1960's Rock-N-Roll Bands from the San Jaoquin Valley
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    "KAFY" Bakersfield, CA
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    Andre's Drive In - Bakersfield
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    "KAFY" Radio - Bakersfield

Cannery Row
Bakersfield, CA
​1968

Band Members:
Gerry Blake, Gary Bernard, Tom Keene, and Ron Sackman.
"Cannery Row" was another great garage rock group that hailed from Bakersfield.  The Avenger's members Garry Blake and Gary Barnard formed the band in 1968.  The group played the hits of the day and through-out the valley.  "Cannery Row" recorded one single ("Stand By Me Baby" and "Sweetwater).

Canterbury Fair
Fresno, CA
​(1967-1969)

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    Canterbury Fair - Fresno, CA
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    Fillmore West - San Francisco
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    Crimson Castle - Fresno, Ca - 1968
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    Fillmore West - San Francisco
 Band Members:
John Hollingsworth, Phillip Hollingsworth, and Sean Corsaro.




"Canterbury Fair" was a great rock group out
of Fresno (1967-1969).  The Band performed through-out the valley and at Fresno's Marigold Ballroom and other hot teen night spots.   By skillfully employing a keyboard arsenal and
monstrous fuzz-adelic bass, John and Philip Hollingsworth and a couple of pals created epic tapestries of mind-bending sound that were too large for their hometown of Fresno, California. Before long, Canterbury Fair was unfurling its wide-screen soundscapes before the wide-eyed patrons of San Francisco's legendary ballrooms such as The Fillmore West.


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    The Challengers - Lemoore, CA (1964)
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    The Challengers - Lemoore, CA (1964)
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    The Challengers - Lemoore, CA (1964)
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    The Challengers - Lemoore, CA
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    The Challengers - Lemoore, CA

The Challengers
Lemoore, Ca 
​1964

 Band Members:

MIke Wagner, Kenny Valentine, Dick Lee, and Frank Bento.

"The Challengers" were a surf band based out of Lemoore, CA.  They performed through-out central California and recorded two tracks (1) Irritation and (2) More Surf.   The group later morphed into "The de-Fenders."

The Chancellors
Modesto, Ca
1962

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    Modesto - State Theater
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    The Chancellors - 1962
Band Members:

Jeff, Anthony, Danny, and Mike.

 
 

The Chancellors were a grage rock group that was based out of Modesto, CA.  The band performed for teen dances and at local high schools through-out the area.

The Chancellors did not have any recordings.
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    The Charades: "Connections" Tulare, CA
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    The Charades Band -2007-
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    Tulare 2007
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    Charades, Platters, and Latin Knights 2011
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    Latin Knights/Charades 1959
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    "Charades" 1962
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    The Charades (1962)
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    The Charades 1964 Porterville, CA
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    The Charades 2013

The Charades
​Tulare, CA
1962

 Band Members:
 
Two of The Charades band members (Ray Baradat and Syl Grisby) continue to reside in the Tulare area and perform.
A great Doo Wop group with a national hit came from Tulare, California.  Ray Baradat formed The Charades in 1959 and the group continues to perform at gigs and "Doo Wop" concerts.
Recently, The Charades performed with The Platters and Rosie (Rosie and the Originals). 

Many thanks to Ray Baradat for his input, assistance, friendship, and
 for providing me with The Charades latest release titled "Connections." My favorite tract is a song that the group
recorded in 1963 and features the great harmonies of The Charades
Band. It is titled "Please Be My Love Tonight." This is a "must have" CD if you enjoy the sounds of the 1960's.


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The Cindermen
Fresno, CA

 Band Members:
​Jim Kelly (lead guitar), Sam Sinopoli (drums), Fred Perry (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Don Waley (keyboards), Bill Brant (bass guitar), and Steve (last name not known) (sax). 
 
Another great rock group that hailed from the Fresno area was called The Cindermen.  They were one of the top local rock bands from the Fresno area during
the mid 1960's. The group played through-out the San Joaquin Valley area and later signed Moonglow Records.   One of their recordings, "Don't Do It Some More" was well know through-out  California.
                                   
