From the Land of Band Box Records

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

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

1965 – The Pacers – Razorback 121 – “You Asked For It”

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1969 – Pacific Drift – Deram 18040 – “Feelin’ Free”

Members were Barry Reynolds, Lawrence Arends, Graham Harrop, Wayne Bickerton, and Jack Lancaster.

1968 – Pacific Gas & Electric – Bright Orange 701 – “Get It On”

Pacific Gas & Electric formed in 1967 in Los Angeles with Tom Marshall, Brenk Block, Glenn Schwartz (“James Gang”) and Charlie Allen (“Bluesberry Jam”).

1968 – The Packers – Imperial LP-12408 – “Hitch It Up”

The Packers were a sort of session group out of Memphis, Tennessee that included members Charles Axton from “The Mar-Keys” and Steve Cropper – Leon Haywood also played with the group.

1965 – The Pair – Liberty 7410 – “Live! At the Ice House”

The Pair was Carl Craig and Marcus Hemphill.

1969 – The Paisleys – Peace 2809 – “Cosmic Mind at Play”

The Paisleys formed in the late 1960’s in Minneapolis, Minnesota with Bill Smith, Brad Stodden, Bob Belknap, Dick Timm and Rick Youngberg (“The Deacons”)

1969 – Jack Palance – Warner Bros. 1865 – “Palance”

Jack Palance was born in February of 1919 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania Volodymyr Palahniuk – Jack of the one-arm push up on the Academy Awards – Palance died on November 10th, 2006 at the age of 87.

1964 – The Panics – Philips 200-159 – “Discotheque Dance Party”

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1969 – The Paper Garden – Musicor 3175 – “The Paper Garden”

The Paper Garden formed in 1967 in New York City. Members were Joe Arduino, Jimmy Tirella, John Reich, Paul LoGrande and Sandy Napoli.

1959 – Paragons & Jesters – Paul Whitley 102 – “The Paragons Meet The Jesters”

The Paragons formed in 1955 in Brooklyn, New York – Members”  Julius McMichaels (deceased June, 1981 – motorcycle accident), Al Brown, Ricky Jackson, Donald Travis and Gable Frazier

From Paul Payton – June 9th, 2017: Also, Paul Winley (not Whitley) was a major player in the Harlem r&b/group harmony scene in the ’50s and ’60s, mainly with his label Winley, although he also used several other imprints. The Paragons Meet The Jesters was one of the seminal albums of the era, at least for the large number of us New York-area kids who knew what real street corner harmony was; it was originally released on Jubilee. Also recommended: the compilations Rumble, Boppin’ and Whoppers, also on Jubilee, with several songs with Winley involvement. All four albums – and others of the era – had covers shot by celebrity photographer Charles Varon. The amazingly beautiful unity of style created a gorgeously idealized version of juvenile delinquency!

1968 – Bobby Paris – Tetragrammaton 105 – “Let Me Show You The Way”

Bobby Paris was born in New York City – He recorded in 1960 on the Indigo label – He appeared in the movie “The Strange World of Northern Soul” in 1999.

1966 – The Paris Sisters – Unifilms ULP-505 – “The Paris Sisters Sing ‘The Glass House'”

The Paris Sisters formed in 1954 in San Francisco, California – They brought one of Phil Specter’s earliest endeavors to life with the recording of his “I Love How You Love Me” in 1961 – a song which peaked at number 5 – sounding much in the tradition of The Teddy Bears’ “To Know Him, Is To Love Him” from 1958.  The Sisters were Priscilla, Albeth and Sherrell – Priscilla died from an accidental fall while in Paris, France on March 5th, 2004. Albeth died on December 5th, 2014.

1969 – Parish Hall – Fantasy 8398 – “Parish Hall”

Parish Hall formed in San Francisco in the Bay Area in California with Gary Wagner, John Haden and Steve Adams.

1968 – Billy Jean Parker – RCA Victor 3967 – The Truth About Bonnie and Clyde

This is an interview with the sister of Bonnie Parker.

1964 – Fess Parker – Disneyland 1269 – “Pecos Bill and Other Stories in Song”

Fess Parker (Davy Crockett) was born in August of 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. – He died on March 18th, 2010 at the age of 85.

1962 – Little Junior Parker – Duke 76 – “Driving Wheel”

Little Junior Parker was born in March of 1932 in Bobo, Mississippi Herman Parker – He died on November 18th, 1971 while undergoing brain surgery.

1966 – Robert Parker – Nola 1001 – “Barefootin'”

Robert Parker was born in October of 1930 in New Orleans

1969 – Michael Parks – MGM 4646 – “Closing the Gap”

Michael Parks was born in April of 1940 in Corona, California Harry Samuel Parks – Parks was a TV actor – He died on May 9th, 2017 at the age of 77.

1967 – Van Dyke Parks – Warner Bros. 1727 – “Song Cycle”

Van Dyke Parks was born in January of 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  Maybe best known for his work on the Beach Boys’ “Smile” project.

1969 – The Patron Saints – (No Label) – “Fohhob Bohob”

The Patron Saints formed in 1966 in New York – Members were Eric Bergman, Jonathan Tuttle and Paul D’Alton.  The group released their own LP (below) with only 100 copies pressed – Has a very hefty price tag if you can locate one.

1968 – Billy Paul – Gamble 5002 – “Feelin’ Good at the Cadillac Club”

Billy Paul was born in December of 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Paul Williams.  He died on April 24th, 2016 at the age of 81.

1963 – Paul and Paula – Philips PHM 200-089 – “We Go Together”

Paul and Paula formed in Brownwood, Texas in 1962 – Paul was born in December of 1940 Ray Hildebrand and Paula was born in May of 1942 Jill Jackson.

