa’s creation (Girls Together Outrageously) formed in 1958 in Los Angeles.  Members were Miss Pamela, Miss Mercy, Miss Cynderella, Miss Christine, Miss Lucy, Miss Sandra and Miss Sparky.

1963 – The Guitar Ramblers – Columbia 8867 – “Happy, Youthful New Sounds of The Guitar Ramblers”

Studio musicians produced by Him Harbert and Jack Marshall.

1969 – Arlo Guthrie – Reprise 6346 – “Running Down the Road”

Arlo Guthrie was born in July of 1947 in Brooklyn, New York Arlo Davy Guthrie son of Woody Guthrie.

1968 – Buddy Guy – Vanguard VSD-79290 – “This is Buddy Guy!”

Buddy Guy was born in July of 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana George Guy  – He is a 2005 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1968 – The Ha’ Pennys – Fersch 1110 – “Love Is Not The Same”

Members were Don Ross, John Lower, Amos Gilpin, James Cotton and Mike Krinsky

1955 – Bill Haley & The Comets – Decca DL 8225 – “Rock Around The Clock”

Bill Haley was born on July 6th, 1925 in Highland Park, Michigan William John Clifton Haley – He died on February 9th, 1981 – Haley and the Comets  formed in 1952 out of a his group called “Bill Haley and the Saddlemen”

Very Early Members of the Comets 1952-1953 era:  John Grande, Slim Allsman, Charlie Higler, Earl Famous, Dick Richards, Billy Gussak, Billy Williamson, Joey Ambrose, and Marshall Lytle.  Haley is a 1987 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame and the Comets are 2012 Inductees

The Half Tribe – Fred Webber 1 – “Only Startin'”

The Half Tribe were from Reading, Pennsylvania – Members were Nick Hilton, J.M. Garoutte, Dick Zacher, John Hawkins, and Dick Sammis – The group would become “The Other Half”.

1959 – Larry Hall – Strand 1005 – “Sandy and Other Larry Hall Hits”

Larry Hall was born in June of 1940 in Hamlett, Ohio Lawrence Kendall Hall.  He was truly a “one hit wonder” charting with “Sandy” (another one of my favorites) in late 1959 reaching the number 15 position on Billboard.

He continued singing on the northwest coast of the U.S. along with his brother Gene right up until the time of his passing from cancer on September 24th, 1997.

The Halos – Warwick W2046 – “The Halos”

The Halos formed in 1959 out of The Bronx, New York – Members included Al Cleveland, J.R. Bailey, and Arthur Crier.

1957 – George Hamilton IV – ABC-Paramount 220 – “On Campus”

George Hamilton IV was born in July of 1937 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina George Hege Hamilton IV – He died on September 17th, 2014 at the age of 77.

1955 – Roy Hamilton – Epic LG 1023 – “You’ll Never Walk Alone”

Roy Hamilton was born in April of 1929 in Leesburg, Georgia – He died on July 2oth, 1969

1969 – Hamilton Streetcar – Dot 25939 – “Hamilton Streetcar”

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1964 – John Hammond – Vanguard 9153 – “Big City Blues”

John Hammond was born in November of 1942 in New York City John Paul Hammond – son of famed record producer John Henry Hammond.

1967 – The Hangmen – Monument 8077 – “Bitter Sweet”

The Hangmen formed in Montgomery with George Daly, Tome Guernsey, Bob Berberich and Mike West.

1966 – The Happenings – B.T. Puppy BTP 1001 – “The Happenings”

The Happenings formed in 1961 in Patterson, New Jersey – They were originally “The Four Grads” – Original members were Bob Miranda, David Libert, Tom Giuliano, and Ralph DiVito.

1966 – The Hard Times – World Pacific 1867 – “Blew Mind”

The Hard Times formed in 1965 in San Diego, California – Original members were Bill Richardson, Bob Morris, Rudy Romero, Paul Whitebread and Lee Kiefer.  The group evolved from “The Prophets”.

1966 – The Harden Trio – Columbia 9306 – “Tippy Toeing”

The Harden Trio formed in 1964 out of England, Arkansas with Arlene Harden, Bobby Harden and Robbie Harden – siblings. – Robbie Harden filled in for Bonnie Brown in the group “The Browns”.

1968 – Hard Water – Capitol 2954 – “Hardwater”

Hardwater formed in 1967 with former “Astronaut” band member Rich Fifield along with Pete Wyant, Robert Carl McLerran and Tony Murillo.

1969 – The Hardy Boys – RCA Victor 4217 – “Here Come The Hardy Boys”

The Hardy Boys evolved from a Saturday Morning cartoon show – Members of the actual band were Chubby Morton, Reed Kailing, Rob Crowder, Wanda Kay and Joe Hardy. – TV voices were provided on the show by Byron Kane, Dallas McKennon and Jane Webb. – A sort of “Archie” impersonator.

1969 – Joe Harnell – Motown 698 – “Moving On!!”

Joe Harnell was born in August of 1924 in The Bronx, New York Joseph Harnell – He died on July 14th, 2005.  Harnell performed with the Glenn Miller band – finding chart fame with his 1962 release of “Fly Me To the Moon”.

1967 – Harpers Bizarre – Warner Bros. 1693 – “Feelin’ Groovy”

Harpers Bizarre was formed in 1967 in Santa Cruz, California evolving from a group called “The Tikis” a name under which they released a few singles before becoming Harpers Bizarre.  Early members were Ted Templeton, Dick Scoppettone, Dick Yount, John Peterson and Eddie James.

1961 – Slim Harpo – Excello 8003 – “Slim Harpo Sings Raining In My Heart”

Slim Harpo was born in January of 1924 in Lobdell, Louisiana James Isaac Moore.  He died on January 31st, 1970 at the age of 46.

1961 – Dickie Harrell – Capitol 1502 – “Drums and More Drums”

Dickie Harrell was a drummer for Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps.

1965 – Wilbert Harrison – Sphere Sound SSR 7000 – “Kansas City”

Wilbert Harrison was born in January of 1929 in Spencer, North Carolina Wilbert Huntington Harrison – He died on October 26th, 1994 – This LP – probably his most sought after – came six years after his big hit record.

1963 – Jimmie Haskell – Capitol 1915 – “John Severson Presents Sunset Surf”

John Severson was the editor of “Surfer Magazine” in the 1960’s.

1967 – The Hassles – United Artists 6631 – “The Hassles”

The Hassles formed in 1964 with John Dizek, Richard McKenna, Jon Small, and Harry Weber (deceased drug overdose).

