The Specktrum

The Specktrum Somethin' Groovy 45 ConfettiI can’t find out much about the Specktrum. The band may have been from Cranston, Rhode Island but I’ve also seen them listed as from Abington, Massachusetts, which is south of Boston and an hour away from Cranston.

In February, 1967 they put out a single on Somethin’ Groovy Records SG-500 featuring two originals by the band, “Confetti” by R. Moore, K. Jeremiah and “I Was A Fool” by R. Schmeisser, K. Jeremiah. Publishing was through Exciting Music BMI but I can’t find anything in BMI’s database on these two songs or the writers.

The Specktrum Somethin' Groovy 45 I Was A Fool

Blue Wood

Blue Wood Jet Set 45 Turn AroundBlue Wood has the third release on the Jet Set label of Santa Barbara, California, though this time the label features a detailed logo. I don’t know anything about the group yet.

The A-side has a somewhat rural psychedelic sound (harmonies and no fuzz) on “Turn Around” by Rich Geiger. The flip is a hokey country-rock song, “Happy Jack Mine” by Ralph C. Multon and Lance Rose. Both songs published through Jet Set Publishing ASCAP, as were all the other original songs on the Jet Set label.

Produced by Tom Lubin, with Doug McGuire, the owner of the label, listed as executive producer.

As far as I can tell there were only three releases on Jet Set:

JSR-45-2: Planned Obsolescense – “Exit Sticky Icky” / “Still in Love With You Baby” (Sept. 1967)
JSR-45-3: The Calliope – “I’ll Take It Back” / “Ryan 5″ (eng. by Frank Kajmar, February 1968)
JSR-45-4: Blue Wood – “Turn Around” / “Happy Jack Mine” (1968)

Jet Set was located at 4296-A Modoc Road, Santa Barbara.

For more on Planned Obsolescense, see the post I wrote last year.

This is not the same Jet Set label that released singles by Jimmy Armstrong, Barbara Long, Jimmy Castor, Eldrige Holmes and others.

