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1964: Little Jim and the Fabulous Monkeymen

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.

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1967: The Young Aristocracy

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.

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