1968 – Pat Paulsen – Mercury/Rubicon River 61179 – “Pat Paulsen for President”

Pat Paulsen was born in July of 1927 in South Bend, Washington Patrick Layton Paulsen and found his biggest fame on the Smothers Brothers TV show. His mythical run for President was fun stuff and in the 1990’s his name actually made onto ballots in New Hampshire and North Dakota.

Paulsen died from pneumonia on April 24th, 1997 at the age of 69.

1962 – Tom Paxton – Gaslight 116 – “I’m the Man That Built the Bridges”

Tom Paxton was born in October of 1937 in Chicago, Illinois Thomas Richard Paxton.  He auditioned for the Chad Mitchell Trio but ended up performing solo in New York’s Greenwich Village.

1966 – Freda Payne – MGM E-4370 – “How Do You Say I Don’t Love You Anymore”

Freda Payne was born in September of 1942 in Detroit, Michigan Freda Charcillia Payne

1967 – Peaches and Herb – Date TES 4004 – “Let’s Fall in Love”

Peaches and Herb formed in 1966 with Herb Fame (born in October of 1942) and Francine Hurd Barker (born in April of 1947 – died on August 13th, 2005).  Six more “Peaches” would follow Francine over the years including Mariene Mack, Linda Greene, Patrice Hawthorne, Miriamm Wright and Meritxell Negre!  You can simply just never have too many Peaches!

1967 – The Peanut Butter Conspiracy – Columbia 9590 – “The Great Conspiracy”

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy formed in 1966 in Los Angeles, California evolving from a group called “The Ashes” which had included future Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden.  Earlier the band had been  called “The Young Swingers” – Original members were Lance Baker Fent, Jim Voigt, Alan Brackett, John Merrill and Barbara Robinson.

1967 – Pearls Before Swine – ESP 1054 – “One Nation Underground”

Pearls Before Swine formed in 1965 in Melbourne, Florida high school friends Tom Rapp, Lane Lederer, Roger Crissinger and Wayne Harley – All would move on by 1969 except for Rapp.

1965 – Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm – Hanna-Barbera 2033 – “Hanna-Barbera Presents Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Singing Songs of Christmas”

This was the TV cartoon characters from “The Flintstones” – The voices of Pebbles was Jean Vander Pyl who also was “Wilma Flintstone”.  Bamm-Bamm was the voice of Don Messick who also did “Hoppy” and “Arnold”.

The voice of “Barney” was provided by the great Mel Blanc and when he was incapacitated by Daws Butler in season number two.

1968 – David Peel & the Lower East Side – Elektra 74032 – “Have a Marijuana”

David Peel was born in August of 1942 in Brooklyn, New York David Michael Rosario.  John Lennon came across Peel while David was performing in Greenwich Village thus bringing him to the Apple Record label stable.

The Lower East Side members included Billy Joe White and Harold Black both formerly with “Teenage Lust”.

1966 – The Peels – Karate 5402 – “Juanita Banana”

The Peels were made up of studio musicians Gail Allan, Harvey Davis and Harold Swart.

1958 – The Penguins – Doota DTL 242 – “The Cool Cool Penguins”

The Penguins formed in 1953 – a “Bird” group of sorts – in Los Angeles, California – Original members were Cleveland Duncan, Curtis Williams, Dexter Trisby and Bruce Tate.  Only Tribsy is living today.  Williams had been with “The Hollywood Flames”.



1957 – Carl Perkins – Sun 1225 – “Carl Perkins”

Carl Perkins was born in April of 1932 in Tiptonville, Tennessee Carl Lee Perkins – Perkins ranks right at the top with the all-time earlier founding rockers. He died on January 19th, 1998.  Carl is a 1987 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1968 – People – Capitol 2924 – “I Love You”

People formed in 1965 in San Jose, California – 1968 lineup was Robb Levin, Goeff Levin, Gene Mason, Al Ribisi, Denny Fridkin and Larry Norman.

Members of People embraced Scientology – with those members pressuring both Mason and Norman to join, which they declined to do and thus were removed from the group.

1969 – The Peppermint Rainbow – Decca 75129 – “Will You Be Staying After Sunday”

The Peppermint Rainbow formed in 1967 in Baltimore, Maryland – They were first known as “The New York Times” before changing their name.  The Lemon Pipers provided the group with the instrumental track of their hit record “Green Tambourine” in order to add their own vocals.

1968 – The Peppermint Trolley – Acta 38007 – “The Peppermint Trolley Company”

The Peppermint Trolley Company formed in 1966 in Redlands, California – They evolved from a group called “The Mark V” – There were originally five members including Brad Madson, Dick Owens, Dave Kelliher, Steve Hauser, Jimmy Faragher and Danny Faragher.  In the 1969 the group would change it’s name to “Bones” releasing a couple on long plays in the early 1970’s.

1969 – Linda Perhacs – Kapp 3636 – “Parallelograms”

Linda Perhacs was born in 1944 in Mill Valley, California Linda Arnold – Described as a “psychedelic folk” musician relocated to Topanga Canyon where she was discovered while working as a dental hygienist.

1957 – Carl Perkins – Sun 1225 – “Dance Album of Carl Perkins”

Carl Perkins was born in April of 1932 in Tiptonville, Tennessee Carl Lee Perkins.  Carl started off performing at the age of 14 with his brother Jay. – He would next join “The Tennessee Ramblers” before moving on to Sun Records.  Carl Perkins died on January 19th, 1998 at age 65.


1957 – Tony Perkins – Epic 3394 – “Tony Perkins”

Tony Perkins was born in April of 1932 in New York City Anthony Perkins.  He was best-remembered for his role in the movie “Psycho” as “Norman Bates”.  He was nominated for a “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar in the film “Friendly Persuasion”.  Perkins died on September 12th, 1992 at the age of 60.

1969 – Pep Perrine – Hideout 1003 – “Live and In Person”

Pep Perrine was a member of Bob Seger’s “Town Criers” in 1963.  He remained with Seger in “The Last Heard” in the mid 1960’s and then as drummer for “The Bob Seger System”.

