These guys were the band “most likely to succeed” in Kansas City in 1968. They had not yet had their disastrous NY trip to record their Command/ABC record. This band played opposite my band “The Smokin’ Emeralds at the Place in Westport for over a year. We played the ‘straight’ side of the venue 6 nights a week, while they would play on the psychedelic side. This was further complicated by the fact that durmmer Glenn Walters played in both bands at the same time. I finally convinced them to record at my studio Audio Lab in Prairie Village, Kansas. Continue reading 1968 THE MYSTIC NUMBER NATIONAL BANK→
IN BLACK AND WHITE – 1967The music revolution was well underway in the greater Kansas City area and the genres better defined by 1967. There were a few ‘band guys’ around the KC area that would cluster around the Place in Westport, the Castaways or wherever we could scare up a gig. The competition for gigs wasn’t that fierce, and the rivalry between bands was still friendly. We could always get gigs.
Those of us that managed to get out of the draft were doing it by going to college, trade school or junior college, and the work was steady and plentiful. You could make a living by being a musician and that was cool. Most of my exposure to bands was due to the connections developed during my years at Shawnee Mission East high school. The Apollos, the Shadows, the Chessmen, and the Monkeymen were all created in the mid-60s and still working at this point, most hadn’t been drafted.
There were very few “combos” in the Kansas City area in the early 1960’s, but the Beatles changed all that. With their basic lyrics, simple bass and lead lines and elementary song form, any dumbass with a modicum of talent could whip up enough courage to play a few chords and get out there and play, albeit cover songs.
I was one of those dumbasses who figured out enough shit to get away with sounding like I knew what I was doing. Besides, ultimately I had the biggest bass amplifier in town. So I went for it.
This story includes music and pictures, which may be seen at the end of this post.
The Young Aristocracy was a Tulsa, OK. based band established by a friend and former band-mate from “Little Jim and the Fabulous Monkeymen”, Jim Sweney.
In 1967 either Jim approached me or I sold him on the idea of me producing this band in my studio in my parents’ house in Prairie Village Kansas. We made the deal with a guy named Gary Sallee from Acropolis Records in Lawrence, KS. His only qualifications were that he knew where to get 45 rpm records pressed in small quantities and he designed a really nice logo. I liked it so much I had a hand stamp made.