Blue Wood Jet Set 45 Happy Jack Mine

Current list of garage 45s for sale

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ArtistTitlesLabelConditionNotesPrice
New ArrivalsMarch 20, 2015
Bachs LunchYou Go On / Will You Love Me TomorrowTomorrow T-911VGscuff makes clicks for first rotations, otherwise plays well$16
Basil & the BaroquesIt's No Use / We'll Meet AgainDore 745Vg plays better$48
Bloomsbury PeopleHave You Seen Them Cry / MadelinePage 843K-1109VG++$24
Caeser & His RomansGreen Grass Makes It BetterGJM 505VG++$70
Charity ShayneAin't It?, Babe / Then You TryAutumn 22VGfuture Manson Family member, scuffy plays well$25
Cush (Jim Cushman)Are You Mine / Say We're in LoveHull 1000VG-scuff causes some noise on rotation, no skips$9
Dynasty FyveA Faithful Man / Poetry in MotionBuff 51568VG+$16
EthicsCan't You See / A Letter to KathyUp Tight E196715/6NM$48
ExoticsMorning Sun / Fire Engine RedMonument MN45-984VG+wlp$18
Five TymesHold Me Now / Around and AroundBear 1969VG plays well$15
GT'sFarewell Faithless Farewell / Bad GirlNashville NV 5302VG+$17
H P. & the Grass Route MovementOn the Road / You Don't Know Like I KnowBBTC 811P-2120VG plays +$30
Inner LiteTabula Rasa / Hold On to HimssExx 666
VG++$50
John MarkShe Wants It That Way / Big CityJester 10011VG plays +$24
KazeechesYou Told a Lie / So-LongMuriel M-1111VG+$34
Kim and the CharactersSinbad Stomp / Jawbone
Kimley 1744VGone label has discoloring. Kim Fowley production
$26
Klan
Already Mine, Wait and See, Stop Little Girl, Out of LinePalette EPPB 7277VG plays + / VGDutch EP. Sleeve is VG with wear to top right corner and small tear at bottom left, otherwise very nice, no seam splits. Vinyl is strong VG, hairlines that do not affect play, excellent sound throughout.$40
Los ArlequinesNo Hay Amor Para Mi / Tomando Cafe
RCA Victor 3-10264VG+ / VG+Great Spanish garage with good soul-rock on flip
$50
Los Dug Dug'sAl Diablo / Ya Te DejeRCA SP 4099VG++ / VG++with PS$24
Los SoñadoresVete / Lo Se Por MiRCA Victor 3-10332VG plays + / VGPS has tape residue on one side, sticker and narrow tear on back, otherwise very presentable.$30
MonotonesWhat Would I Do / Is It RightHickory 45-1520VGwriting on labels$15
NoblemenTwo Faced Woman / You Didn't Have to Be So NiceParis Tower PT-110VG++$75
PawnsSouth Bay / The PawnExeter EXT 125VG+labels NM, nice copy$175
Rationals - I Need YouSir Richard Case - Get the PictureA Square 402NM$90
SouldiersWould You Kiss Me / Lemon SunBoss 007VG- plays +scuffy but plays OK, no skips, clicks or loud noise$45
The TruthBaby You've Got It / I Go to SleepPye 7N.17095VG+centre intact$85
ToronadosRainy Day Fairy Tales / She's GonePhalanx 804P-1014VG+$42
Van TrevorSatisfaction Is Guaranteed / Louisiana Hot Sauce
Corsican M-138VG+1" faded area on b-side label
$18
Vinnie BasileGirl / Gypsy GirlDavy Jones Presents 661NM / VG++with PS, sleeve has light creasing at corner otherwise very fine$28
The rest of the list ...
13th Floor ElevatorsLivin' On / Scarlet and GoldIA-130VG++yellow label$80
49th ParallelLaborer / You Do ThingsRCA Victor 47-9293NMwlp, company sleeve, beautiful labels and vinyl$75
Al CaseySurfin' Hootenanny / Easy Pickin'Stacy 962VG plays fine$5
All That the Name ImpliesAugust Pine / LiarOro 45-3VG++wlp, ESP-Disk related$18
All That the Name ImpliesBlack Tuesday / So Am IORO 45-2NMwlp, ESP-Disk related$18
AmbertonesIf I Do / I Need SomeoneDottie 1130VG+$80
Amboy DukesJourney to the Center of the Mind / Mississippi MurdererMainstream 684VG++drill hole$8
American DreamTioga / All the Way in MourningDemik 101VG+promo stamp on vocal side$26
Ann-MargretI Just Don't Understand / I Don't Hurt AnymoreRCA Victor 47-7894VG plays +1961, early use of fuzz guitar$12
ApollosThat's the Breaks / Country BoyDelta MM 183VG++$250
ArielIt Feels Like I'm CryingBrent 7060VG+scratch on b-side dnap$22
B.G. RamblersGet a Little Closer / Those Little Brown EyesM Records 1277VG plays +vinyl needs a cleaning, very little wear$7
BalladeersWords I Want to Hear / High Flying BirdCori CR 31001VG plays +A-side has "71" in pen on label$70
BarracudasI Can't Believe / 20-75Cuda 501VG-, plays wellsurface scuffs, no deep scratches. Labels have some wear and pencil marks - arrows and circle around Cuda$70
Beat MerchantsSo FineTower 127VGflip is Freddie & the Dreamers "You Were Made for Me"$10
Beaten PathDoctor Stone / Never NeverJubilee 5556VG++wlp$35
Beckett QuintetNo Correspondence / Baby BlueGemcor 5003VG$8
Belfast GipsiesGloria's Dream / Secret PoliceLoma 2051VG- plays better$18
Big ThreeSome Other Guy / Let True Love BeginDecca F.11614VG+center intact$40
Billy Bob BowmanMiss Pauline / ShowersUA 50957VG++$6
BirdwatchersGirl I Got News for YouScott 143VG plays EXpen marks, tape residue on lbl$11
Bitter LemonsOne More Chance / Canberra BluesEMI Custom Service PRS-1289VG++$125
BittervetchA Girl Like You / Bigger FoolPixieVG plays +$55
Black and BluesCome to Me / Bye Bye BabyUnited Artists UA 50245VG- plays betterwlp, date stamp on a-side$22
Bob Seger SystemLucifer / Big RiverCapitol 2748VG++orig. orange and red label$14
Bobby Fuller FourLove's Made a Fool of You / Don't Ever Let Me KnowMustang 3016VG++$14
Bobby GonzalesPaiyakan / SunglassesMayon 031VGFilipino pop/garage$11
Boo Boo & BunkyTurn Around / This Old TownBrent 7045VG$12
BoysI Wanna KnowSVR 1001VG+$10
Boys Next DoorSuddenly She Was Gone / Why Be ProudSoma 1439VG+$24
BoystownHello Mr. Sun / End of the LineSotto 124VG+early Michael Lloyd, small x on labels$48
Brass ToadIn the Back of My Mind / Easy to Be HardTwo Worlds 1071VG++white label$34
Brian Redmond & the Sound BoxI Want You / Boogaloo up Bord du LacRegency 983VG++$32
British WalkersDiddley Daddy / I Found YouTry 502VG plays wellmarker line on b-side$15
Brym-Stonz LtdYou'll Be Mine / Times Gone ByCustom 143VG+light dish warp, dnap$42
Bubble PuppyThinkin' About Thinkin' / Days of Our TimeInternational Artists IA-136VG+$26
CampsBatmobile / The Ballad of BatmanParkway 974VGdrill hole, tear on band name touched up with pen$9
CedarsFor Your Information / Hide If You Want to HideDecca 68.107VG plays fineTurkish press, center intact$70
ChapsRemember to Forget Her / You'll Be BackPaula 250VG++wlp$40
CheckerladsShake Yourself Down / Baby Send For MeRCA 47-8986VG++wlp, radio stamp, writing in red pen on both sides$75
Cherry SlushI Cannot Stop You / Don't Walk AwayUSA 895VGdrill hole$38
Cherry SlushI Cannot Stop You / Don't Walk AwayUSA 895VGdrill hole, larger marker on b-side label$18
Cicadasthat's What I Want / Hey Wha Dya SayRCA 47-8839VG+stock labelSOLD
ClichesWhy, Why, Why / Save It For MeWes Mar 1020NM$22
CoastlinersAlright / Wonderful YouBack Beat 554VG++name written on A-side$22
Combination, TheDon't Cry Buddy/LonelyDamon 12873VG++Maudlin song, more country than garage. Label completists only. $8
CountdownsShe Works All Night / Skies Will Be Happy to See YouWG Records WG-1NM$24
CountsI Will Lose My Mind / Last TrainKingstonVG++$42
Crabby AppletonGo Back / TryElekra 45687VG$9
Craig & MichaelThat Kind of Girl / DriftyDowney D-140VGwlp, light moisture stains on label, pressing has light noise throughout$14
Creedence Clearwater RevivalCall It Pretending / PortervilleScorpio 412VG+unplayed stock, minor dish warp, small scuff, dnap$85
Cryan ShamesBen Franklin's Almanac / Sugar & SpiceDestination 624VG$10
DalidaJe Prefere Naturallement / Petit HommeBarclay BRC-1021VG++, sleeve VGTurkish issue - sleeve is nice but has 1" crease and tiny tear at top and light staining on the back$30
DanielaDanas Je Davan Dan + 3Radio-Televizija BeogradVG+ / VG+ sleeveone crease on sleeve, otherwise fine. Very rare EP$75
DantesCan't Get Enough of Your Love / 80-96Jamie 1314VG+$25
DantesCan't Get Enough of Your Love / 80-96Jamie 1314NM$45
DantesUnder My Thumb / Can I Get a WitnessCameo 431NM$30
Dave Kennedy & AmbassadorsYou Didn't ListenCuca 1036G, worn, plays ok, some noiselabel tears$8
DecisionsTears, Tears / Don't You Know It's Love?Topper T-114VG plays wellname in pen on b-side$70
Dee & the YeomenYou Should Know It/ Say Baby Who Am IWolff 101VG++$12
DeltasShe's My Girl / Wild In the SunEmp 10-001VG++2nd Emp label (without devil), light wear on labels$14