1963 – The Persuaders – Saturn 5000 – “Surfer’s Nightmare”

The Persuaders teamed up on this LP with Chuck Rio who first performed as one-half of the duo “Danny and Dave” with Dave Burgess – Together they formed “The Champs” and Rio would compose their monster hit “Tequilla”.

1969 – The Persuasions – Straight 6394 – “Acappella”

The Persuasions formed in 1969 in Brooklyn, New York – They were promoted and produced by Frank Zappa on their first LP (below).  They would be the opening act for “The Mothers of Invention”.  Members included Jayotis Washington, Herbert Rhoad, Jimmy Hayes, Jerry Lawson, and Joe Russell.

1962 – Peter, Paul and Mary – Warner Bros. 1449 – “Peter, Paul and Mary”

Peter, Paul and Mary formed in 1961 in New York City part of the Greenwich Village folk scene and launched by music industry magnate Albert Grossman (Bob Dylan manager).

1960 – Ray Peterson – RCA Victor 2297 – “Tell Laura I Love Her”

1958 – The Norman Petty Trio – Columbia 1092 – “Moon Dreams”

This 1958 LP supposedly contains some participation with Buddy Holly.  The Norman Petty Trio included Jack Vaughn, Vi Petty and Norman Petty.  Who knows?  and does it matter?

1967 – The Phantom Raiders – Justice 146 – “New Sound ’67”

The Phantom Raiders were from North Carolina – Members were Randy Lee, Doug Almond, Eddie Smith, Ricky Lee and Mitch Miller.  This LP can command more than $600!

1968 – Regis Phibin – Mercury 1169 – “It’s Time For Regis”

Regis Philbin was born in August of 1931 in The Bronx, New York Regis Francis Xavier Philbin.  He holds the Guiness World Record for most time spent in front of a TV camera with several long-running programs under his belt.  So why not a long play?

1963 – Little Esther Phillips – Lenox LX 227 – “Release Me”

Little Esther Phillips was born in December of 1935 in Galveston, Texas Esther Mae Jones – She died on August 7th, 1984.

1963 – Gene Phillips – Crown 375 – “Gene Phillips and The Rockers”

Gene Phillips was born in May of 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri Eugene Floyd Phillips – He was a member of the “Lorenzo Flennoy Trio” and recorded with both “The Ink Spots” and “The Mills Brothers”.  He died on January 10th. 1990.

1969 – John Phillips – ABC/Dunhill 50077 – “John Phillips”

John Phillips was born in August of 1935 in Parris Island, South Carolina John Edmund Andrew Phillips.  His first band was “The Journeymen” along with Scott McKenzie then forming “The Mamas and the Papas”.

1965 – Shawn Phillips – 1969 – A&M 4241 – “Contribution”

Shawn Phillips was born in February of 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas – He started off as a session musician working behind Donovan in the U.K.

1968 – Phluph – Verve 5054 – “Phluph”

Phluph was formed in the late 1960’s out of Boston, Massachusetts – another “Bosstown Sound” group.  Remarkably, the West Coast music establishment denounced “the sound” and that coupled with anti Vietnam war sentiment – brought most of the Massachusetts bands to a grinding halt.  How open minded and “progressive” of us…..

Pluph was Benson Blake IV, Lee Dudley, Joel Maisano and John Pell..

1956 – Piano Red – Groove 1002 – “Piano Red In Concert”

Piano Red was born in October of 1911 around Hampton, Georgia Willie Lee Perryman.  He worked the South with many other blues musicians – Piano Red died on July 25th, 1985 at the age of 73.

1962 – Bobby (Boris) Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers – Garpax 57001 – “The Original Monster Mash”

Bobby “Boris” Pickett was born in February of 1938 in Somerville, Massachusetts Robert George Pickett.  The “Crypt-Kickers” were an amalgamation of seasoned studio musicians including Leon Russell, and produced by non other than Gary Paxton (who else?).

1965 – Wilson Pickett – Atlantic 8114 – “In the Midnight Hour”

Wilson Pickett was born in March of 1941 in Prattville, Alabama – He died on January 19th, 2006.  He started off in gospel music with “The Soul Stirrers” and then the “Swan Silvertones” before joining “The Falcons”.  Wilson Pickett is a 1991 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1969 – The Pigeons – Wand 687 – “While the World Was Eating Vanilla Fudge”

For all practical purposes this was a evolution of – yes – “The Vanilla Fudge”.

1962 – Gene Pitney – Musicor MM 2003- “Only Love Can Break a Heart”

Gene Pitney was born in February of 1940 in Hartford, Connecticut Gene Francis Alan Pitney – He died on April 5th, 2006 in the U.K. after a performance.  Pitney composed “He’s a Rebel” for the Crystals, “Rubber Ball” for Bobby Vee, and “Hello Mary Lou” for Ricky Nelson.  Gene Pitney is a 2002 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1964 – The Pixies Three – Mercury MG-20912 – “Party with the Pixies Three”

The Pixies Three formed in 1955 they signed on as the Pixies in 1963 out of Hanover, Pennsylvania.  Original members were Midge Bollinger, Kaye McCool and Debra Swisher.

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1969 – Plant and See – White Whale 7120 – “Plant and See”

Will Lowery was a member of this soul group – Need Information

1969 – The Plasters Caster Blues Band – Bluestime 9001 – “The Plaster Casters Blues Band”

Band members were Jules Chaiken, Bobby Bryant, Max Hardy, Arthur Adams, Gildo Hahones, Ellen Sander, George Smith and Clifford Solomon.

I suspect the band took their name from Cynthia Plaster Caster a “respectable groupie” from the 1960’s who made her fame by casting rock star’s penis’s in plaster.  Goodness!

