Tony Church and the Crusade

Tony Church and the Crusade Tammy 45 Love TrioTony Church and the Crusade came from Youngstown, Ohio; Church’s real name was Tony Chirchiglia.

Chirchiglia started as early as 1960 in a rockabilly style, recording two of his original songs, “A Car” / “Oh! By the Way” on Hy Joy, released as Tony Chick, and backed by his brother Rocky Chirchiglia’s group (hear both songs over at Rockin’ Country Style). “Rocky” Rocco Chirchiglia owned music stores in Ravenna and Youngstown.

In the ’60s Tony Chirchiglia had a group for live shows called the Imperials, who may be the ones backing him as the Crusade on this single on Tammy. He did a great job of keeping up with the times, as “Love Trip” has an eerie psychedelic vibe and “Can You Picture Yourself” is catchy late ’60s pop, though his vocals are deeper and more stylized than a typical teen sound. It’s too bad he only has two singles, eight years apart to his name. He was obviously a creative writer and arranger, I would like to hear more of his work.

Tony Chirchiglia and J. Creature wrote both songs for Fiore Pub. Co, BMI. The RCA pressing code W4KM-3213/4 indicates a release in the second half of 1968.

Anthony Chirchiglia died in 1994.

Some info on Chirchiglia came from Buckeye Beat.

Tony Church and the Crusade Tammy 45 Can You Picture Yourself

The Trojans

Trojans Boss 45 The Kids Are Allright“The Kids Are Allright” / “Leave Me Be” by the Trojans is another of the lesser-known singles on Tampa’s Boss label. High school kids from the Harry B. Plant and Jesuit high schools, members were:

Mike Regar – lead vocals & keyboard
David Lasswell – lead guitar & vocals
Tom Saussy – rhythm guitar & vocals
James Spoto – bass & vocals
John Trujillo – drums

Released on Boss 006 in December 1966, the band do an excellent job with their harmony singing on the Who’s “The Kids Are Allright” (sic) and the Zombies’ “Leave Me Be”. I know bands in my high school never sounded this competent.

It was their only single. Mike Regar eventually joined a longer-lived Tampa band, Amanda Jones.

Info on the Trojans from Tedd Webb’s Tampa Bay bands site.

Bands with singles on Boss that I haven’t covered yet include the Berkley Five, the Journey Men, Me & the Other Guys, and the Purple Underground.

Trojans Boss 45 Leave Me Be

The Five of Us

The Five Of Us Platt 45 Hey YouThe Five of Us came from Tuscon, Arizona. Members included Paul Canella on lead guitar and George Maryville on bass (also sometimes spelled George Miraval), Alex Valdez on drums and vocals, Lee Stansrud on vocals and Richard Gomez on organ.

In 1965 they backed Tommy Gardner, a singer who sounds a lot like post-army Elvis on “Why Oh Why” / “Pretty Baby” on Keeson Recording Ltd KRL-125. The labels credit the single to Tommy Gardner and the 5 of Us. Both songs were Gardner originals, published by Keeson BMI and produced by E.M. Keener. This is the same Tommy Gardner who cut “Why” / “That Kind of Love” with the Versatiles on Rev Records.

The Five of Us - Need Me Like I Need You - Current 45Without Gardner the Five of Us cut an interesting single on Platt Records GMJ-8149 in May 1966, “Hey You” / “I Don’t Believe” – covering both sides of the Guilloteens first single on HBR 446 from June of the previous year. The Five of Us version of “Hey You” is almost as good as the Guilloteens, but the group is a little shaky on “I Don’t Believe”. The Platt label has no publishing info; deadwax has the Monarch delta # 61973 and CJM 8149. I can’t think of any other single that covers both sides of another artist’s release.

The next single would be their best, the band original “Need Me Like I Need You” published by Wayne-Houle BMI, with a repeat of “Hey You” from their Platt single. The Current Records label released it in July 1966.

Think of the Good Times: The Tucson Sound features the previously unreleased “Let Me Explain”, recorded in 1966. There’s another unreleased song titled “I Lied” that I haven’t heard yet.

When the Five of Us split, Paul Canella and Alex Valdez joined the Yellow Balloon, and would continue into The Popcorn Explosion.

