The Chosen Few

Hadji in front, Jack on bass, Rich on guitar

Carl Storie and Hadji

Steve “Hadji” Baba

Carl Storie and Rich Burman
There were many bands named the Chosen Few but this one was from Muncie, Indiana. Some of them were students at Ball State, and were originally known as the Invincibles.

According to comments people have left below, original members of the group were Jack Hamilton on bass, Rich Burmann on guitar, Steve Baba (also referred to as Hodgie or Hadji Baba) on vocals and Steve Nephew on drums. John Cascella joined on keyboards in 1966, and the band changed their name to the Chosen Few in early ’67. Baba was their original lead singer, but Steve Nephew and Jack Hamilton also took turns on vocals. Carl Storie joined in late summer or fall of ’67, giving the band two frontmen vocalists and a boost to their stage presence. This combination was together for almost a year. At times Jack switched to piano or harpsichord while Hadji played bass.

“It Just Don’t Rhyme”, released in May of ’67 is the first of four 45s they released on the Denim label, and the most rockin’. The guitarist’s snappy rhythm on the intro provides the hook as the singer tells the girl to get her head out of the clouds. Jack Hamilton handled the lead vocals on this song. The band liked it enough to record it a second time with fuller vocal tracks and heavier organ as the a-side of their third single, this time backed with a cover of “Lucille”.

“Don’t Say It” has a different kind of sound, rooted in 50’s r&b, featuring good horn arrangements and a nice bass line. “Don’t Say It” was written by Jack Hamilton, “It Just Don’t Rhyme” had music by Hamilton and words by Steve Nephew.

Their second 45 has the folk-rock sounds of “We Walk Together” (a Jack Hamilton composition) backed with the solid pop number “Foolin’ Around with Me” (co-written by Hamilton and Nephew). Production was by Bill Michael.

Sometime around late 1967 or 1968, Rich Burman and Steve Nephew left the band, and Dave Bennett (guitar) and Dave Barnes (drums) took their place. Hadji Baba left and joined the Ritual as their vocalist. The band’s later work is more pop based, as evidenced by their fourth and last Denim 45, “Pink Clouds and Lemonade”, backed by a cover of the Supremes hit, “Stop! In the Name of Love”.

After leaving Denim, The Chosen Few released a 45 on the Talun label “Maybe the Rain Will Fall” / “Deeper In” which was picked up by RCA. The band signed to RCA for an album deal in 1969. Their self-titled LP continues the pop sound of their later 45s, adding horns to the mix, though some of the band was disappointed in how it turned out.

The Chosen Few evolved into the Faith Band, who released five LPs in the 70’s. By this time Jack Hamilton had left and was replaced on bass by Mark Cawley, leaving John Cascella as the only member who had been with the original Chosen Few in ’67. John Cascella went on to join John Mellencamp’s group until he passed away in 1992. Carl Storie is still active in music with his own group.

Thanks to Ann Likes and Gary for sending in the great photos of the group. If anyone has more shots of the early group, please get in touch at

The original entry I wrote has been corrected thanks to information from Jack and Cindy Hamilton and from comments below. Thanks to Jean-Pierre Coumans for the scans and transfers of “We Walk Together” and “Foolin’ Around with Me”. The Denim label also released the Jades “Come Back” / “Change My Ways”.

Jack Hamilton (with polka dots), Rich Burman on guitar, John Cascella’s legs and boots

from left: Hadji, Jack, Rich and John

Rich Burman on guitar and Steve Nephew on drums

from left: Steve, Rich, John

Carl singing, Steve Nephew on drums

Carl and Steve

Rich Burman


Carl, Rich and John

from left: Steve Nephew on drums, Rich Burman guitar, Hadji

Steve ‘Hadji’ Baba (aka Captain Schoolbus)

1969 promo photos (thanks to J. for this scan and the LP cover below)

187 thoughts on “The Chosen Few”

  1. The Chosen Few were indeed from Muncie, IN. Mostly students at Ball State. Carl Storie still lives in Yorktown, IN the last I knew, and John Cascella went on to play keyboards with John Melencamp. He was the one to put accordian on “Cherry Bomb” Unfortunately, John passed away 10-12 years ago. The band was originally known as the Invincables, and Carl Storie still performs with the Faith Band around Indianapolis.

  2. My name is Brent Nephew. My dad was Steve Nephew, the “Nephew” in “Hamilton-Nephew” He now lives in orange county florida with his family of the past 30 something years. That is if he is still alive. I never knew him personally. My mom and he got divorced when i was very small, like 1 yr old i believe. She gave me several of The Chosen Few 45’s when i was young and when in the army stationed at fort hood texas some lowlife took my collection out of a closet where i lived. the only ones i really cared about were the ones from The Chosen Few though. My favorite was a song called “Maybe The Rain Will Fall” I think. I can barely remember how it sounded. i never was able to recover them. My word against the lowlife who took them. I know it was him or his wife though. Anyway that was a long time ago. I was 18 or 19 then. I am now almost 40. Still no contact with my dad though. If anyone can tell me how to obtain more of their music i would love to know. Not many people know this but my mom tells me they also wrote “Hang on Sloopy” which was stolen by the McCoys in 1969, i believe. I dont know if that can be verified or not but it would be interesting to know more. Anyway Steve Nephew wrote some with Hamilton and i think he was the drummer then but from what i understand my dad quit the band to do other things. some say it was because of my mom. or maybe it was because i was born or something i dont know. i may never know the whole truth. i was told that she hounded him into selling vaccuum cleaners door to door so he quit. Several years ago as a young adult, after the military, i saw Carl Story at the Muncie Reservoir. They held fairs and fests there in the summer. I guess Faith was playing at a fest that year and i got to say hello and introduce myself to him. He remembered when i was born. It was kinda cool. Thanks for starting this web site i have often wondered if The Chosen Few were just simply forgotten. Its kind of like a part of my life has been confirmed or something. thank you again.

    Brent Nephew

    1. Brent, I am a former regular attendee at The Tri-Angle Inn, Greenville, OH where The Few played for a couple years. A great band, the best! My recommendation is to Google “Dan’s Records, Muncie, IN”. Dan sells old records. I have been there twice and see Chosen Few records in his inventory. Best wishes.

  3. Hey, Brent,

    About the Farfel story, a recent incarnation of the Farfel doggie puppet is: YouTube has a 1992 resurrection of Farfel. He had a strange, drawn-out way of singing “choc-late” at the end of the Nestles jingle. They kept that in the modern version. Cute! -Cindy

  4. Someone requested “It Just Don’t Rhyme” on the next episode of my podcast, and, not having a copy of the record myself, I went online in search of it, and lo and behold, it was right here waiting for me to download from Now even more people will get to hear this great track. Muchos gracias!

  5. I was a young boy in yorktown indiana, my mother was friends with one of the chosen fews mom. The lady
    babysitted my older sister and me. I used to see carl storie and other members of the band often. I
    was so motivated by them that I started playing the guitar and I have been ever since. I am now a very
    successful busisness man worth millions and I still play the guitar. Thanks chosen few. I grew up and
    went to school with a young girl named Pam Storie (Carls sister I think).I remember a song called Mayby the rain will fall.
    I would really love to get a recording of that songand who knows Maby itll stop and ill be there by your side.
    Carl you never knew me but I have been a fan of yours for many years. Keep on keepin on brother, PJ Paul Jeffers!!

  6. My name is Cindy Hamilton, I just read your post and this reply out loud to my husband Jack, about his old band. Can’t believe I found anything about the Chosen Few on the internet, let alone your comment. Googled it while laughing w/my sister we could probably find *anything* on the internet! Brent, we are so sorry about your broken family ties and the (censored) who took your recordings, but want you to know we do (somewhere in this tumbledown house) have a few Chosen Few recordings and will try to get you copies. Jack was lucky his father kept some. God knows the whole band lived like gypsies for years, trying to make their dreams come true. Your dad wrote the lyrics and Jack wrote the music for “Just Don’t Rhyme” and they thought they had a hit. One reason Jack changed careers was the harshness of the record industry! Your mother was correct, Jack developed “Hang on Sloopy” as a really peppy new arrangement of an old song about a lady singer nicknamed Sloopy. Ricky Zehringer–a.k.a. Rick Derringer–who was probably only about 16 and driven by his Mom to Connersville, Indiana, to hear the Chosen Few at the Eagles Club, heard “Sloopy” and loved it. Soon after, Rick’s band played it at Indian Lake and another band (the Strangeloves?) put Rick and the Raiders on a plane for New York. Legend has it that they flew to NYC the same night! They got it on vinyl before the Chosen Few could cut it. It was one of the many blows Jack suffered in “the biz.” By the way, there were no hard feelings and Rick Z did come to New York City to help with the Chosen Few album production because Jack was convinced RCA didn’t understand the band’s vision. It really didn’t correct the problem, who knows why. Brent, we’d really like to tell you more about your Dad. Jack says he was extremely talented and imitated the television puppet Farfel so someone (in the band or in Sig Ep?) nicknamed him “Farfel.” I have lots to attend to, gotta go. Please reply, Brent and when I get just a little time I will let you know how I’m doing with finding the records / putting them onto CDs or MP3 / getting them to you. Please, stay in touch. And thanks so much to all you music buffs for caring about Chosen Few. –Jack and Cindy Hamilton

    1. I’m sorry I didn’t know about the Chosen Few until about 1968 when I saw them at The Elks Club in Marion, Indiana. I was promised by a not very reliable friend a copyof their album on RCA years ago and you can probably guess the res of that story. I saw the Chosen Few/ Limousine (nobody mentioned that little part of their history and finally Faith Band after Mark Cawley joined the Band somewhere around 1973/74. I saw all three incarnations of the band all over Indiana more times than I could count. They played at my high school in 1972 I think. I used to date Hadjii Babas’s sister (name left out on purpose) in high school and by the time I knew about him he was playing with the Ritual. They all played through Vox Super Beatle amps in case you are having trouble believing all of this. The Chosen Few went without a bass player for years until Cawley joined the band and he also took over some/alot of the writing although I never thought they needed help with the writing. I saw them from Manchester College to as far south as Indianapolis. After seeing them in Indianapolis, my wife and I gave David Barnes a ride home to New Castle, Indiana. I have five albums by them the first titled Limousine. The name was changed to Faith Band and the cover art changed when Terry Knight (Grand Funk Railroad) took over as manager. The next album I purchased in San Diego (where I now reside permanently) called Excuse Me…I Just Cut An Album. They got very poppy in 1978 with the release of rock’n romance (sic) and had a hit with a song called Dancin’ Shoes. It received some airplay on the west coast but beyond that I don’t know. Next came two releases in 1979 the first called Face To Face and the second called Vital Signs. While I was happy for their success I always thought that they were best when I saw them as The Chosen Few and the first Limousine album. They did have a bass player the first 5-10 times I saw them as The Chosen Few but then until Mark Cawley came in and then Terry Knight and while that is when they achieved their most commercial success. I heard a rumor that Dave Bennett and John Cascella had moved out to L.A. to try and get a jazz thing going but until tonight I looked up the band on Firefox and found this post. I wasn’t moved to reply until I saw your post. Thank you for bringing back all the memories. If you want to correspond more you have my email.

      1. I too saw The Chosen Few at The Elks Club near Marion, In. It was one of the greatest concerts I ever witnessed. I believe, if it was the same show, the show ended with Hadji and Carl jumping off the high dive board into the pool. I drove 14 people back into town in my Chevy II; it was crowded but lots of fun. I saw The Chosen Few many times over the years and they were one of my favorite groups.

    2. Amazing story Cindy. I was in Connersville. I had some interesting twists. When my older bands friends went off to college I decided to promote dances. I got the Chosen Few to come back and play a New Year’s eve show 1969. The Hang On Sloopy tale is not uncommon. I went on to play with a band mostly from Anderson, Peddler, whose lead singer Mark Burton wrote a song we recorded locally “Certain kid of Lady”. He sent it to a studio in Chicago where he also had done some prior recording to see if we could get connected to a label. Coindentally it was where Styx did all their recording. It was not literally taken, but the song Lady by them has a striking resemblance. Influences like that happen.

