1960's Rock-N-Roll Bands from the San Jaoquin Valley
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  1. Raik's Progress
    Raik's Progress
  2. Rainbow Ballroom, Fresno, CA
    Rainbow Ballroom, Fresno, CA
Raiks Progress
Fresno, Ca
1966
Band Members:

 Steven Krikorian,  Alan Shapazian, Steve Olson, Nick van Maarth, and Duane Scott.
Raiks Progress was a garage rock band based out of Fresno, CA.   The group was known for their punk rock sound.  Their story is a familiar one:  five young guys formed a band, released an obscure single, and broke up, not before engaging in some memorable exploits and brushing shoulders with a few 60s rock notables (including Captain Beefheart, whose band's fuzztone was freqently used in all Raiks Progress material.  

 


  1. The Ratz
    The Ratz
  2. The Ratz - 1965
    The Ratz - 1965
  3. The Ratz - 1966
    The Ratz - 1966
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    The Ratz - 1965
The Ratz
Modesto, CA
1965
Band Members:

​Ray Rector on drums, Daniel Johnson on keyboards and vocals, Patrick Durr on guitar and vocals, Rick Edmond on bass.
 

The Ratz hailed from Modesto, CA.  The group was one of the premier Modesto area bands of the mid-1960’s, drawing big crowds by performing incendiary covers of songs by the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and the Kinks, mixed with American rock and R&B standards. Distinctively attired in their trademark two-tone bell bottoms and velour shirts, The Ratz regularly whipped crowds into a frenzy with their trade-marked versions of “Under My Thumb”, “I Ain’t No Miracle Worker”, “G.L.O.R.I.A”, “Scene of the Crime”, and “I’m Alright”. They played every venue in the Modesto area, notably the California Ballroom and the Purple Turnip, plus gigs in Monterey, Santa Cruz at the Cocoanut Grove, Lake Tahoe, and the Bay Area, including the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco.  On one memorable occasion, The Ratz opened for Van Morrison and Them at the old Strand Theater on 10th Street. Though there were several changes in personnel early, the core of the band at the height of its popularity from 1965 through 1967. 
 

  1. KYNO Radio - Fresno
    KYNO Radio - Fresno
The Ravens
Fresno, Ca
1967
Band Members:
 
 The lead singer was Kent Hopper and Sam Williams played guitar.  The names of other band members are not known.
The Ravens were an excellent garage band out of Fresno. The group was formed in late 1964 and its members attending Fresno  High School. The Ravens performed locally at school dances, pizza parlors, and casuals. The group started as five guitar players in in Junior High School and morphed into a garage band
with a drummer and bass guitar player. The lead singer was Kent Hopper and Sam Williams played guitar. In early 1968,  The Ravens later changed their name to "Papa J's Hash Band."

Many thanks to Sam Williams for providing this information.

  

 


 

  1. KYNO Radio - Fresno
    KYNO Radio - Fresno
  2. Battle of the Bands - Dinuba, CA
    Battle of the Bands - Dinuba, CA
  3. The Rainbow Ballroom - Fresno, CA
    The Rainbow Ballroom - Fresno, CA
  4. Mike Heibert - Lead Guitar
    Mike Heibert - Lead Guitar
The R.B. Oliver Bridge Band
Dinuba, CA
1969
Band Members:
 
  Mike Heibert (guitar).  The names of other band members not known.
 

The R.B. Oliver Bridge Band was a great garage band based oout of Dinuba, CA.  The group performed through-out the valley and for special occassions.

​Many thanks to Mike Heibert for providing this information.
  

 


  1. Lionel Ritchie and Ray Camacho
    Lionel Ritchie and Ray Camacho
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    Title 8
Ray Camacho and The Tear Drops
Fresno, CA
1965
Band Members:

​Ray Camacho (other band member names not known)

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The Ray Camacho Band (formally known as Ray Camacho and the Tear Drops) was a great latin rock band that hailed from Fresno, CA.  The group has performed through-out the U.S., U.S.O Tours, and for a presidential inaugural ball.  The ray Camacho Band has released over 50 albums and 75 singles.  When in Fresno, the group performed at the Rainbow Ballroom, The Crimison Castle, and for numerous MELCO Dances through-out the valley.

