The Devil's Own Exit 45 I Just Wanna Make Love

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

9 thoughts on “The Devil’s Own”

  1. Hey there, my father (Garland Purdy) was the singer for this band. I once had the flip side to this EP, but it has been lost in travels. I wonder if you have the recording of “Hey Joe”?

    1. Hi Joe, I have lots of pictures of us in the Tierdrops and clippings for the pinegrove if your interested, would love to hear from you. Steve

      1. Hey Steve. Great to hear from you. Call me sometime and we’ll talk. Love to see your pics and articles. My number is 210 449 4018.looking forward to hearing from you

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