Sunday, July 14, 2013

Swingin' Stingrays - Elkhart - Fujimo

Somewhere in Elkhart - just east of South Bend, a band spouted and bloomed - The Swingin' Stingrays! Before the British Invasion sound, the frat - Blues Brothers - soul type of thing ruled. Great for dancing and getting that "special" girl.
The Swingin' Stingrays released one 45, and "perhaps" a second.....

Tom Tom
Teen Queen

There may also be a second 45 with "Searchin'" and "Big Fat Woman", but alas, I don't have it.

And up for more input / debate: the members:

Wilbur Richie is certain, sadly he passed away in the early 80's.
Rex has been fingered as Maze, Mays, and most recently, Masterson. 
Paul, Pat & Rick (in the 1965 promo pic) remain unknown. The Swingin' Stingrays reportedly formed in 1958 and lasted until at least 1968 as evidenced by the Top Deck newspaper ad, circa August 68'.

60's Indiana band Szene team, you have been very good at filling in the blanks, and I need help here. Let's get these guys the due they deserve and get some recognition here!

Thanks to the late Bill Wagoner (of US Male - Warsaw, IN) and Terry Turner for the inspiration and tunes!


Terry Turner said...

I have an hour-long interview (it has been in my notepad for weeks!) with Rod Sanders, a Sting Ray for several years, that has been in my notebook for years, and he names all the members, well at least most, and talks about Sting Ray history and much more. Will try to get to it in next few days. And there was another Sting Rays group from Rensselaer. I will try to get the newspaper story next week that appeared in the Rensselaer Republican. They have reformed and play occasionally. Terry Turner. Rod's info is much and gives a lot of real names and years... including the band backing up the Everly Brothers and appearing on the same stage as Diana Ross and the Supremes

Anonymous said...

Pat Gaynor played keyboards. He was fantastic.The Swingin Stingrays performed many weekends at Bass Lake,IN.

Stuart Monsma said...

Geoff Snyder was also in the Swingin Stingrays and now has a band, Soul Funkshun, in South Bend. I played drums in The Basooties after Dennis left the band, joining in late 1968.

Anonymous said...

I am friends with Rick Maze, pictured on far right above. He is a great guy and tells many stories about the past with the band.
Jim Bryar.

Roger That said...

Wilbur Ritchie was my Uncle. The founder of the bad was Rick Maze. Rick was the lead Singer and Bass player, Wilbur played lead guitar and also sang. This band was very popular throughout the 60's and had opened for some famous bands, Everly Brothers among them.
I serendipitously met a former Stingrays drummer just today, who is getting more details from Rick that I'll post.