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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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!!!

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EU numbers refers to the copyright numbers allocated by the Library of Congress to "unpublished musical compositions by U.S. authors or domiciliaries registered before 1978" (whatsoever that's mean).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

Hank said...

I cant add details only memories of the Phantom Five. Going to my very first dance....perhaps 1966. I believe it was at the brand new Penn High School... in Mishawaka. We called them sock hops and were usual fare after a basket ball game. I went to South Bend Adams and was there to see a Penn girl...to get my very first real kiss and fall madly in puppy love. And there was the Phantom Five. Loud. Bigger then life. Real home town heros. Practically Gods. They had a sign post with their name on it and a couple of skulls. In the grand theme of things I guess it was nothing...but for me I will never forget being there. With Linda.... and the Phantom Five~

Anonymous said...

I'd like to find an original 45. My father was a member of the band and I'd like to have it as a piece of memorabilia. If anyone know where I can find an original please let me know. rfortin@outlook.com

Bill Johanson said...
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Bill Johanson said...

HOW SOUTH BEND'S PHANTOM FIVE BAND ACQUIRED A SAX PLAYER IN 1962

Bill Johanson: Fall '62, when I first met business-like-but-likable-drummer Lani Allen in IU South Bend's speech class and learned he was in a rock band and was auditioning an experienced sax player (Dave Martin) and bass player (really, a great lead guitarist, Tom Davis) "this Sunday," I gathered my courage and asked if I might audition on sax, too. I was pretty rusty and, actually, sucked greatly during the audition but no one (because of the loud band amps in Lani's parents' small living room) could really hear my squeaks and squawks. That day, Martin didn't show for the audition; I did, and Lani offered me the vacant sax player job.

John Bolling: This is just too easy, Billy Jo. Just begging for a comment as to how great it would have been if Dave had only showed up, what a great band we would have been, that kind of stuff. Just too easy. Although, Dave was a good guy, a good musician, and sang. Oh - I guess that leaves it open for picking on Dobecki & Davis now. Oh well, that would leave it open for "if only BJ had taken up bass." Oh - wait - Davis was auditioning for bass? That's the first I heard of that, too. Touch - did you play bass (yeah, it's real hard) or even have a bass?

Tom Dobecki: From experience, Dave would have quit after a few months; with BJ we got talent, longevity and dedication.

Bill Johanson: Thanks, Tom. You humble me, especially as I recall how the Phantom Five experience spring-boarded my rock musician-ness... leading up to my 50 years of annoying audiences. Regarding John's comments about Davis possibly playing bass, a big reason I asked Lani to audition was that I'd heard years earlier from a local "rock hero" -- Johnny Goheen -- about this "great" guitar player performing with him at Clear Lake, wherever that's at. I never forgot Davis's name. And so, when Lani said that Tom Davis was auditioning to play bass, of all things, I figured the Phantom Five had to be something outstanding. And, it was.

Tom "Touch" Davis: Ahh yes, Johnny Goheen... He was the consummate cool guitar slinger with Buddy Holly glasses and with an Elvis delivery. Clear Lake was in Buchanan, MI where we played to a background of thieving club owners and nightly knife fights.