1967 – Richie Havens – Verve Forecast 3034 – “Somethin’ Else Again”

Richie Havens was born in January of 1941 in Jersey City, New Jersey Richard Pierce Havens – He started off in Greenwich Village and found lasting fame by appearing at Woodstock in 1969.  He died on April 22nd, 2013 at the age of 72.

1958 – Dale Hawkins – Chess 1429 – “Oh! Suzy-Q”

Dale Hawkins was born in August of 1936 in Little Rock, Arkansas Delmar Allen Hawkins – He died February 13th, 2010

1959 – Ronnie Hawkins – Roulette 25078

Ronnie Hawkins was born in January of 1935 in Huntsville, Arkansas Ronald Hawkins – Ronnie was known as “Mr. Dynamo” and also as “The Hawk”, and “Rompin’ Ronnie”.  His first band was formed right after high school, and was called “The Hawks”.  He moved to Canada and became a citizen.

His band of course evolved to become “The Band” working extensively with Bob Dylan and on their own securing fame.  Of his original band all original members other than Levon Helm departed.  New members were Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko – all Canadian citizens.

1958 – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Epic LN 3448 – “At Home with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins”

Screamin Jay Hawkins was born on July 18th, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio – He died February 12th, 2000 – A classically trained musician, Jay started off with an aim to become an opera singer influenced by Paul Robeson.

(From Paul Payton – June, 2017): So Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was going to be an opera singer? You can hear it here on Deep Purple from the album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIalNvpPeJk. Not a masterpiece, but a nice surprise.

1968 – Haymarket Square – Chaparral 201 – “Magic Lantern”

Haymarket Square formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois evolving from a band called “The Real Things” – Early members were John Kowalski, Bob Homa, Gloria Lambert, Marc Swenson, Ken Pitlik and Robert Miller.

1964 – Leon Haywood – Galaxy 8206 – “The Mellow, Mellow Leon Haywood”

Leon Haywood was born in February of 1942 in Houston, Texas – He died on April 5th, 2016 – Haywood played alongside Guitar Slim and Big Jay McNeeley and played with session group “The Packers”.

1967 – Isaac Hayes – Enterprise S13-100 – “Presenting Isaac Hayes”

Isaac Hayes was born in August of 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. – He died on August 10th, 2008.  Hayes, along with David Porter, was a mainstay composer of hits for Stax/Volt Record artists – He enjoyed a booming solo career going into the 1970’s with the release of “Hot Buttered Soul”.  Isaac Hayes is a 2002 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1964 – Lee Hazelwood – Mercury SR 60860 – “Trouble Is a Lonesome Town”

Lee Hazelwood was born in July of 1929 in Mannford, Oklahoma Barton Lee Hazelwood – He died on August 4th, 2007 – Lee has to be included here based on his rock and roll versatility as a composer, producer, and inovator – He bust onto the scene composing Sanford Clark’s “The Fool” and aligned himself as a producer/writer with Duane Eddy.

He enjoyed a run as part of “The Shacklefords” and as part of a duo with Nancy Sinatra.

(From Paul Payton – June, 2017): More cool stuff! No matter what else you ever post, you’re my friend forever for knowing and posting Lee Hazlewood’s “Trouble Is a Lonesome Town,” a wonderfully bizarre album when new – and still. He was a fascinating and erratic artist, but a phenomenal writer, producer and character. Any record with his name on it is, to me, worth listening to at least once.

1965 – Roy Head – Scepter 532 – “Treat Me Right”

Roy Head was born in January of 1941 in Three Rivers, Texas  – He started off with a group called “The Traits”.

1969 – The Head Shop – Epic 26476 – “The Head Shop”

The Head Shop formed in New York in 1968 – Members included Drew Sjhordone, Danny Prosseda, Geoff WRight, Joe Siano, Jesse Luca and Larry Coryell as a guest musician.

1965 – Jim Head & His Del Rays – Hayden Proffitt & Lloyd Norman Music Company 2289 – “Jim Head and His Del Rays”

Members included Charlie Bussele, Bob McKierman, Jim Head, Dave Neal, and Tom Gronewald.  Label was the project of race driver Hayden Proffitt.

1968 – Heads Up – Liberty 7581 – “Heads Up”

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1960 – The Heartbeats – Roulette R-25017 – “A Thousand Miles Away”

The Heartbeats formed in 1953 out of Jamaica Queens, New York – Early members were Albert Crump, Vernon Sievers, Wally Roker and Robbie Tatum.

1967 – Hearts & Flowers – Capitol 2762 – “Now Is The Time For Hearts and Flowers”

Hearts and Flowers formed in Los Angeles with Larry Murray, Dave Dawson, and Rick Cunha.  Later future Eagle Bernie Leadon would join.  The group influenced the coming country sound of bands such as The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Poco, The Flying Burrito Bros., and many more.

1969 – Heavy Ballon – Elephant 104 – “32,000 Pound”

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1966 – Bobby Hebb – Philips 200-212 – “Sunny”

Bobby Hebb was born in July of 1938 in Nashville, Tennessee Robert von Hebb – He died on August 3rd, 2010.

1968 – Hedge & Donna – Capitol 107 – “Hedge & Donna 2”

Hedge and Donna is Hedge Capers and Donna Carson.

1967 – The Hellers – Heller Records – “Creative Freakout”

Group was an experimental project of Hugh Heller

1968 – The Hello People – Philips 600-265 – “The Hello People”

The Hello People were formed in 1967 in New York City – Members included Greg Geddes, Larry Tassi, Ronnie Blake, Bobby Sedita, W.S. Tongue and Michael Sagarese.

1962 – Joe Henderson – Todd 2701 – “Snap Your Fingers”

Joe Henderson was born in April of 1937 in Lima, Ohio – He died on June 30th, 2001.

1961 – Clarence “Frogman” Henry – Argo LP 4009 – “You Always Hurt the One You Love”

Clarence Frogman Henry was born in March of 1937 in New Orleans, Louisiana Clarence Henry II.  He was previously with “Bobby Mitchell and the Toppers”.

1969 – Henry Tree – Mainstream 6129 – “Electric Holy Man”

Henry Tree was Carmen Castaldi, Charles McLaughlin, and Leroy Markish.

1967 – The Hesitations – Kapp 3525 – “Soul Supermen”

The Hesitations formed in 1967 out of Cleveland, Ohio – Members included Art Blakey, George Hendricks, Williams Carter, Joyce Blakey, Ronnie Wilson Jr., Clarence Smith, Ric Kerr and Roger Maple.

1960 – Dwayne Hickman – Capitol 1441 – “Dobie!”

