The Interns

The Interns playing a dance at Spring Branch High School

Updated December 2009

The Interns have two 45s on the Paradise label, both have A-sides of straight up rock n’ roll. “Sally Met Molly” is a cool medley of Long Tall Sally and Good Golly Miss Molly. The flip is a a good version of Don Covay’s “Have Mercy”. What’s that someone shouts during the fadeout at the end of the song? Anyway, it’s like they were doing a song the Beatles covered on one side, and one the Stones cut on the other.

Their second 45 has “Don’t Make Me No Mind”, which sounds much like “Out of Sight”, backed with an original by Jack Durrett and Graham Hill, “Life With You”. With its harmonies and lighter sound “Life With You” is much different than their other material.

I knew nothing about the group until bassist and vocalist Graham Hill wrote in with info about the group (see comment below):

Lead singer- Jack Durrett, lead guitar- Reid Farrell, drummer- Rusty Dobson and I were the group’s main players. Ernie Graham from Kinkaid H.S. and Albert Dashiels from Lee H.S. played guitar and Tony Pryor and Johnny “The Rabbit” Bundrich [John Bundrick] from North Shore H.S. played organ at various times. We attended Memorial High School and graduated in 1967.

We primarily played private high school parties and after football game dances but we were the opening act for the Animals, Hermann’s Hermits, Neal Diamond, The Byrds, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs and other groups at concerts at the old Houston Colliseum. We also played the Houston Club scene. The other bands of our time were the Coastliners, Neal Ford and the Fanatics, Thursday’s Children, and Fever Tree. Roy Head and BJ Thomas were a few years older than us. Billy Gibbons was a little younger and he would hang out at our practices-Reid still stays in touch with him.

The recording you have was on a 4 track machine at Gold Star Studios. We double tracked the lead vocals on Have Mercy and added the hand clapping and back up singing on Sally Met Molly. We did hit the KILT radio top 10 list and were on the Larry Kane TV show several times.

Johnny has been playing with “The Who” since the mid-70s. Reid toured with Archie Bell and the Drells after graduating from high school. Jackie, Reid, Rusty and I still play once or twice a year in Houston.

Thanks to Graham Hill for info and photos of the band and for sending me their second 45 to transfer and scan.

Graham Hill and Reid Farrell of the Interns, opening for the Animals and Herman’s Hermits at the Houston Coliseum

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  1. Mystery solved!!!!! I was the bass player and one of the singers for the Interns. We attended Memorial High School and graduated in 1967. We primarily played private high school parties and after football game dances but we were the opening act for the Animals, Hermann’s Hermits, Neal Diamond, The Byrds, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs and other groups at concerts at the old Houston Colliseum. We also played the Houston Club scene. Lead singer-Jack Durrett, lead guitar-Reid Farrell, drummer-Rusty Dobson and I were the group’s main players. Ernie Graham from Kinkaid H.S. and Albert Dashiels from Lee H.S. played guitar and Tony Pryor and Johnny “The Rabbit” Bundrich from North Shore H.S. played organ at various times. Johnny has been playing with “The Who” since the mid-70s. Reid toured with Archie Bell and the Drells after graduating from high school. Jackie, Reid, Rusty and I still play once or twice a year in Houston. Our covers have been primarily of sixties groups: the Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks, CCR, Roy Orbison, James Brown, the Rascals, Van Morrison, etc. My nephew (Hunter Perrin) currently tours with John Fogerty and my son (John Hill) is a record producer in New York (Santigold is one recent album he co-wrote and produced-#6 album of the year and #2 song of the year according to Rolling Stone Magazine). He is presently working on projects with Shikira. If anyone has a copy of our Intern’s records, I would love to hear it, buy it or record it. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  2. Graham:

    We never met but Al Dashiell recruited me to play bass for you during the summer one year while you were off to summer camp.
    I played with the Interns at a Joske’s fashion show and several gigs in your place.

    It was before our band, The Sixpentz, got rolling. Rock Romano (later Dr. Rockit & the Sisters of Mercy) and Sam Irwin (later Duck Soup) and DeEdward Greer (earlier band – D. J. & The Slades) were in the band with me, along with Paul Guillet and Mike Cemo.

    The Sixpentz played on the same Herman’s Hermits/Animals show at the Houston Coliseum as the Interns did.

    All of the Sixpentz 45s and some of our later band, The Fun & Games Commission’s 45s were digitized and release on a CD on Cherry Red Records as “Summer Girl – The Complete Recordings” available through Amazon.com.

    I have always appreciated my time playing with the Interns and a couple of other bands with Al.

    Glad to hear that your son and nephew are carying on the music tradition.

  3. To: Reid Farrell. Lost touch with you after late 60’s. Noticed that Memorial’s 50th just happened in May. Mine here in LA is scheduled for next month. Hope you’re doing well. Drop me a line if you get the chance. Hilliker.

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