Dickee LeeBig Brother / She's Walking AwayHall 45-1924VG++small sticker and pen marks on A-side$16
Dickee LeeBig Brother / She's Walking AwayHall 45-1924VG- plays OK$7
Dino, Desi & BillyI'm a Fool / So Many WaysReprise 0367VGlight scuffs, name on A-side, no picture sleeve$7
Dino, Desi & BillyI'm a Fool / So Many WaysReprise 0367VG++ / VG++with picture sleeve$14
DisraeliSpinning Round / What Will the New Day BringMantra M-113NM disc, PS VG+front of sleeve NM-, back has 1/4" tear and small crease - otherwise very fresh looking$60
DolphinsSurfin' East Coast / I Should Have StayedYorkshire 125VGscuffy, plays well, large chip in A-side at edge - doesn't affect music$15
Dr. T & the UndertakersThings Have Changed / It's Easy ChildTarget 4610VG+$45
DruidsGirl Can't Take a Joke / I Can't Leave YouSelect 45K-743VGglossy, but one 1/2" feelable scratch on b-side makes light clicks before song starts. Once music begins, it's almost inaudible.$35
Dynamic DischordsPassageway (To Your Heart) / This Girl of MineIGL 45-150VG plays +$120
DynamicsClap Your Hands / Roses & ThunderAthon 106VG plays finea few surface scuffs dnap, light wear to labels$50
DynamicsClap Your Hands / Roses & ThunderAthon 106VG-one mark makes click just before start of music, otherwise plays solid VG+$30
East Side KidsClose Your Mind / Take a Look in the MirrorOrange-Empire OE 500VG plays +$34
Eastfield MeadowsFriends of Unequal Parallel / Love All Men Can ShareVMC 745VGscuffs, plays well$12
Eighteenth EditionWhen You Love SomeonePanther 355VG plays well$14
Electric PrunesThe Great Banana Hoax / Wind Up ToysReprise 0607VGwlp$12
EmblemsThat Girl of Yours / Hold On, I'm Comin'Lamia 1546VG++almost NM, small scuff on b-side dnap$42
EmeneesRockelation Beat / Jubilee Juke Box Jamboree JiveEmeneeG+$5
Emperor, TheI'm NormalCurrent 111VG++first label$24
EuphoriaHungry Women / No Me TomorrowMainstream 655VG+white label promo$40
Fairviews & Fifth DimensionA New Direction / DiscumbooberSpinIt 124VG+Bud Mathis$34
Fantastic ZooThis Calls for a Celebration/ Midnight SnackDouble Shot 105VG-plays with some noise$4
FelicityHurtin / I'll Try ItWilson 101NMWLP, release date written on labels$80
Fifth OrderGoin' Too Far / Walkin' AwayDiamond D-212VG+$32
Five EmpreesHey Baby / WhyFreeport 1002VG++great b-side$15
Five EmpreesLittle Miss Happiness / Over the MountainFreeport 1007VG+$12
FliesHouse of Love/ It Had to Be YouDecca F 12594VG- plays OKdemo copy, center intact$35
FlockCan't You See / Hold On to My MindDestination 628VG++drill hole$14
Flowers, Fruits and Pretty ThingsTake Me Away / Wanting YouG&P 101VG+white label promo$25
FlysNo More Heartaches / Halfway to SeattleWarped RI3914NM but dishwarpthin vinyl has consistent warp that doesn't cause skipping$12
FortunesHere It comes Again / Things I Should Have KnownPress 9798VG+$13
ForumI Fall in Love / The River is WideMira 232VG++price sticker on label (.07)!$7
Four Below ZeroGetting Thru to You / HappinessJerden 903VG$7
Four, TheNow Is the Time / Lonely Surfer BoyClark CR-225VGalmost VG+, plays well, rare, uncomped$115
Fruit MachineFollow Me / Cuddly ToySpark 3702VG+ / VGsuper-rare Italian art sleeve$125
FugitivesMean Woman / I'll Be a ManColumbia 4-43261VGwlp, A-side plays well, flip has 1 cm feelable scratch that made minor click$22
FurysMerryann / Sand FleaLavender R-1926VG plays +labels have water stains and discoloration$35
Galaxies IVLet Me Hear You Say Yeah / Till Then You'll CryVeep 1211VG+white label promo$36
George Washington & the Cherry BombsBrother Ward / Don'tcha Just Know ItMGM 13450VG$10
Gershon KingsleyHey Hey / Twinkle TwinkleAudio Fidelity AF-154VG+includes 8 page 6" booklet on moog & gershon in VG+ condition (light crease, price sticker residue)$30
Giant SunflowerFebruary Sunshine / More SunshineTake 6 1000VG+Pat Vegas$22
Golden CabaleersCome Back to Me / All AloneIGL 123VG close to VG+Plays great, no noise, signed by two band members first names on both sides$60
Great ScotsThe Light Hurts My Eyes / You Know What You Can DoTriumph 67VG+white label promo, label has light wear near center hole edge on A-side$40
Greek FountainsWell Alright / That's the Way I AmBofuz 1104VG+one light scratch, dnap$30
H.M SubjectsDon't Bring Me Down parts I & IISaint 1001NMcensored and uncensored versions$22
Hal & the ProphetsShame Shame Shame / She's Doing FineScepter 1287VG plays +promo copy$18
HolliesI'm Alive / You Know He DidParlophone R 5287VG+great b-side!! UK issue$14
HullaballoosDid You Ever / BewareRoulette of Canada Ltd 4593VG+$7
Human BeingsI Can't Tell / An Inside LookImpactVG-, plays bettermany light scuffs, scratches, nothing deep$26
Ides of MarchI'll Keep Searching / You Wouldn't ListenParrot 304VG+Canadian issue, small sticker on b-side$16
ImpacsAin't That the Way Life Is / Don't Cry BabyKing 5910VG++drill hole$16
In-CrowdNothing You Do / In the Midnight HourRonn 1VG++wlp$38
IndigosHe's Coming HomeVerve Folkways KF 5002VG plays exKentucky girl group$10
Individual ActivityTen O'Clock / Don't Let the Sun Catch You CryingTee Pee 74VG plays well$16
IngredientsPlease Don't Leave Me / Hey WhoToddlin' Town 101NM$28
Jacobson & TansleyDream With MeFilmways 106VG++$14
JadsMiss Pretty / Hottie-ToddyAshley 770VGpen marks on both labels, heavy marker on b-side$16
JayhawkersDawn of Instruction / Searchin'Deltron 21VG$12
JayhawkersSend Her Back / To Have a LoveDeltron 1228VG++great moody one$15
JermsI'm a Teardrop / Green DoorHonor Brigade #1VG$14
Jim & JeanChanges / Strangers in a Strange LandVerve Folkways KF5005VG+DJ promo copy, X and "Yeah" marked in biro on Changes label$8
Joey VineThe Out of Towner / Down and OutHercules 103VG++vinyl clean but A-side label faded and b-side label has some wear$35
John Fred & His Playboy BandHey, Hey Bunny / No Letter TodayPaula 294VGlarge biro marks on both labels$12
John Fred & His Playboy BandJudy In Disguise / When the Lights Go OutPaula 282VG++white label, but without "Promotional Copy - Not For Sale" etc$8
Johnny & the CanadiansSay Yeah! / A Million Tears AgoColumbia 4-43353VG++wlp$14
Jon T. BoneJonathan's Lament / In a Summer's TimeHue 376VG plays EXwlp$15
JourneymenRealities in Life / You're a Better Man Than ITee Pee 834T-4558VG+$350
Just Us FiveI'm So Lonesome I Could Cry / Tennessee StudWA 111VG plays +$12
Just VIBo-Said / YouWax 211VG plays wellwlp, pen on A-side label, sticker residue on A-side label$80
Kaleidoscope MachineWhy / We Can WaitDab 101VG++almost NM, beautiful glossy vinyl$1450, offers
Karl ThalerThe Storm / Phoebeno labelVGname written on "Phoebe" side$30
KennelmusNo Way to Treat Your Man / No ReplyPhoenix Intl 10871G+no skips, light noise on playback$15
Kenny & the KasualsIt's Alright / You Make Me Feel GoodMark 1003VG+a couple light scuffs that dnap, beautiful labels and vinyl$350
KeytonesI Don't Care/ La Do Da DaChelsea 101VG- plays OK$9
King BeesWhat She Does to Me / That Ain't LoveRCA 47-8688NMwlp$25
KinksMindless Child of Motherhood / LolaReprise 0930NMin company sleeve$12
Knights Bridge QuintetSorrow in C Major / Hits Don't Come EasilyK-101VG- plays OKrare first label, different b-side$400
La Revolucion de Emiliano ZapataNasty Sex / Todavia NadaPolydorPoorone side skips, the other plays$4
LandlordsI'll Return / I'm Through With YouReed 1069VGplays with background noise, inscription in pen on I'll Return label$200
LeavesHey Joe / Funny Little WorldMira 222VG+red pen mark on b-side
$14
Legendary Stardust CowboyParalyzed / Who's Knocking at My DoorMercury 72862VG++close to NM$15
LemonpipersQuiet, Please! / same (long version)Dana Lynn 70610VGmany light scuffs & scratches, no skips or deep scratches$40
Les Habits JaunesOu-va-t-elle / Monsieur LongtempsVisa V-102NM$14
Lewis & Clarke ExpeditionBlue RevelationsColgems 66-1006VG++wlp$14
Limey & the YanksOut of Sight, Out of Mind / Gather My Things and GoLoma 2059VG+wlp, company sleeve included$50
Liverpool FiveEverything's Alright / That's What I WantRCA Victor 47-8578VG+wlp$14
Lonnie & the LegendsI Cried / Baby, Without YouImpression 109VG++$50
Loose EndsFree Soul / He's a NobodyMala 538VG++promo copy, number written in marker on A-side - hard to see$60
