Thursday, July 14, 2011

Phantom Five - South Bend

The Phantom Five left one 45 and no other evidence of the band exists. Said to have hailed from South Bend, even that is conjecture at this point. Even the writers credits espouse "Phantom Five", with no name to track down.

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COOL-IT!

Obviously a custom label and the numbering even defies sleuthing. Said to be from 1966, but the surf sound is dated by that time frame.
Any help here appreciated!!!

9 comments:

Bob said...

EU numbers refers to the copyright numbers allocated by the Library of Congress to "unpublished musical compositions by U.S. authors or domiciliaries registered before 1978" (whatsoever that's mean).

These numbers are rarely printed on labels.

817002 put the copyright date around March 1964.

vinylfool said...

That is cool info. Early '64 sounds about right for the style.

johnnie o said...

Great post, First time I have every heard the group. They had a nice sound

MopTopMike said...

I've got all of the names directly from the band's submitted copyright certificate. The 45 was pressed in early '64. I would have thought the group had been located in the past, given the amount of unplayed copies that surfaced from a few dealers I know!
Contact me directly with a PM (you know where you can find me!) and I'll gladly send my info. I don't publish people's names without permission (privacy and alla that stuff)....

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any information on the Fort Wayne In. group The Ravens?

vinylfool said...

I have the Ravens pic and names, but don't have the 45 yet.

Anonymous said...

I was an original member of The Phantom Five. Those who appeared on the recording were: Tom Davis, lead guitar; John Bolling, bass;
Lani Allen, drums; Bill Johanson, saxophone; and me, Dick Fortin, rhythm guitar. Both of these tunes were collaberations among all the members and sheet music and copywrite work was done from the tapes of the recording sessions and writing sessions in Mr. Allen's basement in 1963 and 1964.

Anonymous said...

Corroborate what Dick Fortin said. He modestly avoids mentioning that he wrote the chord structure (basically, the song) and bridge and played the intro on the record. The rest was obviously ad libbed, although Davis' part could be considered the "melody" and remained a constant in performances. The band is referred to elsewhere as a garage band, but that's not the case. We played dances, proms, some bars (underage), and had bookings as reliable and often as a working musician could want. L. Allen was a fine manager. The group had several incarnations, with most personnel changes caused by members going off to college or getting drafted. Yep,we were young. John Bolling.

Anonymous said...

Picked up a copy of this record at a record show in Michigan back in the 90's from a record dealer. He had several copies that he said he got from a band member. All un-played. Also said they were from Indiana. In my opinion, a better than average record.