Greenbriar Lads – Indianapolis

A copy of an interesting record sold on Ebay last week. The Greenbriar Lads – “This Certain Love” / “To Love a Girl” with no label. The record was copyrighted in 1966. Presumably the record hails from Greenbriar, a small area of Northern Indianapolis. If anybody knows anything about this band, please email me at

Greenbriar Lads

Greenbriar Lads


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Fugitives – Bloomington, Indiana


Member left to right: Steve Sulky, drums; Tom Davis, lead guitar and vocals; Dick Orvis, organ and lead vocals, Tom Dobecki, rhythm guitar and vocals; Bill Johanson, electric bass.

Fugitives in the studio: Member left to right: Steve Sulky, drums; Tom Davis, lead guitar and vocals; Dick Orvis, organ and lead vocals, Tom Dobecki, rhythm guitar and vocals; Bill Johanson, electric bass.

The Fugitives recorded and pressed their 45 in the fall of 1964 in order to have a record to send to all the fraternities and sororities at Indiana University as part of a promo package to drum up bookings. Dick Orvis from Dickie and the Debonaires and 3 members from the Phantom Five (all from South Bend) teamed up to form the Fugitives. Their first drummer was Steve Sulky from Kokomo. They were a brand new band who just arrived on campus and wanted to make some money. The record was recorded at CBS studios in Chicago. The members were night club/bar musicians who decided to go to college in order to dodge the draft and the Vietnam war and to pick up an education at the same time. The drummer passed out pressings to radio stations and the record started to get air play around the state and was getting attention. The group freaked out because they were afraid that they would lose their draft status as deferred students with the draft board and decided to pull the record. They were also afraid to release it for sale since they hadn’t gone through all the legal hoops with the publishing companies and the musician’s union in order to properly release, distribute and sell the 45 in record stores. The 45 took on a life of it’s own and kept popping up much to the band’s chagrin.

When the record was recorded, the band was recording on studio time that was originally scheduled for the Harmonicats, who were hung up on the road. James Felix who went on to run the Epic label for CBS was the recording engineer. The had one hour to knock out 4 songs. He wanted to sign the group but couldn’t since they were “draft bait” and therefore a bad investment for the company.

Fugitives at Daytona 65

Fugitives at Daytona 65

In the 3 years that the group was together they became very popular with the college set and had a state wide following. They were huge at IU and played all the major events at IU, and made appearances at Ball State, and Purdue. They were also the house band at the Stardust, a college bar in Bloomington, In. and were responsible for getting “the dust” established as a serious musical venue. Some of the groups that performed when the Fugitives were away were, Lonnie Mac, Sir Douglas Quintet, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hollywood Argyles and The Presidents, a popular soul group from Indianapolis. The Stardust changed their name later on to the Bluebird Tavern and is very successful to this day. The group was also the first band to perform at Daytona Beach Fla. during the college spring break in 1965. They had a friend whose father owned a motel on the beach and thought it would be fun to have a band. The rest is history. The group’s pay was free rooms and meals and they ended up playing for thousands which helped to further their name nationally. They did this for 3 years and shared the stage with the Detroit Wheels in 1967.

In 1968 the draft and graduation took the band down. Two Members, Tom Davis and Dick Orvis put the group back together and changed the name to The Mother Bear. They went on to back up songwriter Roger Salloom and singer Robin Sinclair on an album for Chess Records. The record was released on the Cadet Concept Label. The act went on to be an active part of the ballroom scene in San Francisco in 1968 and 69.

The Fugitives were a great live band but like other groups of that era their musical careers were doomed by the Vietnam War and the draft.

The Fugitives on the Beach 1

The Fugitives on the Beach

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Midnight Sun Showband – South Bend, Indiana


Midnight Sun Show Band

Midnight Sun Showband

The Midnight Sun Showband of South Bend, Indiana, circa 1972.  Pictured standing in front of the bandstand, from left to right, are Dellie Smith (lead vocals), Ken Dahlin (drums), Donnie Wyatt (guitar), Dick Glisinski (bass and vocals), Rich Howard (lead guitar and vocals), Unknown (trombone), and Billy Guy (keyboards). Two other members added shortly after pictures were taken were Dave Ammons (trumpet) and Becky Krauser (vocalist).

 The Midnight Sun Showband never made any recordings. However, the group lasted about 2-3 years, playing regularly at Brenner’s Show Bar, The Roma, Nicola’s, 3 or 4 Holiday Inn lounges as well as a few other Venues (including Shula’s and Twin Gables in Niles)

The group played R&B as well as music from Blood,Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Cold Blood, Chase and Rare Earth.

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Clefs of Fort Wayne, Indiana

The Clefs

The Clefs were a band from the Fort Wayne area in the late 50’s and early 60’s.  The members of the band were Kenny Pancake (guitar), two brothers, Steve & Lani Hathaway (drums & guitar), Jim Marker (accordian), and Jack McCormick (guitar).

Jack McCormick relates the story of the band’s genesis:

It was my junior year in high school, 1958. My cousin, Kenny and I, had been fooling around with our dad’s guitars for a while, and Kenny knew of a couple of guys at school that liked to play, so thats how Steve, Jim, Lani, Kenny, and I got together. We started playing in a lot of places around town at record hops and the roller skating rink during most of 1958.

In 1959, the group hired a manager, D.D. Douds (Dave Smith), a.k.a.  “the Rock and Roll Rampager.”  In the very early spring of 1959, Douds got the Clefs a gig to go to New York city to record a new song called “Roll Over Beethoven”. The group was very excited.

