Lance Records

Pekin/Michael Isenberg

Inland Empire/Greg Eckler

Amarillo/Robin Brown

Pensacola/Tommy Ratchford

1967 Lincoln Park Be-In

Brigham Young's Best

Songs Inspired by Batman

The Lost

 

North Country Scene

Editor’s Note: The early North Country rock and roll scene has recently been brought to vibrant life due to the diligent research of Will Shade.  In addition to documenting the histories of several of the more noteworthy bands from the scene - including Mike & The Ravens, The Thunderbolts, and The Vistas – Shade is also responsible for the recent Dionysus Records’ release of Hearts So Cold (a North Country compilation) and Mike & The Ravens: Nevermore: Plattsburgh ‘62 & Beyond CDs.  Shade’s effort, in fact, has been so complete and thorough that it has inspired many of the musicians that helped create the scene to reunite and perform live again more than 40 years after first leaving their musical mark.  Now, with very special thanks to Shade, 60sgaragebands.com is pleased to be able to add further pieces to the puzzle by documenting 1) A timeline on the historical North Country scene; 2) A partial but detailed discography of the many groups that recorded; and 3) A personnel listing of the scene’s top rock and roll groups.  So, without further adieu, let’s head to Rollerland!


Aches & Pains aka The Thunderbolts

Eveybody’s Goin’ To Rollerland! A Timeline & Itinerary

 

By Will Shade

 

Summer/Fall 1960: Boyhood friends Mike Brassard, Peter Young and Brian Lyford of Northfield, Vermont met Stephen Blodgett of Stowe, Vermont. The four formed a band dubbed Mike & The Throbs. Lineup consisted of Brassard and Lyford on guitars, Blodgett on piano and Young on drums. Group appeared at high school and Company F Armory in Northfield.

 

Saturday, December 24, 1960: Band played at Nichols Barn Christmas Eve Dance. Billed as “rock and roll specialists.” Show started at 8:30 pm.

 

Friday, December 30, 1960: Mike & The Throbs appeared at Memorial Auditorium in Stowe, Vermont, playing from 10:45-2 am. Admission was 75 cents.

 

April 1961: Mike & The Throbs made their first television appearance on Teen Age Barn, a show broadcast by WRGB out of Schenectady, New York. Band performed Stephen Blodgett’s “Dum Duvey.” By this point, Blodgett had abandoned the piano for guitar.

 

June 10, 1961: Group appeared on television for a second time, playing “Dum Duvey” on Dance Date, a program on WCAX Burlington, Vermont.

 

Summer 1961: Brian Lyford joined military. Band went on hiatus. Returned to performing on Labor Day Weekend. Stephen’s brother, John Blodgett, joined group at that time. Renamed Bo Blodgett, John was a lead guitarist. Eddie Jones, an aspirant bassist, joined shortly thereafter. Mike Brassard quit playing guitar to concentrate on his vocals.

 

February 1962: Band recorded demo for Ed Kissack, A & R man for Monument, at Ace Recording Studios, Boston, MA. Session engineered by Herbert Yakus, co-writer of Sam Cooke’s “Chain Gang” as well as “Old Cape Cod.” Ace was most renowned as the studio where Freddie “Boom Boom” Cannon’s first hit, “Tallahassee Lassie,” was recorded. Mike & The Throbs recorded five originals; Bo Blodgett’s “Git Home,” Stephen Blodgett’s “Dum Duvey” and “So Lonely,” along with Mike Brassard’s “On The Road” and “Two-Ton Jenny.” Kissack subsequently rejected demo.

 

March 1962: Group changed name to Mike & The Ravens.

 

April 1962: Mike & The Ravens signed to Empire Records out of Plattsburgh, New York. Label owned by WIRY DJ Peter B. Guibord.

 

April 1962: Band returned to Ace to record for Empire Records during Stephen Blodgett’s high school spring vacation. “Mr. Heartbreak,” “I’ve Taken All I Can” and “Biggest Fool Around” were caught on tape. First two songs mastered by Art Ford at Bell Sound, New York City. Tapes were sent to Kama Production in Utica, New York to be pressed into singles.

