1960's Rock-N-Roll Bands from the San Jaoquin Valley
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    Bently Road
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    Michael Michael

Bently Road
Kingsburg, CA

Band Members:
Craig Anderson, Pat Erickson, Jonnie Sue Bartel, and David Nyberg.
Three members of The Sedate Sunshine Colony morphed into a band called Anderson  Pump Company which morphed into Bently Road.  The group recruited  one additional member (David Nyberg) and recored two 45's under the name of Bentley Road.
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    Back Road

Back Road Band
Hanford, CA

 Band Members:

L to R: Jerry Yada (keyboards/sax/vocals), Bill Brumley (bass/vocals), Dick Lee (drums/vocals), Jimmy Mellick (standing - lead guitar/harp/vocals), Steve Brown (kneeliing - percussion/vocals), Lindsey Akino (guitar/vocals).
"The Back Road" band performs through-out the SJV and plays the hits of the day.  The group doe not have any recordings.
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    Bloodworth
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    Bloodworth
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    Bloodworth
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    Bloodworth - Fillmore Auditorium

Bloodworth
Fresno, CA

 Band Members:

Randy Koontz, Kirk Pool, Joe Aglio, Steve Emler, Robert Higura, and John Dye.


"Bloodworth" was a great garage rock band that was based out of Fresno, CA.  The group played at venues through-out California including San Francisco's Fillmore West.  

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    Bobby and the Rialtos - "Ring Around Your Neck" (1961)
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    Bobby and the Rialtos - "Love's Gamble"
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    Bobby Hollister (1961)
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    Bobby Hollister (1966)

Bobby and the Rialtos
​Tulare, CA

 Band Members:
 
Bobby Hollister (vocals-guitar); Freddie Thomas
(lead guitar); and Mike Nolan (drums).  
Bobby Hollister formed The Rialtos in 1959.   The Rialtos performed at teen dances through-out the central valley area including many MELCO Dances.  The group played the hits of the era  and recorded two records in 1961 for Bakersfield's "Pike Records." 

The Rialtos became the backing band for various artists who recorded for "Pike Records."  The first one was released in 1961 and comprised two Surf instrumentals. The second one was a Rock'n'Roll/teen ballad cut with Hollister on vocals. The Rialtos also did a few gigs in the early 1960s with Della Quinn and her sister, known as the Quinn Teens. They had a release on Pike under their own name (Pike #5922 "Dickie" / "I Hurt So"). Another of the Quinn siblings later married Rialtos lead guitarist Freddie Thomas' sister.

In 1966, Bobby Hollister became one of the lead vocalists and lead guitar player for "The Brymers."
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    Boogeyman - Dance Poster
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    Boogeyman - Merced, CA

Boogyman
Merced, CA

 Band Members:
 
Tom Salles, Bob Greenlee, Jeff Sanders and John Fox.
"Boogeyman" was a great garage band based out of Merced, CA.  The group was known for their hard heavy sound of the early 1970's.
  1. The Brogues
    The Brogues
  2. The Brogues - Promo Photo
    The Brogues - Promo Photo
  3. Merced Fairgrounds (1965)
    Merced Fairgrounds (1965)
  4. The Brogues (early photo)
    The Brogues (early photo)
  5. The Brogues - Promo Photo
    The Brogues - Promo Photo
  6. The Brogues - Merced Fairgrounds (1965)
    The Brogues - Merced Fairgrounds (1965)
The Brogues
Merced, CA
1964
Band Members:
Rick Campbell (organ/vocals); Greg Elmore (drums); Eddie Rodrigues (guitar); Bill Whittington (bass guitar); and Gary Grubb (vocals).
The Brogues were formed in late 1964 and disbanded after nine months.  The Brogues were signed by "Hush Records" and  "Someday" was a regional hit around the central valley. The song was doing well on the charts, but unfortunately two of the band members received draft notices and had to leave the group. Two of The Brogues members (Greg Elmore and Gary Grubb) stayed in the San Francisco area and formed a band called "Quicksilver Messenger Service."
Discography of the Brogues with Hush Records
1. "Someday,"
2."I Ain't No Miracle Worker," 
3."Don't Shoot Me Down," 
4."Journey,"  and
5."But Now I Find."  

  1. The Buddhas (1967)
    The Buddhas (1967)
The Buddhas
Bakersfield, CA
Band Members:

No much is known about "The Buddhas" except that they release one single in 1967 on the "Shell-Dee" label.  The "A" side was called "Lost Innocense."  It is a great driving high energy track with a psychedelic punkish guitar sound.


  1. The Rainbow Ballroom - Fresno, cA
    The Rainbow Ballroom - Fresno, cA
  2. Sam Swan "KYNO" D.J. Fresno, CA
    Sam Swan "KYNO" D.J. Fresno, CA
  3. Natty Bumppo - 1968
    Natty Bumppo - 1968
Natty Bumppo
Fresno, CA
​1968
Band Members:

Bob Keefe (lead guitar-on top of grave stone), Mike Raypholtz (bass, voice), Allen Zaillian (drums, voice), and Rex Spaith (keyboard, voice).


Natty Bumppo was a garage band that hailed from Fresno, CA.  The group was a psychedelic cover band playing anything and everything by the Dead, the Doors, Country Joe and the Fish, Paul Butterfield, etc. .
According to Bob Keefe, Natty Bumppo played the high school circuit in Fresno and neighboring valley towns, all the frat houses at Fresno State, Damhara (the old Sun Maid Raisin plant), and Fresno City College a few times.