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1969 – The Plastic Cow – Dot 25961 – “The Plastic Cow Goes Moooooog”

The Plastic Cow was a Mike Melvoin recording project – Mike was born in May of 1937 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin Michael Melvoin – He played piano behind many artists including Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, the Beach Boys and more – He died on February 22nd, 2012 at the age of 74.

1956 – The Platters – Mercury 20146 – “The Platters”

The Platters rose to fame in 1954 out of Los Angeles, California – Original members were Cornell Gunter, Joe Jefferson, Gaynel Hodge, Alex Hodge and Herb Reed.- They reigned supreme with 40 chart records making them for a time the top vocal group in the world.  Gunter would depart early on to be replaced by lead singer Tony Williams.  Gunter would go on to join “The Flairs” and the “Coasters”.  The Platters are a 1990 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

The Classic lineup for The Platters was Williams, Reed, Zola Taylor, Paul Robi and David Lynch.

1958 – The Playmates – Roulette R 25043 – “At Play with the Playmates”

The Playmates formed in about 1957 out of Waterbury, Connecticut – Original Members were Donald Claps, Carl Cicchettie and Morey Cohen – Not rockers by any stretch, they still impacted the teen charts with a great tune “Jo-Ann” in 1958 to be followed by the silly “Beep, Beep” and two more I was fond of – “What is Love” and “Wait for Me” – to be followed for “Little Miss Stuck-Up” which was sort of fun as well.

From Paul Payton – June 9th, 2017: One more for the trivia files: speaking of The Playmates (not the Playboy ones), I never knew that Carl was the first name of Mr. Chichetti (no “e”), who was always credited as “Chic Hetti” on their LP covers.

1967 – The Pleasure Fair – UNI 73009 – “The Pleasure Fair”

The Pleasure Fair formed out of Los Angeles, California in 1964 forming from the duo of “Robb & Tim” (Robb Royer and Tim Hallinan) joined by Michele Cochrane and Stephen Cohn.  Their LP was produced by David Gates.  Royer would join with Gates later on in “Bread”.

1969 – Pollution – Capitol 205 – “Heir: Pollution”

Pollution was Chris Mostert, Dennis Kenmore, Dobie Gray of “In Crowd” fame, James Quill Smith and Tata Vega.  The group formed in 1969 in Los Angeles and were managed by Max Baeir Jr. who had portrayed “Jethro” on the “Beverly Hillbillies” TV show.


1968 – Popcorn Blizzard – De-Lite 2004 – “Explode”

The Popcorn Blizzard formed in 1967 in Los Angeles, California – Members were Marvin Lee Aday who would find later fame as “Meatloaf”, Pete Woodman (“The Bossmen”), Frank Montoya, Susie Kaine and Rick Bozo – The group was first named “Meatloaf Soul”.  The band would later become “The Floating Circus”.

1963 – Pope John XXIII – Mercury 200 – “Pope John XXIII”

Pope John was born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli in November of 1881 which makes him the earliest born long play recording artist in our collection.  He died on June 3rd, 1963.

1966 – The Poppies – Epic 26200 – “Lullaby of Love”

The Poppies formed in 1965 with Dorothy Moore, Petsey McCune and Rosemary Taylor.  Moore went solo and enjoyed a long career.  Her biggest hit record was “Misty Blue” reaching number 3 on the pop charts and number 2 on the R&B charts in 1976.

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1966 – Sandy Posey – MGM 4418 – “Born a Woman”

Sandy Posey was born (a woman) in June of 1944 Sandra Lou Posey in Jasper, Alabama.  She began as a session singer – worked with Elvis Presley and sang on “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge

1966 – The Possum Hunters – Takoma 1010 – “Death On Lee Highway & Other Southern Lullabies”

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1969 – Potliquor – Janus 1969 – “First Taste”

Potliquor was formed in 1969 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana evolving out of a band called “The Basement Wall” – with George Ratzlaff, Guy Schaeffler, Les Wallace and Jerry Amoroso.

1961 – Adam Clayton Powell Jr. – Roulette 25164 – “The Gospel in Words and Music”

Adam Clayton Powell was born in January of 1945 – Powell was a civil rights activist and became a U.S. Congressman.

1964 – Joey Powers – Amy 8001 – “Midnight Mary”

Joey Powers was born in December of 1934 in Washington, Pennsylvania Joseph S. Ruggiero – He died on January 20th, 2017.

1967 – The Powers of Blue – MTA 1002 – “Flipout”

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1966 – The Pozo-Seco Singers – Columbia 9315 – “Time”

The Pozo-Seco Singers formed in 1965 in Corpus Christi, Texas with Don Williams and Lofton Kline having performed as “The Strangers Two”.  They then added Susan Taylor a high school girl who was with “The Corpus Christi Folk Music Society”.

Don Williams would migrate to pure country music and became a huge country star.

1964 – The Premiers – Warner Bros. W 1565 – “Farmer John Live”

The Premiers formed in 1962 in San Gabriel, California.  Original members were Lawrence Perez, John Perez, George Delgado and Frank Zuniga.

1963 – Billy Preston – Soul City SCM-002 – “16 Yr. Old Soul”

Billy Preston was born in September of 1946 in Houston, Texas – He died on June 6th, 2006.  As a teenager he played with Little Richard’s band.  Later he became aligned and recorded with The Beatles in London.

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1958 – Johnny Preston – Mercury MG -20592 – “Running Bear”

Johnny Preston was born in August of 1939 in Port Arthur, Texas John Preston Courville – He died on March 4th, 2011.  He was discovered by The Big Bopper when he was a member of a Texas group called “The Shades”.

1959 – Lloyd Price – ABC Paramount ABC-297 – “Mr. Personality”

Lloyd Price was born in March of 1933 in Kenner Louisiana and continues on today!  Lloyd Price is a 1998 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.