The Five Of Us Platt 45 I Don't Believe

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sale 45s, 20%-35% off: all VG and above play well unless noted     
ArtistTitlesLabelConditionNotesSale price
Al CaseySurfin' Hootenanny / Easy Pickin'Stacy 962VG plays fine$3
All That the Name ImpliesBlack Tuesday / So Am IORO 45-2NMwlp, ESP-Disk related$14
All That the Name ImpliesAugust Pine / LiarOro 45-3VG+wlp, ESP-Disk related$14
Amboy DukesJourney to the Center of the Mind / Mississippi MurdererMainstream 684VG++drill hole$5
American DreamTioga / All the Way in MourningDemik 101VG+promo stamp on vocal side$19
B.G. RamblersGet a Little Closer / Those Little Brown EyesM Records 1277VG plays +vinyl needs a cleaning, very little wear$5
Beat MerchantsSo FineTower 127VGflip is Freddie & the Dreamers "You Were Made for Me"$8
Belfast GipsiesGloria's Dream / Secret PoliceLoma 2051VG- plays better$12
Billy Bob BowmanMiss Pauline / ShowersUA 50957VG++$4
BirdwatchersGirl I Got News for YouScott 143VG plays EXpen marks, tape residue on lbl$8
Black and BluesCome to Me / Bye Bye BabyUnited Artists UA 50245VG- plays betterwlp, date stamp on a-side$15
Blue WoodTurn Around / Happy Jack MineJet Set JSR-45-4VG- plays +scuffy, plays better than it looks, no skips, no heavy clicks$19
Blues MagoosGotta Get Away / (We Ain't Got) Nothin' YetMercury 72622VG+drill hole$9
Bob Seger SystemLucifer / Big RiverCapitol 2748VG++orig. orange and red label$11
Bobby Fuller FourLove's Made a Fool of You / Don't Ever Let Me KnowMustang 3016VG++$9
Bobby GonzalesPaiyakan / SunglassesMayon 031VGFilipino pop/garage$7
Boo Boo & BunkyTurn Around / This Old TownBrent 7045VG$8
BoysI Wanna KnowSVR 1001VG+$8
British WalkersDiddley Daddy / I Found YouTry 502VG plays wellmarker line on b-side$12
CampsBatmobile / The Ballad of BatmanParkway 974VGdrill hole, tear on band name touched up with pen$7
Carl Walden & the HumansWatusi Lucy / I'll Never Let You GoAlmo International
Charity ShayneAin't It?, Babe / Then You TryAutumn 22VGfuture Manson Family member, scuffy plays well$15
Cherry SlushI Cannot Stop You / Don't Walk AwayUSA 895VGdrill hole, large marker on b-side label$17
Cherry SlushI Cannot Stop You / Don't Walk AwayUSA 895VGtwo drill holes!SOLD
Children of StoneMary Can't You See / He Is Mine
Love 145/6VGplays with light noise. Band members names written on labels$24
Combination, TheDon't Cry Buddy/LonelyDamon 12873VG++Maudlin song, more country than garage. Label completists only.$5
CountdownsShe Works All Night / Skies Will Be Happy to See YouWG Records WG-1NM$17
Crabby AppletonGo Back / TryElekra 45687VG$4
Craig & MichaelThat Kind of Girl / DriftyDowney D-140VGwlp, light moisture stains on label, pressing has light noise throughout$9
Cryan ShamesBen Franklin's Almanac / Sugar & SpiceDestination 624VG$8
Cush (Jim Cushman)Are You Mine / Say We're in LoveHull 1000VG-scuff causes some noise on rotation, no skips$7
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$20
DanielaDanas Je Davan Dan + 3Radio-Televizija BeogradVG+ / VG+ sleeveone crease on sleeve, otherwise fine. Very rare EP$50
Danny & the SessionsMojo / Grand Times & Gay NightsCobra 1114VG$8
DantesCan't Get Enough of Your Love / 80-96Jamie 1314VG+$20
Dave Kennedy & AmbassadorsYou Didn't ListenCuca 1036G, worn, plays ok, some noiselabel tears$5
Dee & the YeomenYou Should Know It/ Say Baby Who Am IWolff 101VG++$8
Dickey LeeBig Brother / She's Walking AwayHall 45-1924VG- plays OK$5
Dino, Desi & BillyI'm a Fool / So Many WaysReprise 0367VGlight scuffs, name on A-side, no picture sleeve$5
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.SOLD
DynamicsClap Your Hands / Roses & ThunderAthon 106VG-one mark makes click just before start of music, otherwise plays solid VG+$22
Eastfield MeadowsFriends of Unequal Parallel / Love All Men Can ShareVMC 745VGscuffs, plays well$7
Eighteenth EditionWhen You Love SomeonePanther 355VG plays well$10