  7. I happened onto this website a couple of days ago. I often google stuff from the past (old girlfriend’s names, etc.)I decided to type in “The Chosen Few Muncie” having been a huge fan of them growing up in Muncie. I freaked out when I found this site and saw there were 2 songs I could actually play. I hadn’t heard It Just Don’t Rhyme in 40 years. It was great to hear it again. I’ve played it a dozen times. It awakened some memories in me having seen the band countless times in the mid to late 60’s. When I first saw the band in early 1967 they were wearing white blazers and polka-dot ties (very cool) I think they had just changed their name from the Invincibles to the Chosen Few and had recently acquired a Hammond organ. What I remember most about the band, especially in the pre-Carl Storie days,were the incredible vocal harmonies. They did a few Beatle songs that I remember Steve sang lead on, This Boy, he did an especially nice job on the bridge in that song,and If I needed Someone, they absolutely nailed that. I wondered if Richie got a 12 string guitar just to do that song, which was my personal favorite. But the most memorable thing they did was a song called A Day In The Life from St. Pepper’s. Steve played and sang that to perfection with dynamic timing changes on the drums. Vocally, he mimicked Lennon and McCartney’s voice perfectly. the song ended with one grand chord they all hit dead on. I could go on but I won’t. I just wanted to let you know that while the recordings were good they did not do justice to what a truly great band they were.


    1. Hi Jerry:
      Enjoyed your dialogue on the Chosen Few and The Other Five.
      I am The Other Five Drummer, Dan Koontz. Following my Pre-Med at BSU, I studied chiropractic and naturopathic medicine and launched my practice in Phoenix AZ. I launched The Guaranteed Weight Loss Cure, stabilized over 50,000 Type II Diabetics , IV chelation for cardiovascular syndromes and also developed a unique IV for pain management.
      My daily radio show began in 1975 Mon-Fri and presently on which is America’s oldest live call in wellness medical talk show. You may access my website:
      I also donate my time with Dr Malaterre in Nogales Sonora in surgery and cancer management. We offer a free cancer clinic and have helped thousands get well with integrative medicine.
      We are expanding my radio show internationally to help as many folks as possible.
      Thanks again for your comments. I will look forward to hearing from you.

      1. I saw you at the Police Athletic Club in Marion Indiana but never realized you were also from Muncie. I saw all three incarnations of The Chosen Few and you and a band called Heavy which grew out of the defunct Hadjii Baba and the Ritual. Thank you!

      2. Great to hear your story Dan, I often wondered what happened to you. Sounds like you’re doing great. You were an excellent drummer and a nice guy.

      3. Dan, Greg Hood here. Hope your doing well. We had some great times together with Steve, Rosie, and Gary. Currently living in Florida loving my kids and grandkids. Life after the Malibous has been great.

    2. Hi Jerry:
      We are in the planning stages of a new band with the same instrumentation as Chicago/Earth Wind Fire focusing on the Fortune 500 convention circuit which will include Dr John Terhune on bass, J Michael Henderson on guitar and hopefully, Pat Black on keyboards. This is the core of the new band. We plan to include Ralph Pressler also of Muncie on bass trombone and other Vegas brass musicians.

      We also plan to record a series of Aerobic Dance DVD’s to stabilize Type II diabetics and other obesity challenges via permanent weight management. We will market the recordings on my international radio show and other venues.

    3. I remember playing at the shopping plaza in Elwood. The groups name was Thee Cinders. That was the day I forgot my guitar! Had to run back to Muncie to get my guitar. That has never happened again. Thanks for the memory.

  9. Brent, you are not the only one who’s busy…looks like I’ve been out of touch with this site for a month! Sorry. My brother has been working on converting some old recordings. I hope to hear from you again soon so I can get them to you. I’ll be checking this site more often, too– honest.

  10. … is mostly working on music and musical instruments, but not in the public eye. There was a time in the 1980s when he worked with a band called Juke Joint. We don’t have a copy of “It Just Don’t Rhyme!!! Not that I can find, anyway. Oddly enough, at one of the local flea markets we found a copy of the “Chosen Few” album. Yeah, Hadji or Hodgie (Jack never described how he spelled it) did sing vocals at one point. I get all his band stories mixed up and Jack isn’t internet active. I’m going to see about putting some of this on CD to send out. Seems people want to hear it. This is such a big lift for Jack. He was disappointed in the RCA recording … Thanks so very very much. -Cindy Hamilton

  11. This is Brent nephew here in chicago. ive been so busy lately with work that i have forgotten to check this site. it is so awsome to have heard from you and i would love to get any recordings you might find. sorry that it took so long to get back to you. this economy has me going constantly just to keep up. Lyle, my brother told me today that there was a response to my posting. how cool is this that you guys are out there and contacted me. thank you. ill check back more frequently from now on.


  12. Brent again. i almost forgot to tell you thanks for the farfel story. it makes sense now. when i was a kid of about 8 or so we had a cocker spanial named farfel. cool memory. my mom Janice must have carried that on from him. she never told me about his puppet imitations though.

  13. I grew up in Anserson, and was a big fan. I roadied several times when they were Faith Band. I have the Chosen Few album as MP3 files if anyone wants a copy I would be happy to send. Also have all the Faith Band albums as mp3. Let me know if you want a cpy.

  14. Brent nephew is my brother from the same mother.In the late 60s i recall running around the hullabaloo a club in indiana yelling thats my dad although steve nephew was my stepfather.Carl story, hadgie ,rita wife,and hamilton vaguely in my has brought up the past rarely.I do remember tired steve nephew coming home with vaccuum cleaners in yorktown third grade they divorced brent was one i was 8.I have 2 boys now dustin and aaragorn .Brent nephew has 2 sons lucas and andy.Either one of us would not do to our boys what steve did to brent.WHAT WERE YOU THINKING STEVE NEPHEW.??????? BY the way brent has the ability to play in any band.HE is incredable on his guitar,horn,or vocals.Too bad dad didnt teach him!!!!

  15. Carl Storie is just awesome! He performed for a fundraiser I created in Muncie, in Aug. 2007! We planned the event- literally over the computer, from Muncie to Seattle, to Los Angeles to the East Coast! Souled Out Band from Muncie and Indy also played! Carl generously gave of his time and energy on a Saturday. He is a pleasure to work with, and very talented and respected. I remember seeing Carl with the Chosen Few in the late 1960’s at “Hulabaloo” in Yorktown, and of course, at the Muncie Fairgrounds. (anyone remember “Pink Clouds and Lemonade?”) His Faith Band is awesome… it, and check it out on-line. I can’t say enough about Carl Storie. He is a true professional and just a wonderful guy!

  16. Hi read your blog. I live in Florida now but grew up in Middletown, IN. I was a big fan of the Carl Sory Music. If you could send me any or all of the Story music you have I would really appreciate it. They, the Chosen Few, played at our after prom party at the Ball State student center. Thanks, Russ Byrer

  17. I’m looking a three records I bought at Joe’s Record Shop in Anderson- It Just Don’t Rhyme/Lucille and Foolin’ Around With Me/We Walk Together, both on the Denim label. Plus, Maybe The Rain Will Fall/Deeper In on the Talun Stereo label. And, I think I have Pink Clouds And Lemonade on RCA somewhere. The Chosen Few were big on 990 WERK and 1470 WHUT.

    Thinking back, it’s strange that so many songs became hits in Indiana but not nationally. Some old songs I’ll always treasure like The Angel Song by SRC, I Confess by The New Colony Six, Sally Had A Party by Favor, Everyday And Every Night by The Trolls, and It Just Don’t Rhyme. Mark

  18. That is not Carl Storie singing on either of those songs. I have been a fan for 30 years and seen him perform many, many times. Carl has recently moved to Texas does anyone onow anything about this?

  19. I have noted a few people on here who want recordings. I have had some CDs made and would like to offer them ONLY to the people who have previously asked, such as Brent and Lyle (I don’t have time to keep on making copies, only have a few to give out). The CDs are rudimentary, made from LPs, but still highly listenable.

    Please send me an e-mail at with your name and the words “chosen few CD” in the subject line. This is an alternate address that’s not frequently checked. I’ll need your address so I can mail the material.

    I won’t be answering tons of messages or sending out more CDs, at least for a while, but I do have 2 or 3. I’d really like to get them to you. God Bless you for being such devoted fans and I hope you can forgive your family who were so messed up. I’ll look for your e-mail that alternate address…thanks!!! -Cindy

  20. Andy,
    Carl will be playing 1-2-2009 at the rathskellar in indy. Just thought you may want to know. Hope you and your family are doing well.

  21. … as I said, I’ve been able to copy just a few CDs for people who have requested them (Maybe the Rain Will Fall is on there)–just e-mail a snail-mail address where the CD will be mailed to Thanks for your interest! Cindy

  22. What a neat site, My brothers were part of the roady crew for these guys, Dave And Terry Jones they were the one in the red van with carringas on the side. Would love a copy of any music. Dan jones

  23. Some of this information might be known but just in case it is not I will post it.

    Carl Storie moved to Texas with his family last year. He still performs in the Midwest as bookings occur. He has a new CD in the can but as yet unreleased.

    Dave Bennett released a solo CD called “Out of the Bleu” a few years back. It is mostly instrumental/jazz flavored. Have not seen him for awhile.

    Dave Barnes still performs with a group called “The Fabulous Imports”. Mostly private parties and corporate gigs.

  24. Hi Dan,

    Nice to hear from you. I think Dave called here and Jack and Dave got together and hashed over old times back around 1996. Please say hi! I made a couple more copies on New Year’s holiday so if you want a CD, e-mail my alternate address and give your mailing address -Cindy

  25. HI CINDY

  26. Cindy, my name is Skip McCarthy, I was a fraternity brother of “Happy Jack” Hamilton, along with Rich Burmann, Steve Baba and Steve Nephew. Those four were the original members of the Chosen Few, contrary to some of the comments made on the “Garage Hangover” site. They started out as the “Invincibles”. Those 4 added another Sig Ep brother John Cascella in 1966. John went on to be involved with John Mellencamp, but he died at avery early age.

    I did not pick up your connection to Happy Jack. If you see him tell him I said hi, and I hope all is well with him.

    Skip McCarthy

  27. I also grew up in Yorktown, Indiana during the 1970’s, and there was a family that lived behind us named Jeffers, they had a daughter my age named Angela (Angel) and one younger named Ginna (?) I was pretty sure that they also had two older kids… Just curious if this is your family?

    Also, I remember the Faith Band, and how big a song, “Dancing Shoes” was @ middle school dances, and out at Skateaway, haha….
    larry broadwater

      1. What was once the “The Other Place – OP” is located approximately 4 miles north of Coldwater, Ohio on state route 118, and at the intersection of Route 29, which is about 3 miles west of Celina, Ohio. It supposedly began as a dance hall called “Green Acres” back in the early 60’s, and then it morphed into “The OP”. It is now home to a company called RCS Construction.

        Also, during that time period, The Chosen Few played the ‘Bar E” located on 118 at Eldora Speedway.

  28. Cindy and Jack,
    I knew Happy Jack, Hodgie Baba, Farfel, Richi B. and John Cascella as the Invincibles at Ball State U. I was a member of the Sig Ep fraternity where they rocked the house on weekends! I’ve been searching for their records and excited to know someone who could make copies. Please contact me at

  29. I grew up with Dave and Terry Barnes. I heard they went to work for ticket master.
    I followed the Few. Too bad they didn’t make it big. They got so close.

  30. Jack and Cindy…
    I am a big fan! I have been entertaining for 40 years and I would have to say that my to biggest influences were the Beatles and the Chosen Few/Faith.

    As a youngster I saw you guys play many venues. Probably the strangest was the opening of Dorothy’s ladies wear in the Lafayette Square Mall…late 60’s I think.

    You can see my site which promotes my music gigs at…

    Guess what? I have “midi sequences” I layed down on my synth so that on some band gigs we can play Maybe the Rain Will Fall and Talk With Me. The trax have most of the parts except for guitar and vocals which are done live. If you would send me your email address I will send you the sequences as mp3 files for you to enjoy. If you think it would be appropriate I could post them on my website so that you could direct your friends there for “sign along nights”.

    Guess what else??? When we do the tunes in the Muncie/Anderson region we still get a great response and people come up and want to talk about the tunes and your band.

    Hope to hear from you,

    Mike Fox

  31. New a young man who said he was in the band Chosen Few in Indiana. I believe he was a key board player. We were in the Air Force stationed in Minot N.D. around 1969-1971 do not remember his name although Dave was his first name. Does this sound familar to anyone

  32. I remember the Ritual very well. The song they did where a couple of them would get down on their knees and play guitars as they came up and down at the waist -pretty cool. Also they would stop at small store my mother worked at
    called “Smith’s Market” on Broadway where 3 & 67 split.
    Anyway they would come in and buy B-B’s, she ask them one day why so many B-B’s and they told her that they had
    fights with B-B guns.