Lord Alan & Sir RichardLittle Things / Run in the DarkCannon 101VG++in the G1000 for some reason$50
Los DoltonsRey Tablista / Vision de OtonoSono Radio 12412VG$14
Lost in SoundYou Can Destroy My Mind / Stubborn Kind of FellowShowcase 9811VG$15
Love SocietyYou Know How I Feel / Let's PretendTarget 1006VG plays better$8
LuluLove Loves to Love Love / Best of Both WorldsEpic 5-10260VG plays finesome scuffing dnap$15
Lulu & the LuversForget Me Baby / ShoutParrot 9678VG++promo copy$18
M.G. & the EscortsPlease Don't Ever Change / Sorry to HearREO 8936VG$18
Mad HattersI Need Love / Blowin' in the WindAscot 2197VG+wlp, pen on label, radio station stamp on b-side$32
Magnificent 7In Mist and Rain /Stubborn Kind of FellowLemco 882VG plays +b-side has skip$12
MalemenMy Little Girl / She Means the World to MePine Hills 664P-2455VG plays +$100
Manfred MannDo Wah Diddy DiddyCapitol 72178VG+US stock copy$10
Manfred Mann & Mike HuggSki 'Full of Fitness'/Sweet Baby JaneSki no#VG plays +odd UK issue$12
Manuel & the RenegadesRev-Up / Trans-Miss-YenPiper 7001VG plays +number written faintly on each side$22
Mark IVHollow Woman / Better Than ThatColumbia 4-43911VGwlp, A-side plays well, flip has feelable scratch that clicks$15
Max Frost & the TroopersShape of Things to Come / Free Lovin'Tower 419NM$15
MembersWish I'd Never Met You / Jenny -JennyLabel 101VG$20
MercyFire BallSundi 6811NM$14
MercyFire BallSundi 6811VG++$12
Merrell & the ExilesCan't We Get Along / That's All I Want from YouGolden Crown GMA-102VGscuffs, plays OK$12
Michel et Les ChanceliersAttends et tu verras / A Paris la nuitCitation CN-9031VGplays fine$14
Miramar Soul BandMr. Tambourine ManMiramar 127VGlooks clean but A-side plays with some noise. Rare - see http://www.garagehangover.com/MiramarSoulBand$25
Moorpark IntersectionI Think I'll Just Go and Find Me a Flower / Yesterday Holds OnCapitol P 2115VG plays finescuffy but plays better than it looks, labels worn$40
Moss & the RocksEP - Where She Goes /Please Come Back (both Ikon and Chattahoochee versions)Shadoks 040NM$25
Mothers of Soul (The Mothas)It's Over / Double ShotGood TimesVG++$45
MoversLeave Me Loose / Birmingham123 1700VG+$15
Music MachineTalk Talk / Come On InOriginal Sound OS-61VG++drill hole$7
Music Track / Frankie & JohnnyTimes Gone By / Sweet ThangIA 112VGwlp$15
MysticsThis Is What I Was Made For / Ride My Pony (Come)Ren-Vell 320VG+$15
New ArrivalsJust Outside of My Window / Let's Get With ItSouthbay SBM-104VG- plays better$18
New OrderYou've Got Me High / Meet Your MatchWB 5816VGwlp, a-side has writing in biro$30
Newcastle BluesCotton's Mama / Walking the DogAlley 1042VG+price written on A-side in grease pencil$18
NightcapsWine Wine Wine / Nightcap RockVandan VR-7491VG$9
NightcrawlersThe Little Black Egg / Running WildKapp KE-110VGa few light scuffs, glossy$6
No Strings AttachedYou're More Than a Miracle / What Shall I DoAccent AC 1240VG plays EXa few surface scuffs, vinyl is glossy and plays fine$40
NoblemenTwo Faced Woman / You Didn't Have to Be So NiceParis Tower 110VG++$80
Noel Odom & the GroupI Can't See Nobody / Pardon My Complete ObjectionUptown 763VG plays +wlp$12
NovasThe Crusher / Take 7Parrot 45005VGscuffy, plays well, promotional labels$20
One Eyed JacksLove / Sun So HighWhite Cliffs 265VG plays well$22
Originells 4I Can Make You Mine / NightsAPT 25074VG++X in marker on b-side$18
OrpheusCongress Alley / I've Never Seen...MGM K13947VG$3
Other FourWhy / Searching for My LoveMusette 6517VGscuffy, plays well$40
Other SideWalking Down the Road / StreetcarBrent 7061VG+wlp$50
PacificsLost My Baby / Slowly But SurelySunshine QK-799VGscuffy, plays OK, name written on each label$45
Palace GuardOh Blue/Falling SugarOrange Empire OE-401VGpromo copy$12
PastelsMirage / Here Is the AnswerCentury 23507NM$475
Paul LondonDon't Believe Anybody / This Time Tomorrow (baby)Kingston International 333VG+writing on b-side label$8
PedestriansThink Twice / Snyder's SwampFenton 2102VG$20
PedestriansIt's Too Late / Think TwiceAtco 6567VG+ vinyl, G+ labelsugly spiral marker on labels$6
PreachersShake that Thing/Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Columbus CS-702VG++white label US issue$28
Proctor Amusement Co.Call Out My Name / Heard You Went AwayScott 169VG+light wear to labels$30
Professor Morrison's LollipopYou Got the LoveWhite Whale 275VG++$14
ProphetsI Still Love You / BabyShell 1005VG plays EXsome ugly looking scuffs barely affect play$70
Quicksilver Messenger ServicePride of Man / Dino's SongCapitol P 2194NMpromo copy, both sides have two large black stamps from Wheeler Television in Bakersfield$15
Rainbow PressBetter Way / There's a War OnMr. G 817VGb-side noisy, A-side plays fine$12
Rationals - I Need YouSir Richard Case - Get the PictureA Square 402VG++storage warp does not affect play$60
RattlesBye Bye Johnny / Sticks & StonesPhilips 345 620VG+blue label german issue, no PS$15
Rear ExitExcitation / Miles BeyondMTA 132VG++wlp$175
RegentsWords (both sides)Penthouse 502VG plays EXwlp, small mark on label$18
Richard & the Young LionsOpen Up Your Door / Once Upon Your SmilePhilips 40381VG++ / VG++PS and record both in beautiful shape$35
Richie's RenegadesDon't Cry / Baby It's MePolaris PS002NM$45
Ricky and BobShu Fly Shu! / My Love's For YouFonseca 150VG plays +$50
RivierasLet's Have a Party / Little DonnaRiviera R 1402VGsticker, pen mark on label$5
Rockin' RebellionsBy My Side / Run For Your LifeVaughn-Ltd 751VG plays +very faint writing on label$35
Rocky & His FriendsRiot City / You're Not WrongTower 178VG++SOLD
Roger McGuinnBallad of Easy Rider / sameno label nameVG+"Promotion Record for Radio Airplay only from the Motion Picture Easy Rider"$20
RomansYou Do Something to Me / I'll Find a WayMY 2905VG+ / VG+sleeve hads light creases, browning with age$175
Ron & the ContinentalsRebound Baby / Rolling StoneCuca 1156VG plays +bizarre 'folkabilly'$8
Ron-DelsIf You Really want Me To, I'll Go / Walk AboutBrownfield 18VG$14
RoostersThe Rooster Song / Lost and FoundKrishna 2690VG plays +$75
Rupert's PeopleHold On / Reflections of Charles BrownBell 684VG+drill hole$26
Sam the ShamHaunted House / How Does a Cheating Woman FeelDingo 001VGnoisy press, b-side plays with some noise, A-side not bad$16
Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs(I'm in with) the Out Crowd / Not by the Hair of My Chinny Chin ChinMGM K13581VG+drill hole, label has some creasing around center hole from pressing$7
Sandels (Sandals)All Over Again / Always (I Will Remember)World-PacificVG"Always" has black x on label. White label promo$60
Scotland YardleysSome Guys Have It / Instrumental versionSmash 2036VG+drill hole$13
SeedsWild Blood / Fallin' Off the Edge of My MindGNP Crescendo 422VG+$22
Shadden & the King LearsAll I Want Is You / come Back When You Grow UpArbet 1016VG++$30
Shadows of KnightGloria / Dark SideDunwich 116VG plays well$9
ShaprelsA Fool for Your Lies / You're Cheating on MePKC 1017VG$25
Shaun HarrisI'll Cry Out (mono) / I'll Cry Out (stereo)Capitol P-3697NM-promo copy$24
Shiva's Head BandKaleidescoptic / Song for PeaceIgnite H-681VG plays +labels have light soiling$28
Shiva's HeadbandTake Me to the Mountains / Lose the BluesArmadillo 811VG++edge has a rough spot - does not affect grooves$25
Shocking BlueAcka Ragh / Long and Lonesome RoadColossus 116VG$7
ShondelsDon't Put Me DownEagle 106VG plays +Shake a Tail Feather VG-, noise at intro$26
Shooting StarsI Love Her Anyway / After 3 AMRandolph RecordsVG plays betterrare, edge is milled poorly - as are all copies, dnap$175
Simon Dupree & the Big SoundKites / Like the Sun Like the FireParlophone R 5646VG plays +UK issue, center intact, tape residue one side$12
Simon Dupree & the Big SoundReservationsParlophone R 5574VG plays +UK release, good sound$12
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Sir Douglas QuintetShe's About a MoverTribe 8308VG plays +$6
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SkunksI Need No One / I Recommend HerWorld Pacific 77889VG+small pen mark on b-side$12
SkylinersSchroeder Walk / Amon JoyScotte 2666VGplays well, red mark on b-side$22
