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.
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.
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).
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)
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:
One unusual 45 rpm record from Indianapolis that seemingly defies description is Squidd – “Mystic Illusion/High on the Hill” (Lamp 84). An acid rock double-sider of epic proportions, it is the only rock release on Herb Miller’s Lamp records imprint from Indianapolis. Very little is known about the group or this particular recording. The record is credited to “Agriastathes”. I’m hoping someone can step forward and provide a scan of the label for this record, or any other information leading to contact with the band so we can clear up this mystery!
I recently recovered boxes of memorabilia and rare recordings from my storage unit and I will be sharing these in the coming months. Today, I am sharing a rare promo package that came with early copies of Caroline Peyton’s great Indiana album Intuition. Enjoy!
Stoned Mace was a great rock and roll band from Attica, Indiana that featured John Mullins on base. He recently provided Indiana45s with this photo taken in June 1972-73 at a place called”The Pot Holes” in Warren County, Indiana shortly after the band cut their solitary release “C-147″/ “Tasmania” (Stoned Mace Records 1001/1002). Additional recordings were made around this time but none of them ever made it to vinyl.