Roger and Lauraine Friskey wrote to me about Roger’s bands the Bondsmen and Nirvana. They sent the photo and card seen here, but if anyone has additional pics, posters, or newspaper articles of these groups please contact me.
The Bondsmen were formed in the early 1960’s and consisted of Roger Friskey (bass/vocals, Robby Adams (guitar/vocals), Richard Lalonde (guitar/vocals) and Vas Haritakis (drums/vocals). They played at various teen dances in the Sudbury area including North Bay, Elliot Lake, and Field.
Richard Lalonde left the group and Doug Simmons, organ/vocals, joined the band. They continued to play at various teen dances and made their debut at The Inferno, which was the place to play. It was a well-known dance club in Sudbury.
They were originally managed by M & R Entertainment from Capreol ON. The band was later approached Bill Burke and he became their manager. Soon after this, Bill purchased a building on Durham St in Sudbury, and converted into a dance club. It was named The Hub and was opened to compete with other clubs, i.e. The Inferno and The Joint. The Nirvana became The Hub’s house band. They played at The Hub for a couple of years. When the Hub closed down, the Nirvana continued to play at teen dances in the Sudbury area.
The Nirvana broke up when Vas started working for the railroad and was out of town most of the time. They never got to make it to the recording stage. Everyone went their own way. Unfortunately Danny died in Dec 2012 and Robby Adams died several years ago.
Roger and Lauraine Friskey