    As for the Chosen Few – I had one of them for a teacher at Kuhner Jr. High.
    Come visit
    The Island Muncie

  33. I used to see John and Carl at Meadowbrook Pizza many years ago. Good guys. I still see Carl around from time to time. This is great .

  34. The band had two Dave’s, drummmer Dave Barnes and guitarist Dave Bennett, but neither were original members of the Chosen Few, and I really don’t think either was ever in the Air Force. The Muncie Evening Press did a feature on the band, and the original members (according to this article) were Jack Hamilton, Steve Nephew, Rich Burman (spelling?), Steven (Hadji) Baba, and John Cascella. At some point down the line, Burman and Nephew left the band, making way for Carl Storie, Dave Bennett and Dave Barnes to be join. Shortly thereafter, Hadji left to become the singer for the Ritual. I’m not sure at what point Jack Hamilton left the band, but he was replaced by Mark Cawley on bass at the time they became Faith Band. Both incarnations of this band were very successful within their time, but I think alot of people mistakenly think that Carl and the other members of the Faith Band were the original Chosen Few.

    Just by any chance, does anyone remember that Faith Band released an album under the name Limousine in the early 70’s, but later released the same material again as Faith Band a while later?

    I would be VERY interested if anyone has a copy of the original Chosen Few’s album that could be burnt onto cd. I had the album, but made the mistake of lending it out and it conveniently never found it’s way back to me. If anyone can help here, please send me an email. It would be greatly appreciated!

    1. I too remember the Chosen Few very well as I played in a Band called the Five Guys in the central Indiana area in the 60’s. Being from Muncie we worked with Bill Craig Jr. Productions who’s offices were in the Village at Ball State. I knew Carl and John Casella well and even took some keyboard lessons from John. He was unbelievable. We opened for the Chosen Few and for Limousime in all the clubs in central Indiana and knew the music scene very well. I also got to see many bands because of the affiliation with BCJ Productions. I saw and met the Standells “Dirty Water” The Shadows of Night “Gloria” and got to be backstage when Hendrix did the Delaware County Fairgrounds in 1968. My Band The Five Guys won the Battle of the Bands (remember those?) at the Fairgrounds in 1968 and went on to win the Battle of the Bands at the Indiana State Fair. Hope I got the dates right it’s been a long time. I will look, I bought a copy of the one and only Limousine album and may still have it somewhere. Those were some of the very best years of my life. My former band members still live in the Muncie and Yorktown area if you know them give them a shout out fro me. Rick and Bruce Cantrell, Raymond Jett, Doug Collins and Gary Renegar….love you guys!

      1. Does anyone know how to get a list of the bands that were in The Battle of The Bands at the State Fair between 1964 – 1967?

  35. Hi D Lyons,

    Will try to answer your post as well as a couple others here–As I have stated on the site before, I am Jack Hamilton’s wife and although he is not internet active, I am trying to keep up with the posts here on the great site garagehangover. The histories people are providing (especially you frat brothers, shout out! from Jack) are pretty accurate… Jack doesn’t know of anyone from Chosen Few going into the military (says it couldn’t be Dave Barnes–medical reasons) but when you search Chosen Few, you’ll see a note indicating there were several bands using the name, keep looking around.

    Anyway, I have an alternate email so that I can use it just to take requests for CDs as I get time. We have a master and make copies as we get the opportunity, so if you want a CD of the old vinyl, post an email with “Chosen Few CD” in the subject line to: mhk123@sbcglobalnet and I’ll get to it as I can.

    If I am not contacting you directly, it doesn’t mean I don’t *want* to, it means I probably haven’t checked every chain thoroughly — I get to this site infrequently because life has other things for us to do! We appreciate everyone’s interest, and are trying to get copies to those who want them. Try again if I’m “missing” you.

    Thanks again for contacting Jack/ the Chosen Few through garagehangover! + Once again, kudos to the site.

  36. I recently posted a few Faith Band photos at my flickr account.
    Go to and search them. Does anyone else have any?

  37. They were for sure from Muncie. Their first album is reviewed by a disc jockey from Muncie. I saw them often in Muncie. I think later when they were the Faith Band – they were from Indianapolis.

  38. I used to see the Chosen Few in Muncie frequently in the 60s — More recently, I have had the chance to see Carl’s performances at various places – Rochester, Tipton,Kokomo, Slater Hawkins in Muncie, etc. — I sure hated to see him move to Texas — Indiana has lost an Icon.

  39. My Nephew talked with Carl shortly before he moved. Carl said that his Father-in law had offered him a job in his (stone quarry business) – I believe that’s what he has. — Carl said he would be collecting rock samples to be analized and things of that sort. He told my Nephew that he had spent a lot of years playing “Rock”, now He’s going to go play with “hard rock” . — I hope all goes well for he and his family in Texas!

  40. Indeed-the Hang on Sloopy story is for real. The song-written by Carl Storie was picked up by the McCoys at a bar in Greenville Ohio called The Triangle during a Sunday jam session. If you find an old copy of the single it says “C. Story” under the songs title.

  41. Like many others on here, I can’t believe I stumbled onto this page. I was a Sig Ep at Ball State in the late 60’s. I was a fraternity brother of John Cascella. My favorite group of all time from Indiana is The Chosen Few. Every single member was very talented. Saw them play numerous times in Muncie, At The Sig Ep House, Indiana Beach, Indianapolis, Bloomington etc. Actually “hung around” with them sometimes after gigs, at parties etc. They were all so cool. They were like my idols. Also remember Hadji Baba as their singer in the early years, then Carl Storie joined later. A friend of mine actually has a cassette recording of them playing at Indiana Beach, but I think he wore it out playing it so much. This page has brought back great memories. Thanks!

  42. My dad grew up in Indy.
    For the last 7 years he has had me searching for albums from Faith Band & Limousine. I was able to find a couple of the Faith Band albums for him & suprise him with them for Christimas, but no luck as far as anything on Limousine….and obvisoulsy I’m still looking.

    Any ideas???

  43. Did The Few ever play The Hullabaloo? I did see The Ritual there and remember the song where they played guitar on their knees. I saw SRC play The Angel Song at the Muncie Fieldhouse in the late 60s. Actually, the Hullabaloo hosted a lot of good groups including The Who. Anyone here get to see them? There were a lot of odd groups that played there including Max Frost & the Troopers and Paul Bearer & the Morticians. I could go on, but I’ll check back later.

  44. “Hang on Sloopy” was around before the Chosen Few or the McCoys ever recorded it. It was called “My Girl Sloopy” and was a hit for a group called the Vibrations. The Chosen Few had made the major changes to the song that you hear in most of the later versions, such as call-and-response and the “Louie Louie” chords/beat. They never recorded their own version of it. (They were told they’d made a major error in this, because early on they had been in studio to make a demo, but didn’t record the song on the, because it wasn’t an original tune.) We don’t know anything about the name “C. Storie” appearing on any of the different versions, but the way the McCoys got hold of this particular *arrangement* of the song was through the Chosen Few. Chosen Few were playing at the Eagles lodge in Connersville, Indiana and the McCoys had a nearby gig (this happened a lot because the bands had the same booking agent, BCJ Productions). Rick and Randy Zehringer were so young that their mother drove them to their gigs, and after their own job, they stopped into the Eagles to see if they could catch any of the Chosen Few’s last set. The Chosen Few were playing “Hang on Sloopy” as their typical finale, stretching the song to a 15-minute “dialog” with the audience and revving the audience up so they’d be sure to catch the next Chosen Few appearance. The rest of the song’s development by the McCoys is there on Wikipedia for all to see. Jack remembers that the McCoys were headed somewhere like Indian Lake, where the Strangeloves saw the McCoys’ performance, and you can read the rest for yourself. Would love to see a photo of that record with “C. Storie” on it!

  45. Like most of the people who’ve contributed to this page I grew up in Muncie & enjoyed seeing the ‘FEW’ at Hullabaloo in Yorktown, at The Water Bowl in the summers, and later at Granny’s out on 32(with a heavy BUZZ on…it WAS the 70s after all). The main difference for me is that I was playing in bands as well(by my senior year in high school I had ‘graduated’ from playing in HS bands & was ‘recruited’ to play with Roosevelt Johnson & The Seven C’s…THAT was quite an eye opener for a kid of 17!)
    Anyway, I was lucky enough to be considered a ‘junior peer’ & was included in several Jam Sessions over the years…always a joy & an inspiration for me, as I was about 5-6 years younger than they were & could only learn from the experience.
    I remember going on a 2 or 3 day road trip to NYC with Chick Brown,Dave Bennett & his wife…we went to Manny’s Music Store, and several other ‘Rock & Roll’ kind of hot spots.
    Dave Bennett & I even traded amps, he had a sweet old school Fender Showman with the cream colored Tolex, & I had some piece of shit solid state amp (I can’t even remember the brand!), to this day I don’t know why he’d want that thing over the Fender…but I sure enjoyed using that Showman with its smooth, fat sound for years, until I finally traded for a Marshall in the late 70s!
    Here’s a request, if anybody has an mp3 conversion of the ‘Few’ doing ‘Stop In The Name Of Love’, the b-side of ‘Pink Clouds And Lemonade’, please reply…I lost mine & just loved the way they rearranged the Supremes song.

  46. By the time I heard the band, they had changed their name to Limousine. I heard them play two or three gigs at Wright State University near Dayton, Ohio. They recorded an album on GSR as Limousine. Somehow, Terry Knight, who had produced Grand Funk Railroad, heard of them and decided that he was going to make them stars. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out, mostly because Knight managed to PO too many people. Here is the story from

    “As summer 1973 began, Knight launched his boldest promotional stratagem, the band Faith. Drummer Dave Barnes told me the story:

    We were called Limousine when we found out from our manager Bill Craig Jr. that we were going to meet Terry Knight. We just knew we were on our way to stardom. Terry Knight flew us in to New York from our hometown Muncie, Indiana for our meeting. We met with his photographer that took the famous portrait of our backside, so no one would see our faces.
    The gimmick with Faith owed to their anonymity and Knight’s strategically-planted rumors the band was comprised of heavyweight members from various, legendary 1960s groups from London. Supposedly the musicians – Noel Redding and Keith Relf were among the names whispered – came together to forge an illustrious new career without cashing in on prior glories or running afoul of contractual complications. Sold as a “mystery supergroup,” Faith is a bizarre twist of art imitating art: Knight took the cue from none other than his collective nemesis, Rolling Stone magazine.

    In 1969, Greil Marcus penned for Rolling Stone a spoof record review of an album by “The Masked Marauders.” Tantalizingly, the group supposedly included Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger (performing such obviously satire titles as “I Can’t Get No Nookie”). The presumably stoned public rushed to stores to snap the record up. When no such record could be located, Marcus decided to pursue the gag and, calling in some favors (and some not-so-heavy session musicians), a “Masked Marauders” record was rushed out to an underwhelmed audience. Soon enough, Rolling Stone exposed the very hoax they created.
    Without examining the consequences of jiving Rolling Stone with their own jive, Knight decided to take up the idea for his own.

    Lead singer Carl Storie recounts the experience:

    The album had been released before the Brown Bag deal. We were called Limousine – the record was on GSR. He bought the rights to it and took it to his studio and remixed the masters. He made a lot of changes; the album really sounded different, better – he had a real talent for that.
    We met with Terry only once – in his New York office. I never questioned the mystique, the gimmick. He believed in the music, he believed in us as musicians; he felt the skill of the band would overcome any negative stuff resulting from the ad campaign.

    We had this huge billboard on the Sunset Strip, so everybody who was anybody would see it and be talking about Terry Knight’s new mystery group – it was the cover of the album, specially designed so the heads of the band came out over the top of the billboard. He had the Faith logo put on matches, patches for clothes, postcards – anything it could be printed on. He did it all, he put our names on everything; it was incredible.