Dwayne Hickman was born in May of 1934 in Los Angeles, California Dwayne Bernard Hickman – the star of his own TV Show “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” he first appeared on “The Bob Cummings Show”.

1958 – The Hi-Lites – Dandee 206 – “For Your Precious Love”

The Hi-Lites were from Danbury, Connecticut and included William Tucker, Eugene Hodge, James E. Hodge and Allen Grant.

1960 – Chuck Higgins – Combo 300 – “Pachuko Hop”

Chuck Higgins was born in April of 1924 in Gary, Indiana Charles William Higgins.  His “Pachuko Hop” gained favor in the Los Angeles and southern California area with Latinos in the early 1950’s.  He backed the group “The Orioles” and recorded on many early vintage records labels including Aladdin, Specialty, Dootone and Lucky.

He died on September 14th, 1999 at the age of 75.

1969 – High Treason – Abbott 1209 – “High Treason”

High Treason formed in 1967 out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1969 – Willie Hightower – Capitol 367 – “If I Had a Hammer”

Willie Hightower was born in Gasden, Alabama in 1940.

1960 – The Highwaymen – United Artists 3125 – “The Highwaymen”

The Highwaymen formed in 1958 starting off with their roots in Doo Woop – Members were Dave Fisher, Bob Burnett, Steve Butts, Chan Daniels and Steve Trott.

1965 – Z.Z. Hill – Kent 5018 – “The Soul Stirring Z.Z. Hill”

Z.Z. Hill was born in September of 1935 in Naples, Texas Arzell J. Hill.  He died on April 27th, 1984 at the age of 48 in an automobile accident.

1969 – Hillow Hammet – House of the Fox 2 – “Hillow Hammet’s Hammer”

Jack Register was a member who was also in a group called “Snail” in the late 1970’s.

1964 – Don Hinson & The Rigormorticians – Capitol 2219 – “Monster Dance Party”

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1965 – Joe Hinton – Back Beat BLP 60 – “Funny (How Times Slips Away)”

Joe Hinton was born in November of 1929 Joseph Hinton – He died on August 13th, 1968.  His was previously with several gospel group including “The Blair Gospel Singers”.

1968 – The Hobbits – Decca 75009 – “Men and Doors (The Hobbits Communicate)”

The Hobbits were Gini Eastwood, Heather Hewitt, Jimmy Curtiss, Tony Luizza, and Zok Russo

1969 – Abbie Hoffman – Big Toe 1 – “Wake Up America!”

Abbie Hoffman was born in November of 1938 in Worcester, Massachusetts Abbot Howard Hoffman – a self proclaimed anarchist and co-founder of the pathetic “Youth International Party” (Yippies) – one of the infamous “Chicago-Eight” – He died at the age of 52 on April 12th, 1989.

1962 – Smokey Hogg – Time 1391 – “Blues Folk Series Volume 6”

Smokey Hogg was born in January of 1914 in McKinney, Texas Andrew Hogg.  He died on May 1st, 1960.

1969 – Randy Holden – Hobbit 5002 – “Population II”

Randy Holden was born in July of 1945 in Pennsylvania – He was a member of “The Iridescents”, “The Fender IV” a surf band and “The Sons of Adam”

1960 – Ron Holden – Donna DLP-2111 – “Love You So”

Ron Holden was born in August of 1939 in Seattle, Washington Rolan Webster Holden – He died on January 22nd, 1997.  Fortunate to have seen him in Fresno oldies concert in 1971!

1962 – Eddie Holland – Motown 604 – “Eddie Holland”

Eddie Holland was born in October of 1939 in Detroit, Michigan Edward Holland, Jr.  He was one third of the sensational Motown composing team “Holland-Dozier-Holland” (Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier)

1964 – Brenda Holloway – Tamla 257 – “Every Little Bit Hurts”

Brenda Holloway was born in June of 1946 in Atascadero, California – She recorded her songs for Motown in Los Angeles as opposed to Detroit.

The Hollywood Argyles – Lute 101 – “The Hollywood Argyles”

The Hollywood Argyles were the creation of Gary Paxton – Kim Fowley, Sandy Nelson and other studio musicians participated on the LP and hit track session – Paxton was a member of the duo “Skip and Flip”.

1965 – The Hollywood Persuaders – Original Sound 8874 – “Drums a Go Go”

A creation of Paul Buff

1964 – The Hollywood Surfers – Dub-Tone 1246 – “The Surf Family”

Studio musicians headed up by John Gardell.  Dick Dale appears on the LP

Carl Holmes & the Commanders – Atlantic 8060 – “Twist Party at the Roundtable”

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1967 – Jake Holmes – Tower 5079 – “The Above Ground Sound of Jake Holmes”

Jake Holmes was born in December of 1939 in San Francisco, California.  Jake started off in a folk duo “Allen & Grier” partnering up with his wife Katherine Holmes.  Holmes composed lyrics for “The Four Seasons” for their LP “Genuine Imitation Life Gazette” and he wrote for many other musicians.

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1969 – Marvin Holmes and the Uptights – UNI 73046 – “Ooh Ooh The Dragon and Other Monsters”

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1966 – Richard “Groove” Holmes – Prestige 7468 – “Living Soul”

Groove Holmes was born in May of 1931 in Camden, New Jersey Richard Arnold Holmes.


1968 – The Holy Mackerel – Reprise 6311 – “The Holy Mackerel”

The Holy Mackerel formed in 1968 in Los Angeles, California with the famous composer Paul Williams, brother Mentor Williams, Bob Harvey (Jefferson Airplane), George Hiller, Cynthia Fitzpatrick and Don Murray (Turtles).


1968 – The Hombres – Verve Forecast 3036 – “Let It Out (Let It All Out)”

The Hombres were from Memphis, Tennessee formed in 1966 and included B.B. Cunningham, Gary McEwen, Jerry Masters and John Hunter.

1964 – The Hondells – Mercury 20940 – “Go
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The Hondells formed in 1964 in Los Angeles, California – Original members were session musicians organized by Gary Usher with Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine and Chuck Girard (former Castell – Thanks Paul)

1968 – The Hook – UNI 73038 – “Hooked”

The Hook were Craig Boyd, Buddy Sklar and Bobby Arlin (The Leaves)

1959 – John Lee Hooker – Vee Jay VJLP 1007 – “I’m John Lee Hooker”

John Lee Hooker was born in August of 1912 in Tutwiler, Mississippi – He died on June 21st, 2001 – John Lee Hooker is a 1991 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1959 – Lightnin’ Hopkins – Folkways FS 3822 – “Lightnin’ Hopkins”

Lightnin’ Hopkins was born in March of 1912 in Centerville, Texas Samuel John Hopkins – He died on January 30th, 1982

1964 – The Hornets – Liberty 3348 – “Motorcyles U.S.A.”