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SnobsBuckle Shoe Stomp / Stand and DeliverLondon 9671VG++proto-glam!$24
Sonny Day & the SundownersLittle Lonely OneZodiac 1135VG+wlp, radio mark and sticker residue on flip lbl$18
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Sounds of RandallWasting My Time / sameCarl C-101VG++$40
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SplitBlowing Smoke / DriftingSolid SR 4817NM$20
Stained GlassMy Buddy Sin / Vanity FairRCA Victor 47-8952VG$10
StarfiresThe Hardest Way / Something You've GotYardbird 4006VGlight scratches dnap$25
StatesidersPatterned the Same / She Belonged to AnotherProvidence 410VG plays +white label$14
Stephen Sargent & the PrideNobody's Child / Grey Eyes WatchingCompass 7001VG++minor sticker residue one side$18
StompersFoolish One / "????"Landa 684VGwlp$17
StratfordsNever Leave Me / EnajO'DellVG-$8
StridersThere's a Storm Comin' / Am I On Your MindColumbia 4-43948VGmany fine hairline scratches, plays great, wlp$15
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Sunny & the SunglowsTalk to Me / Every Week…Tear Drop 3014VG++$8
Sunny & the SunlinersNo One Else Will Do / Out of Sight - Out of MindTear Drop 3027VG+small writing on label$20
Sweet SmokeMary Jane Is To Love / Morning DewAmy A-11042VG++"1968" written in pen on b-side label$40
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TelstarsHold Tight / Keep on RunningColumbia 4-44141VG- plays OKwlp$25
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ThunderboltsHeart So Cold / A Taste of HoneyTR-2VG++$125
ThymeSomehow / Shame, ShameA2 201VG++$28
Tidal WavesFarmer John / She Left Me All AloneHBR 482VG+$18
Tom NorthcottWho Planted Thorns in Miss Alice's Garden / Sunny Goode StreetWarner Bros 7051VG plays +$22
Tommy & the True Blue FactsI'm Back / Who's Got the Right?A&M 900VG+$15
Tommy AdderleyI Just Don't Understand / Whole Lotta Shakin' Going OnMar-Mar 314VG plays +$14
Tommy FlandersThe MoonstoneVerve Forecast 3075VG++ / VGrelease date stamped in ink on pict. Sleeve$9
Tony CaryShe Belongs to MeMiramar 112VG- plays OKone-sided promo, stamp on label$12
TorquaysHarmonica Man / Our Teenage LoveOriginal Sound OS-66VG plays +$28
TouchstoneLast Laugh / The ShowTransaction 708VG plays +A-side is light garage, flip is femme vox hippie$45
TrafficEmpty Pages / Stranger to HimselfUA 50692VG+$8
TrashmenBird Dance Beat / A-BoneGarrett 4003VG+drill hole, glossy vinyl except light marks on b-side make light noise$12
Travel AgencyTime / Made for YouTanqueray 20102VG+$24
Travis WammackFire Fly / ScratchyARA 204VG, plays betterlight scuffs only$18
TropicsThis Must Be the Place / Sumertime Blues - LandColumbia 4-44248clean but stress crackEX but has tight styrene stress crack which does not affect play$40
TwilightersOut of My Mind / I Need Your Lovin'Vanco 204VG- plays OKplenty of scuffs, plays well with light noise only$24
UnderdogsFriday at the Hideout / The Man in the GlassReprise 0422NMCanadian blue label, drill hole$24
Underground Sunshine9 to 5 (Aint My Bag) / Rotten Woman BluesIntrepid 75019VG+hear it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9npEvgKBqDo - one scuff on b-side, otherwise NM-, drill hole, comes with Intrepid company sleeve$9
Underground SunshineAll I Want Is You / BirthdayIntrepid 75002VG+drill hole$10
UndertakersLove So Dear / Loneliness to HappinessPine Hills 115VG++$90
UniquesFast Way of Living / Not Too Long AgoPaula 219VG$5
UniquesToo Good to be TruePaula 222VG+stains, small tear on label$5
Unknown Artist acetateLittle By Little Fallin' Apart / Have FaithAudiodiscG+Lacquer demo with blank Audiodisc labels. Two great songs. Titles are my guess. Ask to hear clips and see scansOffers
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Us TooI'll Leave You Crying / The Girl with the Golden HairHi 45-2133VGstock labels$35
VandalsIt's Like Now Baby / Wet & Wild / Mustang GeorgieGolden Gate Records CMR-0011VG plays OK$11
VestellsWon't You Tell Me / Please Walk AwayBJo 001VG+$125
VibrantsSomething About You, Baby / Danger ZoneColumbia DO-4761VG+$45
VibratonesExpressway / Man of MysteryLeedon LK-379VG+rare Australian surf/instrumental, first 45 for Vince Maloney$50
Vinnie BasileGirl / Gypsy GirlDavy Jones Presents 661VG++no PS
$20
War BabiesLove Is Love / Jeanie's PubHighland 4000VG-plays OK, no skips, labels stained, wlp$20
West Coast BranchLinda's Gone / SpoonfulValiant 753VG++wlp, labels have some discoloration$75
West Coast Natural GasGo Run and Play / A FavorSan Francisco Sound EU-2048NM$175
What FourDo You Believe / WheneverBox 4000VG++$24
What Four?So Lonely / Will You Still Love Me TomorrowRampage 1701VG++rare single from Utah, "OK" written on b-side label$25
What-KnotsI Ain't Dead Yet / Talkin' About Our BreakupDial 4067VG++wlp, sticker residue on A-side$25
White KnightsRun, Run Baby / Love that's TrueGaiety 117VG$15
WhoThe Seeker / Here for MoreDecca 32670VG++drill hole$14
Wicked TruthTake a Chance / Rock No MoreTeru 305119NM$24
Wig/WagsI'm on My Way Down the Road / Goofy GoogleSama 1002NMwhite label promo$45
Wild OnesCome On Back / (instrumental version)Sears 2181VG disc, VG+ sleeve$9
Wild ThingOld Lady (mono/stereo)Elektra EK S-48672VG+ / VGpromo record, stock PS - corner creases$18
Willow GreenFields of Pepperment (vocal/ instrumental)Whiz 619VGdate stamp on label$8
Winkle PickersI Haven't Got YouCP 796VG+$18
WrestHatfield Junction / Bet Your Sweet BippyTarget 1003G+$5
X-Cellentssleeve only - Hang It Up / Little Wooden HouseSure PlayVG++7" envelope printed on one side in blue ink. Paper has light age discoloration but is otherwise in excellent shape$90
Yorkshire Puddin'Ain't Gonna Love Ya No More / Good Night DayDellwood 3932VG++$45
Young IdeasBarney Buss / MelodyDate 2-1614VG plays EXwlp$12
Reissues/ Eps / 7" Comps:Vinyl / Sleeve
Bobby Fuller FourWine wine wine, 3 moreEva 2003NM / VG++$8
Davie Jones with the King BeesLiza Jane / Louie Louie Go HomeVocalion Pop V.9221NM70s repro$50
East L.A. ep, 1995Atlantics / Cannibal & the Headhunters / AldermanBacchus BA05VG+ / VG+PS VG - corner dings$7
FlowBaghdad Express / Things We Said TodayShadoksNM7" bonus from Shadoks LP$12
Garage Dreams Revisited4 song ep with rare Reekers acetate, moreAmber Star 083VG++ / VG+with nice orange PS$15
Graveyard FiveThe Marble Orchard / Graveyard Theme
StancoNM2014 repro$14
HauntedMessage to Pretty, 3 moreEva 2002VG+ / VG+$7
Moxie 60's Punk Sampler vol. 46 songs by Electric Company & othersMoxie 1049VG++ / VG++blue paper picture sleeve$12
Moxie Folk Rock EP6 song ep w/ Beer, Avengers, Bats, BeesMoxie 1040VG+ / VG+gold wax$18
OliversBeeker Street / I Saw What You DidBreakawayNM new$10
Outspoken BluesNot Right Now / Mister You're A Better Man Than IOrlyn 66821NMnew repro$12
PsychopathsTill the Stroke of DawnDavid-Lloyd CoNMnew repro from Mighty Mouth Music$12
Ray Brown & the WhispersGo to Him, Aint it Strange, 3 moreRaven EP 03VG+ / VGRaven compilation EP with sleeve, small tol$8
Tongues of TruthLet's Talk About Girls / You Can't Come BackMoxie boot, 1977VG++ / VG++one-sided, two song ep with cover sheet$14
LPsemail me for postage costs
Scum of the Earth vol. 1open but in shrinkNMOriginal pressing with old 8th St. Venus Records price sticker on the shrink wrap$35
Scum of the Earth vol. 2sealedSealedOriginal pressing with old 8th St. Venus Records price sticker on the shrink wrap$40
Glimpses vol 3NM$50
New LP releases
AbstractsHey Let's Go NowBreakawayNew$16
Fifth OrderBonfire!BreakawayNew$16
JujusYou Treat Me BadBreakawayNew$16
Morning DewEarly YearsBreakawayNew$16
OliversLost Dove SessionsBreakawayNew$16
RedondosFull CircleBreakawayNew$16
RoostersAll of Our DaysBreakawayNew$16
SyndicateThe Egyptian ThingBreakawayNew$16
United Travel ServiceWind and StoneBreakawayNew$16
Plastic CloudPlastic CloudLion ProductionsNewnew reissue, beautiful quality, a must!$20
Search PartyMontgomery ChapelLion ProductionsNewnew reissue, great sound, insert with liners, highly recommend this one$20
Yay's and Nay'ss/tGroovieNew$18
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The Ninth Street Bridge