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    R. D. and The Showmen
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R.D. and The Showmen
Visalia, CA
​1965

 Band Members:

Robert Dennison (other band member's names not known)
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R. D.  (Robert "Bob" Dennison) and The Showmen were a great rock group that hailed from Visalia and played through-out The San Joaquin Valley. One of the members,  Greg Campbell, was a veteran of three Visalia rock groups in the '60s: The Sensations, The Rivington Quintet, and The Tweeds. Although Campbell's  bands did not record and were not together for very long,  One of them did feature the
talents of Tom Johnston, whom of course found later fame with The Doobie Brothers.  
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    Redbone
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    Pat and Lolly Vegas
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    Pat and Lolly Vegas - Early Years

Redbone
Fresno, CA
​1973

 Band Members:

Pat and Lolly Vegas (other band member names not known)
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Redbone is a Native American rock group originating in the 1970s with brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas (Fresno). They reached the Top 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1974 with their No. 4 hit single, "Come and Get Your Love". The single went certified Gold selling over a million copies. Redbone achieved hits with their singles "We Were All Wounded At Wounded Knee", "The Witch Queen of New Orleans", "Wovoka", and "Maggie" in the United States, but predominantly overseas. Redbone is known and accredited in the NY Smithsonian as the first Native American rock/Cajun group to have a No. 1 single in the United States and internationally.
  1. The Renegades - Fresno, CA
    The Renegades - Fresno, CA
  2. Denny Price and his new  Wurlitzer electronic piano.
    Denny Price and his new Wurlitzer electronic piano.
The Renegades
Fresno, CA
​1966
Band Members:

  Eldon Simms (Rhythm Guitar); Dennis Brown
 (Drums); Tom McGraw (Bass);  Bob Brannon (lead Guitar); Denny Price  (Piano); and Don Krimm (Sax).


 
"The Renegades" were another great rock group which hailed from the Fresno area.  The band played the hits of the day and performed up and down the San Joaquin Valley.  The Renegades performed for over six years at The Portuguese Hall (Fresno) at North and Orange.  The dance was called "Bob's Big Rock."  The group won a battle of the bands at the Fresno Memorial Hall which included a recording contract.  The Renegades also played at "The Falls" at Bass Lake and numerous high school dances.

Many thanks to Denny Price (keyboards) for sharing his photos and history of The Renegades.

 


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  1. The Rev-Lons
    The Rev-Lons
  2. The Rev-Lons - Recording Session with Gary Paxton
    The Rev-Lons - Recording Session with Gary Paxton
The Rev-Lons
Bakersfield, CA
​1963
Band Members:

Frances Hernandez (Crane), Rachel Hernandez (Dela Rosa) & Lupe Hernandez (Gaona).


 
The Rev-Lons were a trio female vocal group based out of Bakersfield, CA.  The group was conprised of three sisters: Frances Hernandez (Crane), Rachel Hernandez (Dela Rosa) & Lupe Hernandez (Gaona).

The group was formed by Rachel Hernandez in high school with four of her school friends in her sophomore year at Garces High School in 1958. When that group ended, she then introduced her younger sister Lupe (Lupe was the soprano back ground singer).  The Rev-Lons were discovered by Loyd Johnson who later became their manager and recorded  under the Warner Bros and Reprise label.  They were also under Garpax (Gary Paxton’s Label). 

The Rialtos
featuring
Freddy Thomas
Tulare, CA
​1961
Band Members:

Freddy Thomas,, Bobby Hollidster, and mike Nolan.

 
The Rialtos featuring Freddy Thomas was the backing band for Bakersfield's "Pike Records."  The group was officially known as "Bobby and the Rialtos"   with Bobby Hollister singing lead vocals.  The group performed through-out the San Joaquin Valley and for many of the MELCO dances.  In 1966 Bobby Hollister joined "The Brymers."

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    The Roadrunners - 1965
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    Gottschalk's Department Store, Fresno, California - 1966.
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    1966
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    Italian version and is rather rare due to the art work on the sleeve.
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    Denver Cross - 1977
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    Randy Hall - 1977
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    MELCO Dance - 1965

The Roadrunners
Fresno, CA
1966

 Band Members:
  
Dale Samuelian (organ, vocals), Randy Hall (bass guitar, vocals), Denver Cross (guitar, vocals), Bob Trippell (sax ), and Steve Heitkotter (drums).
 




