Not the Shy Guys from Florida responsible for the incredible psych 45 “Black Lightning Light”.
The ones I’m featuring today were from Oak Park, Michigan and their closest brush with fame was opening for a tour of the Dave Clark Five. I found mention of a Buffalo, NY dj Scotty Walker adapting “We Gotta Go” into the “Hamburger Joint Song”, but I have no idea what this is about. Anyone?
The Shy Guys consisted of Ron Nelson (previously known as Ron Lefko) – lead guitar and vocals, Stu “Hirshfield” Howard – rhythm guitar and vocals, Marty Lewis – bass and Mark Finn – drums. Both sides of this 45 are great garage pop with good harmonies. “We Gotta Go” certainly had the potential to break into the charts, but only had local success.
The Panik label was started as JR by Joe Revaz out of Detroit, originally for soul artists. A couple other garage and pop bands like the Rainy Days and the Human Beings also have 45s on Panik.
These two tracks were also released on the local Palmer label, along with a second 45, “A Love So True”/”Where You Belong”. Their last release was a fine Ron Nelson original “Without You” on the Canusa label, with a cover of the Byrd’s “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better” on the flip.