1960's Rock-N-Roll Bands from the San Jaoquin Valley
(G- J)

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    Tower Records-Fresno
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    1968
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    The Gathering Sounds - 1968
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The Gathering Sounds
Exeter, CA
​1968

Band Members:

 
Reggie Loyd (Hammond B3), Steve Wilson (bass), Sam Epperson (drums), Rick Lane (guitar), and Tom Riley (rhythm guitar). 

 "The Gathering Sounds" were a five piece rock group based out of Exeter, California.   The band performed through-out the valley area at MELCO dances and performed the hits of the day.  "The Gathering Sounds" were known for their driving lead guitar  and Hammond B3 sounds.  The group opened for acts such as Tommy James and the Shondels and the Grass Roots at the Mineral King Bowl in the late 60's.     

Dickie Garland 
and
the Rialtos
Bakersfield, CA
1961

Band Members:

 
Dickie Garland (vocalist, lead guitar, songwriter) 


 Dickie Garland was another artist who recorded for  Bakersfield's "Pike Records."  Bobby and the Rialtos  ​was the backing band for most of Pike's artists.  Garland and the Rialtos recorded one single in 1961 titled "Shake Bop."

Ronnie Cook 
and 
The Gaylads
Bakersfield, CA
​1962

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    Andrea's Drive In - Bakersfield, CA
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    Battle of the Bands
 Band Members:

Ronnie Cook (other band member's names not known)




Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads was a band based out of Bakersfield, CA.  Ronnie  fronted a bar band, "The Diamonds" when he was signed by Lew Bedell to his Dore label. Subsequently, he recorded for other small labels with his best known song, "The Goo Goo Muck," released in 1962 on the Audan label (Bakersfield, California).

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    The Rainbow Ballroom - Fresno, CA
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    Tower Records - Fresno

Glenn and the Goodguys
Fresno, Ca
1964 

Band Members:

Glenn Adams (band member names not known)



Glenn Adams was a radio personality at KYNO Fresno during the early 1960's and recorded a single under the 'Miramar" label (Only In My Heart and Party a Go Go).  

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    1963
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    1963
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    "Cold Blood" Danny Hull (sax) is in top row - third from left.

The Hal Diamond Trio
Hanford, CA
1963 

 Band Members:

​Hal Diamond (other band member's names not known)
 

 
"The Hal Diamond Trio" was a top professional act based out of Hanford, California.  The group played a variety of songs and performed through-out the central valley area.  The Hal Diamond Trio recorded many songs in Hal's personal studio (Hal-Ron Records).  Hal Diamond played guitar, his wife played bass and sang, while their son Danny  Hull played Sax.  Danny Hull later
went on to perform with "Cold Blood"  in San Francisco, CA.


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    Hayward Lee and The Blue Notes (1965). The group later morphed into "The Mauraders."
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    1968
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    Manuel Orozco - Keyboards.
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Hayward Lee
and
The Mauraders
Fresno, CA
​1965

 Band Members:
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Manual Orozco; Andy Sanchez; Hayward Lee; Don Kendricks.  This photo was taken in Fresno
in the mid 1960's. Many thanks to Melissa Simon (daughter of Manual Orozco) for providing this photo.


 
Hayward Lee and The Marauders were based out of Fesno, CA and  performed through-out
the San Joaquin Valley area. The group had a great R & B sound and a lot of energy that made you want to dance until the wee hours of the morning.

MEMBERS: (L. to R.): Tom Brown (Drums); Bobby Ray Brannon, (Bass Guitar); Hayward Lee (Vocals and Leader); Carlos Munoz (Keyboards); and Carlos Luevano (Lead Guitar). Many thanks
to Carlos Munoz for providing me with this photo.

Tabs and Hillard Streets
Fresno, Ca
​1959
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Band Members:

​Tabs and Hillard Streets (other band member's names not known)

Tabs and Hilliard Streets was another R & B  group based out of Fresno, CA.   The band performed at many of the teen hot spots and night clubs in Fresno
 during the 1960's.   The group performed throughout California.   Photo provided by Melissa O. Simon.

  1. Rivington Quintet (formally "The Implicits)
    Rivington Quintet (formally "The Implicits)
  2. Tom Johnston (3rd from L) with Ray Baradat (4th from L)
    Tom Johnston (3rd from L) with Ray Baradat (4th from L)
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    The Doobie Brothers
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    The Doobie Brothers
The Implicits
(Rivington Quintet)
Vislaia, Ca
1966
Band Members:

​Greg Fleming, Greg Campbell, Jack Love, Tom Johnston, and Ken Henard.