1968 – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap – Columbia 9715 – “Incredible”

Gary Puckett and The Union Gap formed in 1967 in San Diego, California – Members were Gary Puckett who had been with “The Outcasts” in Minnesota and then “Gary Puckett and the Remarkables”.  This group would become “The Union Gap” named after the town of “Union Gap” in Washington.

Other members were Kerry Chater, Gary Withem, Dwight Bement and Paul Wheatbread – Puckett met these musicians while attending college in San Diego.

1969 – Pugsley Munion – J&S 1 – “Just Like You”

Pugsley Munion formed in 1969 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts with Ed Kelly, Tom Belliveau and John Schuller.  Their name was derived from a street name (“Puglsey Street”) and a police officer “Munion” who didn’t think much of the band.  The band members became session musicians after their brief time together came to and end.

1969 – Pure Love & Pleasure – ABC/Dunhill 50076 – “A Record of Pure Love & Pleasure”

Pure Love & Pleasure formed in the late 1960’s with Fazlu Rogers, David McAnally, Peggy Ann May, Bob Bohanna (“Morning Glory”) and John Allair.

1967 – James and Bobby Purify – Bell 6003 – “James and Bobby Purify”

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1969 – Puzzle – ABC 671 – “Puzzle”

Puzzle (not the Motown group) formed in Washington D.C. with Curt Jonnie, Tony Grasso (deceased) and Mike Zack.  Mike had been a member of “The Cherry People” and both he and Jonnie were with a band called “Wild Honey”.

1964 – The Pyramids – Best 1001 – “The Pyramids Play the Original Penetration!”

The Pyramids formed in 1961 out of Long Beach, California with Skip Mercier, Willy Glover, Steve Leonard, Tom Pitman and Ron McMullen.  They appeared in the motion picture “Bikini Beach” wearing Beatle wigs and then doffed them to reveal shaved heads!  The two tracks performed in the movie “Record Run” and “Bikini Drag” were written by DJ Roger Christian and Gary Usher.

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1963 – The Quads – 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, and Gary Usher – all produced by Gary Usher.


1962 – Doug Quattlebaum – Prestige 1965 – “Softee Man Blues”

Doug Quattlebaum was born in January of 1929 in Florence, South Carolina Eijah Douglas Quattlebaum -He died on March 1st, 1996 – Early on he was a member of “The Bells of Joy”.

1969 – The Queen’s Nectarine Machine – ABC 666 – “The Mystical Powers of Roving Tarot Gamble”

The Queen’s Nectarine Machine performed around New Jersey and were Drew Troeder, Jimmie Jersie, Guy Rigano and Joe Ribaudo.  Jersie had been a member of the group “The Del-Aires” – a group which appeared in the motion picture “The Horror of Party Beach”.

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1966 – ? & The Mysterians – Cameo Parkway SC-2004 – “96 Tears”

? & The Mysterians formed in 1962 out of Bay City, Michigan – Original members included Robert Martinez (“?”), Larry Borjas and Bobby Balderrama – They would later add Frank Rodriquez and David Torres.  For a brief time other members were called “X”, “Y” and “Z” which was probably a bit too much

1969 – Quill – Cotillion 9017 – “Quill”

Quill formed in 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts with Ray and David Cole along with Roger North, and Phil Thayer.  Roger North later became a member of the “Holy Modal Rounders”.  The band usually remained in the east part of the U.S. but did come one time to Aspen, Colorado to perform.

They opened for several notables including Jeff Beck, The Kinks, Deep Purple, Blue Cheer and Sly and the Family Stone.  They appeared at the famous Woodstock Festival but failed to make the cut on the film versions.

1968 – The Racket Squad – Jubilee 8015 – “The Racket Squad”

The Racket Squad formed in 1968  in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Lead singer Sonny DiNunzio also fronted another Pittsburgh group, “The Fenways” – and earlier in a doo wop group “The Three Chaps”.   Other members were – Next they would move to California and become “The Four Chaps”.

The Racket Squad’s original members were DiNunzio, Ron George, Bob Ainsworth and Terry Lee.

1962 – The Raiders – Liberty 3225 – “Twstin’ The Country Classics”

Most likely studio musicians.  Liner notes state they were formed in 1961 at the “suggestion” of Snuff Garrett

1968 – Rainbow – GNP Crescendo 2049 – “After the Storm”

Rainbow was Darrell Devlin, Bob Gay, David Mohr and Harry Varela.

1963 – The Raindrops – Jubilee 5023 – “The Raindrops”

The Raindrops were in reality Brill Building husband and wife team Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry – composers of billions of hit rock and roll records.  The “Raindrops” project’s success may have surprised them – Their hit records were great foot stompin’, big-beat hits during the 1963 to 1965 time-period.

With the success of “What a Guy” they had to scramble to hit the road and perform and so sister Laura Greenwich.  Singers Beverly Warren and at times Bobby Bosco would occasionally work on the recordings and sometimes appear as fill-ins for Ellie and Jeff.

1967 – The Rainy Daze – UNI 3002 – “That Acapulco Gold”

The group formed in Denver, Colorado in 1965 – Tim Gilbert penned their big hit “That Acapulco Gold” along with his C.U. roommate John Carter. The duo also penned “Incense and Peppermints” which was recorded by label mates The Strawberry Alarm Clock. Like their fellow Colorado band – The Boenzee Cryque – they were signed to the small Chicory label by Frank Slay – who attended Colorado Battle of the Bands events – as did many record executives from around the country. He produced songs for both groups.

Members were Tim Gilbert, Kip Gilbert, Mac Ferris, Sam Fuller, and Bob Heckendorf

1965 – Eddie Rambeau – Dynovoice 9001 – Eddie Rambeau Sings Concrete and Clay”

Eddie Rambeau was born in June of 1943 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania Edward Cletus Fluri – Rambeau composed Diane Renay’s “Navy Blue” as well as co-composing her follow-up “Kiss Me Sailor”. In 1962 he co-wrote Mark Valentino’s “Push and Kick”.

