1968 THE MYSTIC NUMBER NATIONAL BANK

Kansas Hall of Fame Honorees

Bob Sebbo, Dave Lorenz, Glenn Walters, Russ Booth.
In the Jenkins Music booth at some exhibition in Kansas City Kansas, August, 1968

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.

Glenn Walters, percussion, vocals
Bob Sebbo, lead guitar
Dave Lorenz, rhythm guitar
Russ Booth, Bass guitar

Tracking live to my Presto full track tape machine and overdubbing by transferring from a second machine back to the Presto, we cut the whole thing in my basement studio Audio Lab on August 1, 1968.

I was quite disappointed that I didn’t get to make their ‘real’ record… I wasn’t famous enough and instead it got produced and finished by people who didn’t care.

At least I can get the satisfaction that it was probably this tape that got them the record deal…

At the exhibition I complained to Russ Booth’s father (who was an executive or owner of Jenkins music) about how difficult the music business was in Kansas City. His advice: Go to the coast!
I left for the Los Angeles the next month.

Enjoy this bit of Kansas City music history…..

15 Responses to 1968 THE MYSTIC NUMBER NATIONAL BANK

  1. Allen Blasco on February 15, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    YES!

  2. Hannah Booth on February 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I really enjoyed seeing this up on the internet. Russ Booth was my dad and I didn’t get to hear a whole lot of his music, so I really enjoy finding things like this. Thank you again :)
    -Hannah Booth

  3. admin on February 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    And Russ was my friend and fellow bass player. Before I left for the coast, I lived in the big red Victorian house that the Mystics left behind when THEY moved to the coast.

    I have some more material to post soon, from the same players but a different band name.

  4. Kathleen Cooper on September 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Bob Sebbo was my brother in law back in the late 60’s, married my beautiful sis Deb Finneran. He was the love of her life, but marriage didn’t last long. Have wonderful memories of Deb draggin’ me (her lil’ sis)around to concerts that the band opened for like…. Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Starship back in the day in good ol’ KC. Great memories!!!

  5. Bob sebbo on September 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Barncard you dog! I just stumbled upon this wacky sh#t…OUCH…….

    • Deb Sebbo on September 10, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Bob, hey Bob, knock-knock, Bob, hey…hellllllo? Is Bob there? What about Bob.

  6. Deb Sebbo on September 10, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Wow, the memories flooded in! Especially Ginger Man. How can I copy this to my iTunes account, anyone? Must I call the geek squad? Not sure if I should share my Bank stories…BUT I WANT TO!

  7. Deb Sebbo on September 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Am I mistaken or didn’t they put horns in in NY? Now I’m on a mission to find this albumn, and my poncho.

  8. admin on September 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    IMHO, the demo is better that the released record. Yes there are horns, but the band didn’t have a choice.

    Lots of copies of the Command LP available on ebay….
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.Xmystic+number+national+bank&_nkw=mystic+number+national+bank&_sacat=0&_from=R40

  9. Rolf Hesse on November 14, 2013 at 3:05 am

    These are wonderful recordings of MNNB! Glenn Walters is my cousin. I got to see the band perform in K.C. in ’68 when I was 14. I have their LP, but have never heard these recordings. These are fantastic quality. Thank you so much for making them available.
    Rolf Hesse

  10. Joe on February 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    There weren’t many bands in KC that could top this psychedelia. I was 15 and quite entranced by the boys. And oh that bank vault record jacket with a big, heavy bank door that opened. If there were awards for record jackets in the day, this would beat even Cream’s Wheels of fire…

  11. Mike Stoebick on February 25, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Myself and my girlfriend(now wife of 43 years)litteraly lived at the place in westport and hung out with the guys a lot. I went to highscool with Deb Finneran (Sebbo). I still count Bob and his brother Greg as my best friends….These recordings are a real throw back to those simple minded days…

  12. k blumer on December 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    We used to see them in Westport in ’67 or ’68.They were great!!!!Remember Ed Toler who played guitar?We lived next door to Brewer and Shipley-Kenny Maple[Byrne]was great friends with them.I lived with Kenny’s half brother Patrick Byrne in a couple of places then[that was before he worked with Fleetwood Mac].Great days.

  13. admin on December 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Of course. I loved Ed. He was one guy who always let you know how he felt. Called everyone SCRO for scrotum or RODE for rodent. And man could he play the blues.

    Maple – yes I remember him. He hung out at the Chet Nichols sessions. Didn’t see him much on the 2 Brewer and Shipley projects though. I have photos of both of those guys.

    THE PLACE in westport can be seen in the street photos of the band in the player.

  14. gary morrison on February 9, 2015 at 6:51 am

    The illustration above is from a photograph shot at an event called the “Kansas City Youth Festival” and I believe the year was 1968 or 69. The Mystic Number National Bank as shown, were there playing a promo spot at the Quigley Music booth. The festival was held at the site of the old American Royal. The highlight of the event was an appearance by the Steve Miller Band and it was memorable for Miller making some sharply pointed remarks about the Vietnam War and the concert business, exploiting performers and audiences. Many local bands appeared during the two day event, Besides the Bank, The Chessman Square were also featured. I recall the Strawberry Alarm Clock performed as well. I was startled when I first saw the picture above because I was there setting up to play across the hall just behind where the photographer would have been standing and watching the band play.

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