Wednesday, October 22, 2008
From early 1966, Indianapolis, and I believe Shortridge High School, The Rogues.
How many bands had just 1/2 a 45? All I have found in Indiana is this split 45 of the Rogues and the V.I.P.'s.
And look closely at that label. A Jr. Achievement Co.. How many '60s teen combos in any state released a 45 as a business experiment?
Anyone know what STO-VA-CO stands for?
The Rogues were:
Danny Bonnett - rhythm guitar & vocals
Bill "Willy" Williams - bass & vocals
Vaughn Vernier - drums
Paul Sheehan - lead guitar & vocals
Pete Schmutte - organ
Hear "I'm not that way at all" now!
Any additional info appreciated! I'll do the VIPs soon also.
Additional info delivered! I made a couple mistakes in the original post, isn't that why we do this, to get the history right!
From Paul Sheehan - lead guitar/vocals/writer
"For the record (so to speak), the Rogues were an Indianapolis based band that played central Indiana teen clubs and high school/college gigs from 1963-1966. The band members were from Cathedral and Scecina High Schools (not Shortridge) and included:
- Paul Sheehan (lead guitar & vocals)
- Dan Bonnett (rhythm guitar & vocals)
- Bill "Willy" Williams (bass & vocals)
- Pete Schmutte (organ)
- Vaughn Vernier (drums)
Sto-Va-Co was a Junior Achievement venture, sponsored by Stokely VanCamp. The Rogues, who were well known in the Indianapolis area at the time, won a competition and were selected to be on the record. It was recorded at Jan Eden’s Recording Studio which used to be in the 1400 block of North Meridian Street.
Bill "Willy" Williams, who co-wrote "I'm not that way at all", sang lead on the record.
The posted picture shows Dan Bonnett, with Vaughn Vernier just barely visible in the background. Where in the world did you find that picture … and are there any more around? To the best of my knowledge, we who were in the band have none.
Dan Bonnett and Paul Sheehan later formed Indianapolis based Ezekial Longspur in 1972, and Pete Schmutte joined that group in 1974. For more info about Ezekial Longspur, go to:
If my memory serves me correctly, the VIPs, who did the flip side of the Sto-Va-Co record, were from Shortridge High School.
Thanks Paul! E*mail me: vinylfool at vinylfool.net and I'll let you know where I found the photo!
Posted by vinylfool at 8:36 PM