                                       
Discography:

1.  Think of Me
2.  I'm Happy
3. If I Can't Love You
4. On Forever
5. Don't Do It Some More
6.  True Love
7. Don't Knock It
8.  I Can't Believe It
9.  I Can't See You
10.  Stay Away
11.  Miss Connie You're a User
12.  You've Lost that Lovin Feelin



The Children of Stone
Sacramento, Ca 
​1966
Band Members:

Rick Taylor (drums), Dave Carruthers (lead guitar), Francis Gorre (lead singer), Erv Nagy (bass), and Tim Stover (keyboards).




The Children of Stone hailed from Sacramento, CA and was formed while the members were attending  high school (1966).  The group had a "folkadelic" sound as heard on their first recording "May Can't You See."  The Children of Stone performed through-out California and opened for top acts such as The Greatful Dead, Country Joe and the Fish, and Quicksilver. 
The Chocolate Tunnel
Bakersfield, CA
​1967

Band Members:

Kenny Johnson, Jerry Ritchie, and Bob Hopps.



 

Not much is known abut The Chocolate Tunnel  except that they hailed from Bakersfield, CA.  The group released one 45 rpm record on “Era Records” (1967). Both tracks were excellent and exhibited a blend of fuzz-psychedelic sound along with strong vocals. “The Ostrich People” and “The Highly Successful Young Rupert White” were written by Kenny Johnson and Jerry Ritchie.  Bob Hopps is credited for co-writing “Rupert White.”  Both tracks were arranged by Gary Paxton and produced by his company “Bakersfield International Productions.
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The Chosen Few
Stockton, CA
1965​

Band Members:
​Gary Wagner (other band member names not known)




The Chosen Few hailed from Stockton, CA and the band was led by a musician named Gary Wagner. They recorded only one single. The A-Side is the Gary Wagner penned I Think It's Time. The Flip-Side is another Wagner composition, Nobody But Me. Both sides are great garage cok tracks.  The record was released in August of 1965 and featured none other than a very young Sly Stone (aka Sylvester Stewart) sitting at the production board.
The Coachmen
Sacramento, CA
​1963 - 1967
The Coachmen
Sacramento, CA
​1963 - 1967
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    "The Sound of Young Sacramento" (Big Beat Records)
Band Members:

Brian Costello, Mike Davis, Paul Kern, Skip Kelly, and 
Mike Barnes.





The Coachmen were a great garage rock band that hailed from Sacramento, CA.  The group was heavily influenced by the British sound and dress.  The band recorded an outstanding cover of "Money" (1965) and opened for many national groups such as The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Sony and Cher, the Byrds, and others.

The Classix
Porterville, CA
1963

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    The Classix (1963)
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    Kenny, Doug, and Dennis
Band Members:

Left (standing): Kenny Sinner.  The names of the other band members are not known.





 

The Classix's were a  rock group which hailed from
Porterville, CA (1963). The bass player (Kenny Sinner) later played with many bands from the central California area such as The Brymers, The Charades, Kandi, and Mainstreet.  In 1966, Kenny wrote The Brymers' hits of  "Sacrifice" and "I Want to Tell You" which have appeared in numersous films and T.V. shows over the years.  He was a prolific singer, song writer and musician.

The Colts
Bakersfield, CA
1955

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Band Members:

Ruben Grundy,  Joe Grundy, Carl Moland, and Leroy Smith.




Also known (as Four Colts & a Filly), hailed from Bakersfield, California. The group's founding members consisted of a four-man line-up: lead singer Ruben Grundy, his brother Joe Grundy, Carl Moland. In 1955, while attending L.A. City College, in Los Angeles, New Jersey native Leroy Smith had joined the group. The following year later, the Colts had added singer: Mel Williams wife, Mickey Lynn, to their lineup, and changed the group's name to Four Colts & a Filly. The Colts is best known for their version, the first recording of the popular doowop classic "Adorable." The Colts is also the first African American vocal group ever coming out of the San Joaquin Valley.
The Commons
Tranquility, CA
1965 

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    The Commons (1965)
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    The Commons (1965)
Band Members:

Jimmy Marchini (lead singer), David Rico (lead guitar), Rick Miller (keyboards), John Upton (bass guitar), and Mike Carvalho (drums).



