Monday, June 6, 2022

Friday, June 3, 2022

The Male Men - Ft. Wayne 1965-66

 The Male Men were the house band for a local TV show "21 A Go-Go" from Oct. '65 to Feb. '66.



 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Band Members included: 
Wallace Geller - Lead Singer
Rick Thomas - Lead Guitar
Rick Johnston - Rhythm Guitar
Dave Armstrong - Bass Guitar
Jim Brickly - Drums
 
No recordings of the "Male Men", but we know that doesn't always stay that way! Lead Singer Wallace Geller still sings though. 
 




Friday, April 29, 2022

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Please note!

Our e*mail contact has changed to vinylfool@gmail.com!

Thanks to some lowlife using my vinylfool@vinylfool.net as his/her/them personal spam-bot, I am forced to abandon it. If you were affected by the spam, please wish a pox on them and anyone they work with.

Thanks in advance.



Monday, March 30, 2020

We have a band, we have a gig, but how do we get there? Some recruited mom and dad's wagon , or some had their own wheels, but some had a "band van"! Imagine the pride when one tooled around town in the band van. The chicks swooned, the guys grudgingly gave a thumbs up. Let me know what you had, and I'd love to add to this collection of Indiana Band vans!










Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Reflections - Indianapolis - 1963

Sometimes you hear that a band was from Indianapolis, but you just can't find that elusive spark that confirms the fact. The Reflections are one such band that is finally nailed down.  Not only are the youngsters from Indy, the Reflections give invaluable info on a long lost recording studio just off the circle, and links to other recordings done in the Circle City.

 L-R: Chuck Tunnah - Dave Dunn - Perry (Pat) Baldwin - Larry Dunlap.

The Reflections (ne the Aristocats) were kids that wanted to do vocal harmonies and doo-wop, but didn't know how. Joining some school choirs helped and some progress was made. The Reflections joined a new local studio - Jan Hutchens Studio - to do background vocals for the other talent. In late '63 the boys were afforded a chance at a recording with some lingering studio musicians, and stunningly the record caught some traction in Chicago on the mighty WLS. January 1964 shows a high of #16 on the charts, but tragedy struck. The master tape was lost and the record couldn't be pressed again. No sales, no charting, so they fell off quickly.
Hear the tunes:

In the Still of the night

Tic Toc

Now we need another record to follow up. Quick record a song, but not quick enough as another Reflections hit the charts with "Just like Romeo and Juliet", and hit it big, so that band name is toast. A second record is credited to "the Illusions" and it's a dud. And to top it off, the fledgling studio puts a B-side that although credited to the Illusions, is a Rick Fortune tune.

The boys go on tour as the Checkmates, and that doesn't end well as they were booked in Ft. Wayne where a rather famous Checkmates already hailed from.

If you'd like to find out more, just order Larry Dunlap's book "Night People - things we lost in the night". Larry chronicles the journey of the Aristocats to the incarnation of "Stark Naked & the Car Thieves". And a darn good read it is.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mona Thomas - Lawrence Township School - 1963 - Reflections

 Had an interesting comment about "Mona Thomas" and her single on USA. Wasn't even on the radar, of course I was interested in the juicy details, let's roll!

Mona Thomas cut this 45 (USA 776 - There He Goes / Just in Between) in 1963. Mona was a student at either Lawrence Central or North High School, and this was her only offering.

Mona cut the 45 at a long defunct studio of Jan Hutchens in Indianapolis. Cut in the fashion of a Leslie Gore style "boys" tune, it went nowhere. But of course, there is more to the tale than meets
the eye.

Enter the Reflections, also of Indianapolis. The Reflections are the tasty background vocals on Mona's 45. The Reflections up-tempo version of  "In the Still of the Night" garnered some airplay on WLS and was on their charts in early 1964. Also recorded in Jan Hutchens studio. I've had this 45 for some time and it's always been rumored to be Indianapolis, but now it's confirmed. My next blog entry will feature the Reflections, it's a great story.

And wait, there's more! Mona's writer credits feature "B. Roth". Bernie / Bernard / David Roth (not David Lee Roth of Van Halen fame) has been spotted on three Indiana 45's so far. The Jads (not Jades) on the Ashley label, The Jokers (from Valparaiso) on Destination, and now Mona Thomas on USA. What's the connection?