Monday, January 26, 2015

Epics - Dixie and the Power & Light Company - Greenwood



From the hamlet of Greenwood, just south of Indianapolis, emerge the Epics. The Epics were well versed in the hits of the day - Beatles - Iron Butterfly - Steppenwolf - Creedence - Cream - Three Dog Night, and other top 40 tunes of the moment.


The Epics:
Chuck Billingsly
Lee Robison
Paul Holeman
John Lampson,
and Bill Roberts joined soon after.
The Epics competed in the usual fare of the day - State Fair battle o' the bands, and even the Johnson County Combo Clash. Sadly the Epics never recorded.

Flash forward to 1969, and the band makes a major change in direction. Bill's father was a pastor for the church the boys attended, and with a nudge from Dixie, the Epics morphed into a christian garage band. Paul and John left soon afterwards, and drummer Rhonda Fleming was recruited. The newly christened "Dixie and the Power & Light Company" recorded two lp's for our listening pleasure.

I'll include one song of "Jesus Garage rock" here, as I think it's the most significant with Bill and Lee sharing writing chores.

Help Me

Give the boys and gals a hand, and if you know or suspect anything about the Epics - don't be afraid to comment!



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Unidentified photo - lets make it known!

Another year slips away and I am honored to have so many people interested in what we do at 60's Indiana Band Szene.

E*mail is both blessing and curse. It's rewarding to get the morning mail and find cool sounds, photos, and the occasional question about a band. however, last week arrived and behold, a photo that was labeled "Jinx Dawson w/ Sir Winston and the Commons"  and another that was John Medvescek (drummer) of  Sir Winston.

I received the dreaded "that's not us" from Joe Stout (keyboards and sax) from Sir Winston, and confirmation that they never played or even jammed with Jinx (who obviously this may not be). Jinx Dawson was a member of "Him, Her and Them" before splitting off to form "Coven".

As always - any guesses, speculation, real or imagined, are welcome. Let's finish off 2014 with a bang and nail this down!

And as always - thanks for reading and contributing!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Letter to Santa - Idle Few - 1966

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Merry Christmas 2014!

From the Idle Few to you!

Bill Compton
John Chappelow
Rick Webster
Ron Bennett
Dan McLean
Ron Knoop
Paul Romine
Greg Taggart
Mark Grey

Just a wonderful Christmas ditty from 1966!
Ready for 2015?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kandells - Shelbyville 1965-66



April 1965, just a year and a couple of months after the Beatles started the revolution on the Ed Sullivan Show, we have some local talent trying to gain the fame, and maybe the girls that the Beatles were sure to attract. The Mystics are one of the first bands I posted on the blog. Now looking through my files on 1965 I run into an ad I had overlooked. The Kandells however have been tragically overlooked here.

Calling Shelbyville home, the Kandells played for a couple of years in and around Shelbyville before most of the band moved on to Miami.


Left to right:
Jimmy Hoff - keyboards
Steve Kimbrell - rhythm guitar
Jack Hignite - lead vocals & guitar
Phil Smith - lead vocals & bass
Dan Theobald - drums & vocals

Check out the utility panel truck that served as a rolling billboard and transportation. As some may have guessed, the Kandells morphed into the Stix & Stonz with minor personnel changes. But that is another entry another day, and one I am looking forward to.

Thanks to the Columbus library for the ad, and as always thanks Fred D. for the photo!  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chris Allen & the Good-Timers - 1967

This is one of those 45's that we all have, it's from Indiana, of that you are sure, but it's showing no evidence of who was involved in the band. Chris Allen & the Good-Timers. Let's accept that Chris Allen was the leader of the band. Where are you Chris Allen?

My Imagination is surely an original, penned it says by A. Wright, but with no leads on that we move to...
Sorry 'bout That sounds familiar, a Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs tune.

The 45 is a Rite pressing, (for non-gear heads, that means it was pressed in Cincinnati), so we can easily date it from January 1967. I put this up on the sister Facebook site and no one was able to identify who was in the band. I'm sure they have been located as Richmond or Union City have been fingered as the locale of the band.

Any ideas, real or imagined are appreciated.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Wright Brothers - Tim Wright - Not the Destsination

Published in 2013 - Not the Destination - A spiritual, musical journey in the Wright Brothers Band.
Written by Tim Wright, encompasses the life and times of the Wright Brothers Band, a strictly Indiana product.

Also for the 60's Indiana Band Szene fans, stories of the "Suns of Summer", "Knightsmen", "Fourmost", and the "Quintones".

It's a good read, and most of us will relate to the Stable Inn, and the story of a band that played mostly in bars, but didn't drink!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

December's Children - Muncie

Muncie was quite a little band mecca in the 60's. With Ball State university and a number of clubs to play, many bands flourished . Thus we welcome December's Children.

Band members included:
Greg Hood  - organ
Steve Justin - guitar
Lance Paulson - bass /sax
Jim Parrott - drums
J Michael Henderson - guitar

I know that Greg was involved with the "Jades" and JM Henderson was in many bands including the British Walkers and has a great solo career, not to mention he performed at a couple of the WNAP Raft Races that we attended in our long forgotten youth.

As research goes, I found this little teaser about a 45 from the band, playing on a "Tally" jukebox. of course my first instinct says "I must have this". fast forward a couple of years later, and the 45 arrives in my mailbox. So let's hear this long lost nugget.

Keep on Runnin'

99 and a Half

Both are covers (or remakes) of the popular tunes of the day, but they both stand up pretty well today.

May thanks for course to the band that did the work, and J Michael for the band pic, and to all my readers who keep me going!