    He paid us to rehearse; we worked on our show up here [in Indiana] all summer long. He would call us everyday from New York or wherever, asking us “Are you getting the act down tight?” “Yes, Terry, that’s all we’re doing, working on our show.” We played in this cabin; no one was to know what we were doing or whom we were. It was a wonderful time in our lives. We had our debut show planned for Madison Square Garden; Styx was going to open.
    Then Rolling Stone exposed us; they busted the plan. They called us hicks – we were devastated, the joke of the town, they came down on “the hype.” The show didn’t happen; Terry folded the label shortly after the album came out.

    Rolling Stone didn’t bother to review Faith. Robert Christgau’s Creem review was an exercise in humiliation, stating only “I was curious enough to play the first side of this record the day I got it. It took me two months to get to side two.”
    Like Windmill In A Jet Filled Sky, Faith is a classy album, displaying some excellent writing and playing. The opening track, “Sometimes, Sometimes” is an alluring blend of funky backbeats, uptown riffing and heavy-duty soul shouting. The gospel-inflicted piano ballad, “Answer To The Master,” features the sort of honky-tonk epiphany that made the young Rod Stewart such a white-hot comet. The melancholy acoustic serenade, “We’re All Heading In The Way / The Last Song” is both philosophical and emotional.

    It didn’t matter – summer ’73 belonged to Led Zeppelin’s Houses Of The Holy and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.”

    Excerpted from I (Who Have Nothing): The Terry Knight Story by Barry Stoller

  47. I know Donovan and or Arlo Guthrie , quite possibly both at different times ,played there back in the 60’s.. I was really young and wanted to go really bad , but my dad would,nt let me… I remember seeing Donovans name on the marquee , as we drove by the Hullabaloo couple times a week.

  48. The Chosen Few: A tribute

    The era of the late 1960’s and early 70’s was a very uncomfortable time for everyone facing the military draft and Vietnam War. After turning 18, (not knowing when our number would be up) and now capable of legally consuming tankers of 3.2% Stroh’s Bohemian Style Lager, my friends and I headed out for the Triangle Inn near Greenville, Ohio. We played in our own “Local Garage Band”, and had heard rave reviews about a band that was headlining the Triangle called “The Chose Few”. We would set up camp on either side of the stage, and were completely spell bound with the overwhelming talent and sound quality from all band members (cannot be described, must be experienced). Our garage band tried to emulate the sound of the Few in a small way, but could never duplicate the sound and musical talent of any of the band members. We were not even close, but we had fun. The Few Band played every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Night. I can vividly remember that no one would be dancing on the dance floor. That’s right, everyone in the place would stand in awe from 9 pm till 1 am. We’re talking a packed house with well over 1000 fans every single night. The entire state of Indiana was well represented by Earlham and Ball State students as well, and they did not have to be 21 to drink in Ohio (a plus for sure). The Few Band didn’t play gigs; they put on clinics/concerts that made even the best bands in the country pale in comparison. They played the work of the original artists much better than the original artists. Yes, they smoked them all! I can vividly remember the bass guitar riff that Jack Hamilton played on “Keep on Runnin”. Good stuff! On occasion, others would sit in (like Rick Zehringer and Connie Little). “Big Brother and Janice” could not hold a candle (so to speak) on the song “Piece of my Heart”.
    The Few band that you hear on vinyl is not the band that we experienced live. Not even close. I could never understand how a recording studio with all of those producers and engineers could not get the sound quality even close to right. Weird!! I could have extracted better sound quality with a simple reel-to-reel tape recorder.
    In closing, I can remember when The Chosen Few announced that they were no longer going to play the Triangle which was a darke day for all of us, because our music lessons were coming to an end. They were headed to a place called Indiana Beach. Soon after they departed, many of us were drafted and have not returned to the Triangle since. For anyone that did not experience The Chosen Few in live performances, it is difficult to articulate what you missed out on. The years have passed, and it is becoming a lost and forgotten era, but for many of us, it still seems just like yesterday. We greatly miss “The Few-So Chosen”, and as Bob Hope would say, “Thanks for the Memories”.
    Just one last thing, would you please post ”The Chosen Few” set/play-list from that era?

  49. The Few was da’ best!! I am j’s friend, one of the people providing comment about The Few’s earlier days. While in the Navy (circa 1969 through 1973), I and other locals from Greenville, OH traveled back from Chicago (NTC) nearly every weekend to see The Few perform at the Tri-Angle Inn. The Few always packed the palce to the gills, and they should have eeked more money for their performances out of ole Helen Wilson. The music, the era, and The Few certainly bring back very fond memories. I totally agree with all of “j’s” commentary, and only add that I truly believe that The Few could have usurped the Bee-Gee sound, as well as their own unique contributions if they had more significant sponsorship (funding) and promotion from a well-connected source such as other local bands (Rick Zerringer – aka Rick-Z-Combo, Rick and The Raiders, then The McCoys). Rick was a local too (Union City, IN, I think). Heck, The Few guys did well recording what they did without major sponsorship. I still have at least two of their albums before they renamed to The Faith Band, Limousine, which in our opinions only, didn’t continue The Few sound we originally enjoyed. Stuff happens. Dave Barnes dual bass drum editions during Keep On Dancing will last until the last Boomer dies that heard them. I wish the best to those that remain, and thank them for the memories, the early/good years, and the contributions they made!! Always inspiring and memorable …. v/r j2 🙂

  50. I really enjoyed the various bands from the Few on up, particularly Cascella’s expertise.

    On the question about where to get recordings – try Dan’s Records downtown Muncie right nest to where the Frisch used to be. He generally has vintage copies of all of them.

  51. Like every one else, I have really enjoyed reading all the comments about the band. I recall in the late 60’s, the Delaware County Fair in Muncie, hosted a battle of the bands between The Chosen Few and the McCoys. Well, everyone in attendance knew hands down that Carl and the boys won that matchup. Like one of the previous contributors, I along with a lot of other wannabe’s were in awe of the band never missed an appearance. They even played our JR-SR Prom. Thanks for the postings.

  52. Jack,
    Haven’t seen you since the class reunion where you ended up as part of the entertainment. Good to hear you’re still out there! Live in Bigfork, MT on a small horse ranch. Hope you still remember me. Baseball, football and basketball great times.

    Tom Carter

  53. Join the facebook fan site for I love Faith Band there are several pictures and the members of the band post whats new with them . Dave Bennett and Carl Storie are still putting out albums they are not together but they are still making music .

  54. Carl lives in Texas now. I work with his sister and he also talked of this when he came to do a benefir for Life Stream in June.

  55. John, are you the same guitar player from Muncie named John Hiatt that played with Paul Michael Sandefur – keyboardist singer – from Anderson sometime in the 70’s?

  56. i was 8 years old living in Indiana and steven edward nephew was still attending ball state u. when he sang hang on sloopy to me i am brents older and only sister

  57. What a cool site…I would like to have the Faith Albums as well as the LIMOUSINE album.

    Also I am seeking to find specific dates and Posters/Flyers from all the great acts that played up at Indiana Beach.. back in the day..During this time Jerry Lee Lewis, Al Hirt, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter, Paul, and Marry, Jefferson Airplane, Iron Butterfly, The Turtles, REO Speedwagon, Alice Cooper, Chicago and many others played there. However,there doesn’t seem to be much to find on the net…
    Thanks for any and all help that anyone can provide.

    Alan Kaye

  58. a guy from east Chicago,went to Ball State to be a science teacher, met Burman,Nephew and Happy Jack Hamilton, the Invincibles were born, left in 68 joined the Ritual, eventually ended up with Duke Tomatoe, got a real job in 1972.lives in Valparaiso.IN.

    1. hey hadji:
      what’s up good buddy it’s your old friend and fan FRITZ here
      i recall all the great times he had and you shaking hands with me at the hallabaloo when happy jack hamilton dedicated pink clouds and lemonade to me one question what ever happened to sherry stevens I always thought the world of her

  59. i remember you very well, also your sister, lila. i saw your mom a couple of years ago. i was the go-go dancer with the chosen few band in 1967 &68. i later became a law enforcement person, now im retired and still live in indiana.

  60. Everything that has been said about the Chosen being gifted beyond reason is true. Jack H was a visionary, period. Hadji had the ‘it’ factor big time. Carl has always been one of my favorite vocal talents of all time and I’ve heard a few. Johnny C – the world of music lost a virtuoso and his music can only be referred to as savant-like and Mellencamp would never have attained his strength without Johnny in the breach. Barnesy and Bennett were simply incredible in driving this band and it’s awestruck fans into frenzies. This was a legendary band. This was a group of guys that tutored rock in the period of their existence and the bands that branched out and off them were astounding. I was so fortunate to have known and loved them all and do so to this day. There was ‘The Few’ and then there were ‘the far betweens’.

  61. I am working on a book called Lost Muncie… focusing on Muncie from 1950 – mid 1980’s… I am looking for pictures, promos, posters, anything Chosen Few related (or Muncie in general)… Please contact me

    Larry Broadwater

  62. Hadji was a showman. I remember back in 1967 when me and some buddies used to go see the Chosen Few. We really went to see Hadji, he put everything into those 60’s soul songs he used to sing. There were two Otis Redding songs he used to perform, “Try a Little Tenderness”, where the song would start out soft and mellow with a nice interplay between Hadji singing and John Cascella playing the organ. The song would slowly build in intensity and by the end of the song, (You’ve got to hold her, please her, never leave her) , he would be on his knees totally into it along with everyone in the audience. The other Otis Redding song he would do is “Respect”. He really belted out that up tempo song. He was also a great dancer climbing up on top of Cascella’s Hammond and really getting the crowd into it. No other bands were doing that kind of stuff. And I’ll also never forget the Jr Walker song, “Shotgun”. I think he might be doing that in one of the photos. When Carl joined the band with that incredible voice, he never in any way overshadowed Hadji’s showmanship. And I will always have fond memories of watching Steve Hadji Baba up there on stage.

  63. Hi Cindy,

    I grew up in Muncie, and loved listening to the Few. If you ever have an extra CD copy, I would love to have one. I would gladly pay you for your time and trouble. My address is : Bob Johnsonbaugh, 20128 N. 259th Ln. Buckeye, Arizona, 85396. Thanks in advance, Bob

  64. Forgive me if I ramble. Everything is in my head and may come out incoherently jumbled. I’m just going to try to put it out here.

    I’m now 50 years old, was born in Anderson in 1960. Mom was just 18 when she had me, so she was pretty young, and she had a younger brother, Craig Bodenhorn, and when he was a teenager (during the 60’s) he was on one of the local dance (American Bandstand) type shows. At least I think it was local, at the time I thought he was actually on Bandstand, but as I got older that seemed unlikely. Anyway, he became friends with a local band “The Chosen Few”, who later changed their name to Limousine and then later, Faith and then Faith Band. I know (at least) one of them passed away a bit back, but I digress…

    Okay, so my uncle hooked up with The Chosen Few and became a defacto “roadie” for them, traveling with them to gigs, etc. and just generally hanging out with them. He was with them when they opened for The Who at Indiana Beach, which may have been on The Who’s first U.S. tour. Of course, back then, this was a teen-dance, daytime affair, and afterward there was a party. My uncle said that the guys from The Who were all nice except Pete Townsend, who he said went around with his new toy, a hand-held tape recorder, ( the very cutting edge of technology, for the time!) recording other people’s conversations, etc. I guess he didn’t really talk to anyone, just eavesdropped on others. My uncle thought he was a weirdo, we laughed about it later, wondering what could have eventually happened to those tapes!

    As my uncle’s time went on with The Chosen Few, the time came for them to record an album, and select a single, etc. I remember my uncle talking about a song that he wrote called “Maybe The Rain (Will Fall)”, anyway, this song wound up on the album and was indeed selected as the lead-off single (I actually seem to remember seeing the lyrics written on a piece of lined paper in a notebook, but maybe I’m fabricating this memory, as we all know can, and does, happen). My uncle was upset that he’d gotten no writers credit for the song and it caused a rift amongst the band and him. This was all conversation around my grandparent’s house, and I was very young, my recollections may not be the best, but I do remember this being the topic of heated discussion amongst the family members. The song went on to be played on American Bandstand’s “Rate A Record” (you know, “It’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it”…) where it bested it’s competitor on the flipside. We were all watching, and it was exciting.