Electric PrunesThe Great Banana Hoax / Wind Up ToysReprise 0607VGwlp$8
EmeneesRockelation Beat / Jubilee Juke Box Jamboree JiveEmeneeG+$3
Eric & the ChessmenYou Don't Want My Loving / Blue SkiesKama 777VG but has crack
1/4" crack, plays with light noise$17
Fantastic ZooThis Calls for a Celebration/ Midnight SnackDouble Shot 105VG-plays with some noise$2
Fifth OrderGoin' Too Far / Walkin' AwayDiamond D-212VG$18
Five EmpreesLittle Miss Happiness / Over the MountainFreeport 1007VG+$9
Five EmpreesHey Baby / WhyFreeport 1002VG++great b-side$12
Five TymesHold Me Now / Around and AroundBear 1969VG plays well$9
FlysNo More Heartaches / Halfway to SeattleWarped RI3914NM but dishwarpthin vinyl has consistent warp that doesn't cause skipping$9
FortunesHere It comes Again / Things I Should Have KnownPress 9798VG+$9
Four Below ZeroGetting Thru to You / HappinessJerden 903VG$6
Fresh AirCircles / I Think of Seeing HerGM 723VG-$6
FugitivesMean Woman / I'll Be a ManColumbia 4-43261VGwlp, A-side plays well, flip has 1 cm feelable scratch that made minor click$14
Galaxies IVLet Me Hear You Say Yeah / Till Then You'll CryVeep 1211VG+white label promo$22
Gene ClarkEchoes / sameColumbia 4-43903VGwhite label promo$9
Gershon KingsleyHey Hey / Twinkle TwinkleAudio Fidelity AF-154VG+includes 8 page 6" booklet on moog & gershon in VG+ condition (light crease, price sticker residue)$21
Heart and SoulAfterthought / IfStrive STR 829Gtear on label, heavy marker on label, plays with background noise, no skips$13
HolliesI'm Alive / You Know He DidParlophone R 5287VG+great b-side!! UK issue$9
HullaballoosDid You Ever / BewareRoulette of Canada Ltd 4593VG+$5
Human BeingsI Can't Tell / An Inside LookImpactVG-, plays bettermany light scuffs, scratches, nothing deep$20
Ides of MarchI'll Keep Searching / You Wouldn't ListenParrot 304VG+Canadian issue, small sticker on b-sideSOLD
Individual ActivityTen O'Clock / Don't Let the Sun Catch You CryingTee Pee 74VG plays well$11
JadsMiss Pretty / Hottie-ToddyAshley 770VGpen marks on both labels, heavy marker on b-side$11
James Bryant & the KrittersLong Long Time / True Lovers Are Hard to FindParrot 45016Vg plays +promo copy$12
JayhawkersDawn of Instruction / Searchin'Deltron 21VG$8
Jeff Beck GroupPlynth / Jailhouse RockEpic 5-10484VG+promo copy$8
JermsI'm a Teardrop / Green DoorHonor Brigade #1VG$9
Jim & JeanChanges / Strangers in a Strange LandVerve Folkways KF5005VG+DJ promo copy, X and "Yeah" marked in biro on Changes label$6
John Fred & His Playboy BandHey, Hey Bunny / No Letter TodayPaula 294VGlarge biro marks on both labels$8
John Fred & His Playboy BandJudy In Disguise / When the Lights Go OutPaula 282VG++white label, but without "Promotional Copy - Not For Sale" etc$7
Jon T. BoneJonathan's Lament / In a Summer's TimeHue 376VG plays EXwlp$10
Just Us FiveI'm So Lonesome I Could Cry / Tennessee StudWA 111VG plays +$12
KennelmusNo Way to Treat Your Man / No ReplyPhoenix Intl 10871G+no skips, light noise on playback$10
Kenny Wayne & the KamotionsThe Day When the Sun Goes Down / How Should I FeelCandy 1011VG-$8
KeytonesI Don't Care/ La Do Da DaChelsea 101VG- plays OK$6
La Revolucion de Emiliano ZapataNasty Sex / Todavia NadaPolydorPoorone side skips, the other plays$3
LeavesHey Joe / Funny Little WorldMira 222VG+red pen mark on b-side
Legendary Stardust CowboyParalyzed / Who's Knocking at My DoorMercury 72862VG++close to NM$8
Les Habits JaunesOu-va-t-elle / Monsieur LongtempsVisa V-102NM$8
Lewis & Clarke ExpeditionBlue RevelationsColgems 66-1006VG++wlpSOLD
Liverpool FiveEverything's Alright / That's What I WantRCA Victor 47-8578VG+wlp$9
Lords of LondonLittle Lonely Summer Girl / The CowboyDomain 1423VG plays wellpromo copy$10
Los DoltonsRey Tablista / Vision de OtonoSono Radio 12412VGSOLD
Los Dug Dug'sAl Diablo / Ya Te DejeRCA SP 4099VG++ / VG++with PS$16
Los SirexActo de Fuerza / Faldas cortas, piernas largasVergara 45.160VG-record only, no PS, some noise on playback, no skips$7