 


"The Commons" were a great rock group based out of Tranquility and Kerman, California.  The band performed all over the San Joaquin Valley and played the hits of the day.  "The Commons" won a battle of the bands at the Fresno Fairgrounds and opened for "the 13th Floor Elevators" at the fairgrounds. 

The Count Five
San Jose, CA
 1966

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    Count Five
Band Members:

 John "Sean" Byrne, Kenn Ellner, Craig "Butch" Atkinson.   
John "Mouse" Michalski , and Roy Chaney.


The band was founded in 1964 by John "Mouse" Michalski (lead guitar) and Roy Chaney (bass guitar). The two were high school friends who had previously played in several short-lived bands, most notably a surf rock group named The Citations. As the British Invasion's influence took effect, the band changed in musical direction. After going by the name The Squires for a short time, along with several line-up changes, the Count Five was born.  John "Sean" Byrne (1947-2008, born Dublin, Ireland) played rhythm guitarand performed lead vocals, Kenn Ellner played tambourine and harmonica, while sharing lead vocals, and Craig "Butch" Atkinson (1947-1998, born San Jose, California) played drums. The Count Five were recognizable for their habit of wearing Count Dracula-style capes when playing live.
Crystal Syphon
Merced, CA
1968

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    Crystal Syphon
Band Members:

Jeff Sanders, Jim Sanders, Tom Salles, Dave Sprinkel, Roger Henry, and Andy  Daniel.  

 
Crystal Syphon, one of the greatest “lost” groups of the West Coast psych scene.  The group came together in Merced, California in 1965. Originally a Beatles / Byrds-influenced unit called the Morlochs, they soon shed their original moniker and moved in a more psychedelic direction, becoming a fixture on the ballroom circuit from 1966-1970. Although their music may nod in the direction of the New Tweedy Brothers and Quicksilver Messenger Service at times, it’s imbued throughout with a distinctive sound that arose from practicing up to six nights a week.  

Through the years from 1966 through early 1970, Crystal Syphon played extensively not only in the Merced area but also throughout California..  During this period, the band appeared as far north as Lake Berryessa and Paradise and as far south as San Clemente  and U. C. Irvine.  Particularly notable gigs were playing with Canned Heat and Big Bother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin before an audience of thousands at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, an appearance at the 1968 Hollywood Teen Fair, and three appearances at the Tuesday night new band shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco.  It was at one of these Fillmore appearances in January of 1968 that “Fails to Shine,” “Winter is Cold,” and  “Family Evil” were recorded and thus are completely live performances with no overdubbing.

 
Crazy Horse
Merced, CA
​1968

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    Crazy Horse
Band Members:

Gary Boyer, Rick Jackson,  Bobby Cole, Ken McCall,  and Brian Bhar.


 
 

In early 1968 in the San Joaquin Valley town of Merced California five aspiring musicians found each other to form a rock band called “Crazy Horse”. Gary Boyer the lead guitarist came from the band called “The Tokays” which had been playing in the area for years. Gary was the drummer but then decided to switch to guitar by the time “Crazy Horse” came along. Rick Jackson guitarist and vocalist and Bobby Cole bass and vocalist came from a former band called “The Profits” which had been playing in the area since ‘64. Ken McCall lead vocalist came from a popular band of the area “The Nimitz Freeway” and then leading up on drums was Brian Bhar.

 They played at “Gathering of the Tribes” in Golden Gate Park in “68 in front of 10,000 people. They played at the Fillmore a couple of times the second time they got a standing ovation and an encore and were approached by several record companies but they decided to move to Santa Cruz instead where all the Hippies were going.