    My mom had been a stay-at-home mom for years and when she finally decided to go into the work force, she used her musical connections to get a job with Bill Craig’s Booking Agency . Bill Craig’s claim to fame was that he had booked The Kingsmen in Indiana the week that Louie Louie was banned. This gave him some sort of reputation and residual “cache”. My mom was a secretary at his agency in the early 70’s. The booking office was in Muncie, in The Village, as it was called. There was a Boutique (The Kaleidoscope), a “head shop” a record store and other things all in the same complex. They also booked Pure Funk, who went on to change their name to Roadmaster, and then Asher Benrubi left. Later, Toby Myers would play bass for John Cougar Mellencamp for years (maybe still does?) Small world.

    My uncle passed away last year, but I used to send him links to sites like this so we could reminisce together. I also remember that Nigel Olsson, the drummer for Elton John’s classic band, had a Top 40 hit with a cover of “Put On Your Dancin’ Shoes” in the 80’s. I met him years later, (here in Boston, where I live now) and told him that I know the guy who wrote that song. I grew up around all of these musicians because of my Mom and uncle’s connections. We used to have out of town bands over to our house for dinner sometimes. I also remember when Terry Knight was going to produce them and initiated a name/image change to Faith. This must’ve been early 70’s. He gave them a mystique; had them pose with no shirts, from behind, they had their arms around each other and their hair was draping down their backs, in a black and white print ad. I think the idea was to make it “look like” they we a hot new British rock band. That album flopped.

  65. Kurt,

    You don’t mention that you had a pretty successful career of your own as Yukkie Gipe the lead singer for Bullet LaVolta. Assuming you are the same Kirt Davis. You were friends with my sister Jennifer, and one of my best friends, Bill johnston, really is a small world.

    Geoff Baxter

  66. I wish I could find this song and litsen to it.Dave I’m from new castle and I used to work with some one who know well Jesse Butler He said you might be able to help.Hey GOD BLESS and you guys were the best and I’ll never forget you guys.

  67. I traveled with the ‘Few (Hadjii, Dave & Dave, Carl, Jack and John during my junior and senior years in high school in New Castle doing lights for them. Late 67-summer of 69. Somewhere around here I still have some original tapes done on an old reel to reel of the band trying some new stuff out. I know one of them was Carl singing a cover of BS&T’s “I’ll Love You More Than You Will Ever Know” off the original BS&T’s “Child is Father To the Man” album.
    Oh the stories I could tell of that old bus with Hadjii driving — or the Carringa’s having to haul Johnny’s Hammond B3 up and down steep, cramped icy steps to a gig.
    My favorite memory? Easy! Indiana Beach, with The Who, and the almost fight of misunderstanding up in the rooms afterward, lol!
    It is hard to understand now, to tell people about a time, a place, an era that has so long since passed. While they had a number of places they played often there were others, small towns and events, where having the Chosen Few in to play was a Big Event for them.
    Then, also, we had our share of other moments – listen to Seeger’s “Turn the Page” – trying to get a bite to eat without the band getting hassled over hair and dress was a bummer.
    A good time! I even met my wife at one of their gigs… Still together all these years later.

  68. Great memories here….I remember the transition from “The Chosen Few to Limosine, to Faith”. I listened to them many times at “The Other Place” also called the OP in Celina, Ohio. I was but 15 to 16 years old at the time….and sneaked in with fake id’s. We were from Decatur, Indiana….and getting a taste of 3.2 beer was something that added to the effect.
    These guys were simply fantastic musicians. I remember the B-3….and for a while with a keyboard bass being played as well.
    Sometimes, sometimes…barriers….dancing shoes. Nobody. Oils touch their shows. I distictly remember them rockin’ up “Rockin Robin”. That made a real impression on me.
    I have the Limosine and the same Faith album on cd….as well as most or allvof the rest of the Faith albums…..but that first Limosine/Faith album is forever engrained in my youth.
    One other place they played near me was Shoneys in Fort Wayne. They took up a good 1/3 of the place with their stage set up…which included fgeae HUGE pa bass bins. I even remember the old Sony field mixers used for the pa.
    I agree that these gentlemen were one of the very best. They should have “made it”, but alas…..this was not to be.
    I have played in many bands through the years….and in warming up my Rickenbacker bass….I find myself running through a few of the bass riffs from these songs.
    Again…..great site…..great memories. Thank you.
    Ed Dyer….Decatur, Indiana.

  69. First of all, I apologize for the misspellings of my post above. It is hard sometimes to type much on my smartphone. I am now on my desktop PC and this should be better.
    I remember when most every band would just do the ‘3 minute cover’ of a song they liked on the radio…..These guys would take that song….start it like the cover, do extra leads, go completely into another riff, change the beat, do a synthasizer lead, add some syncopation, and then get back to the ending of the song they started. What most bands would do a cover in 3 minutes, these guys would take 12-15 minutes to do. It was so different from everyone else….It simply amazed me how smoothly they did this.
    And their using the B-3….this at a time when very few bands had anything more than the basic ‘lead, rhythm, bass and drums’. The sounds of the Leslie being driven hard into controlled distortion, with the tremolo swelling for emphasis…..Wow !
    As I stated above, for a while they even used a ‘keyboard bass’…..which I loved to hear, but did not care for too terribly much, as I was the bass player in my band. I joked that he was trying to put bass players out of work.
    I watched many shows…..mostly at the OP in Celina, Ohio.
    There was one other band in that era that played at the OP that I never heard of again. They were named ‘Boot’. It sounds like a country band, but they played covers very nicely…..and they did several Beatles songs to perfection. They could have been what is now called a Beatles Tribute Band. They had all Custom amps….all new, all the same blue color. Even the big pa head on a chrome stand. They made an impression. But nothing like The Chosed Few/Limosine/Faith.
    After finding this site the other day, I dug out some of my old cd’s and spent an afternoon reliving the days of my youth.
    I would think that this music would still be fresh today, and this band would still have a great following.
    I know I would be in the front row.

  70. Ed, Would you have any of these recordings you could send? have been a great fan of the Faith Band and Carl Storie for many years. Thanks.

  71. Andy,
    First of all….2:43 am. Wow ! You keep some of the same late night hours on the internet that I do.
    I would be glad to share some music with you.
    I will need to copy my cd’s to mp3 I suppose to email them to you. Would that work.
    I would need your email to do so.
    Let me know.

  72. Brent, I just found this website and was looking for your dad. I’d thought that he was once in the band The Chosen Few. He was my English teacher in 7th grade at Kuhner Jr High. Do you have any information on him, email address? home address? I’m in Las Vegas. Thanks.

  73. Hi Dave

    My name is Bill Shearer I was the drummer for the Daze we had Bill Creag in Munice Indiana the same time the chosen few were playing. We played several places as you did, that was the good days. The chosen Few was a real good group, I always liked lisening to you. The Daze played the same time at the Holoblue club in Dayton Ohio. Remember the Roof in Munice,thats were we had the Daze group picture taken.I always liked to here you play drums.If I remember right you had lissons by buddy rich. I have some of your records and still trying to find the ones I do not have. The Daze cut a record on King label it is on the internet under Kieth Murphy and the Daze. Hope you are doing ok, thanks to the internet we can bring back a little history. hope to here from you.
    My email is


  74. Hi…I attended Ball State in the late sixties and remember hearing The Chosen Few being played on the campus radio station quite often. I thought they were great, purchased their album “The Chosen Few” and still have it today. It could use a good home if anyone is interested! Great site!

  75. I am enjoying this posting/blog thoroughly. I remember the music of that time period. We’d drive from Farmland and Parker Indiana to the Triangle near Greenville to hear Chosen Few. I still have a 45 of “Pink Clowds” somewhere in a box I have been moving from Indiana to Florida to Colorado for 40+ years. But the Hullabaloo….and its strobe/black light invasion….”far out.” Saw the Lemon Pipers there in 1968. Thanks for the incredible memories.

  76. Hadji was indeed a showman! One of my favorite memories growing up in Indiana was going up to the lakes in the summer and catching the Chosen Few at one of the teen clubs. I used to watch Hadji throw the mic stand forward and catch the base with his foot! It was a move I imitated in my band, the Sixth Street Express! They were my idols, and one of the reasons I went into music! I’m still in music in New Jersey, playing saxophone and teaching privately.

    I’m just a bit disappointed there aren’t any photos of that great bus, with the label right above the gas cap that read “gasshole!”- Rick Brunermer,

  77. The Chosen Few were originally called The Invincibles when I was a freshman at Ball State U., Muncie IN, in 1965-’66. Great group. I remember the very first time I saw them; it was at a free outdoor campus event, and Steve (Hadji) Baba was belting out “Shotgun” as another band member wailed on the saxophone. I was blown away, awestruck, mouth probably hanging open!

    During my sophomore year I helped form a group called The Reason Why. I was on lead guitar. We played mostly campus gigs. We were okay — but not great. The crowds seemed to like our danceable music, so we continued to get occasional bookings. At the end of that academic year (1966-’67), we merged with another group and became The Styx ‘n’ Stones, a six-man group; the merger made us much better, and we became one of the top three (IMHO!) most popular bands on campus the next two years, albeit not the most technically proficient band — for that designation would have gone to either The Chosen Few or The Other Five (who would later become The Other). But we were a crowd-pleasing group and put on a great show, and we were booked pretty much every Friday and Saturday night as I can best recall, along with the occasional mid-week gig.

    Toward the end of my time at Ball State (the summer of ’69, when I played with The Carringas, former roadies, aka “carryin’ guys” for The Chosen Few), Hadji Baba fronted a group called Hadji Baba and the Ritual; I saw them at the armory (aka the “fieldhouse”?) in Muncie, as I recall, and at one point Hadji spewed out a mouthful of lighter fluid and ignited it — this was pretty radical showmanship back then, my friends!

    I started teaching school that fall, and at some point John Hiatt (yes, THAT John Hiatt!) replaced me in The Carringas.

    I enjoyed reading the post describing how the guys in The Chosen Few were always getting hassled because of their hair and clothing. Here is a little trivia on that subject: In the fall of 1965, I was B.S.U.’s first-ever male “longhair.” I acquired the nickname (not MY idea!) of “Alice,” and there was even at least one plot to hold me down and shave my head. Later, Hadji became the first guy on campus to sport a pony-tail. So we have something in common as far as pioneering hairstyles that, years later, no one would crane his neck to stare at the way folks did “back in the day”!

    I don’t have a lot of material on The Styx ‘n’ Stones, but maybe I will contribute some more memories later — while I still have a few brain cells left! It would be great to hear from some of our old fans who might be reading stuff on this terrific website.

    –Bob Friend (aka “Bobi Frendrix”)
    Wauconda, Illinois

  78. Hi Bob, I do remember your band, Styx ‘n’ Stones. I saw you guys play just one time. I think it was at the Catholic Newman Center, Noel Hall. Anyway, I remember a nice tight band with a very good lead singer. I sort of remember a song you guys covered by the Strawberry Alarm Clock
    that made an impression on me. It went like this, “who cares what games you choose with little to win and nothing to lose” What the heck does that mean anyway…?


  80. Was setting around talking with the OL about the days when music was music not the BS dribble most are today. I started thinking of the crazy times ( yes mind alterng substances were involved) years back and going to see the Chosen Few. So I decided to hit the internet I put the name in and poof this came up, man it brought back some more memories. Because of Carl and the Chosen Few I ended up doing lights and sound for different bands over the years ( I wasn’t musically inclined as far as playing an insterment (sp) and when I tried to sing I couldn’t hold a tune in a dump truck, still can’t) so I chose the next best thing Lights and Sound. I also want to say the record companies “DID NOT” do them justice on the recordings . I grew up in Chesterfield IN. which is close to Muncie and Elwood so it was just a short putt over to see them play but that isn’t saying I didn’t jump on the bike to go see them no matter where they were, it was worth it. I moved out west and lost track of them, as we say life goes on. In the early 90s I moved back to Anderson IN and was working at a Club called ELLIOT’S. We had a band come into play and as they were setting up I get this tap on the shoulder and bam it was Carl. yea it was old times all over again. I guess what I want to say to Carl and the Chosen Few is ” THANK YOU ” for opening my eyes to the music world in a light I couldn’t have ever imagined back then. I no longer do the Lights and Sound gigs anymore and haven’t for awhile but the memories will go on. Y’all will always hold a special place in the ole heart. Again I have to say “THANK YOU” for giving me have a reason to live my dreams it may not have been with Y’all but I did live it because of you !