Lost in SoundYou Can Destroy My Mind / Stubborn Kind of FellowShowcase 9811VG$9
Love SocietyYou Know How I Feel / Let's PretendTarget 1006VG plays better$5
LuluLove Loves to Love Love / Best of Both WorldsEpic 5-10260VG plays finesome scuffing dnap$9
M.G. & the EscortsPlease Don't Ever Change / Sorry to HearREO 8936VG$15
Magic RingLittle Mary Sunshine / Do I Love YouTantara 3105VG-many fine scratches plays with light noise, small tear on A-side label, name written in pen on b-side label$5
Magnificent 7In Mist and Rain /Stubborn Kind of FellowLemco 882A side VG plays well, flip G has skip$7
Male, TheYou're Playing With Fire / Over My HeadQuinvy Q-7006VG$17
Manfred MannDo Wah Diddy DiddyCapitol 72178VG+US stock copy$7
Manfred Mann & Mike HuggSki 'Full of Fitness'/Sweet Baby JaneSki no#VG plays +odd UK issue$8
Max Frost & the TroopersShape of Things to Come / Free Lovin'Tower 419NM$10
MembersWish I'd Never Met You / Jenny -JennyLabel 101VG$12
MembersWish I'd Never Met You / Jenny -JennyLabel 101VG-one 1/2" scratch causes clicks at opening$7
MercyFire BallSundi 6811VG++$8
MercyFire BallSundi 6811NM$11
Merrell & the ExilesCan't We Get Along / That's All I Want from YouGolden Crown GMA-102VGscuffs, plays OK$8
Michel et Les ChanceliersAttends et tu verras / A Paris la nuitCitation CN-9031VGplays fine$8
Miramar Soul BandMr. Tambourine ManMiramar 127VGlooks clean but A-side plays with some noise. Rare - see$18
MonotonesWhat Would I Do / Is It RightHickory 45-1520VGwriting on labels$11
MoversLeave Me Loose / Birmingham123 1700VG+$12
Music MachineTalk Talk / Come On InOriginal Sound OS-61VG++drill hole$8
Music Track / Frankie & JohnnyTimes Gone By / Sweet ThangIA 112VGwlp$10
New ArrivalsJust Outside of My Window / Let's Get With ItSouthbay SBM-104VG- plays better$11
Newcastle BluesCotton's Mama / Walking the DogAlley 1042VG+price written on A-side in grease pencil$16
NightcapsWine Wine Wine / Nightcap RockVandan VR-7491VG$6
NightcrawlersThe Little Black Egg / Running WildKapp KE-110VGa few light scuffs, glossy$5
North Bridge CompanyStrange Land Strange PeopleGolden Voice 834G-4370VGSOLD
OmegasI Can't Believe / Mr YatesUnited Artists UA 50247VGwhite label promo$16
One Eyed JacksLove / Sun So HighWhite Cliffs 265VG plays well$17
OrpheusCongress Alley / I've Never Seen...MGM K13947VG$2
PedestriansThink Twice / Snyder's SwampFenton 2102VG$14
PedestriansIt's Too Late / Think TwiceAtco 6567VG+ vinyl, labels in poor shapeugly spiral marker on labels$6
Preacher, TheLost Love / Dear BrotherBedias 101VG$11
PreachersShake that Thing/Yesterday, Today and TomorrowColumbus CS-702VG++white label US issue$23
Professor Morrison's LollipopYou Got the LoveWhite Whale 275VG++$11
Quicksilver Messenger ServicePride of Man / Dino's SongCapitol P 2194NMpromo copy, both sides have two large black stamps from Wheeler Television in Bakersfield$11
Rainbow PressBetter Way / There's a War OnMr. G 817VGb-side noisy, A-side plays fine$8
Richie Knight & the Mid-KnightsCharlena / You've Got the PowerArc 1028VG$12
Ricky and BobShu Fly Shu! / My Love's For YouFonseca 150VG plays +$25
RitesThings / Hour GirlDecca 32218VG-$6
RivierasLet's Have a Party / Little DonnaRiviera R 1402VGsticker, pen mark on label$3
Roger McGuinnBallad of Easy Rider / sameno label nameVG+"Promotion Record for Radio Airplay only from the Motion Picture Easy Rider"$12
Ron & the ContinentalsRebound Baby / Rolling StoneCuca 1156VG plays +bizarre 'folkabilly'$5
Ron-DelsIf You Really want Me To, I'll Go / Walk AboutBrownfield 18VG$9
RumblersI Don't Need You No More / BossDot 45-16421VG dish warpplays well with rolling dish warp$15
Rupert's PeopleHold On / Reflections of Charles BrownBell 684VGdrill hole, name written on A-side label$18
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$4
SavagesLittle Miss Sad / If You Left MeNational 2002VGmany scuffs, plays OKSOLD