Studio group headed up on this LP by guitarist Jerry Cole.

1961 – Johnny Horton – Columbia 8396 – “Johnny Horton’s Greatest Hits”

Johnny Horton was born in April of 1925 in Los Angeles, California John LaGale Horton – He died on November 5th, 1960 in an automobile accident – Johnny transcended country and folk with his captivating ballads – appealing to teens at during his run.

1963 – The Hot Doggers – Epic 24054 – “Surfin USA”

A Creation of future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher – who were in the surf duo “Bruce and Terry”.

1964 – The Hot Rodders – Crown 5378 – “Big Hot Rod”

Studio musicians from the “Wrecking Crew” including Jerry Cole, Don Dexter, Ray Pohlman, Steve Douglas and Plas Johnson.

1968 – Hour Glass – Liberty 7555 – “Power of Love”

Hour Glass formed in 1967 – Musicians included Gregg and Duane Allman, Paul Hornsby, Jesse Willard Carr and more.

1969 – Thelma Houston – ABC/Dunhill 50054 – “Sunshower”

Thelma Houston was born in Mary of 1946 in Leland Mississippi – She was a former member of the “Art Reynolds Singers” and is not related to Whitney Houston.

1968 – Houston Fearless – Imperial 12421 – “Houston Fearless”

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1958 – Howlin’ Wolf – Chess LP 1434 – “Moanin’ In The Moonlight”

Howlin’ Wolf was born in June of 1910 in White Station, Mississippi Chester Arthur Burnett – He died on January 10th, 1976

1967 – H.P. Lovecraft – Philips 600-252 – “H.P. Lovecraft”

H.P. Lovecraft formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1967 with George Edwards, Dave Michaels starting off as a duo and then recruiting Tony Cavallair, Mike Tegza and Tom Skidmore to round out the original line-up.

1961 – George Hudson and the Kings of Twist – Capitol 1578 – “It’s Twistin’ Time”

1964 – Jimmy Hughes – Vee Jay VJS 1102 – “Steal Away”

Jimmy Hughes was born in February of 1938 in Leighton, Alabama Jimmy J. Hughes – Jimmy was a cousin of Percy Sledge.

1967 – The Human Beinz – Capitol 2906 – “Nobody But Me”

The Human Beinz formed in 1964 in Stuthers, Ohio with John Belley, Joe Markum, Mike Tatman, Gary Coates and Mel Pachuta.  Their original name was “The Human Beingz”.

1957 – Ivory Joe Hunter – MGM E3488 – “I Get That Lonesome Feeling”

Ivory Joe Hunter was born in October of 1914 in Kirbyville, Tennessee – He died on November 8th, 1974.

1959 – Tab Hunter – Warner Bros. 1221 – “Tab Hunter”

Tab Hunter was born in July of 1931 in New York City Arthur Andrew Kelm

1962 – Mississippi John Hurt – Piedmont 13157 – “Folk Songs and Blues”

Mississippi John Hurt was born in March of 1892 in Teoc, Mississippi – He died on November 2nd, 1966

1968 – Sandy Hurvitz – Verve 5064 – “Sandy’s Album Is Here at Last”

Sandy Hurvitz was born in April of 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sandra Elayne Hurvitz.  Her first LP was released under the name “Jamie Carter”.  She was slated to appear at Woodstock but arriving late – she forever missed the opportunity.

1969 – Willie Hutch – RCA 4213 – “Soul Portrait”

Willie Hutch was born in December of 1944 in Dallas, Texas William McKinley Hutchinson.  He was a former member of “The Ambassadors” in Dallas

1960 – Brian Hyland – Kapp 1202 – “The Bashful Blond”

Brian Hyland was born in November of 1943 in New York City (Queens) – His “Bikini” smash hit was recorded initially by Brian as a 16 year-old

1967 – Janis Ian – Verve Forecast 3024 – “For All the Seasons of Your Mind”

Janis Ian was born in April of 1951 in New York City Janis Eddy Fink hitting the music scene as a 15 year-old.

1962 – Ian and Sylvia – Vanguard 79175 – “Early Morning Rain”

Ian and Sylvia started in 1959 in Toronto, Canada Ian Tyson and Sylvia Fricker (Tyson) – Ian was born in September of 1933 and Sylvia in September of 1974.  The couple divorced in 1975 as most do.

1966 – The Ikettes – Modern MST 102 – “Soul The Hits”

The Ikettes formed in 1960  and were a back-up group for Ike and Tina Turner but gained fame on their own – They were originally known as “The Arettes” with original members Robbie Montgomery, Frances Hodges and Sandra Harding – They were replaced by Delores Johnson, Eloise Hester and Jo Armstead.

1968 – The Ill Wind – ABC 641 – “Flashes”

Ill Wind formed in Massachusetts in 1966 with Carey Mann, Connie Devanney, Ken Frankel, Richard Griggs, and David Kinsman.

1969 – The Illinois Speed Press – Columbia 9792 – “The Illinois Speed Press”

The Illinois Speed Press formed in 1968 in Chicago, Illinois of course with Paul Cotton (future Poco) and Kal David – Cotton was from a group called “The Capitols” which then became “The Mus-Twangs”.

1969 – Illustration – Janus 3010 – “Illustration”

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1969 – Ilmo Smokehouse – Roulette 3002 – “Ilmo Smokehouse”

Members of Ilmo Smokehouse were Craig Moore, Gerry Gabel and Freddie Tieken – Moore was also with “Rod & the Satalites” in the mid 1960’s – Tieken fronted “Freddie Tieken and the Rockers” and Gabel was with a group called “Gonn” in the 1980’s.

1964 – The Impacs – King 886 – “Impact!”

Members included Bobby Barnes, Chuck Kaniss, Jay Lee Angello, Tony Brown and Vic Waters

1963 – The Impacts – Del-Fi 1234 – “Wipe Out!”

The Impacts formed in 1962 in California with Steve Evans, Merrell Fanhauser, John Oliver, Steve Mertz, Jack Mertz, Joel Rose and Martin Brown.

1959 – The Impalas – Cub S-CUB 8003 – “Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)”

The Impalas formed in 1958 out of Brooklyn, New York – Original members were Joe Frazier, Richard Wagner, Lenny Renda and Tony Carlucci.