    Respects to all of you
    Steve “Animal” McDuffee

  81. Was setting around talking with the OL about the days when music was music not the BS dribble most are today. I started thinking of the crazy times ( yes mind alterng substances were involved) years back and going to see the Chosen Few. So I decided to hit the internet I put the name in and poof this came up, man it brought back some more memories. Because of Carl and the Chosen Few I ended up doing lights and sound for different bands over the years ( I wasn’t musically inclined as far as playing an insterment (sp) and when I tried to sing I couldn’t hold a tune in a dump truck, still can’t) so I chose the next best thing Lights and Sound. I also want to say the record companies “DID NOT” do them justice on the recordings . I grew up in Chesterfield IN. which is close to Muncie and Elwood so it was just a short putt over to see them play but that isn’t saying I didn’t jump on the bike to go see them no matter where they were, it was worth it. I moved out west and lost track of them, as we say life goes on. In the early 90s I moved back to Anderson IN and was working at a Club called ELLIOT’S. We had a band come into play and as they were setting up I get this tap on the shoulder and bam it was Carl. yea it was old times all over again. I guess what I want to say to Carl and the Chosen Few is ” THANK YOU ” for opening my eyes to the music world in a light I couldn’t have ever imagined back then. I no longer do the Lights and Sound gigs anymore and haven’t for awhile but the memories will go on. Y’all will always hold a special place in the ole heart. Again I have to say “THANK YOU” for giving me have a reason to live my dreams it may not have been with Y’all but I did live it because of you !

    Respects to all of you
    Steve “Animal” McDuffee

    I may have done this twice, sorry

  82. In Case you missed them:

    In case you missed “The Chosen Few” performing live, all is not lost. There are videos currently available on YouTube that feature many of the “The Chosen Few” band members from the late 60’s and early 70’s.

    The videos (shot maybe in the 80’s? and as the “Faith Band”) feature John Cascella on keyboards, saxophone, and background vocals, Dave Bennett on guitar, Dave Barnes on drums, Carl Storie on lead vocals and harmonica, and Mark Cawley on bass guitar. Their performance is excellent, and is more reminiscent of the band(s) that we all followed those many years ago. And even more, all of the band members are individually featured in lead performances on the videos.

    When you Google “YouTube Faith Band Legacy”, you will find: Possess You, Such a Lady, Statesboro (Blues), Dancin’ Shoes and many more. Unless other contributors to “garagehangover” have video of “The Chosen Few” live, this is about as close as you’re going to get.

    Timing is everything, and it is too bad that Dave Letterman of the “Tonight Show” (and Ball State Alumnus) did not have them on his show as featured performers.


  83. My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Jack Hamilton today. Jack is a very interesting person and an extremely talented musician. He recounted stories about his days with The Chosen Few. He also played an original composition of his on our piano. I was blown away! I could listen to him play all day. Afterward, I had to Google The Chosen Few to learn more about his band. I was surprised to discover that he was the bass player rather than the keyboardist. He’s an amazing pianist.

  84. I saw the Chosen Few many times when they played at Indiana Beach in the late sixties. There’s a couple of songs that I remember that the bass player Jack was really outstanding on. The Beatles song “A Little Help from my Friends”, he played that very prominent bass line perfectly just like the record. and also I loved the way he sang “Expressway to Your Heart” by the Soul Sensations. I youtubed that video the other day and it sounded just like Jack. He was a very talented guy.

  85. We are still in Dayton. Sorry my health has kept me from doing anything for quite awhile, Jack is doing pretty good, we try to keep up but are still working and just sort of flop at the end of the day, aging sucks! How the heck is everybody!!!??? Cindy Hamilton

  86. Jack so enjoys his life and being in music without the constant waking up in another city and all that jazz. We really appreciate that his customers enjoy his work. I don’t get on here too often and have really had challenges keeping us quite busy with other things this past year, so I’m late with several replies… but just know we are so grateful for all the news and memories and just “good vibes.” Blessings for the holidays and coming year from the Hamiltons.

  87. Thanks so much for the compliment and just know Jack loves to see people smile even at the memory of the Chosen Few. Hey, people, if you know anybody who can help Chas with the CMS stuff (see home page of garagehangover), try to hook up with him and keep this page alive. As little as I come here, I’m still so thrilled every time I bring up these pages. God Bless — Cindy

  88. I worked with your Dad in the mid to late 80s, early 90s. He was with John Mellencamp band at the time but also did jingles with TRC.

    I worked for an ad agency in Chicago and we did tons of jingles for McDonald’s. They were always great. And your dad could whip them out in a night. What a talented, talented man.

    But what was most impressive is what a gentleman he was. Always very kind to my wife and I. He was in one of the biggest rock bands in the world, but always humble, thoughful and gracious. He used to send me postcards from all over the world when he toured because he knew what I kick I got out of showing them to my kids.

    He was one of a kind. I really miss him.

    1. DEAR CINDY:

  89. So tired of giving my excuses for not getting on this site more often. Lots of health challenges for everyone in the family. So far we are getting through them. Yea! Tom, Jack says your Dad was his little leage coach. He especially remembers baseball. Montana, huh? That’s really great. We have been out West a few times and hope to make it back there. Jack loves Yellowstone. We stayed in West Yell. MT both times we were there. Love living in the Midwest but travel when we can. Has been difficult lately but we hope to get back to it. Thanks for letting us hear from you and enjoy the Big Skies. I apologize again for not keeping up with the site.

  90. Skip. Jack says hi. I’m Jack’s wife. Number two and try harder ha ha. Jack and I are old and creaky but keepin on tickin. It’s so nice to hear from you, I read your post then Jack says hey a frat brother from New York … right? Or is Jack so old his memory fails him? Thanks for saying hello.

  91. Hi Stan, Hi Becky,
    I tried to reply to this post awhile ago and it’s not in the right place. So I just wanted to say thanks directly to your post.
    Went on YouTube today and listened to the Vibrations’ “My Girl Sloopy.” Read a bunch of the posts on here and thought, what a great thing that this site exists.

  92. Wow, I had to read this article twice because I thought I may have submitted it!! Every word is exactly how I would describe the period and The Few. Ditto. The Few and that era have never been surpassed in my opinion. I too remember the announcement about The Few no longer performing at The Tri-Angle Inn. What a loss. Helen Wilson needed to pay this group whatever was required to retain them. I’m certain four decades later that it was all about the money. Like others, I was drafted and never returned to The Triangle, except for a couple sessions when I could get back to Greenville on leave. It just wasn’t the same without The Few — and unfortunately never would be again.

  93. I’m “typing” (keyboarding) thanks in small part to Jack’s help back when he was a teaching assistant in my typing class at Chrysler High School in New Castle, Indiana. That would’ve been around 1965. And to think I’m still using the “skills” he helped me with way back when! And speaking of writing, I wrote the lyrics for two of the songs on the Chosen Few album — “Deeper In” and “I Will Miss You”). That album was produced by Jack Richardson in Toronto. (Jack is known for his work with Guess Who, Gypsy, Bob Seger, Badfinger, Alice Cooper and many more.) From the “it’s a small world” category, Jack is a very good friend of one of my best friends — Bernie Labarge ( — a killer guitarist/songwriter here in Toronto where I live. BTW… my alias is Zeb Jenkins (a name I inherited decades ago from Carl Storie).

  94. Some high school friends and I booked the Ritual into our local armory in 1971…I remember the lead singer having long hair, crazy sideburns and walking through the crowd with a big sword…one of the pictures above of hadji baba looks like he could be the guy…but I thought the lead singers name was Joey…of course my memory and perception of reality could be way off…I always enjoyed the Few and remember seeing them at IU and The Other Place (the OP) in Ohio…I still have my Limousine and Faith albums…

    1. David-some of those friends included me and Vince Pentecost and Brad Hall at Carroll Hlgh Schools after prom Great time !! Yeah Joey ray was the rituals lead singer then, having replaced Hadji baba,Joey blew lighter fluid fire from his mouth that night and almost caught ceiling on fire! Paffman was pissed! Hoe your’e well! Peace Always! Dave Cooper

  95. There was an interim time that they were known as Limousine. It was on a label I unfortunately forget the name of that was headed up by Terry Kath of Chicago. After Kath’s death, the album was picked up and re-released by Brown Bag Records. BBR was the label of Terry Knight long-time manager and major domo behind Grand Funk RR. The Brown Bag album cover showed them from the back. The pre-release hype had Terry running around all over creation supposedly putting together a super group to replace Grand Funk. Needless to say the rock press wasn’t all that happy that they had been lead so far astray and took it out on the band. I often wonder if they wouldn’t have done better if TK had played it straight.
    Following the demise of BBR, they then went to Village Records which was a regional label put together by a couple people from Sunshine Productions, the big concert promotion company based in Indy. They put out a couple more for VR before that went the way of all good things.

  96. I was a disc jockey at WHUT in Anderson from 1965 – 1974 and remember playing the Chose Few’s records. Did Jimi Hendrix ever play the Hullabaloo in Yorktown?

    1. Jim, I don’t think he ever played the Yorktown Hullabaloo. But I was there (with about 300 or so other people) when he played the Teen America building at the Muncie fairgrounds. I think it must have been some time in 1968 but I’m not sure. I do remember before he started playing, he announced to the crowed, “It’s good to be here in Muncie Indianapolis”. I didn’t know if that was a joke or if he was just high. BTW, he was great!

      1. A first cousin told me a few years ago that he saw Hendrix twice in one day, my guess is in 1967, first in Yorktown, then at Muncie. He said it was a “rec center” in Yorktown, and at the county fair.

  97. I have a history group on facebook called Lost Muncie… I am looking for pictures of The Chosen Few, or any band related to Muncie, or Ball State. Also interested in things related to WERK radio, and the Hullaballoo.

    please message me on facebook or email.

    Larry Broadwater

  98. This may be a little long and will probably ramble, but here goes. I’m the youngest of three brothers with something like 14-16 years difference in age between myself and the youngest of the two. Because of that age difference my memories are a little sketchy but my middle brother had some kind of connection with “the Few” and the “McCoys.” I suspect he worked for the booking agency mentioned earlier, but I’m not 100% sure. While I don’t have clear memories of it I believe some, possibly most or all of the original line-ups of these bands had visited my childhood home “back in the day.” As a teenager I have many memories of seeing the “Faith Band” in concert many times… a vague recollection of seeing the “Few” once or twice. I also remember the Ritual and “Haji Baba.” In fact I was on a committee in school (Junior high I think.. maybe freshman year) and arranged for the Ritual do perform for a fund raising dance at my school.

    Something I’ve not seen anyone mention is yet another band name between “The Chosen Few” and “Limousine.” I recall attending a free concert in Muncie. The stage was set up at the base of the hill with the Soap Box Derby track, the hill serving as “seating.” A very 60’s/70’s free festival kind of thing. There were multiple bands playing but the one I most clearly recall was a band calling them self something like “Brothern Rabbit” or something very similar to that. “Formally the Chosen Few.” Without question Carl Storie was the frontman and, I’m fairly certain, the rest of the line-up was the same as what would shortly become “Limousine.” Anyone else have any recollections of that name?

    Probably the hot-spot for the under 21 crowd to see bands like Limousine and others was a little club called “the Cave” that was beneath the old Muncie PAL club location in downtown Muncie. (I had the pleasure of appearing there with my crappy little high-school band as and “opening act” once. Probably in 72 or 73). I also recall a lot of concerts being held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds as well as a couple other free concerts in the park like the one described above. There was a really good music scene in and around Muncie in those days.

    As I got older I too made the trek to “the Triangle” to see bands and enjoy the 18 year old beer drinking age in Ohio. That was after the days of “the Few” playing there. I remember “the 7 Cs” clearly. They were another of my favorite local bands. For some reason I also recall a band called “the Beggars Opera” from New York playing in Muncie on several occasions. I saw a lot of other local and regional bands but the names escape me.

    I still have a copy of the self titled album, “The Chosen Few.” I have the cover for my “Limousine” album but some scumbag stole the vinyl! A few years ago I scored a copy of the first “Faith Band” album on ebay and I still have my original copy of “Rock and Romance.” There are a lot of fond memories involving Limousine/the Faith Band, the Ritual, Roadmaster, etc. I’m glad I stumbled across this page.

    1. To everyone who has been on here and has emailed, it’s been great. I suffered a debilitating event in 2011 and have barely been keeping up with life. Doing a tiny bit better every day. So, if you have written to our alternate email lately, bear with us. Jack just got a call from someone who says he was there when the Strangeloves got ahold of RIck and the band and took them to New York…he says it happened in Dayton, Ohio, not Indian Lake! It seems everyone remembers it differently. That’s the Sixties … if you remember those years, you weren’t there….