Scotland YardleysSome Guys Have It / Instrumental versionSmash 2036VG+drill holeSOLD
SeedsI Can't Seem to Make You Mine / I Tell MyselfGNP Crescendo GNP 354VG+reddish/orange label$10
Shadows of KnightGloria / Dark SideDunwich 116VG plays well$7
ShaprelsA Fool for Your Lies / You're Cheating on MePKC 1017VG$17
Shocking BlueAcka Ragh / Long and Lonesome RoadColossus 116VG$5
Simon Dupree & the Big SoundKites / Like the Sun Like the FireParlophone R 5646VG plays +UK issue, center intact, tape residue one side$8
Sin-Say-Shun'sYou Said to Me / I'll Be ThereVenett 106VG plays fine$11
Sir Douglas QuintetShe's About a MoverTribe 8308VG plays +$4
SkunksI Need No One / I Recommend HerWorld Pacific 77889VG+small pen mark on b-side$10
SkylinersSchroeder Walk / Amon JoyScotte 2666VGplays well, red mark on b-side$15
Small FacesI Feel Much Better / Tin SoldierImmediate IM 062VGwhite label promo$8
Sonny Day & the SundownersLittle Lonely OneZodiac 1135VG+wlp, radio mark and sticker residue on flip lbl$13
Stained GlassMy Buddy Sin / Vanity FairRCA Victor 47-8952VG$7
StarfiresThe Hardest Way / Something You've GotYardbird 4006VGlight scratches dnap$16
StatesidersPatterned the Same / She Belonged to AnotherProvidence 410VG plays +white label$10
StompersFoolish One / "????"Landa 684VGwlp$8
StratfordsNever Leave Me / EnajO'DellVG-$5
Sunny & the SunglowsTalk to Me / Every Week…Tear Drop 3014VG++$5
Sunny & the SunlinersNo One Else Will Do / Out of Sight - Out of MindTear Drop 3027VG+small writing on label$14
Swingin' ApolloesSummertime Blues / Slow DownWhite Cliffs 262VG+clean vinyl, light wear to label$16
TelstarsHold Tight / Keep on RunningColumbia 4-44141VG- plays OKwlp, great mod track$17
The New WingThe Thinking Animal / My PetitePentacle 101VG-would grade higher but A-side has mark that makes a few clicks$8
Tidal WavesFarmer John / She Left Me All AloneHBR 482VG+$14
Tom NorthcottWho Planted Thorns in Miss Alice's Garden / Sunny Goode StreetWarner Bros 7051VG plays +$16
Tommy & the True Blue FactsI'm Back / Who's Got the Right?A&M 900VG+$11
Tommy AdderleyI Just Don't Understand / Whole Lotta Shakin' Going OnMar-Mar 314VG$5
Tommy FlandersThe MoonstoneVerve Forecast 3075VG++ / VGrelease date stamped in ink on pict. Sleeve$6
Tony CaryShe Belongs to MeMiramar 112VG- plays OKone-sided promo, stamp on label$9
TrashmenBird Dance Beat / A-BoneGarrett 4003VG+drill hole, glossy vinyl except light marks on b-side make light noise$11
Travis WammackFire Fly / ScratchyARA 204VG, plays betterlight scuffs only$12
TurtlesBuzz Saw / You Showed MeWhite Whale 292VG+$12
TwilightersOut of My Mind / I Need Your Lovin'Vanco 204VG- plays OKplenty of scuffs, plays well with light noise only$17
Underground Sunshine9 to 5 (Aint My Bag) / Rotten Woman BluesIntrepid 75019VG+hear it: - one scuff on b-side, otherwise NM-, drill hole, comes with Intrepid company sleeve$7
Underground SunshineAll I Want Is You / BirthdayIntrepid 75002VG+drill hole$8
UniquesFast Way of Living / Not Too Long AgoPaula 219VG$3
UniquesToo Good to be TruePaula 222VG+stains, small tear on label$4
VagrantsThe Final Hour / Your Hasty HeartVanguard 35042VGwhite label promo$8
Various artistsArrows: Love Theme from the Wild Racers, Eternity's Children: Again Again, Sunrays: Hell Cats, Main Attraction: If I'm Wrong, and EverydayTower SPRO 4558VG+/VG+promo ep "Selections from New April Albums on Tower" with b&w PS depicting album covers
WantedHere to Stay / In the Midnight HourA&M 844VG plays wellstock copy$10
White KnightsRun, Run Baby / Love that's TrueGaiety 117VG$10
WhoThe Seeker / Here for MoreDecca 32670VG++drill hole$10
Wild OnesCome On Back / (instrumental version)Sears 2181VG disc, VG+ sleeve$10
Willow GreenFields of Pepperment (vocal/ instrumental)Whiz 619VGdate stamp on label$5
WrestHatfield Junction / Bet Your Sweet BippyTarget 1003Fairone skip$3
Young IdeasBarney Buss / MelodyDate 2-1614VG plays EXwlp$8

