Sunday, July 20, 2008

Idle Few - update

    One of the reasons I do this is to make sure the facts are correct and the right band members are honored. It's getting to be a long time ago and memories are sometimes short, and often the newspaper, and ads are just wrong. I did a little piece with some tunes earlier on the Idle Few. (Click on the Idle Few to check it out).

Known as the Kingsmen until they recorded they were-
From the top, clockwise:
  • Bill Compton - Bass
  • John Chappelow - Lead & Rhythm
  • Rick Webster - Lead & Rhythm
  • Ron Bennett - Lead Singer & Sax
  • Dan Mclean - Drums
  • Ron Knoop - Organ
This second pic shows the group as they recorded "Farmer John" and "Another World". John was killed in a car accident returning from an after prom dance in Cambridge City, and was never replaced. Bill was replaced by Paul Romine on bass and this is the recording lineup.

From top to left:
  • Ron Bennett
  • Paul Romine
  • Rick Webster
  • Ron Knoop - nearly kneeling
  • Dan McLean - sitting
Pretty cool eh? The Soma 45 came first and then picked up by Dunwich.

Special thanks to Ron for the great pics and info!


4 comments:

Amo ergo sum said...

added you to my list at: http://music-favourites.blogspot.com/

marenqo

Anonymous said...

I HAVE THE SECOND BLUEBOOK 45 RECORD AS WELL AS THE FIRST SOMA.I AM HAVING TROUBLE CONTACTING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE ORIGINAL POOR BOYS 64 TO 66 AND J&THE RAIDERS 66 TO 68. BOTH GROUPS WERE OUT OF ARLINGTON H.S. AS WELL AS WERE THE INDPLS KINGSMEN-IDLE FEW WHICH WE FRIENDS FROM SCHOOL AND PLAYED MANY GIGS TOGETHER.CAN SOLVE SOME QUESTIONS ON YOUR PAGE ABOUT JAY AND OR J OF THE RAIDERS.

vinylfool said...

Wow, the Poor Boys and J & the Raiders. Sounds great, hope we get to swap some notes. Were you with the Poor boys that recorded on Flame?

Anonymous said...

I noticed a member a band member of the "idle Few" by the name of Paul Romine.
Could this be the same Paul Romine who races a Top Fuel dragster in NHRA and IHRA drag racing ? He is from Indy area.