      1. Cindy/Jack,
        I remember Jack when he played with the “Delphis” at the Connersville YMCA back in the sixties. Randy Maxwell played drums, Kenny McFall played sax, can’t remember the other musicians though.
        The “Houserockers”band I played in idolized “The Chosen Few” I heard them at the Tar Pit (Purdue) many times. Music was the best during the 60’s and 70’s.

        1. Hi Bill, I remember you! Some of the Cville old musicians from Classes of 69 70 are going to have a ROCK & SOUL REVIVIAL jam fundraiser for House of Ruth (Recover house helping those shattered by drug abuse). They have a women’s house and getting a men’s. You may know how the town has been like many hit with the heroin and meth epidemic. Sept 12. Write me if you wan to be there. Trying to get Carl Storie there.

    2. Bob, interesting that you mention Beggars Opera. I was trying to figure out a little quirk in the Chosen Few history. Specifically, how did Mark Cawley join the band in or about 1971? I saw Beggars Opera once in Muncie, and Mark Cawley was the bass player. They were a good band. It wasn’t long after that he was in the Chosen Few.

      How did that happen? Was he stolen away? Did the Few make him an offer too good to refuse? I can’t remember Hamilton phasing out as well as I do Cawley phasing in, but that must have happened at the same time. If anyone knows the answer to this trivial question, I’d like to know how that transformation took place.

      [Mark Cawley now has a presence on the web at]

      As to Dan Koontz’ comment from earlier this year, I wish him the best with the new band. I hope all the recruits mentioned (Henderson, Black, and Terhune) are available. I just wanted to mention that I play guitar and tambourine, and I’m about as old as the rest of you. I’m all for better health and aerobic dancing. I’d be more than happy with a little part in the back-up line. [oooohwahhhhh la la la la]

      1. Doug, I remember you from the “Brothers Supreme”. What a great, unique band that I’ll never forget. (loved those Motown harmonies) Mike Henderson was a musical genius. What ever happened to him.

        1. Ouch, on this website, I’m surprised by a reply in under a year’s time. Thanks for the kind words about Brothers Supreme. Good memory. We did do a lot of that type of harmony.

          Mike Henderson lives in southern California. As far as I know, he performs solo at a regular gig for a restaurant/bar which has an outside patio/stage. He gives private music lessons, as well. Mike has a website, You can get a full run down there.

          I appreciate the comment, as I appreciate all of the comments here.

  99. Jimi Hendricks did play at Hullabaloo in Yorktown. I sat on the stage beside him while he played. Most people don’t know the faith Band’s first album was music originally from Beggars Opera and band from New York state. Their bass player came to thee Chosen Few and they recorded all that music, most written by Jack Grahm of the Beggars Opera. Beggars Opera played at the Plaza Room in Anderson.

  100. Well, I just stumbled upon this site by Googling (how else?!) “The
    Chosen Few”, and these comments really bring back old memories.
    (RATS! I AM old!)

    @Cindy: Jack was my hero when I was one of the “groupies” that
    followed The Few around Muncie, Marion, and Monticello [I had to use
    “Monticello” for alliteration, instead of “Indiana Beach” :D] around
    1969-1971. I even styled my hair like Jack’s. [That was back when I
    HAD hair.] I think I might have caught The Few playing at
    Purdue University when I was a student there (but my brain is too
    worn out to be 100% sure!). Jack did mostly backup vocals then and
    Carl was the front man; I wish I had heard them when Jack was singing
    lead. I loved watching him play the bass! Didn’t know he played keys,
    either, but I’ve learned a lot since reading the comments on this
    site. But I digress… [I always do].

    Three of us friends from Marion used to catch The Chosen Few whenever
    we could: Tommy Wells [R.I.P.], Greg, and me. We would hang out with
    the band before concerts and, during the concerts, catch flying
    equipment (mostly Dave Barnes’ cymbal stands and tom-toms; he really
    played the HECK out of his double-bass drums, too!)

    Tommy Wells studied at Berklee School of Music from ’69
    to ’70, and toured for several years with “memorable” band names
    like “Titus and Ross”, “Dust”, and “First Gear”. [Incidentally, I saw
    the comment here from Rick Brunermer, who also played in “First
    Gear”… I ended up with Rick’s high school girlfriend, Cheryl, and
    we’ve been married for 41 years! Sorry ’bout that, Rick. Oops…
    digressed again!] Tommy then spent more than 35 years as one of the
    best known studio drummers in Nashville, doing a lot of country music
    recordings and playing ROCK every chance he had. He passed away while
    he was working in Fort Wayne, in September 2013. I’m pretty sure that
    David “Benny” Barnes was an influence on Tommy’s playing…
    especially all the facial contortions Dave would make during his drum

    The other Chosen Few groupie, our buddy Greg, subbed for Jack on the
    bass one night at a concert The Few did at a country club in Marion.
    Jack didn’t show up (You’ll have to ask Jack what his excuse was ;-),
    and the other guys didn’t want to leave Jack’s spot empty and the
    bass leaning up against the amp, so Greg–with his freaky long hair
    that fit in pretty well with what the rest of the band looked
    like–“played” the bass. What he actually did was fake it while
    Johnny played the bass notes on a side keyboard with his left hand
    and played the B3 with his right! [So much for my close brush with
    Chosen Few fame!]

    I’ve rambled on long enough for now, but it’s been fun to reminisce
    about the band that made me love rock and roll!

  101. I was member of Sigma Phi Epilson on the Ball State Campus during the 1960’s. I still remember returning to the Sig Ep house on Friday afternoons and could here the band playing through the open front door. Those were the days. This band was incredible. They should have been one of the most remembered bands of the 1960’s. Jerry McVicker

  102. Between the Chosen Few and Faith, there was a stint where they were known as Limousine, still playing in Muncie, often at the Muncie Water Bowl.

  103. OK, this is going to sound crazy, but is it possible that The Who played the Muncie Fairgrounds in the mid-sixties? It was in one of the 4-H or exhibit buildings. I am sure I saw a band there that destroyed its all instruments. They kept telling the (small) audience that, “Back in England we’re bigger than the Beatles.” They said that several times. They smashed thousands of dollars worth of gear. Also several small fights broke out in the audience during the show. It was a tense and exciting night.

    They played two sets and closed each one with My Generation. At the end of the first set Keith seemed to get irritated about something and kicked over parts of the drum kit. But nothing was really smashed until the end of the last set, when all hell broke lose. I am pretty sure they played I Can See For Miles ( which they said was going to be their next single). I don’t think the appearance was advertised. Maybe it was a fill in gig between other cities. Maybe someone reading this site was there. Or did I just dream all this?

  104. Yes, they were there and so was I. I don’t remember too much detail but I know they were booked by BCJ productions. They were the tightest most dynamic band I ever saw as I stood about 15-20 feet away. Had the privilege of seeing them again later that same year at Indiana Beach. I believe it was 1968.

  105. Just saying, I have no memory of this Who appearance in Muncie. Wikipedia shows the Who concert schedule of 1968 included a show at Monticello (i.e., Indiana Beach) in July, 1968. I don’t see how they could have earned enough in Muncie to pay for all the equipment they routinely destroyed. Must have happened. A belated, “sorry I missed it.” Chalk another one up for BCJ Productions.

    In the final week of August, 1968, Vanilla Fudge also appeared at Indiana Beach. The Chosen Few opened for both The Who and Vanilla Fudge that fateful summer preceding the election of Richard Nixon.

    IB was a strange place. It was sort of a remnant from an earlier time, even way back then, like Miami Beach or Riverside Amusement Park (Indianapolis), if you know what I mean. I’ll go so far as to say those concerts at IB, in the summer of ’68, were two occasions when the Chosen Few performed in the Twilight Zone.


  107. I saw the WHO in Muncie in 1967 and in fact was among a group of about 5 guys who spoke with Pete Townsend after the show. The dressing room was in a separate building behind the building where the show took place. I was all of 14 years old. They had a bus and Keith Moon was hanging upside down with his legs hanging at the knees from the window chatting with some chicks. John Entwistle walked out alone with Roger Daultry and Pete walking out together. Pete walked over and spoke with us for maybe 15 minutes. This was November 1967 and the following March, Jimi Hendrix appeared at the same hall. Both shows were produced by Bill Craig Jr., who owned the local radio station WERK. He was also the manager of the Chosen Few and the Ritual, which is how the Chosen Few opened for both acts. Since I knew where the dressing room was,I also spoke with Jimi. As he was getting into a limo. I was on other side and said “Hi Jimi” and as he got in he said “Hey man”. How can I ever forget that.

      Sorry to comment on the Indiana Beach Who/Chosen Few comments after so many months. Nobody has time to read all the reasons I’ve been unable to get here (plus, I thought the site would be taken down–kudos to the person/s who help keep it going). This is something the band members should tell. So, Chosen Few guys … do you want to comment on the Indiana Beach gig with the Who? I am not going to speak for Jack on this one. He will have to get on here himself! I hear these stories and think I know them all very well, but find out later I left something out–I’m not sure, at our ages, that Jack tells it right or that I hear it right. It’s hard for me to get done all that I have to do, and typing Jack’s dictation is not something I can squeeze in–plus, this might be a dicey story and not something I want to get involved in. … … care to fill them in, Pete Townshend? Roger Daltrey? Probably not.

      1. Hi Cindy, my name is Scott Thompson I was a roadie for the band for about two and a half years. I met Jack at Burris High School in Muncie. He was a student teacher in my biology class. I sat in the back of the class. The first day he was there, he introduced himself to the class and mentioned he played in a band “The Invisibles”. Occasionally I would chat with him before and after class mostly asking questions about his band. I was a lover of all things rock and roll. One day he mentioned that their sax player was getting a Hammond organ and they wanted to hire someone to help cart it around. I was and am just a little guy and thought I would have no chance of being the one they hired. However, I asked Jack if he would consider me for the job. I think he said, “I don’t see why not but see if you can find another guy to help you” So almost exactly 50 years ago (Spring 1967) a guy named Dave and I started traveling with the band. They called us carrying guys and eventually “Carringas”.
        Let me tell you, it was an incredible experience for a 16 year old kid. I could go on and on about the adventures I had while hanging out with those guys but what I remember most was riding in back seat of Cassella’s Corvaire, chain smoking and listening to Jack and John talk. It would be mostly Jack doing the talking. What a fascinating character. All the guys in the band were interesting and remarkable but Jack, with his warped sense of humor was really something else.
        I was there the night they played with “The Who”. I do remember they shared a dressing room (an upstairs penthouse type thing) Dave Bennett and Pete Townshend got into some verbal altercation over what I believe was a remark Townsend made about having to share this room with this other band. Ask Jack if my memory is correct but I believe at one point Bennett said to Townshend “I’m better than you!” Keith Moon pulled his pants down and mooned a crowd that had gathered down below from the terrace of the penthouse. My experience was very positive. I got to talk with all the guys from the Who while the Chosen Few were playing. After the show, Pete Townshend got his tool box out and took one of the bent tuners from a guitar he had destroyed and gave it to me and then gave the neck to somebody else.
        I check into this site from time to time and have often though of chiming in. I guess now is as good a time as any. I’ve enjoyed reading your comments over the time this site has been up. Also, I’m sorry to hear about your health problems and hope it’s better now. Tell Jack hi. Scott

        1. Hi Scott.
          I said to Jack, hey honey let me read this. When I said your name, Jack knew what it was about and said, “Oh my Gosh,” I read your account of the confrontation and the long rides in the Corvair. Jack says you had the “patience of Job.” Says you were like a little brother. He remembers the “Carringas” starting their own band … what all happened with that? Jack mentions Don Gronendyke? Dave Jones came over one time back in the 1990s and they rehashed old times. I had a broken wrist at the time and don’t remember much of it … I have had a lot of problems with my bones. The doctors gave me bisphosphonates for it, and it made it worse; I broke a femur just walking. So I deal with being slow. But this is supposed to be about the Chosen Few. Jack is still funny but has mellowed … he wants you to know he now appreciates you more than ever. He said man those guys gave blood and sweat to carry that stuff. Much love from “yer teach” and big bro. I hope you will get on here from time to time and tell some of the stories. I can’t get Jack to jump on and tell it himself … but he helps me and everyone from my very elderly family to our foster/step grandkids. He’s such an “old man” now! Ol’ Happy Jack is still there, though. You’ll appreciate this, Scott: he still makes up odd words! Hope to see you on here telling more stories … no matter how embarrassing (nothing embarrasses him actually; rock-n-rollers don’t blush, eh?). I hope he didn’t corrupt you too much. Doesn’t sound like it. THANKS so much.