The Rivington Quintet (formally The Implicits) was a garage rock band based out of Visalia, CA.  The group  performed andc teen dances and through-out the central valley area.  
 
*Note that Tom Johnston later moved to the San Jose area formed "The Doobie Brothers." The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide throughout its career.  The band has been active for five decades, with its biggest success occurring in the 1970s.
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    The Invaders
  2. Russ Harris, Dave Geffken, and Jay Taylor.
    Russ Harris, Dave Geffken, and Jay Taylor.
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  4. Russ Harris, Jay Taylor, Dave Geffken.
    Russ Harris, Jay Taylor, Dave Geffken.
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The Invaders
Lemoore, Ca
1964 - 65
Band Members:

Russ Harris (Guitar); Dave Geffken  (Drums); and Jay Taylor (Guitar).  Many thanks to Dave Geffken and Dennis Gallegos for providing photos and information.









"The Invaders" were a cool surf band comprised of Navy kids living at Lemoore Naval Air Station. The group played locally around the Lemoore and Hanford area. "The Invaders" composed an original surf tune titled "Red T-Bird." In late 1965 two of the band member's fathers were transferred and Dave
Geffken ( bass) joined a local group called "The Sullies."

Many thanks to Dave Geffken and Dennis Gallegos for providing photos and information.
 

Roddy Jackson
​Merced, CA
Band Members:

Roddy Jackson







With his gravel-filled vocals and piano-pounding antics, Roddy Jackson was sort of a West Coast version of Jerry Lee Lewis in the late '50s, and although his career never really took off into the stratosphere, his legacy is a solid one, and he is one of the last true rockabilly pioneers still out on the circuit.

Jackson recorded several singles with the "Speciality" label and later joined "The Merced Blue Notes."  The three singles released by "Speciality Records" were all produce by Sonny Bono.   In 2007 Ace Records released the  collected works of Jackson on a CD and called it "The Central Valley Fireball."
 

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    Jeannie Sanders
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    Jeannie Sanders
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    Jeannie with The Brymers
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    Jeannie with The Brymers
Jeannie Sanders
(aka Beverly Sawyer)
Lemoore, CA
Band Members:

​Jeannie Sanders 










Jeannie Sanders (aka Beverly Sawyer) hailed from Laton California and was signed to Del Fi Records at the age of 15.  She recorded two songs for Del Fi (Friday Night Prom and Gunslinger).  Jeannie later fronted a Hanford based group called "The Emeralds."  She later joined The Brymers and toured extensively with them through-out the mid 1960's.  Jeannie has been on The Brymers last four albums.
 

  1. The Gauchos performing on "ABC's" "Shindig.":
    The Gauchos performing on "ABC's" "Shindig.":
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    "Shindig" Tour
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Jim Doval and The Gauchos
Fresno, CA
1966
Band Members:
  
Kelly Smith (drums/vibraphones); Ed Gonzales (Connor Corkill) (drums/organ); Jim Doval (vocals/guitar); Steve Quesada (lead guitar); Jose Silva (bass guitar); and Al Lopez (saxaphone/flute).











 


Jim Doval and the Gauchos was a great latin-rock showband based out of Fresno. Jim was know for his great showmanship  and the group was one of the first rock bands to ever have two drummers. The Gauchos made seven appearances on ABC's "Shindig."  The Gauchos. The Stepping Stones, and
The Brymers were under the management of Al Verisimmo, Mel Simas, and Bill Silva of Diplomacy Records. Many thanks to Ed Gonzales (Connor Corkill - original Gauchos band member) for providing these photos. 
Jim Doval and the Gachos
performing "Boney Maroni."

     "Shindig"  -  Oct. - 1965
Jim Doval and the Gachos
performing "Mama Keep Yo Big Mouth Shut."

Diplomacy - 1965 
Jim Doval and the Gachos
performing "Annie Ya Ya."

"Shivaree" - April - 1965 
J.J. Malone -Troyce Keys and The Rhythm Rockers
Fresno, Ca
1967
 

Band Members:

J.J. Malone and Troyce Keys (other band member's not known)
 




J.J. Malone and Troyce Keys and The Rhythm Rockers was a great R & B group based out of Fresno, CA.  The group performed through-out the valley and re4corded many tracks such as "I've Got a New Car," and "Katy May."