1962 – Teddy Randazzo – ABC Paramount 421 – “Teddy Randazzo Twists”

Teddy Randazzo was born in May of 1935 in New York City Alessandro Carmelo Randazzo – He died on November 21st, 2003.  He started off with “The Three Chuckles”

1969 – Rare Earth – Rare Earth 507 – “Rare Earth”

Rare Earth formed in 1968 in Detroit, Michigan – They were first known as “The Sunliners” before changing their name in 1968 – becoming the first while group to be on the label dedicated to white groups – named after the band after a casual suggestion from the band – which Motown elected to do!

1969 – The Rationals – Crewe 1334 – “The Rationals”

The Rationals were from Ann Arbor, Michigan forming in 1964 – The members were Bill Figg, Steve Correll, Terry Trabandt, Steve Correll and Scott Morgan.

1957 – The Ravens – Regent 6062 – “Write Me a Letter”

The Ravens formed in 1946 – one of the noted “Bird Groups” from the very early years – out of Harlem in New York City, New York – Original Members: Jimmy Ricks, Warren Suttles, Leonard Puzey and Henry Oliver Jones.

1963 – Lou Rawls – Capitol ST 1824 – “Black and Blue”

Lou Rawls was born in December of 1933 in Chicago, Illinois Louis Allen Rawls – He died on January 6th, 2006.  Rawls was with “The Teenage Kings of Harmony” with Sam Cooke for a short period of time.  He was later with “The Chosen Gospel Singers” and then “The Pilgrim Travelers”.

1965 – Dave Ray – Elektra 7284 – “Snaker’s Here”

Dave Ray was born in August of 1943 in St. Paul, Minnesota Dave James David Ray – He was a member of “Koerner, Ray & Glover” with John Koerner and Tony Glover. He died on November 28th, 2002 from lung cancer.

1964 – Diane Ray – Mercury 20903 – “The Exciting Years”

Diane Ray was born in September of 1945 in Gastonia, North Carolina – She had been a member of a group called “The Continentals – She was participating in a talent contest and one of the judges was Mercury A&R man Shelby Singleton and he promptly signed her.  She released four subsequent singles and that was pretty much the end of that.

1969 – Rebecca And the Sunny Brook Farmers – Musicor 3176 – “Birth”

The group out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniawas Mickey Kapner, Ilene Rappaport, Clifford Mandell, Ernie Eremita, Ki-Ki and Ilene Novog.  Vocalist Novog (real name Lauren Wood) would join up with a trio “Chunky, Novi and Ernie” and later did a duet with Michael McDonald doing the hit “Please Don’t Leave”.


1967 – The Red Crayola – International Artists 2 – “The Red Crayola with The Familiar Ugly – Parable of Arable Land”

The Red Crayola formed in 1966 in Houston, Texas coming as students out of the University of St. Thomas.  Members were May Thompson, Frederick Barthelme, and Steve Cunningham – a critic once said “This is a band that was paid ten dollars to stop a performance in Berkeley.  If Berkeley’s not having it, you know you’re in for rough sledding.”

1969 – Redbone – Epic 501 – “Redbone”

Redbone formed in 1969 in Los Angeles, California headed up by Pat and Lolly Vegas-Vasquez.  They stared off as the “Vegas Brothers” playing surfing music! – They played around Las Vegas and became “The Crazy Cajun Cakewalk Band”.

1964 – Otis Redding – ATCO 33-161 – “Pain in My Heart”

Otis Redding was born in September of 1941 in Dawson, Georgia Otis Ray Redding, Jr. – He died in a plane accident on December 10th, 1967.  Redding is a 1989 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.  They had one LP release in 1966 on the Mercury label as “Pat and Lolly Vegas”.  Lolly Vegas has since passed away.

Other members included Tony Bellamy (deceased), Arturo Perez, Peter DePoe and Butch Rillera.  Tony was with a group called “Peter and the Wolves out of San Francisco).

1969 – Redeye – Pentagram 10003 – “Redeye”

Redeye formed in 1969 in Los Angeles, California with Douglas Mark who had been in “The Sunshine Company), Dave Hodgkins, Bill Kirkham and Bob Bereman.

1958 – Jimmy Reed – Vee Jay 1003 – “I’m Jimmy Reed”

Jimmy Reed was born in September of 1925 in Dunleith, Mississippi Mathis James Reed – He died on August 29th, 1976.  Jimmy Reed is a 1991 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1964 – The Reflections – Golden World GW LPM 300 – “Just Like Romeo & Juliet”

The Reflections formed in Detroit, Michigan in about 1963.  Original members were Tony Micale, John Dean, Joey Finazzo, Gary Benovetz and Sal Prado.

1961 – The Regents – Gee SGLP 706 – “Barbara-Ann”

The Regents formed out of New York City – The Bronx in 1959 – Originally called “The Monterays” first members were Guy Villari, Sal Cuomo, Chuck Fassert and Ernie Maresca who would to on to solo fame.

1969 – Clarence Reid – Tay-Ster 3333 – “Nobody But You Babe”

Clarence Reid was born in February of 1939 in Cochran, Georgia Clarence Henry Reid.  Reid was a successful composer writing for Sam & Dave, Betty Wright, Bobby Byrd and others. He died on January 17th, 2016 at the age of 76.

1960 – Betty Reilly – Golden Tone 4067

Betty Reilly is a little known actress sometimes rocker born in 1918 in Mexico.  She performed with The Buddy Morrow Orchestra – She had her own nightclub in the 1950’s in Waikiki, Hawaii.  She died on December 22nd, 1982 at the age of 64.

1966 – The Remains – Epic 26214 – “The Remains”

The Remains formed in 1964 out of Boston University as Freshmen – Members were Barry Tashian, Bill Briggs, Chip Damiani and Vern Miller. – They made appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “Hullabaloo” – A big moment occurred for The Remains in 1966 when they opened for the Beatles on their U.S. tour.