The Ninth Street Bridge Cecile 45 Wild IllusionsThe Ninth Street Bridge released one 45 on Cecile in August, 1968, featuring two originals by Tommy Bourgue. “Wild Illusions” has a simple riff and beat with overdriven lead guitar and a vocal delivery very much in a Texas garage style. “Hey Boy” is as good as the flip, with the same saturated guitar sound and heavy drumming.

I don’t know anything about the band other than a Houston location and that Sonny Richards produced the single. I did find an ad for the 9th Street Bridge and the Moving Sidewalks for a show on March 15, 1969 at the Safari in Baytown.

I’m not aware of any other 45s on Cecile.

The 9th Street Bridge and the Moving Sidewalks at the Safari in Baytown, March 15, 1969
The 9th Street Bridge and the Moving Sidewalks at the Safari in Baytown, March 15, 1969

The Ninth Street Bridge Cecile 45 Hey Boy

The Nervous System

The Nervous System Jambee 45 BonesThe Nervous System had two 45s on the Jambee label circa 1967, though one side, “Make Love, Not War” was used for both releases. The band seems to have been from the Chicago area, though I don’t have confirmation of that.

Their first 45, on Jambee 1001/1002 included the song “Bones”, with a first line that really hooked me: “I like the way she’s wrapped around her bones, the way she talks and how she smiles at me…”

The tense performance, the atmospheric production and the melancholy nature of the song makes “Bones” stand out for me, unlike the intricate but low-key “Make Love, Not War”. Both songs were written by J. Miller for Yuggoth BMI, and produced by J. & M. Miller.

The Nervous System Jambee 45 Make Love, Not WarI haven’t heard the flip of the Nervous System’s second release, “Oh!” written by J. & M. Miller and produced by J. Miller and P. Serrano.

The only other release on the Jambee label that I know of is Circus, “I’ll Always Love You” by W. Stevenson and I. Turner, b/w “Away From This World” by Kevin Murphy, which is Jambee 1007/1008, so I suppose there’s a Jambee 1005/1006 out there somewhere but haven’t seen it yet if it exists. The producers for the Circus record were Jordan Miller, Morrie Parker, at least giving us a clue who J. Miller was.

Much more is known about Circus, who seem to have included Rick Panzer on piano, Kevin Murphy on Hammond organ, Jimmy Stella on vocals, Larry McCabe on trombone/trumpet, Bill Mickelburg, Vern Pilder and Phil Michilson on guitar, and Ross Salomone on drums. They had a much more brash sound, something like Sly & the Family Stone, featuring heavy funk and a full horn section. After the Jambee 45 they had a release on Columbia, also produced by Morrie Parker, “Where Are You At” / “Read All About It” in 1969. Eventually those three members joined with guys from the American Breed to form Rufus.

The Vy-Countz

The Vy-Countz Salesmaker 45 GoodbyeThe Vy-Countz released this great 45 single “Goodbye” / “Giant Killer” on Salesmaker Productions 6501/6502 in October, 1965.

The top side is a minor-key lament with the singer wailing downer lyrics, eerily shadowed by a deeper voice. The drummer keeps a good beat with plenty of tambourine on top, and there’s a simple guitar break. Crude, yes, but the band goes for it and comes out with an effective performance.

The flip is a simple instrumental with a Batman riff on blues changes. There were a number of bands called the Vy Counts around the country, but other than a possible location of Minnesota I have no info on the band at all – what’s the scoop?

The Vy-Countz Salesmaker 45 Giant Killer

The Torques of Farmington, New Mexico

The Torques of Farmington, New Mexico
The Torques of Farmington, New Mexico
from left: Skip Batchelor, Bob Amerman, Dwight Babcock and Fender Tucker
Fender Tucker of the Torques
Fender Tucker

Fender Tucker wrote this history of his band the Torques from Farmington, New Mexico. The Torques lasted from 1963 to 1965 and had one single on the Delta label: a cover of the Chartbusters’ “She’s the One” along with an original by Skip Batchelor, “She’s With Him”.

The germ that infected the gentle souls who later became Torques appeared in 1963 when Fender Tucker, the sole constant in the group, got together with Dwight Babcock and Geno Jaramillo for some guitar picking at his house. They soon saw that they needed a drummer real bad, and heard that Louis Pope, a classmate of Dwight’s, had just bought some drums. Fender, Geno and Dwight all played guitar but Dwight kept on the big strings and simulated a bass.

Geno Jaramillo of the Torques
Geno Jaramillo
Dwight Babcock of the Torques
Dwight Babcock
Louis Pope of the Torques
Louis Pope

The four got together at Louis’ house for a few practices and it was time to play a dance at the Farmington high school cafeteria. But they needed a name. At the time there was a cute commercial on TV with an animated character pushing Burgomeister beer, and so they called themselves The Burgie Boys. The dance went over fairly well and another was slated.

But they tired of their name and Fender came up with The Napa 4. He had read a book about California surfing and apparently he thought “Napa” was a word that meant “cool” or “hip”. Later on, in the 70s, Fender married a woman who had lived in the northern California area and when she heard the band was called The Napa 4 she guffawed. To people of the Sacramento area, Napa was the town where the insane asylum was and anyone saying they were from Napa was certifiably nuts.

The Napa 4 only lasted for one dance and then Fender came up with “The Torques”. He noticed a weird wrench that Dwight was using on a rebuilt engine in his back yard and asked what it was called. “A torque wrench.” He liked the sound of it so much he painted a logo on a sweatshirt with cut-off sleeves. It was an armed and legged torque wrench (a long tool with a circular dial at the “head” end) riding a surf board with “Fender des Torques” underneath. Apparently he was taking French in high school that year. The other guys in the band made similar sweatshirts with their names “des Torques” on them and that was the genesis of The Torques.

Andy Sandoval of the Torques
Andy Sandoval

Graduation in 1963 caused Dwight and Louis to leave the band and their places on drums and bass were taken by Andy Sandoval and Bill Smart. They were pretty good on their instruments, but mainly they had cars. Finding a way to get to dances was always a problem for Fender and Geno.

Bill Smart of the Torques
Bill Smart
Harry Batchelor of the Torques
Harry “Skip” Batchelor

Everybody got better in 1964 and then the band split up and Fender joined the biggest band in town, Cecil Irvin’s The Invaders. That lasted for one dance at McGee Park that signaled the end of dances put on by bands. After expenses the band barely broke even.

Barry Dunkeson of the Torques
Barry Dunkeson

But then late in 1964 Dwight Babcock came back from college and he and Fender teamed up with a guitar player from Bloomfield named Harry Batchelor. They added Barry Dunkeson, a guitar player from another group, but he played drums plenty well enough for The Torques.

The four Torques played at dances in Farmington and then booked several weekend jobs at a 3.2 beer bar in Durango CO, Poor Boys. The unexpurgated story of what happened to Fender and Harry at the Central Hotel on Main Street in Durango on a chilly autumn night in 1964 is told in Fender’s 2007 book, The Compleat Calhoon.

But Barry left to go to college (where he joined the Beckett Quintet, a band featured here on Garage Hangover) and The Torques picked up young Bobby Amerman, an excellent drummer a year behind Fender at Farmington High School.

The Torques Delta 45 She's with HimIt was the spring of 1965 that The Torques, Fender, Dwight, Harry and Bob, drove down to Albuquerque and recorded a song that Harry had written, “She’s With Him”. The B-side was a song by The Chartbusters called “She’s the One”. They were recorded at John Wagner’s studio and it was released as Delta R-2078A and R-2078-B.

300 copies were pressed and bought by the guys and a few were sold at Torques dances in Farmington. Most were given away and the rest were lost. In 2010 a collector from southern California found a copy and sent me transfers of the songs and scans of the labels.

The Torques – She’s With Him (music and lyrics by Skip Batchelor)
The Torques – She’s the One (written by J. Dubas of The Chartbusters)

The Torques Delta 45 She's the OneSoon after they had made the record, they got a call from Albuquerque from their fan club. What? They didn’t even know they had a fan club. They were told that if they could come back to Albuquerque The Torques would be featured on “Johnny’s Record Party” a TV show that was the Albuquerque equivalent of American Bandstand. So the four Torques drove to Albuquerque and were interviewed on air by a local DJ in a studio above the Kimo Theater on Central Avenue. The DJ kept trying to build up The Torques as a huge phenomenon but Fender kept bringing him back to earth with reality. Listeners said they could hear Harry cackling in the background.

Then they went to the TV studio to tape “Johnny’s Record Party”. They were to do their hit song, “She’s with Him” and the original idea was to mike the live-playing band. But something (probably the band) didn’t sound right and at the last minute the director said, “Just lipsync the song.” The only problem was that there were no monitors and the band couldn’t hear anything. The director pointed at the band and apparently the band started at the right moment, but did they play the same tempo and arrangement as the record? Hell no. They fumbled around mindlessly until they were told to stop “playing”.