 

May 1962: Empire 45 consisting of “Mr. Heartbreak” b/w “I’ve Taken All I Can” released. Distributed by Trinity in Connecticut. Single reviewed in Billboard with the flipside garnering more praise than the ‘A’ side.

 

Thursday, June 21, 1962: Grand Opening of Rollerland, a roller-skating rink on North Beekman Street in Plattsburgh, New York. Rollerland owned by Ray Bushey.

 

Monday, July 9, 1962: Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – The Stratatones, The Monterays, The Lonely Ones, WIRY’s Ben Everest and Mike & The Ravens. Organized by Ray Bushey and WIRY DJ Ben “Never Rest” Everest; emceed by Everest and WIRY DJ Gordie “Who’s He” Little. Everest owned Rondack Records. The Monterays recorded “Why Do You Cry” b/w “Sun Set” for Rondack.

 

Monday, July 16, 1962: Second Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – The Stratatones, Mike & The Ravens, WIRY’s Ben Everest and a Twist Contest. Stephen Blodgett wrote “(Everybody’s Goin’ To) Rollerland!” in between sets. Mike & The Ravens played it upon taking the stage again. Band recorded it later that week at Rollerland sans crowd with bassist Billy Pajonas of The Stratatones subbing for Eddie Jones. Other songs recorded were Mike Brassard’s “Moonlight Couples Only” and Bo Blodgett’s “Riptide.” Songs were never released.

 

Monday, July 23, 1962: Third Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – The Stratatones, The Monterays, WIRY’s Ben Everest and a Twist Contest.

 

Late July 1962: Eddie Jones sacked. Replaced by ex-Throb, Brian Lyford, who played bass and provided backing vocals from this point on.

 

Monday, July 30, 1962: Fourth & Greatest Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – Brian Hyland with The Strataones, Mike & The Ravens, WIRY’s Ben Everest and a Twist Contest. This was Brian Lyford’s first Rollerland appearance with Mike & The Ravens.

 

Monday, August 6, 1962: Fifth Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – The Stratatones, Mike & The Ravens, WIRY’s Ben Everest and a Twist Contest. A band called The Saturday Nights cancelled.

 

Early August 1962: Second Ravens recording session for Empire. Band recorded new version of “Biggest Fool Around” by Stephen Blodgett. Band was unhappy with results and the version of song from their last visit to Ace is spliced together. Also recorded “One Of These Days” and “Baby, Please Don’t Leave Me” for sophomore single.

 

Tuesday, August 14, 1962: Sixth Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – Linda Scott with The Stratatones and Mike & The Ravens.

 

Monday, August 20, 1962: Seventh Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – The Belmonts, Mike & The Ravens and The Stratatones.

 

Tuesday, August 21, 1962: Giant Rock-A-Rama at Montpelier City Hall, Vermont – The Belmonts, Mike & The Ravens and The Stratatones. Emceed by Mike Brassard. All Vermont Rock-A-Ramas organized by Ray Bushey and Peter B. Guibord.

 

Monday, August 27, 1962: Eighth Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – Monday, August 27, 1962 – Tommy Roe, Mike & The Ravens and The Stratatones. Roe was promoting “Shelia,” which had hit #1 two weeks previously.

 

Tuesday, August 28, 1962: Second Giant Rock-A-Rama at Montpelier City Hall, Vermont – Tommy Roe, Mike & The Ravens and The Stratatones.

 

Wednesday, August 29, 1962: First Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium, Vermont – Tommy Roe, Mike & The Ravens and The Stratatones.

 

Saturday & Sunday, September 1 & 2, 1962: Stephen Blodgett, Brian Lyford and Peter Young broke into Stowe Community Church at midnight, blaring rock ‘n’ roll album over steeple’s high fidelity carillon system at 2 am.

 

Monday, September 3, 1962: Trio turned in by Stephen’s mother, Alice Blodgett.

 

Tuesday, September 4, 1962: Stephen Blodgett, Brian Lyford and Peter Young arraigned in Lamoille Municipal Court.

 

Tuesday, September 4, 1962: Roy Acuff & The Smokey Mountain Boys at Montpelier City Hall. Also appearing were Duke & His Swingbillies (with future Raven Bobby Lavigne).