1968 – Rene and Rene – White Whale 7119 – “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero”

Rene and Rene formed out of Laredo, Texas Rene Ornelas and Rene Herrera – Their big hit was the title track of this LP hitting #14 on the Hot 100 in 1968.  They made an appearance on American Bandstand in 1964  performing “Angelito”.

1965 – Reparata & the Delrons – World Artists 2006 – “Whenever A Teenager Cries”

Reparata and the Delrons formed in 1962 in New York City – first performing while in high school with a five member group – “The Delrons” (St. Brendan’s Catholic School in Brooklyn). They became a trio with Mary Alese (Reparata) , Sheila Reilly and Carol Drobnicki.  Their hit was composed by Ernie Maresca.  In 1965 the trio opened for “The Rolling Stones” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mary Alese departed the group in 1969 but they carried on with new members.

1959 – Johnny Restivo – RCA Victor 2149 – “Oh Johnny!”

Johnny Restivo was born in September of 1943 in the Bronx, New York – He was backed with guitar by Jerry Landis (Paul Simon) on his first recording when Johnny was 15 years old.  “The Shape I’m In” was Restivo’s only charting record.

1964 – The Revels – Impact 1 – “On A Rampage”

The Revels were a West Coast instrumental group who first performed as “Gil Serna and the Rockets” in 1959.  Members included Norman Knowles, Dan Arnold, Jeff Cotton, and Merrell Frankhauser.  Frankhauser was also a member of “Merrill and the Exiles”

1964 – The Revells – Reprise 6160 – “The Go Sound of the Slots!”

The Revells were another studio group headed up by Gary Usher – All the usual suspects with Glen Campbell, Bill Cooper, Dick Burns, Jerry LeMire, Joe Kelly, Joe Podolor, Tommy Tedesco, Hal Blaine, Donnie Frost.

Vocals were provided by Gary Usher and Chuck Girard – Burns, LeMire and Randy Thomas all toured as “The Hondells”.

1966 – The Revengers – Metro 565 – “Batman and Other Super Men”

No doubt – the “Wrecking Crew” strikes again!

1962 – Paul Revere & The Raiders – Gardena 1000 – “Like, Long Hair”

Paul Revere and the Raiders formed in 1958 in Boise, Idaho starting off as an instrumental group.  Paul Revere relocated to Portland, Oregon where he met and added Mark Lindsay to his group in 1958.  After Paul Revere finished serving as a cook in a mental institution due to being a conscientious objector – he put the band back together adding Mike Smith, Jim Valley and Phil Volk.  Many, many others would pass through their ranks.

1963 – Debbie Reynolds – Dot 3492 – “Tammy and 11 Other Great Folk Hits”

Had to include this easy listening LP just because Debbie was so darn cute – and sort of had that “girl group” sound.  Debbie was born in April of 1932 in El Paso, Texas Mary Frances Reynolds.  She passed away on
December 28th of 2016 at the age of 84 just five days after the passing of her daughter actress Carrie Fisher.

1968 – Rhinoceros – Elektra 74030 – “Rhinoceros”

Rhinoceros formed in 1967 in Los Angeles, California – This was a contrived project by Elektra Records executives to create a “super group” of sorts – conducting auditions.  John Finley, Danny Weis, Alan Gerber and Doug Hastings were the winners.  But the group was not super and so they faded.  Members of the band went on to form “Blackstone”.  That effort also faltered and that was that.

1969 – Emitt Rhodes – ABC/Dunhill 50089 – “Emitt Rhodes”

Emitt Rhodes was born in February of 1950 making him a true “baby boomer” in Decatur, Illinois Emitt Lynn Rhodes.  He started off in “The Palace Guard” and then the “Merry-Go-Round” before going solo.

1963 – The Rhythm Rockers – Challenge 617 – “Soul Surfin'”

The Rhythm Rockers were Steve Carman, Tracy Longstreth, Mike Moran, Chuck Spenser, Dave Garland and John Longsrteth out of California.  The were first named “The Fugitives” and next “The Lettermen”.  After becoming the “Rhythm Rockers” they take Dick Dale’s place (and Deltones) at the “Rendezvous Ballroom”.

1960 – Charlie Rich – Phillips International PLP 1970 – “Lonely Weekends”

Charlie Rich was born in December of 1932 in Colt, Arkansas Charles Allan Rich – He died on July 25th, 1995 – He stared off working at Sun Records as a session musician and graduated to solo artist rocker and then a giant in the Country Music realm.

1968 – Don Rickles – Warner Bros. 1745 – “Hello Dummy”

If you were a celebrity and were being roasted back in the 1960’s/70’s – you didn’t want this guy invited to the roast!  Don Rickles was born in May of 1926 in Queens, New York Donald Jay Rickles and died on April 6th of 2017 at the age of 90.

1961 – Jimmy Ricks – Signature SM 1032 – “Jimmy Ricks”

Jimmy Ricks was an original member of “The Ravens” (see above) – He was born in Adrian Georgia.  He died in 1974.

1969 – Rig – Capitol 473 – “Rig”

Rig was Kenny Buttrey, Kendell Kardt, Don Kerr and Artie Richards.

1963 – The Righteous Brothers – Moonglow 1001 – “The Righteous Brothers Right Now!”

The Righteous Brothers formed in 1962 in Orange County, California – Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley.  They first met up as members of “The Paramours”.  Before that Hatfield was with “The Variations”.  The Paramours would release a single on the Moonglow label in July of 1962 before breaking up – Medley and Hatfield would continue as a duo on that label until making the switch to Phil Spector’s “Philles” label in 1964.