The next day at Harry’s grandparents’ house The Torques watched themselves on TV. It was as bad as they feared. If there is a tape of the show, it should be a shoe-in for America’s Stupidest Videos, but I’m afraid that there probably is no record of the debacle left. Go figure; the Torques’ only TV appearance is lost forever.

Jon Kottke of the Torques
Jon Kottke

The Torques had a chance to be heard by a lot of different people when they played the Farmington Senior Prom in early 1965. It was sort of an experiment to have a local band play for the prom so we had to learn a bunch of old fogey songs like “Stranger on the Shore” that of course we couldn’t sing, so we hired a sophomore named Jon Kottke to play sax. It was probably the best The Torques ever sounded.

The end of the summer of 1965 came and that was the end of The Torques. Dwight and Fender left for college in Las Cruces. Harry became “Skip” and went into the Navy. Bob Amerman went to school in Albuquerque but within a year he developed a rare form of cancer and died. He was 19 years old.

All of the members of The Torques were in it for the fun. It was a blast playing dances at the Boys’ Club, the high school, the parks and private dances, and we knew it was a lark. Unlike John, Paul, George and Ringo, who wanted to be the absolute best in the world, The Torques just wanted to have fun, drink some beers, play some songs, and most importantly, to NOT have to wake up for a day job. They were eminently successful at it until the draft (or the alternative to the draft, college) split up the group permanently.

Here are some songs recorded by The Torques at the Farmington Boys’ Club on an October night in 1965. They recorded it by placing a microphone in front of a crummy speaker that was attached to the PA. Surely the sound out in front of the band was better than these recordings? Surely? I hope so.

The Torques 2011
Skip and Fender of the Torques, 2011

Do You Wanna Dance
Let The Good Times Roll
Maybelline
She’s With Him (written by Skip)
Mojo Workout
No Reply
The Last Time
She’s the One
Things We Said Today
Reelin An Rockin
Satisfaction

The Sound of the Seventh Son and The East Side Kids

The East Side Kids at the Sea Witch, 1966
The East Side Kids at the Sea Witch, 1966
From left, back row: Danny Belsky, Joe Madrid, Jimmy Greenspoon, Dennis Lambert
front row: Dave Doud and Mike Doud
Eastside Kids Philips 45 Sunday Stranger
Eastside Kids on Philips – almost certainly a different group, possibly related to the Secrets of “Twin Exhaust” on Swan

First let me discuss a couple red herrings.

A single on Philips as the Eastside Kids likely had no connection to the East Side Kids I will be discussing in this article. Philips 40295 from June of 1965 has a great bluesy instrumental “Sunday Stranger” written by Billy Strange and almost certainly he’s playing the lead guitar too.

East Side Kids Warner Bros 45 Chocolate Matzos
Another studio production probably unrelated to the East Side Kids I’ll be discussing below, despite the identical band name

The other side was also an instrumental, “Subway Train” written by Billy Carl, Ron Gentile, and Richard Moehrle. Hear both at Left and to the Back blog, from which I took the label scan seen here.

Billy Carl (aka Billy Carlucci) co-wrote “(We’ll Meet in the) Yellow Forest” for Jay and the Americans, “Goody Goody Gumdrops” for the 1910 Fruitgum Company, and many other songs.

Ron Gentile and Richard Moehrle (aka Rick Morley) were in the Secrets. They wrote a classic instrumental called “Twin Exhaust”, released on Swan in 1962. As Crystal Mansion they had a 1968 single and LP on Capitol.

In May of 1966 there’s a single by the East Side Kids “Chocolate Matzos”/”Night Mist Blue” on Warner Bros. 5821. Like the Philips single, this sounds like a studio production, but is more exotica than rock ‘n roll, and I doubt the East Side Kids I’ll be discussing below were a part of this. Both sides written by C.B. Jerry for Phenomenal Music BMI, and produced by Dick Glasser.

So now let’s get on with the actual Sunset Strip group the East Side Kids and their initial incarnation as the Sound of the Seventh Son.

Sound of the Seventh Son Clipping
Sound of the Seventh Son: “Shaggy Singers”
from left, front row: Danny Belsky, Joe Madrid, David Doud, back: Jimmy Greenspoon and Michael Doud

Sound of the Seventh Son Tower 45 I Told A LieIn September of 1965, the Sound of the Seventh Son released their single on Tower 169. “I Told a Lie” is a good, crude garage rock. It was written by James Greenspoone (aka Jimmy Greenspoon) and Ed Fontaine. On the flip was the Byrds-like “I’ll Be On My Way”, written by Dollarhide, Greenspoone, Fontaine. Both songs published by Chemistry Music BMI, produced by Al Hazan for S.O.S. Productions.

Sound of the Seventh Son Tower 45 I'll Be On My WayThe Sound of the Seventh Son also recorded a one-sided demo “She Lost Me” which I haven’t heard – anyone have a copy of that?

Michael Rummans of the Sloths wrote:

One of the first venues we performed at was called Stratford on Sunset. The owner was Jerry Lambert and his nephew’s group, The East Side Kids, was the house band. At that time, they had another name, something like The Sound of the Seventh Son, I think. They were older, very professional and served as mentors to us … Stratford was great while it lasted … and it was Jerry Lambert again who got me the audition for The Yellow Payges a year later.

Members of the Sound of the Seventh Son were:

Joe Madrid – vocals
David Doud – lead guitar
Michael Doud – bass guitar
Jimmy Greenspoon – piano
Danny Belsky – drums

Greenspoon and Danny Belsky had been playing together since the very early ’60s with the New Dimensions with Michael Lloyd, Craig Nuttycombe and Art Guy. David Doud had joined when the band became the Alley Kats.

Sound of the Seventh Son, the Independant, September 3, 1965
Sound of the Seventh Son in the news, September 3, 1965
Sound of the Seventh Son Pasadena Independent, September 3, 1965
Sound of the Seventh Son in the news, September 3, 1965

The band received press when they went to court on September 2, 1965 to get their contracts with Tower Records and SOS Productions approved and Judge A.A. Scott exclaimed “They look like freaks! … I don’t know whether they are girls or boys … God help them if they get to some real men”. The band were all between the ages of 18 and 21. Coverage was so thorough, and photographs so timely, that I have to wonder if this was a publicity stunt to coincide with their Tower single release.

The band also appears in the background of a fashion photo shoot for the LA Times magazine taken at the Crescendo Club, though only Madrid, Belsky and Greenspoon are visible in the photos.

Danny Belsky at the Hullabaloo
Danny Belsky at the Hullabaloo, 1966

Around the time Stratford on Sunset closed in December 1965, the Sound of the Seventh Son became the East Side Kids. Although the Warner Bros. single came in May of 1966, there may be no connection between that production and this group. Dominic Priore, in Riot on the Sunset Strip says that the East Side Kids “took up a residency at a club called Wild Thing near Hollywood and Vine before moving on to the Hullabaloo, leaving their original house band spot to the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.”

There’s a great photo (at top of page) of the band at the Sea Witch on Sunset Blvd with guitarist Denis Lambert, who would sit in with the group and later form Lambert and Nuttycombe with Craig Nuttycombe of the New Dimensions.

East Side Kids Orange Empire 45 Take A Look in the MirrorIn January of 1967 the East Side Kids release their single “Take A Look In The Mirror” /”Close Your Mind” on Orange Empire Records OE-500. “Take A Look In The Mirror” has a good guitar break while “Close Your Mind” has more drama in the performance. Someone, probably Danny Belsky, is playing the flute on both sides.

TEast Side Kids Orange Empire 45 Close Your Mindhe songs were written by Bernie Schwartz and M. Cavett, but the A-side was published by World Showplace Music, Inc, BMI while the flip by Egap BMI.

Bernie Schwartz has an interesting history, releasing two 45s on the Tide label as Don Atello, including “Questions I Can’t Answer” which you may remember from Boulders vol. 7. He then released “Her Name Is Melody” / “I Go to Sleep” as Adrian Pride on Warner Bros 5867. After writing for the East Side Kids, the Yellow Payges and Power, he formed the Comfortable Chair who had the excellent single “Be Me” plus and LP on Ode, and his own LP The Wheel on CoBurt.