 ​The Roadrunners were a great rock group based out of Fresno, CA.   The band was formed in 1962 at Fresno High School for a senior assembly. Larry Karagozian was always late to his civics class and was nicknamed "Road Runner Larry." Larry decided to attach the name to the newly formed group. Larry left the band and was replaced by Randy Hall, vocalist, song writer, and bass player.  The Roadrunners performed through-out California and at venues such as The Rainbow Ballroom, The Crimson Castle and numerous MELCO Dances.​​
 One member of the group, Conte, left and joined "The Tower of Power" while Kelly Smith (drummer) joined "The Gauchos."
 





  1. Rockchester Bang - 1967
    Rockchester Bang - 1967
  2. Battle of the Bands - Dinuba, CA
    Battle of the Bands - Dinuba, CA
Rockchester Bang
Kingsburg, CA
​1967
Band Members:
 
Paul Lopez (Lead Vocals); Dana White (Rhythm Guitar); Chuck Weaver (Congas and Vocals); Ritchie Ruiz (Drummer); Lyle Martin (Bass Guitar); Warren Beath (Organ); and Joey Ramirez (Lead Guitar). 

 

Rockchester Bang" hailed from the Kingsburg area and played through-out the San Joaquin Valley. The group later morphed into "Sweet Savage."  "Sweet Savage's" new members were: Jerry Margosian (Bass Guitar) and Jeff Lehman (Organ). Later on the band added a brass section and lead singer/harmonica player (Larry Lopez). "Sweet Savage" played locally and specialized in music by Santana, Led Zepplin, Spirit, Three Dog Night, The Beatles, and Chicago.

* Many thanks to Dana White (Rhythm Guitar) and Lennis
Scheline for providing the photo and information

  

 



 

  1. "Countdown" - The Rockets Band
    "Countdown" - The Rockets Band
The Rockets Band
Bakersfield, CA
​1960 - 64
Band Members:

Kenny Johnson (guitar), Richard Childers (saxophone), Danny Ellison (rhythm guitar, 1960-61), Jim Bernard (rhythm guitar, 1961-64), Jim Long (drums, 1960-62), Bob McDonald (bass, 1961-64), Ed Helton (drums, 1962-64), Dick Marple (guitar, bass), Dave Matheny (bass).
The Rockets Band was based out of Bakersfield, CA.  The group performed
through-out the south valley area and were mainly known for their surf sound.
The Rockets Band dis-banded in 1964 and Kenny Johnson went to play with The Avengers and United Sons of America.  the group recorded one single "Countdown."
  

 


Roger Bailey and The Soul Folk
Fresno, CA
​1965
Band Members:

​Roger Bailey (other band member name's not known)
 

Roger Bailey and the Soul Folk were a great R & B band that was based out of Fresno, CA.  The group performed through-out California and recorded a single called "Tomorrow Never Comes."  

 


 

  1. Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons
    Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons
Ron Person
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The Ron Dons
Fresno, CA
​1966
Band Members:

Ron Pearson (other band member name's not known)
 


Ron  Pearson were a great show band that was based out of Fresno, CA.  At one point, Ron owned four clubs in Fesnso (1) The Place, (2) The Chatean, (3) The Circle, and (4) The Downtown Nashville.  In addition, to playing through-out California, the Ron Dons also performed in various showrooms in Las Vegas.  The group recorded one album.

 


  1. The Rhythm Aces
    The Rhythm Aces
  2. L to R: Freddie Rodriquez (guitar); Art "Tootie" Rodiquez (guitar); Louie Fernandes (sax); Unknow member; Henry Vaquez (sax - bass - trombone); Unknown member; Ray Martinez (percussion); and in back Manuel Garcia (drummer).
    L to R: Freddie Rodriquez (guitar); Art "Tootie" Rodiquez (guitar); Louie Fernandes (sax); Unknow member; Henry Vaquez (sax - bass - trombone); Unknown member; Ray Martinez (percussion); and in back Manuel Garcia (drummer).
The Rhythm Aces
Tulare, CA
​1959
Band Members:
​Freddie Rodriquez (guitar); Art "Tootie" Rodiquez (guitar); Louie Fernandes (sax); Unknow member; Henry Vaquez (sax - bass - trombone); Unknown member; Ray Martinez (percussion); and in back Manuel Garcia (drummer). 
 

The Rhythm Aces were a great group based out of  Tulare.  In 1960, the band disbanded and some members formed a group called The Rhythm Kings from Delano, while other members joined The Charades Band in Tulare.