Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Indiana Beach - Monticello, Indiana

The Indiana Beach amusement park was quite the szene in the 60's. Check out this slice of history, August '68, and look at the treasure of bands that performed there. For three bucks or less, you could be rockin' to the likes of the:

Cryan' Shames - Illinois band with hit record "Sugar & Spice" altho the flip "Ben Franklin's Almanac" is the superior tune! Several 45's released.

Stamp Machine - unknown

Iron Butterfly - San Diego, CA - a world away from Indiana in the '60's. In-a-gadda-da-vida could have been the whole set!

REO Speedwagon - Illinois - not the mid '70's powerhouse with Gary Richrath yet.

SRC - Scott Richard Case - Detroit - several 45's recorded

Rituals - unknown - common band name

Brand X - Could be one of two known bands. One recorded a great 45 on Steel-Breeze, two motown tunes from a Chicago(?) band, or an Indianapolis band that included Rob Swaynie

Guess Who - Canadian - if you don't know these guys, I can't help you.

Cavaliers - Several to chose from also. Could be the one from Greenwood.

Basooties - One 45 on Muffin - Gary, IN label. General wisdom is Indiana based band.

For $3 you could see Iron Butterfly AND REO Speedwagon - where have all the good time gone?

Thanks Brad Long for the flyer!


Steve Miller said...

Wasn't just Monticello, but college towns also drew some big names. F'rinstance, I saw the Cryan Shames play on Woodlawn Field at IU (just NW of the HPER Bldg). About the same time frame, The Shadows of Knight played the back of a cube van parked on the North Jordan extension above 17th St. And a year or two before, The Trashmen and the Kingsmen played the same night (well, it WAS Little 5 weekend), All for free, too.

Don't know how many times we got to enjoy the Chosen Few courtesy of some frat. Again, free! That's a pretty good price, you must admit.

Ferron Young said...

The Ritual.. The lead singer started out in a band the Chosen Few..At the time Chosen Few had 2 lead singer,Carl and Haji.. Haji left the band and started the Ritual Band..

Anonymous said...

I've heard that The Who once played at Indiana Beach, although I don't know if it's true.

Brandonio! said...

I think the Reo Speedwagon in this flyer is that Reo Speedwagon.They formed in 1966 after all and they were from Champaign, Ill.

Unknown said...

The REO at that time had Duke Tomato lead guitar and Terry Luttrel as lead singer,

jaro said...

Vanilla Fudge....Buckingham's...and Chicago also at Indiana Beach in the 60 s

Franksnake71 said...

I lived in Winamac until 1970. I don’t know the exact dates but I saw Jefferson Airplane; Iron Butterfly; Vanilla Fudge between 1966 and 1969
I think it cost about $3 for tickets! Great days��