The Checkmates “Do It” on Flic Records

Checkmates Flic 45 Do ItI don’t know anything about The Checkmates, who put out one 45 on Flic Records 786 in the early or mid 1960s. Tim Garbocz wrote “Do It” with vocal by Mickey Stillson. There’s no publishing info listed.

Crypt Records put “Do It” on the 2015 compilation Ho-Dad Hootenanny Too!, which I recommend buying if you like this crude, rockin’ garage sound. The instrumental flip is only a minute and a half long and has not been reissued before, so I’m including the clip below.

The Checkmates – Checkmate

The initals MW on the label (MW 544/5) indicate Midwest Record Pressing in Chicago pressed this single. Could be they were an Illinois group.

One source shows this band connected to the Checkmates from Johnson City, Tennessee who recorded “Talk to Me” / “Cindy” on Champ Records 2009 in August 1967. That may be possible, but I doubt it – the band would have had to add an organ player and the vocalist sounds different. The Checkmates who recorded “Do It” were a pre-British Invasion group in their style. It would have been a leap for them to get to the sound on “Talk to Me”.

Checkmates Flic 45 Checkmate

Portsmouth, New Hampshire area bands 1966-68

Spectras opening for the Tidal Waves, Teddy & the Pandas, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, August 10, 1966
Spectras opening for the Tidal Waves, Teddy & the Pandas, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, August 10, 1966

While searching for articles on the Devil’s Own, I came across news clips about other bands from the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area in the mid-60s.

The Spectras seem to have been a successful band. Over two nights at the Hampton Beach Casino in August 1966 they opened for Gary Lewis & the Playboys, the Tidal Waves, Teddy and the Pandas. At other shows, the Spectras opened for the McCoys, Gary Pickett & the Union Gap, the Doors, Gene Pitney, the Easybeats, the Happenings, Buckinghams, Music Explosion and Fifth Estate. That’s an amazing list of ’60s bands!

The Orphan, Country Gentlemen, Shades of Difference, Portsmouth Battle of the Bands, November, 1966
The Orphan, Country Gentlemen, Shades of Difference, Portsmouth Battle of the Bands, November, 1966

A Portsmouth Battle of the Bands in November, 1966 featured three bands I don’t see mention of again, The Orphan, Country Gentlemen, and the Shades of Difference.

Unidentified group at the Portsmouth Battle of the Bands, December, 1967
Unidentified group at the Portsmouth Battle of the Bands, December, 1967
Battle of the Bands with the Collections, Assassins, Coachmen, Nameless, Elements of Sound, Roulettes, Wonders, Disinherited Sunns, Portsmouth Herald, December, 1967
Battle of the Bands with the Collections, Assassins, Coachmen, Nameless, Elements of Sound, Roulettes, Wonders, Disinherited Sunns, December, 1967

Also in December 1967 there was a Jaycees Battle of the Bands at Portsmouth High School featuring the Collections, the Assassins, the Coachmen, the Nameless, the Elements of Sound, the Roulettes, the Wonders and the Disinherited Sunns.

Pine Grove Pavilion shows with the Tierdrops, Four Musketeers, Warlocks, December, 1967
Pine Grove Pavilion shows with the Tierdrops, Four Musketeers, Warlocks, December, 1967

The Tierdrops shared their manager with the Devil’s Own, one gig notice from December 1967 shows them at the Pine Grove Pavilion.

Exeter Battle of Bands Wuz Five, Back Street Windows, Plate of Garbage, Lords of Mourning, Coachmen, Northern Lights, Wonders, March 1968
Exeter Battle of Bands featuring my favorite band name, The Plate of Garbage

An article from March 1968 discusses a battle of the bands at Exeter High School featuring a number of bands.

from Exeter: The Wuz Five, The Back Street Windows, and The Plate of Garbage !
from the Hamptons: The Lords of Mourning
from Portsmouth: The Coachmen, The Northern Lights
from New Castle: The Wonders

The winner went on to the state finals in Manchester NH in April.

Elements of Sound, June 19, 1968
Elements of Sound, June 19, 1968

That state contest seems to have been won by The Elements of Sound, the only band I can find photos of in the Herald. The Elements of Sound began in 1965 at Portsmouth High School, adding a brass section in the fall of 1967.

