Upstate New York Vol. 3
|Welcome back to another volume of our “exploration” of Upstate NY bands. In the last volume we heard a bunch of Rochester, NY groups. On this one I’m back to mixing it up in and around the state, so buckle up and take another spin around “The Empire State”.|
Humans – Warning / Take A Taxi (1966)
Probably the second best garage 45 ever (IMHO), this one is equally as vicious as The Heard 45 only these guys had an organist!!!! Seriously though, if you don’t agree with my assessment, you gotta admit it’s ranked pretty high on the coolness level. The Humans were from Albion, NY a canal town about 30 min. west of Rochester. As you can see, this was another 45 released on Audition which also had The Heard, The Vaqueros, and The Rogues (they'll be featured in an upcoming volume) a literal grand slam of great records if you ask me.
Angry Men – Come With Me / Love Is Gone (1966)
These guys shouldn’t be confused with another local group called The Angry Young Men who were from Henrietta. I can't find any solid info on this moody garage ballad except that 986 Joseph Ave. is now a church.
Tweeds – What’s Your Name / A Thing Of The Past (1967)
The Tweeds were from Buffalo and apperently were quite popular from 67 to 69. The band acquired bassist Billy Sheehan in 1969 and then changed their name to Talas in 1970 and became one of western NY’s most popular hard rock acts in the 70s. I remember them playing at the Penny Arcade, Rochester's #1 rock club of that era many times. Billy Sheehan went on to become one of Rock's premier bassists and played in David Lee Roth’s band and Mr. Big. Guitarist Dave Consatntino and drummer Paul Vargo reformed The Tweeds and continue playing to this day.
Edge Of Darkness – Mean Town / So Many Years (1967)
Other Half – I Won’t Be Back / It’s Been A Good Bay (1966)
The Other Half were formed at Hartwick College which is in Oneonta, smack dab in the middle of New York State. This one’s a great two sider, both moody folk rockers.
I hardly know most of this stuff but am sure enjoying hearing it.I like the regional approach. Thanks again Dan and stay warm.ReplyDelete
So Dan I got confused with your prior Angry Men release...THIS is the one with my buddy Tom Bittle (name checked as a writer on the label) who is still around but not playing now. He was doing a classic rock band up until a few years ago.ReplyDelete
The Showstoppers had a Rochester AND Glen Falls connection. Jqay Capozzi was the main lead singer who had this vaguely Frankie Valli look and voice, small and very Italian, Other members included Bat McGrath on bass & vocals and Don harvey Potter on Guitar and vocals, who might be known to you as the fold rock duo who a couple of years later would record one 45 for RCA (Charlier & Fred a/k/a Charlie The Ragman, a Hollies Cover) an LP "Introducing..." on Epic Records plus a few non-LP 45s (including one of the first cover versions of Me & Boby McGee, I believe).
The Show Stoppers would eventually morph into The Brass Buttons on Cotillion & Bell (45s only) and later into local band Chemistry. "Once More With Love" is my favorite of all the Stoppers tracks.
Side story... Don Potter has gone on to fame with the Judds of course as their musical director and lead guitarists on tour and in the studio. He cut some fine 45s for Columbia, the best "Leave Me Alone" effortlessly paying tribute to the Ray Charles country hits of the early 60s. He used to do Georgia On M y Mind in concert beautifully. Also did a couple of LPs for Armand S. 's label in the 80s. Bat still recording, getting songs covered by Wynona, Lila McCann in Nashville.
My Dad transported them all home after a dance at RIT one night when their car broke down.
Bat will be performing at Bristol Harbour Resort in Canandaigua on May 7th, 2011!ReplyDelete
Still kicking corporate ass then, smashing stuff.ReplyDelete
anyway you can upload the a side to the endless knights 45?ReplyDelete
Sorry, I left "I Love You" out of the listing, but it is in the .RAR file with the rest of the songs.ReplyDelete
Was trying to figure out how I wound up with "It's Been a Good Day" on two different comps. Speaks volumes how much you like it, to include it in both #22 and #52.ReplyDelete
Including "It's Been A Good Day" on two comps was a bit of an oversight on my part. In the process of gathering 45s from Upstate New York I had forgotten that I already had posted it. It is good 45 though and I like it a lot.ReplyDelete
Brad Wheat-Dave Wing...ahhhh memories of The Barn-Henrietta,NY. Time flew by didn't it RICH MEYERING!?ReplyDelete