1963 – The Impressions – ABC Paramount ABCS-450 – “The Impressions”

The Impressions formed in 1958 out of Chattanooga, Tennessee – Original Members: Sam Gooden, Richard Brooks and Arthur Brooks.  These three were originally called “The Roosters”.  They moved on to Chicago where they picked up both Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield and the rest is history.  Curtis Mayfield is a 1999 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.  The Impressions as a group are a 1991 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1966 – The In Group – IN 1002 – “The Swinging 12 String”

Studio musicians from the good old “Wrecking Crew” Tommy Tedesco, Earl Palmer, Jimmy Bond and Leon Russell.

1967 – Index – DC Records – “Index”

Index were from Grosse Pointe, Michigan formed in 1966 with Jim Valice, Gary Francis and John B. Ford – This LP books for big bucks and an original copy sold for more than $9,000 in 2012.

1962 – Jorgen Ingmann – Atco 139 – “The Many Guitars of Jorgen Ingmann” & “Apache”

Jorgen Ingmann was born in April of 1925 in Copenhagen, Denmark – He died on March 21st, 2015 – He was in a group called “The Unmelancholy Danes”.

1961 – The Innocents – Indigo 503 – “The Innocents”

The Innocents formed in 1958 in Sun Valley, California – Original Members: James West, Darron Stankey and Al Canalaria – They originally were called “The Echoes”.

(From Paul Payton – June, 2017):

The Innocents are one of my all-time favorite groups; their “rough velvet” sound is a signature for me. They had a four-track comeback CD before Darron Stankey passed a few years ago and Jim West also had some nice solo work posted on the net. (I haven’t looked lately to see if it was still there….)

1968 – Inside Out – Fredlo 6834 – “Bringing It All Back”

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1968 – The International Submarine Band – LHI 12001 – “Safe at Home”

The International Submarine Band formed in 1966 in California by Gram Parsons (The Trolls, The Like) joined by Ian Dunlop, and Mickey Gauvin starting off as a trio.

1967 – The Intruders – Gambles GS-5001 – “The Intruders Are Together”

The Intruders formed in 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Original members were Sam Brown, Eugene Daughtry, Phillip Terry and Robert Edwards.

1965 – The Invictas – Sahara 101 – “The Invictas A Go Go”

The Invictas are Dave Hickey, Herb Gross, Herb McGovern, Jim Kohler and Mark Harris from Andover, Massachusetts.

1967 – The Iron Butterfly – Atco 33-227 – “Heavy”

The Iron Butterfly formed in 1966 in San Diego, California with original members Doug Ingle, Jack Pinney, Greg Willis and Danny Weis.

1959 – The Isley Brothers – RCA Victor LPM 2156 – “Shout!”

The Isley Brothers formed in 1954 in Cincinnati, Ohio – Original Members: O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley.  Vernon Isley joined the group a bit later on.  The Isley Brothers are a 1993 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1969 – It’s A Beautiful Day – Columbia 9768 – “It’s a Beautiful Day”

It’s A Beautiful Day formed in 1967 in San Francisco, California with Pattie Santos, David LaFlamme, Linda LaFlamme, Hal Wagenet, Mitchell Holman and Val Fuentes.

1968 – Ivory – Tetragrammaton 104 – “Ivory”

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1965 – Jackie Ivory – Atco 33-178 – “Soul Discovery”

Jackie Ivory was born in February of 1937 in Blytheville, Arkansas – He died on August 20th, 2013.

1962 – The Jacks – Crown 5372 – “The Jacks”

The Jacks were actually “The Cadets” out of Los Angeles, California.

1959 – Bull Moose Jackson – Audio Lab 1524 – “Bull Moose Jackson Sings His All-Time Hits”

Bull Moose Jackson was born in April of 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio Benjamin Clarence Jackson. – His first band was “The Harlem Hotshots” – He died on July 31st, 1989 at the age of 70.

1962 – Chuck Jackson – Wand 654 – “Any Day Now”

Chuck Jackson was born in July of 1937 in Latta, South Carolina

1966 – Deon Jackson – Atco 12365 – “Love Makes The World Go Round”

Deon Jackson was born in January of 1946 in Ann Arbor, Michigan  – He died on April 18th, 2014.

1967 – J.J. Jackson – Calla C-1011 – “But It’s Alright”

J. J. Jackson was born in April of 1941 in Gillet, Arkansas Jerome Louis Jackson

1960 – Lil Son Jackson – Arhoolie 1004 – “Lil Son Jackson”

Lil Son Jackson was born in August of 1915 in Tyler, Texas Melvin Jackson – He first performed in the gospel group “The Blue Eagle Four” – He died on May 30th, 1976 at the age of 60 of cancer.

1964 – Walter Jackson – Okeh OKS 14107 – “It’s All Over”

Walter Jackson was born in March of 1938 in Pensacola, Florida – He died on June 20th, 1983.  He was a member of “The Velvetones”.

1958 – Wanda Jackson – Capitol T 1041 – “Wanda Jackson”

Wanda Jackson was born in October of 1937 in Maud, Oklahoma Wanda Lavonne Jackson – One of the earliest female rockers – moving later on into mainstream country music.  She made her debut in the early 1950’s with Hank Thompson’s “Brazos Valley Boys.  Early in her career she often appeared with Elvis Presley who provided encouragement for her to pursue rock and roll.

1961 – Willis Jackson – Prestige 7211 – “Cookin’ Sherry”

Willis Jackson was born in April of 1932 in Miami, Florida Willis Jackson – He died on October 25th, 1987 at the age of 55.

1969 – The Jackson 5 – Motown 700 – “Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5”

The Jackson 5 formed in 1964 in Gary, Indiana as “The Jackson Brothers” with original members Jackie, Tito and Jermaine Jackson.  Marion and Michael would join in short order.

1964 – Hank Jacobs – Sue 1023 – “So Far Away”

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1965 – The Jades – Jarrett 21517 – “Live At Disc A Gogo”

The Jades were from Dallas, Texas. Members were Bill Taylor, Jim Kramer, Hollis Carroll, Eugene Walls, Jack Calmes and Bob Schulz.

1969 – The Jaggerz – Gamble 5006 – “Introducing the Jaggerz”

The Jaggerz formed in 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania emerging from “The Tri-Vets” and then “Donnie and the Donnells”.  Early members were Donnie Iris, Jimmie Ross (“Gary and the Jewel Tones”), Dominic Ierace, Bill Maybray, Jim Pugliano, Tom Davies, Larry Lorey and Frank Czuri.