East Side Kids Valhalla 45 Listen to the Wise ManJimmy Greenspoon seems to have left the group at some point in 1967. In June, he released a 45 as Boystown “Hello Mr. Sun” / “End of the Line” with Michael Lloyd who had just left the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Around this time he moved to Denver for close to a year before returning and forming Three Dog Night.

I’m not sure if Jimmy Greenspoon was still with the group in October, 1967 when they put out their next single on Valhalla 672, which features Jimmy’s original “Listen to the Wise Man” plus a song by Doud and Madrid “Little Bird”. Both sides feature strings and pop production by Larry Tamblyn of the Standells. Publishing by Kim Fowley Music and Padua Music, BMI.

Valhalla also released 45s by the Sunday Funnies (“A Pindaric Ode” / “Whatcha Gonna Do”) and the Vikings (“Boo-Hoo-Hoo” / “Lonely Prisoner”).

Danny Belsky also seems to have left in 1967, being replaced by David Potter from the Bushmen and Euphoria.

East Side Kids, Van Nuys News, January 5, 1968
East Side Kids news clipping from the time of their Valhalla release, January 5, 1968

By January, 1968, according to one article I found, the members were:

Joe Madrid – lead vocals
David Doud – guitar
Mike Doud – bass
David Potter – drums

This group recorded their LP The Tiger And The Lamb on Uni 73032 in 1968. Buzz Clifford and Dan Moore, both formerly of Hamilton Streetcar, produced the album. Clifford and Moore also contributed songs, along with John Fleck of the Standells and Wesley Watt of Euphoria. Dave Potter and David Doud each contributed one original composition. One single was taken from the album, David Doud’s “Taking The Time” backed with Fleck’s “Is My Love Strong” for UNI 55105 in early 1969.

Gladstone Kirk Record Co. 45 Pitter PatterAround October of 1968 a 45 turns up under the name Gladstone, “Pitter Patter” / “Gone By Day” on Kirk Record Co KR-5002. Under the artist name is “Tracks by EAST SIDE KIDS” and D.F. Potter (David Potter) is one of the producers along with Gregory and Gladstone. Both sides were written by Gladstone but published by different companies, Song & Dance Music BMI and Rockliffe Music BMI.

I cannot determine if Gladstone was a particular person or only an alias for the East Side Kids, but “Gone By Day” may be the best performance the East Side Kids were ever involved in.

Gladstone Kirk Record Co. 45 Gone By DayI don’t know how the band ended, or what most of the group did afterwards. David Potter joined Endle St. Cloud, with whom he formed Potter St. Cloud. He was also a session drummer. He passed away in 2011. I believe the Doud brothers are both gone too. I will be writing more about David Potter and Bernie Schwartz in an upcoming article about Euphoria.

Photos from Hollywood A Go Go, contributed by Danny Belsky.

Info on Bernie Schwartz from http://topshelfoldies.org/tide_edit_records.htm.

East Side Kids Music Machine Spats Marshmellow Steamshovel, Smokestack Lightning, Midniters, October Country, Valley News, July 12, 1968

Jerry and the Remnants

Jerry and the Remnants Gini 45 I've Wasted My Time“I’ve Wasted My Time” by Jerry and the Remnants is a single I’ve been looking for and finally found last month. The song has tough rhythm guitar, sharp drumming and bass playing, swirling organ fills and very fluid transitions from verse to chorus and back. The production is not as distinct as one might like, but the performance overcomes that deficiency.

Members of Jerry and the Remnants were:

Jerry York – lead guitar and lead vocals
David Donahoe – rhythm guitar and lead vocals
Frank (surname?) – bass and vocals
Jerry Solberg – keyboards and vocals
Buzz Minson – drums

Jerry and the Remnants Gini 45 If I Love You60sgaragebands.com has a history of the Remnants by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist David Donahoe: how the band had formed out of the Plaidsmen and Vectors, and how members of these three bands eventually formed the Todes, who I’ve covered on this site before.

The Remnants cut their 45 at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles in the summer of ’66. It was the swan song of the band, who broke up immediately after as members went their separate ways. David Donahoe immediately joined the Todes, who cut their 45 in Los Angeles just a week after the Remnants, though in a different studio.

The 45 was released as Jerry & the Remnants, which was not how they were billed at their live shows, on Gini 103 in October, 1966.

Jerry York wrote “I’ve Wasted My Time” as well as the ballad flip, “If I Love You”. It was produced by Glen Law, the songs published by Glenart Music BMI. Glen Law was from Utah but had been writing songs and producing music in Los Angeles since at least 1959, when he released the first record by C. Carson Parks (Van Dyke Parks’ older brother) and Bernie Armstrong as the Steeltown Two “Wolves” / “Tarrytown” on Gini 1001. I don’t know of any other releases on Gini.

Murray Music Provo Daily Herald, July 31, 1966
July, 1966: bands shut down for playing too loud. Unfortunately the article doesn’t list the groups.

David Hayes and the Pawns

Mike Kelly of the Renegades, David Hayes of the Pawns, Rod Crosby of the Intruders and Anita Moskal for the Chapparals receiving trophies for the Bassett Center 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands, August 1964
Mike Kelly of the Renegades, David Hayes of the Pawns, Rod Crosby of the Intruders and Anita Moskal for the Chapparals receiving trophies for the Bassett Center 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands, August 1964

Pawns Exeter 45 South BayThe Pawns had two releases on Bobby Fuller’s Exeter label. First was Exeter 125, featurin, two good surf type instrumentals, “South Bay” / “The Pawn”, released about August, 1964.

Just a month later they released their next 45 on Exeter 127. The top side has David Hayes, the leader and vocalist with the Pawns, listed as the artist, with his original “Meet Me Here (In New Orleans)”. The Pawns are listed on the flip for the sleepy instrumental “Lonely”.

Pawns Exeter 45 The PawnInterestingly, both sides were re-released as the first record on the Coronado label, but given the same release number, 127, as the Exeter 45. Credits are the same, including “A Fuller Production”, Todd Music BMI, and the RCA custom master code RK4M-3630/1. Since 127 was the last of seven 45 releases on Exeter, I assume Fuller gave up the label when he moved to California and let the Pawns take record and/or contract to Coronado.

David Hayes and the Pawns were one of only three 45 rpm artists on Exeter, the others being Bill Taylor & the Sherwoods and Bobby Fuller himself. Exeter also had an LP by Los Paisanos.

David Hayes Exeter 45 Meet Me Here
original release on Exeter
David Hayes Coronado 45 Meet Me Here
re-release on Coronado

The Pawns Exeter 45 Lonely
original release on Exeter
The Pawns Coronado 45 Lonely
re-release on Coronado

David Hayes and the Pawns Coronado 45 What Do the Voices SayTheir last 45 came out as David Hayes and the Pawns and featured two vocals, a cover of Charlie Rich’s “Lonely Weekends” backed with a strange original by Hayes, “What Do the Voices Say”. Produced by Calvin Bowls, it saw release sometime in 1965 on Coronado 132.

I know David Hayes was in the group, but the other members are unclear. Songwriting credits on “The Pawn” and “South Bay” are Doize’, Paz and Hayes. Since these are instrumentals and Hayes was definitely part of the group, I assume Doize’ and Paz were the other two members of the group.

David Hayes & the Pawns Coronado 45 Lonely WeekendsHowever a post by Patrick Lundborg from 2012 on the Acid Archives Updates states “Jack Duncan (bass) and Gary Davis (drums) [I think this should be Barry Davis] learned their chops … in surf-band the Pawns. The leader of this group was one David Hayes, who presumably took on vocal duties on the later 45s, at least he receives separate billing. The two would-be Dragonflies Duncan and Davis did not contribute any songwriting from what I can tell, but were definitely present for the Pawns’ 1964 debut 45 … Duncan and Davis left the Pawns to join a more experienced musician friend in a band called Lords Of London, based in Durango, Colorado. After some time they recruited their old El Paso friend Randy Russ who left the Infants Of Soul to join them, and the band also changed its name to Legend around this time (1967).” Legend had three 45s and two LPs on the Megaphone label, the second and better of the two as Dragonfly.

Info on Legend from Klemen’s interview with Randy Russ. Exeter discography info from the Bobby Fuller – Never to Be Forgotten site.

Thank you to Sam Stephenson for scans of the Coronado 45s and Exeter 127.

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