At that time in Fort Wayne, drive-in theaters were a big thing and one of these theaters, stayed open all year round.  They had to heat the bathrooms and concession stand with gas heaters. Right after the group got the news about New York, the drummer, Steve, and guitar player, Kenny, went on a double date with their girlfriends to that drive -in.

What they did not know was that the gas company had come to the drive-in that morning and removed the gas heaters out of the bathrooms, but forgot to cap the gas line. So all day the bathroom was filling up with gas.

Jack continued,

That evening, Steve, Kenny and the girls went to the drive-in early, so the girls went up near the screen where they a swing set, while Steve and Kenny went into the bathroom for a smoke. As soon as Kenny flicked his lighter, the place exploded with such force that the bathroom door blew off of its hinges, sailing straight out 40 feet, hitting a speaker post and breaking it in half. Somehow the guys survived, and were taken to the hospital.

Kenny told me that when they got there the doctors decided to cut off their arms because the flesh was just hanging there. But both Steve and Kenny pleaded with the doctors not to do it, because they played in a band. Finally, the doctors decided not to do that, and just wrap up their arms.

The Clefs lost the New York job. Douds dropped the Clefs and took another group, Misty and the Green Men, to Las Vegas where they became a lounge act.

The two band members were in the hospital for many months, but eventually recovered enough to continue playing.  Because of the pain in his fingers, Kenny put bandaids on all of his fingers so he could press down on the strings. Steve  took large balls of cotton and taped it around his sticks, and that’s how he played for months.

In 1961, the group walked into the radio station WOWO in Fort Wayne with D.J. Bob Sievers as the  group’s engineer. They recorded “Don’t Cry” and “The Dream Train Special”, later released on Red Bird records.

Clefs - Dont Cry

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Giant Red Jellybean of Valparaiso, Indiana


The Giant Red Jellybean were from Valparaiso, Indiana.

Standing from left to right  are members Mike Veal, John Radig  and Bruce Resteau. Sitting from left to right are Randy Rueter and Dave Clifford.


The group cut one 45 rpm record -Giany Red Jellybean “Going Out of My Mind”/”I Need Her” (Cliff TR8 368). The band sold a few hundred records and 45 was played on a Gary Indiana radio station for a brief time. The record was cut at Universal Studios in Chicago , 1967 . The Grass Roots and American Breed were also doing some recording at Universal about the same time.


I have also been told that members were previously in Hudson Bay Company, apparently releasing another version of “Going Out of My Mind” backed by “Early Morning” on the HBC label.  I haven’t seen or heard this record so if anyone out there has a copy, please send me some audio.

Mike Veal, Dave Clifford, John Radig

Mike Veal, Dave Clifford, John Radig

Mike Veal

Mike Veal

Mike Veal

Mike Veal

Veal Resteau, Dave Clifford, John Radig,

Veal Resteau, Dave Clifford, John Radig

Randy Rueter, Mike Veal, Bruce Resteau

Randy Rueter, Mike Veal, Bruce Resteau


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Sangralads of Walton, Indiana


The Sangralads were an obscure garage group who resided at the Sangralea Valley Home For Boys in the 1960’s. A recent email from member Phil Armstrong pointed us to a great history of the band on the web site Artifacts in Wax. You can read the story here.

They released two 45 rpm records on the WHAP records label. The first record, under the name Sangralads, included “Think of What You’re Sayin'” and “Mary’s Kidd” and was released on WHAP 318. The second release, under the name Sun Lightning, Inc., featured two slabs of psychedelic space rock: “Quasar 45” and “There Must Be Light” on WHAP 319.


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Redcoats recorded "Cobra" / "Dance" on MAE 1002.

Redcoats recorded “Cobra” / “Dance” on MAE 1002.

This morning I received a photo of the Redcoats by email from Gary Wallbaum, the keyboardist for the group. Based out of New Albany, Indiana, the Redcoats released at least one 45 rpm record “Cobra” / “Dance” on MAE 1002. The names of the band members are, from left to right: Larry Hawkins – Bass, Jerry Schleicher – Lead vocalist (kneeling), Bill Heinz – Lead Guitar, Dennis Heinz – Rhythm Guitar, Gary Wallbaum – Keyboards (lying on the piano), Brian Strange – Drums. The Redcoats also had two background singers: Leslie Brockmeyer & Kristine Balgeman (not shown).

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Esquires of Tell City and Evansville, Indiana

Tonight I received a photo of the Esquires. From left to right (front row) Bob Rossman,
Paul Bosler (second row) Steve Kaetzel, Brent Cardinal, Steve Simpson,
Jim Ashby. All were from Tell City, IN except Kaetzel who was formerly from
Tell City but lived in Evansville while the group operated.

Esquires – “Run Babe / I Still Love You” (Showboat #1519)

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Photos of South Bend’s Phantom Five

Fans of Indiana garage bands will know about the Phantom Five, a really cool surf-garage band from the South Bend are. They are well known in collectors circles for having one of the coolest record labels ever! Thanks to one of the band members, I now have a few photos to share with you.

Check out this YOUTUBE video for “Graveyard” that a fan made:

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Wrinkled Rhapsody Photo

Wrinkled Rhapsody

Dale Brown of Wrinkled Rhapsody sent in this great promotional photo of the band. Wrinkled Rhapsody issued one great rock 45 rpm record:

Wrinkled Rhapsody  – “It’s Only Time/Listen” (Mecca 103)

In Photo are Mark Kelly (drums), Doug Melton (lead guitar, vocals), seated, Dale Brown (Lead singer, guitar, percussion), and Earl Shell (bass,vocals).

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