Thursday, October 14, 2010

Roosevelt & the 7 C's - Muncie

Roosevelt Johnson & the 7 C's, direct to you from Muncie, Indiana.
Top to bottom - Right to left:

Roosevelt Johnson -
Phil Dunn - Trumpet & Vocals
Phil Mann - Bass & Vocals
Allen Henry - Sax
Dennis (Dino) Springer - Drums
Bob Duncan - Trombone
Hubie Ashcraft - Guitar
Gary Thresher - Keyboards

This a true collaborative affair, Jason sent a photo of the band back in 2007. Didn't ring a bell, but put it in the "to do" file. John Hiatt mentions that he was in a band - Roosevelt & the 7C's - BINGO! Although John wasn't in the band that recorded, he put me in touch with Dennis, who was 16 (!) at the time of the 1st 45. Dennis sent a 45 to John via someone else. and we have some groovin' R&B sides here.

Black Jack 713 (scan courtesy of Dante Carfagna)

Call On Me

And although it's not in my 60's focus, here is another 45 from the team.

Rondo 1118:
We were always sweethearts / Black Cat

The 7 C's were from Muncie save Hubie, who hailed from Seymour. Hubie went on to play on the John Cougar Mellencamp demos. The band existed from '65 to 1973.

Has to be lots of stories about this band. Chime in!!!!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Exports - Hammond 1964

It's a dark night, and I'm reading a facebook page, "Planet Hammond". Suddenly a plea catches my attention:

"The "Kritters" were definitely the most popular. Band leader Ron Jongsma, and Rick Grigsby lived in my neighborhood and we were treated to garage concerts on summer nights. They recorded a record called "Hey Car Hop", but I believe it it was under a previous name, which I can't remember......Help."

The Exports is the band in question, circa 1964.

Band Members:
Ron Jongsma - Guitar
George Felaney - Guitar
Tom Barnhart - Guitar
Howard Friedman - Drums

The Exports left us two 45's

King 5917 - Car Hop / Seat Belts Please

King 5985 - Mustang '65 / Always It's You

I had the Car Hop 45, didn't know it was Indiana related, but it is a great surf\hot rod instrumental. Now I have to find the Mustang '65............

Special thanks to Jim Carley for the inspiration.