1960's Rock-N-Roll Bands from the San Jaoquin Valley
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The
New Breed
Sacramento, CA
​1965

 Band Members:

Tim Schmit, Ron Floegel, Tom Phillips, and George Hullin. ​



 
The New Breed were formed in 1965 in Sacramento by a group of musicians who had played in earlier high school bands. The line-up of the group was Tim Schmit (who later joined The Eagles), Ron Floegel, Tom Phillips, and George Hullin. The group recorded their first single in 1965. This was successful regionally. They then recorded material for an album which was not released. Three further singles were released over the next year and a half. In 1968 the group signed to a new label and changed their name to Glad. 

Releases: 
  Green Eyed Woman / I'm In Love (1965, Diplomacy 22) 
  Leave Me Be / I've Been Wrong Before (1966, Mercury 72556) 
  Want Ad Reader / One More For The Good Guys (1966, World United 001) 

  Fine With Me / The Sound Of The Music (1967, World United 003)




  1. The New Life - Fresno, CA
    The New Life - Fresno, CA
The New Life
Fresno, CA
1968
Band Members:

​Don Whaley (former Cindermen) who played bass and sang lead on Hale Se; Steve Wood who played keyboards, guitar and vocals (he replaced Duane Scott, the original keyboard player, who was from Fresno); Sam Sinopoli (former Cindermen), Alan Shapazian (former Raiks Progress) rhythm guitar and vocals; Phil Reed (from Fresno), lead guitar.
 

The New Life was another great garage rock group from Fresno, CA.  In an interview, Sam Sinopoli noted that "The New Life"   was formed with  Don Whaley, Alan Shapazian (ex Raik's Progress), Phil Reed and Duane Scott (ex Raik's Progress) who was the original keyboard player. Steve Wood (ex Penthouse 5) replaced Duane after about a year into the band.   Sam also notes that "The New Life" performed through-out California.  The band then morphed into a group called "The Side Hackers."
 

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    "Gotta Hold On" The No Na Mee's

The
No-Na-Mee's
Modesto, CA
​1966

 Band Members:

​Cliff Davis (rhythm guitar), Clayton Ice (keyboards), Rod Williams (drums), Doug Wareham (lead guitar), and Duane Wareham (bass).

The No Na Mee's were a great garage rock group that was based out of Modesto, CA.  The group released a single on "ERA" records called "Gotta Hold On Me."  ‘Gotta Hold On’ is a pulverising high tempo rocker with a swinging keyboard solo.  it received a lot of regional airplay.  The No Na Mee's performed through-out California.
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The Mal - T's
Stockton, Ca
​1966

 Band Members:
 
Frank Colli, Mark Ross, John turner, and Tim Mora.
The Mal - T's was a garage rock group that was based out of Stockton, CA.  The group played the hits of the day and through-out the north vally area.  Later, "The Mal - T's" morphed into "Wildwood."
  1. The Rose Garden - Pismo Beach, CA
    The Rose Garden - Pismo Beach, CA
  2. Max Lupercio, Rick Rosalez, Raymond Funtes, and Melvin Brooks
    Max Lupercio, Rick Rosalez, Raymond Funtes, and Melvin Brooks
The Nomads
Hanford, CA
​1965
Band Members:

Max Lupercio, Rick Rosalez, Raymond Funtes and Melvin Brooks.
 The Nomads were another very cool group based out of Hanford, CA.   The group performed for many Melco Dances and local "Battle of the Bands.  Max Lupercio later went on to play bass with Jim Mellick's group The Emeralds.  According to Rick Rosalez, the original members still reside in the Hanford and Porterville areas. Many thanks to Rick Rosales and Delia Weiss for the photo.
 





Organized Confusion 
Fresno, CA
​1966
Band Members:

 
Greg Elliot, Steve Guertin, Pool, Bill Lerma,  and Ken Sani.


"Organized Confusion" was a great garage band based out of the Fresno area.  The group played the hits of the day and performed through-out the central  California area.
  
Many thanks to Kirk Pool for providing these photos.
 

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  1. The Paradons - Bakersfield, CA
    The Paradons - Bakersfield, CA
The Paradons
Bakersfield, CA
​1960
Band Members:
 
William Powers
Bill Meyers
Chuck Weldon
West Tyler
Edward Scott (songwriter)
Walter Gibson (co-founder)

The Paradons is an American doo wop vocal group from Bakersfield, California that formed during the late-1950s.  The group began by singing locally at school dances and clubs. Within a few months they secured a recording session with Milestone Records, and recorded eight songs. Their first release with the label, "Diamonds and Pearls" / "I Want Love", became a hit in the US, peaking at number 27 on the R&B Singles chart and number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960.  The group appeared on American Bandstand and at the Apollo Theatre in the wake of its success.

  

 


Pat and Lolly
Vegas
Fresno, CA
​1963
Band Members:
 
Pat and Lolly Vegas.
Hailing from Fresno, California, brothers Lolly and Pat Vasquez started their professional musical careers backing 50's crooner Jimmy Clanton ("Just a Dream" and "Venus In Blue Jeans").  The brothers spent several years touring with Clanton and finally decided to strike out on their own in 1961.  Pat and Lolly recorded numerous singles over the years and appeared on "ABC's" Shindig several times.  Later on both brothers became part of a great Fresno band called "Redbone."
  

 


  1. The Prodigal - Tulare, Ca
    The Prodigal - Tulare, Ca
  2. KAFY Radio - Bakersfield, CA
    KAFY Radio - Bakersfield, CA
  3. KYNO Radio - Fresno, CA
    KYNO Radio - Fresno, CA
The Prodigal
Tulare, Ca
1967
Band Members:

Band Member's names not known.
 

The Prodigal was a four piece garage rock group based out of Tulare, CA.  The group performed for many of the MELCO Dances and through-out the valley.
 

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    The Sound of Young Sacramento (comp CD)
The Psy-Kicks
Sacramento, CA
1964 - 65

Band Members:

Larry Daggs (vocals, guitar), Dan Blakkolb (bass, vocals), John Gulick (drums), Rich Sigl (guitar), and Marc Willis (saxophone). 
 
The Psy-Kicks (formerally known as The Intruders)
was a five piece garage rock band based out of Sacramento,CA.  The Psy-Kicks were known for their great hormonies and performed through-out the Sacramentio area at teen dances at a few larger venues.  The group is known for their two original recordings of (1) Summer Tears and (2) the Second Time Around.

 


  1. Della Quinn (15) & Dorothy Quinn (13)
    Della Quinn (15) & Dorothy Quinn (13)
  2. "I Hurt So" - The Quinn Teens
    "I Hurt So" - The Quinn Teens
  3. Andre's Drive-In - Bakersfield, CA
    Andre's Drive-In - Bakersfield, CA
  4. KAFY Radio - Bakersfield, cA
    KAFY Radio - Bakersfield, cA
  5. KAFY Radio - Bakersfield, CA
    KAFY Radio - Bakersfield, CA
The Quinn-Teens
Bakersfield, CA
1963
Band Members:

Della Quinn and sister Doroty Quinn 
 
 

The Quinn-Teens were a sister vocal duo based out of
Bakersfield, CA in the early 1960's.  Della Quinn (15 years old) and her sister Dorthy Quinn (13 years old) comprised the group.  The Quinn-Teens recorded their first record in 1963 ("I Hurt So" and "Dickie") for Pike Records out of Bakersfield.   The Quinn-Teens performed through-out the Bakersfield area for teen dances and a few larger venues.

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