          1. Donny Gronendyke was indeed one of the original “carrying guys” with Scotty Thompson. The original Carringa’s (the band): Scotty Thompson, Bill Jones, Marc Hertz, Craig Roth and (I think) Jeff Johnston.

  108. Have read this thread a few times and finally decided to add a few comments. I was a member of the “carriers” (Donnie Gronendyke, Randy Brown, and myself Randy Shields from about July ’70 to March ’71. It was a turbulent time for the band – Jack Hamilton left soon after I started, leaving them playing with just Carl, John, Bennett and Barnes for a short spell. I think Carl even missed a couple of gigs during this period. Donnie, Randy and myself lived together in Muncie during that time. We drove a blue (Olds?) station wagon, seating 8, (we were all thin). We pulled the gear in a U-haul all over but mostly a days drive from Muncie. The wagon didn’t even have a trailer hitch, just a bar strapped on the bumper. I have a lot of stories, most of which I wouldn’t tell.

  109. Randy Shields. Trying to put a face with that name. Is the Randy Brown you mention the same that lived in the old brown apartment house at the corner of Dicks and Martin for a time?

    “The wagon didn’t even have a trailer hitch, just a bar strapped on the bumper.” A common practice at one time. I can remember the day I walked into a U-Haul and was told they didn’t do strap on trailer hitches anymore. That was a sad moment, an end to an era, so to speak.

    Marc Hertz, you crazy fock. Did not recall that you were a Carringa. In fact, I never saw the Carringas perform, but I think Big Bill Jones was a Carringa, probably after Craig Roth opted to pursue doctorhood, and I used to see him perform in a different band, the name of which I don’t remember. I certainly remember the Carringas by reputation. Everyone had heard of them, even if they had not heard them.

  110. Many years ago, when I was stationed with the US Navy at Patuxent River, MD, there was a guy who lived in the barracks named Steve Pryor. He told me he had been a drummer with Faith Band before they became famous. Always wondered if there was any truth to his story? Thanks. Pete

  111. Hi Pete, Thanks for chiming in. Not sure about any Steve Pryor. I asked Jack (Hamilton, my husband) and he was pre-Faith band but knows the original lineup of that band … we think you may be thinking of a very talented musician from Oklahoma. He may have known the folks in *Blind Faith* … the reason we say this is he has worked with a bunch of folks from that era (the local news says he toured with Paul Butterfield and Joe Cocker) and one of his big cover songs is “Can’t Find My Way Home.” Steve died tragically in May of 2016 in a motorcycle crash. The only thing is, I don’t have any record of military service for Pryor. Possibly a bum steer. We don’t mean to lead you in the wrong direction but Jack is saying Steve Nephew (original “Chosen Few”) and Dave Barnes (just before and after the change to “Faith Band”) were the drummers and neither was military. Anybody else have any info?

      1. You never know, Peter. When Jack talks about “Sloopy,” people are pretty skeptical, but there are a few people still alive who remember–however vaguely–that his account is pretty accurate. Some have shown up here. So you may want to do an online search of Steve Pryor musician and look at the youtube videos and the FB page, as well as all the photos in the writeup of his passing. You may pick out a face that harkens back to those Navy days! and by the way, thank you for your service.

        1. Hi Cindy,
          Over the years, I have occasionally done searches for Steve, but no luck. We weren’t the closest of friends; just stationed at the same base in MD. I had (still have, for that matter) one of Faith Band’s LPs, “Excuse Me, I Just Cut An Album”. Steve lived in the room next to mine in the barracks. He had told me he’d been a drummer with the band prior to their becoming the Faith Band. He wasn’t too fond of Carl Storie, but don’t remember the details. But as I recall, Steve was quite arrogant, and who knows if anything he even told me was the truth. Last time I saw him was around ’77. I had gotten out of the Navy for 4.5 years (76-80), then went back on active duty until I retired in ’97.

  112. Forgot to mention I am originally from Indy. I remember when Faith Band was playing local gigs in town, but never got the chance to see them. WNAP radio station, I think, used to release LPs with local bands songs. Sales went to benefit different causes. I think Faith Band had some songs on one, but not positive.

    1. Jack can’t say either way. When he split the band it was still Chosen Few. He knew the guys well, still like them but was frustrated w/ how they sounded in studio, and also management (back then, Jack says, the big shots at the label wanted to hop on trends and would say, hey this sound is popular so more cowbell or whatever, right about that point the artists began getting more control) … we actually saw Faith Band at some point in the 1970s but we can’t remember. I was thining it was 1978 and they were at one of the downtown theaters in Dayton, OH. I begged him to go say hello. He didn’t want to “bother” them. That was puzzling. But I never played several sets onstage; it’s tiring and he knows how much musicians just want to downshift/refresh, not visit. Still, it would have been good to see them together. I just checked the Wikipedia listing and sure enough, only Dave Barnes is listed as drummer. So … maybe this Navy guy wanted to impress you… or was just confused? Benefit of the doubt, eh? Keep on lookin’ and sorry my hunch about the talented Okie didn’t pan out.

      1. Total different band, but just wanted to comment. Saw the Sanford Townsend Band in Broad Ripple. They were amazing! Sat through two shows. Johnny Townsend is still recording, but don’t think Ed Sanford is.

  113. Steve Nephew was my 7th grade English teacher at Kuhner junior high in Muncie. I believe 66-67 year. Of course being a rocker he was easy for me to relate to. I am not sure his teacher piers appreciated his other job/profession. I saw the Chosen Few and I believe the Invincibles a couple of times as well at all the WERK radio valentines day parties at Gibsons skating arena and the Teen America Building, maybe the Field House as well. It was a magical time to begin my teenage years. Steve was a inspiration an I have tried to figure out what might have become of him. I saw the post from his son so I guess Florida. Sorry he didn’t turn out to be a great father. First marriages take their toll on all of us I guess.

  114. For those still looking, I came across what claims to be a full cut of the Limousine album ( 1972) on Youtube. 37 min Try

    Happy holidays to all my fellow former and current Muncie rats, Burris alums, BSU alums, and the motley bunch of guys who used to play in garage bands in the 60s – 70s. Yeehaw to Carl Storie. Hope he doesn’t come home singing “All My Exes Live in Texas.”

  115. I’m not sure how often anyone checks this blog, but I’m looking for some information and thought I’d give it a try. Steve “Hadji” Baba, who passed away last fall, signed with Blytham Ltd. (Irving Azoff’s management company) in Champaign, IL in mid-1970 and joined a group named U.S. Kids. I’m trying to find out if anyone knows the circumstances of how that signing came about. I’ve asked one of his former Kids bandmates, who has no recollection, though he does recall the Muncie connection. Anyone?

  116. Dave, I had another thought about your question. Yes, it seems at the moment we may be the only men still alive on this site. The point i want to raise is the “Muncie connection .”

    A Muncie connection would have been the work of Bill Craig, Junior, the owner of BCJ Productions, the booking agent for the Chosen Few and its successors. BCJ was associated with big times in Muncie, such as the coming of The Who. BCJ could probably answer any question you have on the subject, but he died in about 2005. Anything of the sort you are describing that came out of Muncie was associated with BCJ.

    BCJ was survived by his wife, Jackie. She was very involved in BCJ’s business and might know the answer. How’s that for a long shot? I do believe she is still alive. She was much younger than her husband.

    You came to the right place. There are people out there who have information on the matter. But we may not find them perusing this website for another five or ten years.

  117. The following are selected excerpts from the obituary of Steve Baba

    Stephen Thomas Baba died August 18, 2017 at the age of 72.
    Known as Hadji Baba too many, Steve was a gifted musician and professional candy eater.

    The man, the myth, the legend. Steve was an architect of mass destruction, and a master builder of mess, especially around the house or in his garage, where his brilliant mind lead to many creative endeavors, some awesome, some requiring the fire department. He was a proud pyromaniac when given the opportunity, especially when trying to impress his grandchildren. Steve was also incredibly proud to wear his speedo bathing suit to the beach, impressing the locals with his European flare, while horrifying the rest of us. Steve also had the incredible ability to eat pounds of sugar, salt and butter, which in his later years lead to healthier eating choices.

    Steve’s dedication and love for the people he worked with enabled him to share his genuine tender heart. There wasn’t an animal he wouldn’t pet, feed, or try and save. Steve is now reunited with other family members, which may lead to the heavens opening and dropping meteorites on our heads!

    Guest Book: I’ve been a funeral director for 23 years. I don’t know Steve but wish I did. This obit is the most impressive obit I’ve ever seen. God bless your family and whoever wrote this …you’ve touched hearts from people that did not know him in life. What a man he was. I’m sure he’s still that man in heaven. But in my lifetime career never been so impressed with a man I never met. Wish I did. Rest In Peace.

    Guest Book: Played in a band with Steve back in the early 90’s. Was the best time I ever had playing in any band! Steve kept me laughing all the time! Have been trying to get in touch with other musicians that we mutually knew. I hope they have all been contacted about this, so we can all get together and celebrate the life of my Romanian buddy I thought would live forever! He was indestructible! RIP my brother until I see you again!

  118. Nice edition, Rob. On Memorial Day, I remember Hadji Baba singing “Respect” as though he were preaching a Hell fire sermon.

    Hadji projected soul, brother. Never had such a wild and amusing rendition (of “Respect”) been seen, or even imagined, in Muncie, Indiana. Suddenly, there was a world of new possibilities for every aspiring young musician in the local scene. He made it look easy, becoming the wild man vocalist. More of this was what people wanted.

    It is a great obituary. I’ve read it several times. Can you believe the contribution from the funeral director who was responding to the tenor of the the obit, had never even heard of Steve Baba, but was obviously moved from reading it?

    Which brings me to this. Did Hadji write the obit, or rather the most of it? People do write their own. Doctor Ball from Muncie, not long ago, passed away, and he wrote his own obit. He did publish the fact, but many might be disinclined to do so, even though they were the writers. The obit has a special quality, as the responses to it attest. The author does not reveal its identity. I’m betting Hadji wrote it, or one of his offspring who carries him on.

  119. Doug, I have read Hajji’s obit several times as well, yet it is not known to me if Hajji participated in writing his finale? It does appear that contributions were made by those close to him who had witnessed his “performances” both on and off stage. In any case, the author(s) constructed a most profound and fitting sendoff.

    Many of us were simply “Fans Of The Few From Afar”, meaning that we traveled near and far to watch the band perform. We were not Ball Staters’, but some attended other schools in the MAC.

    It’s been almost a half-century since watching The Few Band perform. I feel the bands vocals sounded best with 3 part harmonies that included Hajji, Jack, and Carl.

    Recently, I watched a talented vocalist by the name of Anthony Vincent on YouTube. This guy is “wired up”, and I was somewhat taken aback by the similarities of how I remember Hajji (Wild Man) during his performances with The Few.

    1. Rob, that was a great response. It seems my question was answered by Judy. Judy wrote the obit.

      Judy, thanks for the input. I stand by what I already said above about the obituary.

      Back to what I was saying earlier about Hadji’s memorable performance of the song, “Respect”, I want to clarify something on the subject. The song was destroyed by Aretha Franklin in the later sixties, but her song got a lot of play, and it may be the only version some people can recall.

      Hadji sang the original version, which was recorded by Otis Redding, around 1965.

      If you dare listen, it brings a lot back.

  120. I recently found that Hadji (Steve Baba) had passed. So sad. He was my closest friend in the years I did lighting for them. I was just a stupid nerd in High School with electrical experience when I started a small light show for Terry Barnes’ “Pitney Bowes Stamp Machine” then got an offer from Dave Barnes to throw some light on the “‘Few”. I had the time of my life for the next couple of years! Hadji, Jack, Dave & Dave, and of course John. One of my favorite memories was of John getting all pissed at me for having the strobes turned on the band – which played hob with him seeing his keyboard. We went ’round and ’round about that (I lost) with John putting a little bed-side light on that Hammond B3 – which of course ruined the effect. Ha! Great times!

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