1964 – The Jalopy Five – Modern Sound 525 – “Draggin’ and Surfin'”

Another assembly of studio musicians – several of the tracks on this LP were released as 45’s on the “Hit” label.

1960 – Elmore James – Crown 5168 – “Blues After Hours”

Elmore James was born in January of 1918 in Richland, Mississippi Elmore Brooks – He died on May 24th, 1963 – He fronted a combo called “The Broom Dusters

1961 – Etta James – Argo LP 4003 – “At Last!”

Etta James was born in January, 1938 in Los Angeles, California Jamesetta Hawkins – She died on January 20th, 2012 – Etta James is a 1993 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1958 – Leonard James – Decca 8772 – “Boppin’ And A-Strollin'”

Leonard James was from New Orleans, Louisiana birth name Leonard Dauenhauar.

1957 – Sonny James – Capitol T 779 – “Southern Gentleman”

Sonny James was born in May of 1928 in Hackleburg, Alabama James Hugh Loden – and he died February 22nd, 2016.  His “Young Love” in 1957 was a huge hit with the teen audience eclipsing Tab Hunter’s rather sterile version – From there James would turn solidly to Country music.  “Young Love” was not included on his early long plays.

1966 – Tommy James & the Shondells – Roulette 25336 – “Hanky Panky”

Tommy James and the Shondells formed in 1959 in Niles, Michigan as “The Tornadoes” – They recorded “Hanky Panky” and it became immediately obscure until dusted off by a Pittsburgh DJ – The record was bootlegged and sold nearly a 100,000 copies. By now the Shondells were history and James was in a group called “The Raconteurs” playing in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

The Raconteurs became the new Shondells with Joe Kessler, Ron Rosman, George Magura, Mike Vale and Vinnie Pietropaoli.

Tommy James was born in Dayton, Ohio in April of 1947 Thomas Gregory Jackson.

1969 – The James Gang – Bluesway 6034 – “Yer’ Album”

The James Gang formed in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio with Joe Walsh fronting the band, Jim Fox (from “The Outsiders”), Ronnie Silverman, Tom Kriss and Phil Giallombardo.

1960 – Jan & Dean – Dore 101 – “Jan & Dean”

Jan and Dean formed in 1957 out of their high school in Torrence, California – Jan William Berry was born in April of 1941 and died on March 26th, 2004 – Dean Ormsby Torrence was born March 10th, 1940.

1963 – Jan & Dean with The Soul Surfers – Challenge 101 – “Jan & Dean with the Soul Surfers”

Tracks were taken from instrumental group’s Challenge label single releases – Need information on the group.

1969 – Jan and Lorraine – ABC 691 – “Gypsy People”

Jan and Lorraine were Jan Hendin and Lorraine Le Fevre.

1962 – Jay & the Americans – United Artists 6222 – “She Cried”

Jay and the Americans were formed out of Belle Harbor Queens, New York in 1960.  Original members were Jay Traynor, Kenny Vance, Sandy Deane, and Howard Keane.  Jay Reincke would replace Jay Trynor in 1962.

1968 – Jay & the Techniques – Smash 67102 – “Love, Lost and Found”

Jay and the Techniques were formed in 1965 out of Allentown, Pennyslvania.  Original members included Jay Proctor, George Lloyd, Dante Dancho, Chuck Crowl, Karl Landis, Ronnie Goosley and Jon Walsh

1964 – Bobby Jay and the Hawks – Warner Bros. 1564 – “The Monkey, Everybody’s Doing It Vol 3”

One of a series of three long plays by studio musicians.

1963 – The Jaynetts – Tuff 13 – “Sally Go ‘Round the Roses”

1966 – The Jefferson Airplane – RCA Victor 3584 – “The Jefferson Airplane Takes Off”

The Jefferson Airplane formed in 1965 in San Francisco. Founding members were Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Signe Toly Anderson and Jorma Kaukonen.  Grace Slick would come over to take lead vocals from “The Great Society”.

1969 – The Joe Jeffrey Group – Wand 686 – “My Pledge of Love”

The Joe Jeffrey Group formed in 1968 – Jeffrey would go on to be in a group called “The Woods” in the 1970’s.

1967 – The Jelly Bean Bandits – Mainstream 6103 – “The Jelly Bean Bandits”

The Jelly Bean Bandits formed in 1967 in Newburgh, New York with Billy Donald, Joe Scalfari, John Dougherty, Fred Buck and Michael Raab.

1964 – Waylon Jennings at JD’s – Sounds LTD 1001 – “Waylon Jennings at JD’s”

Waylon Jennings was born in June of 1937 in Littlefield, Texas Waylon Arnold Jennings – As as teen he was with “Jennings and the Texas Longhorns”.  Jennings worked with the late Buddy Holly recording with Buddy, King Curtis and Tommy Allsup.  Jennings went on to massive country fame – He died on February 13th, 2002.

1962 – Kris Jensen – Hickory LPM 110 – “Torture”

Kris Jensen was born in April of 1942 in New Haven, Connecticut – His big hit “Torture” was meant for the Everly Brothers and was written by John D. Loudermilk.

1968 – Jeremy & The Satyrs – Reprise 6282 – “Jeremy & The Satyrs”

Jeremy and the Satyrs formed in 1962 with Jeremy Steig, Warren Bernhardt, Adrian Guillery, Donald McDonald, and Eddie Gomez.

1965 – The Jive Five – United Artists UAS 6455 – “I’m A Happy Man”

The Jive Five formed in Brooklyn, New York in the late 50’s – Members included Eugene Pitt, Jerome Hanna, Richard Harris, Thurman Prophet and Norman Johnson.

1956 – Little Willie John – King 564 – “Fever”

Little Willie John was born in November of 1937 in Cullendale, Arkansas William Edward John – He died on May 26th, 1968 – Willie died while in corrections in Washington state of a heart attack.  Little Willie John is a 1996 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1968 – Robert John – Columbia 9687 – “If You Don’t Want My Love”

Robert John was born Robert John Pedrick Jr. first recording as “Bobby Pedrick”,

1959 – Johnny & The Hurricanes – Warwick W2007 – “Red River Rock”

Johnny and the Hurricanes formed in 1957 out of Toledo, Ohio first being named “The Orbits” – Members: Johnny Paris, Paul Tesluk, Dave Yorko, Lionel Mattice and Bill Savich – Johnny was John Matthew Pocisk born in Walbridge, Ohio – He passed on May 1st, 2006.

1960 – Marv Johnson – United Artists UAS 6081 – “Marvelous Marv Johnson”

Marv Johnson was born in October of 1938 in Detroit, Michigan – He died on May 16th, 1993. – He started off with the group “The Serenaders” and was one of Berry Gordy’s first produced artists.

