Sunday, February 27, 2011

Jersey Chains - Ft. Wayne 1966 - 67

The Jersey Chains hail from Ft. Wayne.
From Wil (Bill Babcock):
"The original band members.
Left /right:
Dale Newman - Rhythm,
Bill Blosser - Bass,
Mike Hanson - Drums and lead Vocal,
Bill Babcock - Lead Guitar.
That was my 57' Olds we are standing in front of. When we originally got the name, we wore football jerseys and chains for belts. We played all over the Fort Wayne and surrounding area. We played several times at Tri-lakes, just north of Columbia City, IN. Had a ball doing it but we worked our butts off. The pic has to be circa 1966."

A later (March 1967) photo from the Ft. Wayne Gazette show a few new band members, and announcements that they had dates scheduled for San Diego, Houston, Des Moines, and more.

Pictured (I know the photo is horrible, but at least I have it):
Mike Chenoweth - organ
Dale Richhart - rhythm guitar
Steve Muldoon - bass
Dale Newman - lead guitar
Mike Hanson - drums

Let's give the boys a hand for doing it, and thanks to Wil for the great pic!


Devil Dog said...

Most people don't know but Dale Neuman went on to move to the west coast and became the long-time touring guitar tech for Genesis and is even mentioned in liner notes to several early albums.

Linda said...

The Jersey Chains were a great band in the middle and late 60's. I know because me and my husband managed and booked the Jersey Chains.

Anyone remember the Surf Sons? LOL

How about the Swinging Gate Teen Club in downtown Fort Wayne?

Playing at the Armory? Or, playing at the Lantern?

Anyone remember any of the big concerts in Fort Wayne out at the Jack and Jill Amusement Park?

sailiu said...

I remember dozens of dances at the LANTERN, THE VAN ORMAN HOTEL, THE COLISEUM BASEMENT, the Flame, the Scotish Rite in the mid to late 60's. Does anyone remember the Byrds playing at the Flame during the summer of '66? Or the Hollies playing at the National Guard Armory during the Fall of '67?

PointShooter said...

I was in the middle of it. I saw The Byrds at the Flame and The Hollies at the Armory and Jethro Tull at the Coliseum and Jimi Hendrix in Muncie, etc. I played keyboard in The Boys in 1966 and joined the Surf Suns in 1967. We played everywhere and for very good money. The name was changed to Boston Creme Pie and we exchanged striped shirts for tie-dyed with bell bottom pants. After college I was in a band called Walden in the 70s and there were many, many more.