Members included John Keenan (guitar), Ken Scarponi (lead vocalist), Dale Dockham (drums), David Schiefer (bass); front row: Dan Meehan and William Carder (trumpets), Charles George (guitar) and James Watt (trombone).

The Elements of Sound played in a national Battle of the Bands in Atlantic City in June of 1968 where they just missed the top ten acts.

Elements of Sound, July 12, 1968
Elements of Sound, July 12, 1968

The Devil’s Own

The Devil's Own Exit 45 I Just Wanna Make LoveThe Devil’s Own came from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, or more precisely Greenland which lies just to the west. They cut a double-sided monster on Exit Records in late 1966, one side a version of “Hey Joe” with writing credit to Powers (Chester Powers, a pseudonym for Dino Valenti). The flip is an intense take on Willie Dixon’s “I Just Wanna Make Love”.

The single actually made the local radio charts. The ARSA site has a survey of WBBX 1380 AM from November 28, 1966 showing the Devil’s Own version of “Hey Joe” at number 16. The release number CO 1907 probably refers to Cook Laboratories, the eccentric studio run by Emory Cook in Stamford, CT.

The Devil's Own Exit 45 Hey JoeI can’t tell you very much about the band. I haven’t learned their names yet, but I’ve found notices of their live shows starting in January 1966 and continuing through February 1968.

One news clip from the Herald shows the band’s manager, George A. Browning, taking ownership of a Shelby GT-500 and a Shelby Cobra. Browning was in his mid-twenties at the time and also managed the Tierdrops (who included Paul Murphy).

Browning’s name appears extensively in the Herald for speeding and drunk driving citations until about 1973. I wonder if the bands ever got to drive those Shelbys.

Battle of the Bands with the Devil's Own, the Mongols, the Ushers, the Agents, Portsmouth Herald, Tues. Jan. 18, 1966
Eliot, New Hampshire Battle of the Bands with the Devil’s Own, the Mongols, the Ushers, the Agents, January 22, 1966
The Devil's Own with Little John and the Sherwoods, March 4, 1966
The Devil’s Own with Little John and the Sherwoods at the Skyline in Newington, March 4, 1966

Advertisements show the Devil’s Own playing many school dances and a military teen center, and entering a battle of the bands with the Scorpions and Mongols from Kittery, the Ushers from York, the Agents from Eliot.

At the Skyline in Newington, NH, the Devil’s Own supported Little John & the Sherwoods (the Lowell, MA group who had the cool “Long Hair” / “Rag Baby” on the Fleetwood label) and co-headlined with the Spectras. They shared the stage with the Spectras again at the Pine Grove Pavilion in Portsmouth.

Anyone have a photo of the Devil’s Own?

The Devil's Own with the Spectras, March 25, 1966
The Devil’s Own with the Spectras at the Skyline in Newington, March 25, 1966
The Devil's Own with the Spectras, November 11, 1966
The Warlocks followed by the Devil’s Own with the Spectras at the Pine Grove Pavilion, November 10-11, 1966
Devil's Own Hey Joe at 16 on WBBX, 1966-11-28
The Devil’s Own version of Hey Joe at number 16 on WBBX, November 28, 1966. Courtesy of ARSA
George A. Browning manager of the Devil's Own, Portsmouth Herald, Tue. Feb 21, 1967
George A. Browning, manager of the Devil’s Own and the Tierdrops buying two sportscars from Patterson Ford Sales, February, 1967

The Early Americans

Early Americans Brenick Flagg 45 I Love You (I Want You)The Early Americans come up with a balanced, rich ’60s sound on “I Love You (I Want You)”, not released until May of 1971.

The group may have been from Bath, Pennsylvania. Both this and the b-side “Got a Lot” were written by Nick Mitchell and produced by Nick Mitchell and Brent Koehler.

The Early Americans released this single on Brenick Flagg Records STEA 1012. Pete Helffrich mastered the single, signing the deadwax and indicating stereo sound, though I don’t hear much stereo separation on this single.

Helffrich Recording Labs did a lot of mastering for classical labels like Everest, Nonesuch and Turnabout, but as far as I can tell, relatively little recording. One of Pete Helffrich’s most notable recordings was another PA band, Sandstone, for the album Can You Mend A Silver Thread? I checked the back cover of that LP and didn’t find any other names in common with the Early Americans.

This is not the Early Americans from Tampa, FL who cut Night After Night on Paris Tower in 1967.