1957 – Blind Willie Johnson – Folkways 3585 – “His Story”

Blind Willie Johnson was born in January of 1897 in Pendleton, Texas – He died on September 18th of 1945 at the age of 48.

1957 – Bubber Johnson – King 569 – “Come Home”

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1959 – Buddy Johnson – Mercury 12234 – “Wails”

Buddy Johnson was born in January of 1915 in Darlington, South Carolina Woodrow Wilson Johnson – He died on February 9th, 1977.

1964 – Candy Johnson’s Exciters – Canjo 1001 – “The Candy Johnson Show”

Candy Johnson was a noted California Go Go girl – The Exciters were Don Hargrave, Jack Merrill, Tony Grasso, Larry Ogden, Bob Zievers and Jim Rector.  Candy appeared in several teen beach movies including “Beach Party”, “Muscle Beach Party” and “Bikini Beach”.

1963 – Bruce Johnston – Columbia 8857 – “Surfin’ Around the World”

Bruce Johnston was born in June of 1942 in Peoria, Illinois Bruce Arthur Johnston – Bruce was a mainstay of the California surf and hot rod scene writing and performing (Bruce and Terry/Beach Boys).

1960 – Jimmy Jones – MGM 3847 – “Good Timin'”

Jimmy Jones was born in June of 1937 in Birmingham, Alabama James Jones – He died on August 2nd, 2012.  His first group was called “The Berliners” later changed to “The Sparks of Rhythm”.

1969 – Jonah Jones – Motown 683 – “Along Came Jonah!”

Jonah Jones was born in December, 1909 in Louisville, Kentucky – a rare pure jazz performer coming to Motown – He died on April 28th of 2000 at the age of 90.

1969 – Red Jones – Motown 691 – “Red Jones Steerikes Back!”

Red Jones was born in April of 1905 in Charlotte, North Carolina and died on March 19th, 1987 Nicholas Ittner Jones.  After retiring as a American League baseball umpire, Red went into public relations – and landed this odd Motown gig.

1968 – Tamiko Jones – December 8500 – “Tamiko”

Tamiko Jones was born in 1945 in Kyle, West Virginia Barbara Tamiko Ferguson.

1969 – Josefus – Hookah 330 – “Dead Man”

Josefus formed in Houston, Texas with Dave Mitchell, Phillip White and Ray Turner,

1961 – The Journeymen – Capitol 1629 – “The Journeymen”

The Journeymen formed in the early 1960’s future Mama and Papa John Phillips, Scott McKenzie and Dick Weissman.  Both McKenzie and Phillips have since passed away.

1960 – Bill Justis – Phillips International 1950 – “Cloud 9”

Bill Justis was born in October of 1926 in Birmingham, Alabama William Everett Justis, Jr.  – He died on July 15th, 1982.  Justis was one of Sam Phillips’ stable of artists working for the Sun and Phillips labels a musician and producer.

1962 – Ernie K-Doe – Minit LP 0002 – “Mother-In-Law”

Ernie K-Doe was born in February of 1933 in New Orleans, Louisiana Ernest Kador, Jr. – He died on July 5th, 2001 – He was a member of the group “The Blue Diamonds before going solo.

1969 – Kak – Epic 26429 – “Kak”

Kak was based in Southern California with Christopher Lockheed, Gary Yoder, Dehner Patten and Joseph Damrell.

1967 – Kaleidoscope – Epic 26304 – “Side Trips”

Kaleidoscope formed in 1966 in Los Angeles, California with original members David Lindley, Chris Darrow, Solomon Feldthouse, Chester Crill and John Vidican.

1969 – Kane’s Cousins – Shove Love 9827 – “Under Gum Bubble Ground”

Terry Kane was the lead singer along with sister Sue Kane, Nancy Kane.

1968 – Kangaroo – MGM 4586 – “Kangaroo”

Members were Barbara Keith, N.D. Smart II, John Joseph and Ted Spelies.

1969 – Kasentz-Katz Super Circus – Buddah 5028 – “Quick Joey Small – I’m In Love with You”

Kasentz-Katz Super Circus had been christened a “bubblegum supergroup” including the stable of Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz groups.

1967 – Keith – Mercury 61129 – “Out of Crank”

Keith was born in May of 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania James Barry Keefer.

1959 – Jerry Keller – Kapp 3178 – “Here Comes Jerry Keller”

Jerry Keller was born in June of 1937 in Fort Smith, Arkansas Jerry Paul Keller – He started off with “The Tulsa Boy Singers”.

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1966 – Chris Kenner – Atlantic 8117 – “Land of 1000 Dances”

Chris Kenner was born in December of 1929 in Kenner, Louisiana Chritophe Kenner – He died on January 25th, 1976.

1966 – Kenny & The Kasuals – Mark Ltd 5000 – “The Impact Sound of Kenny & The Kasuals”

Kenny and the Kasuals were from Dallas, Texas – Members were Jerry Smith, Dave Blackley, Kenny Daniel, Lee Lightfoot, Paul Roach and Tommy Nichols.

1959 – Jack Kerouac – Hanover 5006 – “Featuring Al Cohn and Zoot Zims – Blues and Haikus”

Jack Kerouac was born in March of 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac – the consummate ‘beat’ figure – He died on October 21st, 1969 at the age of 47 of an internal hemorrhage as a result alcohol addiction.

1966 – Ken Kesey – Sound City – “The Acid Test”

Ken Kesey was born in September of 1935 in La Junta, Colorado Kenneth Elton Kesey – author of “Sometimes a Great Notion” and “one Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” – and participant of the Haight-Ashbury shipped-wrecked experiment of the 1960’s.

1958 – The Keymen – ABC Paramount 258 – “Dance With Dick Clark (Volume One)

The Keymen were an instrumental group – most likely session musicians which made an appearance on a couple of Dick Clark releases.

1969 – Khazad Doom – LPL 892 – “Level 6 1/2”

Khazad Doom was Al Yates, Tom Sievers, Jack Eadon and Steve Hilkin.

1964 – The Kickstands – Capitol 2078 – “Black Boots and Bikes”

Another session musician project with Earl Palmer, William Oden, Gary Usher, Glenn Kastner and William Putnam.

1968 – Andy Kim – Steed 37001 – “How’d We Ever Get This Way”

Andy Kim was born in December of 1946 in Canada Andrew Youakim a Lebanese immigrant.