Bobby Hatfield was born in August of 1940 Robert Lee Hatfield in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and died on November 5th, 2003.  Bill Medley was born in September of 1940 in Santa Ana, California.  The Righteous Brothers are a 2003 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1965 – The Rincon Surfside Band – Dunhill 50001 – “The Surfing Song Book”

This was a studio group consisting of Phil Sloan and Steve Barri – members of “The Fantastic Baggies” – It was the Dunhill Record label’s first long play release.  The records contained Beach Boys and Jan and Dean tracks and was recorded as a “sing-along” project.


1963 – Billy Lee Riley – Mercury 20985 – “Whiskey A-Go-Go Presents Billy Lee Riley”

Billy Lee Riley was born in October of 1933 in Pocahontas, Arkansas – He died on August 2nd, 2009 – Riley was yet another of the Sun Records artists.

1964 – The Rip Chords – Columbia 8951 – “Hey Little Cobra and Other Hot Rod Hits”

The Rip Chords formed in 1962 in Inglewood, California – The group was formed by Phil Stewart and Ernie Bringas who had been together in a group called “The Opposites” – They were joined in that group by future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher (who would record together as “Bruce and Terry”).

Since the group did not play instruments they used studio musicians Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine, Ray Pohlman and others from the “Wrecking Crew” to provide the backing.

For touring purposes, Stewart would work with Rich Rotkin and Arnie Marcus – although these latter two did not become involved in the recordings.  These types of arrangements were typical of the California Hot Rod and Surfing musical scene.

1964 – The Risers – Imperial 12269 – “She’s a Bad Motorcycle”

Never too little work for the “Wrecking Crew” studio musicians in Los Angeles, California – This LP included Jerry Cole, Glen Cass, Phil Myles, Ray Johnson, Don Dexter, and Tom Gebheim.  Several of the same musicians provided vocals as well.

1967 – The Rising Storm – Remnant 3571 – “Calm Before…”

The Rising Storm formed in 1965 in Andover, Massachusetts with original members Bob Cohan, Charlie Rockwell, Todd Cohen, Tony Thompson, Tom Scheft and Rich Weinberg.  Their lone LP has been known to be sold for over $1,000!

1964 – Johnny Rivers – Imperial 9264 – “Johnny Rivers at the Whiskey A Go-Go”

Johnny Rivers was born in November of 1942 in New York City John Henry Ramistella.  He formed a group at the age of 14 “The Spades” after he moved to Louisiana.  He obtained his performing name from disc jockey Alan Freed upon his return to New York.  It was back to the South – this time Nashville where Johnny set his sites on being a composer but instead found his way a vocalist.

1963 – The Rivieras – Post 2000 – “The Rivieras Sing”

The Rivieras were from Englewood, New Jersey forming in 1958 with Andrew Jones, Charles Allen, Ronald Cook and Homer Dunn.

1964 – The Rivieras – USA 102 – “Let’s Have a Party”

The Rivieras formed in 1962 in South Bend, Indiana – The group arose as classmates from South Bend Central High School – They were first known as “The Playmates” due to a competing group with that name.  In later years they would perform once again as “The Wildcats”.

1962 – The Rivingtons – Liberty LST-7282 – “Doin’ The Bird”

The Rivingtons started off as “The Sharps” in 1957 out of Los Angeles, California – Original members were Carl White, Al Frazier, Sonny Haris and Turner Wilson, Jr.  – They did a little back-up vocal work for Paul Anka and Thurston Harris – and provide the yelps on Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser”.

From Paul Payton – June 9th, 2017: The Rivingtons were also The Untouchables (“Raising Sugar Cane” on Madison – an early rock protest song of sorts) and Africa on Ode in the late ’60s, as well as a couple of others which I forget. (They had more names than Philip and Elizabeth on “The Americans” TV series!)

1969 – The Road – Kama Sutra 2012 – “The Road”

The Road were formed in Buffalo, New York in 1967 – Members included Joe Hesse, Jim Hesse, Jerry Hudson, Phil Hudson, Ralph Parker and Nick De Stefano.  Joe Hesse would go on to work with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Sheila E and more.

1964 – The Road Runners – London 381 – “The New Mustang and Other Hot Rod Hits”

The Road Runners were from Denver, Colorado where their single of “Road Runnah” reached the top of the local charts in 1963 (KIMN Radio).  Members were Dave Scheibach, Jerry Schillinger, John Youngblood and Charlie Casper.

1956 – Marty Robbins – Columbia CL 2601 – “Rock n Roll’n Robbins” (Canadian cover shown)

Marty Robbins was born in September of 1925 in Glendale, Arizona Martin David Robinson – He died on December 8th, 1982 – Not a rocker by any means Marty was nonetheless a big part of the early teen sound with monster hits in his early days before moving on solidly to a country and western career.

1967 – The Robbs – Mercury 61130 – “The Robbs”

The Robbs were from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin forming in 1966 made up of brothers George, David and Robert Donaldson and drummer Craig Krampf.  They also performed as “Dee Robb and the Robins”, “Robby and the Robins” before becoming The Robbs.

The group would become “Cherokee” in 1971.

Rocky Roberts & The Airedales – Barclay 80 233 – “Monkey, Bird & Riviera”

Rocky Roberts was born in August of 1938 in Rome, Italy an American Charles Roberts.  He died on January 14th, 2005.  The Airedales included Wess Johnson, Eddie Tayor, Bill White, Henry Hooks, James Sampson, and Jessie King.

1958 – The Robins – Whippet WLP 703 – “Rock ‘n’ Roll with the Robins

The Robins were formed in Los Angeles, California in 1955 and evolved into “The Coasters”.  Original members included Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn.

1960 – Floyd Robinson – RCA Victor 2162 – “Floyd Robinson”

Floyd Robinson was born in August of 1932  in Nashville, Tennessee Floyd Eugene Robinson – He composed Jesse Lee Turner’s “The Little Space Girl”. Robinson died on May 28th, 2016.


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