Early Americans Brenick Flagg 45 Got A Lot

The Ravens (Tampa, FL)

Ravens Boss 45 Reaching For The SunThe Ravens came from Tampa, Florida. They two singles a couple years apart with different band lineups. The first single is on Charles Fuller’s Boss label, the original and gentle “Reaching for the Sun” b/w a slamming instrumental version of “Things We Said Today” on Boss BOS 003 in 1966.

According to Brian Egan on the Tampa Bay Garage Bands website (originally published in Fuzz, Acid & Flowers I believe), the first line-up of the Ravens consisted of Mark Maconi on lead vocals, Richard “Rick” Vincent Simpson on lead guitar and vocals, Richard “Thor” Simpson on rhythm guitar and vocals, Brian Egan on bass and vocals and Paul Purcell on drums and vocals.

Ravens Boss 45 Things We Said TodayBy 1966 the two Rick Simpsons had left the band. Al Schweikert joined on lead guitar – at 21 he was four years old than the rest of the band and became their leader. John Hallenstein came in on organ and the band started playing bigger gigs. This was the lineup that Charles Fuller saw at the Spot in Tampa and brought in to cut a single. “Reaching for the Sun” had song writing credits to Albert Schweikert and Bob Orrick, an early manager and subbing bassist with the group. Brian Egan credits Richard Vincent Simpson as the original writer of “Reaching for the Sun”, however Schweikert at least would prove himself to be a fine song-writer in the near future.

Soon after the Boss single, the band dropped Brian Egan and replaced him with Ken Spivey. Chris Krawczyn replaced Hallenstein on keyboards, and later Beau Fisher replaced Spivey on bass. The band split up around 1968 and Schweikert reformed the group, bringing in Kent Pearson on bass. Mark Maconi and Paul Purcell were the only original members to last the full time with the band. Their second manager was major Tampa area promoter A.J. Perry

The Raven Rust 45 Calamity JaneThe lineup of Marconi, Purcell, Schweikert and Pearson recorded “Calamity Jane” / “Now She’s Gone” as the Raven on Rust 5123 in late 1968.

Albert Schweikert and Karl Lamp (Karl Leopold Lamp, Jr.) wrote “Calamity Jane” for Roznique Music, BMI. Schweikert and Lamp had scored a success (artistic anyway) in 1967 when they co-wrote “As Time’s Gone” for the Tropics, a classic of ’60s garage.

The Gernhard Productions credit on the Rust label refers to Phil Gernhard, who co-wrote “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” and brought the Royal Guardsmen to Laurie Records (Rust Records’ parent label). Gernhard surpassed himself on “Calamity Jane”, blending bullet ricochets, morse code beeping, horns, fuzz guitar, electric sitar, flute and melodica sounds and cowbell into the backing track. The single attracted no chart action – perhaps Laurie Records was in the process of phasing out the Rust subsidiary so they didn’t promote this late single. In any case, “Calamity Jane” has become a catchy hit among club DJs in recent years.

Schweikert’s original “Now She’s Gone” has none of the flashiness of the A-side, but an inventive organ track and good harmonies back up an impassioned lead vocal. Copyright registrations from that era show another Schweikert song never recorded to my knowledge, “The Prism”.

Towards the end of the band, Albert Schweikert left. Tommy Angarano came in on organ and Charlie Bailey on guitar for the final lineup of the band.

If anyone has more input on their time with the Ravens I’d like to hear about it.

The Souldiers

Souldiers Boss 45 Would You Love Me

Here’s an obscure single on Tampa, Florida’s Boss label, the Souldiers with a great harmony song “Would You Kiss Me” b/w an underrated ballad, “Lemon Sun”. Release date was approximately January 1967 on Boss BOS 007 (BSKM-1119/20)

Lewis and Swilley wrote “Would You Kiss Me” for Fulprod Music Pub ASCAP, while Hillert wrote “Lemon Sun” published by Fuller Music Pub. BMI.

Despite the obscurity of the band, the other two names on the labels are famiilar, John Brummage and Charles Fuller.

John Brummage had a hand in the production of the Royal Guardsmen’s “Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron”. He produced the Split Ends “Rich with Nothin'”, the Noah’s Ark “Love In”, several for the Rovin’ Flames including “I Can’t” (which he wrote) on Boss, “Gloria” on Fuller and “How Many Times” on Decca, and many for the Boss label including the Berkley Five’s “You’re Gonna Cry” and the Ravens who I’ll feature soon.

Charles Fuller headed the CFP, Fuller, Tigertown and Boss labels, among others, with Brummage most often listed as producer.

There’s a possibility this Souldiers band is connected to another local group called the Soljers aka Blues Syndicate, with Bob Conn as either member or manager, but otherwise I can’t find any definite info on who was in the band or any photos of the group.

Souldiers Boss 45 Lemon Sun

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