1963 – Albert King – King K 852 – “The Big Blues”

Albert King was born in April of 1923 in Indianola, Mississippi Albert Nelson – He died on December 21st, 1992 – He is a 2013 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1964 – Anna King – Smash 27059 – “Back to Soul”

Anna King was born in December of 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – She died on October 24th, 2002 – She had been a member of “The True Light Gospel Singers”.

1957 – B. B. King – Crown 5020 – “Singin’ The Blues”

B.B. King was born in September of 1925 in Berclair, Mississippi Riley Ben King – He died on May 14th, 2015 – He is a 1987 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame

  1961 – Ben E. King – Atco 133 – “Spanish Harlem”

Ben E. King was born in September of 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina Benjamin Earl Nelson – He died on April 30th, 2015

(From Paul Payton – June, 2017):

1963 – Carol King – Dimension DLP 6001 – “The Dimension Dolls Vol. 1”

(With “The Cookies” and “Little Eva”)

Carol King was born in February of 1942 in Manhattan, New York Carol Joan Klein – A tremendous Brill Building composer working with one-time husband Gerry Goffin, King is a giant in the Rock and Roll World – Her composing legacy is second to none.

1959 – King Curtis – Atco 33-113 – “Have Tenor Sax, Will Blow”

King Curtis was born in February of 1934 in Fort Worth, Texas Curtis Ousley – He died on August 13th, 1971 (Murdered by drug dealers in New York) – Curtis migrated into rock and roll backing musicians such as The Coasters and Aretha Franklin – with his backing band “The Kingpins”.

Members included Jerry Jemmott, Cornell Dupree, Bernard Purdie, and Truman Thomas among others.

1961 – Freddy King/Freddie King – King 773 – “Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King”

Freddy King was born in September of 1934 in Gilmer, Texas Fred King – He died on December 28th, 1976 – In the early 1950’s King was a member of “The Every Hour Blues Boys” and with Earl Payton’s “Blues Cats”.

1966 – Jean King – Hanna-Barbera 9505 – “Jean King Sings for the In Crowd”

Jean King was born in October of 1938 in Chicago, Illinois – She died on March 28th, 1983 – Jean was a former member of “The Blossoms” along with Darlene Love.

1963 – Martin Luther King Jr. – Gordy 906 – “The March to Freedom”

This was the first of three Gordy label releases featuring the civil rights icon.

1963 – The King Pins – King 865 – “It Won’t Be This Way Always”

The King Pins were formed in 1962 out of Clarksdale, Missippi – This was a vocal group and not to be confused with the King Curtis backing band – Members:  Andrew Kelly, Curtis Kelly, Robert Kelly, Charles Lee and Offe Reece.

1963 – The Kingsmen – Wand WDS 657 – “The Kingsmen In Person”

The Kingsmen formed in 1959 out of Portland, Oregon – Original members were: Lynn Easton, Jack Ely, Mike Mitchell and Bob Nordby.  – The Kingsmen are an essential to any Rock ‘n’ Roll listing having contributed the all-time baby boomer anthem “Louie Louie”.

Oddly, “Louie Louie” was held out of the nation’s top chart spot on Billboard by the Singing Nun’s “Dominique” and Bobby Vinton’s “There, I’ve Said It Again” – What were we thinking?  Lynn Easton was the front man of the group but drummer Jack Ely was the vocalist on the iconic “Louie Louie”.

1958 – The Kingston Trio – Capitol 996 – “The Kingston Trio”

The Kingston Trio formed in 1957 in Palo Alto, California with Dave Guard, Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds – the group putting folk music on the map.  They started off calling themselves “Dave Guard and the Calypsonians”.  Later John Stewart would take Dave’s place due to fiscal disputes within the group.   Guard, Reynolds and Stewart have all passed away.  I got to see them in 1965 in Salt Lake City and ran into them after their performance in a malt shop in the Lagoon Amusement Park where they performed.

1967 – The Kit Kats – Jamie 3029 – “It’s Just a Matter of Time”

The Kit Kats were from Philadelphia, Pennyslvania with Kit Stewart, Karl Hausman, John Bradley and Ron Cichonski.

1967 – The Kitchen Cinq – LHI 12000 – “Everything But”

The Kitchen Cinq was Dale Gardner, Ervan James Parker, John Stark, Dallas Smith and Mark Creamer.  They formed in 1962 in Amarillo, Texas first known as “The Illusions” and then “The Y’alls”.  They released one single as “The Handful” – and later some members became “Armageddon”.

1965 – The Knickerbockers – Challenge 12664 – “Lloyd Thaxton Presents the Knickerbockers”

The Knickerbockers formed in 1964 in Bergenfield, New Jersey with Beau Charles, John Charles, Robert Carlos, Robert Carlos and Buddy Randell (from Rockin Saints)

1962 – Gladys Knight & The Pips – Fury FULP 1003 – “Letter Full of Tears”

Gladys Knight & The Pips formed in 1952  first known as “The Pips” – Original members were Gladys Knight, Merald Knight, Brenda Knight, William Guest and Eleanore Guest.  – Brenda and Eleanor would soon depart to be replaced by Edward Patten and Langston George.  Gladys Knight and The Pips are a 1996 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1967 – Robert Knight – Rising Sons 17000 – “Everlasting Love”

Robert Knight was born in April of 1945 in Franklin, Tennessee – Knight was a member of “The Paramounts”.

1964 – Sonny Knight – Aura 3001 – “If You Want This Love”

Sonny Knight was born in May of 1934 in Maywood, Illinois Joseph Coleman Smith – He died on September 5th in 1998 at the age of 64.

1966 – Terry Knight & the Pack – Lucky Eleven 8000 – “Terry Knight and the Pack”

Terry Knight and the Pack formed in 1965 in Flint, Michigan with Terry Knight, Don Brewer, Herm Jackson, Curt Johnson and Bobby Caldwell – Knight was formerly with “The Jazz Masters”.  Brewer would to on with Grand Funk Railroad with Mark Farner.

1967 – The Knights – Ace Recording Studios 201 – “The Knights”

This group was also known has the “Hermon Knights”

1964 – The Knockouts – Tribute 1202 – “Go Ape with the Knockouts”

Members included Bob D’Andrea – The group was from New York City.

1957 – Buddy Knox – Roulette R-25003 – “Buddy Knox”

Buddy Knox was born in July of 1933 in Happy, Texas Buddy Wayne Knox – He died on February 14th, 1999 – He was a member of The Rhythm Orchids with Jimmy Bowen and Dicky Doo.

 1959 – Buddy Knox & Jimmy Bowen – Roulette 25048 – “Buddy Knox & Jimmy Bowen”


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