 

Saturday, September 8, 1962: 9th Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – lineup lost.

 

Friday, September 14, 1962: Third Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Montpelier City Hall, Vermont The Duprees, Mike & The Ravens and The Stratatones.

 

Saturday, September 15, 1962: 10th Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – Ray Peterson, Mike & The Ravens, Stratatones and a Twist Contest. Mike Brassard missed this show. Band fired him after his absence.

 

Friday, September 21, 1962: Joey Dee & The Starliters appeared at St. John’s Auditorium in Plattsburgh along with Rondack Records’ The Thunderbolts. The show was promoted by Ben Everest. Plattsburgh’s mayor declared it “Joey Dee Day.” Key to city given to Dee.

 

Saturday, September 22, 1962: Joey Dee & The Starliters appeared at Burlington Memorial Auditorium along with The Thunderbolts.

 

Saturday, September 22, 1962: 11th Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland– Curtis Lee, Mike & The Ravens, The Stratatones and a Twist Contest. Brassard reinstated in lineup.

 

There is no 12th Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland. They screwed up the count!

 

September 29, 1962: 13th Gigantic Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – Mike & The Ravens, The Stratatones and a Twist Contest.

 

Friday, October 5, 1962: Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – Mike Clifford, Mike & The Ravens, The Stratatones and a Twist Contest. Last Rollerland show with Stephen Blodgett.

 

Tuesday, October 16, 1962: Stephen Blodgett, Brian Lyford and Peter Young sentenced to two days in jail for trespassing on church property.

 

Thursday, October 18, 1962: Headline in edition of Burlington Free Press read, “Three Youths Sentenced In Lamoille Court.” Stephen Blodgett left Ravens fold after two-day stint in jail. Bobby Lavigne arrived. Lineup now boasted dual lead guitar players.

 

Friday, October 19, 1962: Most Fabulous Rock-A-Rama Of The Year! at Rollerland – Dion, The Stratatones and The Exceptionals.

 

Late October 1962: “Baby, Please Don’t Leave Me” b/w “The Biggest Fool Around” from second Ace Recording session released as single. Promo posters featured Bobby Lavigne and Mike Brassard although the former didn’t play on the songs.

 

Sunday, November 11, 1962: Veteran’s Day Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – Mike & The Ravens, The Exceptionals and a Twist Contest. First Rollerland show with Bobby Lavigne.

 

Friday, November 23, 1962: Thanksgiving Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – Tommy Roe & His Band, The Stratatones and Battle of the Bands featuring Tommy Roe’s band versus The Stratatones.

 

Friday, November 30, 1962: Week-End Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – The Stratatones and Mike & The Ravens. Last Rollerland show for Brassard & Co.

 

December 1962: Bo Blodgett, Brian Lyford and Peter Young departed. New lineup coalesced, consisting of Mike Brassard, Bobby Lavigne, Jim Ricker and Marc Chapman.

 

Saturday, December 8, 1962: Week-End Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – The Stratatones.

 

Sunday, December 30, 1962: Gala New Year’s Eve Shower Of Stars at Rollerland – Freddie Cannon, Janie Grant, Bobby Comstock, Dean Christie, Jenny Jordan and The Stratatones.

 

Friday, January 11, 1963: Rock-A-Rama at Rollerland – The Duprees, The Stratatones and The Jazzmen Trio.

 

Besides Rollerland, Mike & The Ravens were booked by J. Malcolm Associates to play various universities and nightclubs throughout New England, New York and Quebec. In the Plattsburgh area, the band also played the Officer’s Club and NCO Club on the US Air Force base as well as Brodi’s, The Saxony and St. Armand’s Beach amongst other venues.

 

January 1963: Mike & The Ravens held down a residency at The Cave, Burlington VT.

 

January 1963: Both incarnations of Mike & The Ravens recorded at joint session at Ace Recording Studios, Boston, MA. Subsequent single, “Goodbye To Mary Jane” b/w “Living In A Dream” released in the spring. The former boasted three guitars in the arrangement including two lead guitars. Two other songs from session sat in the can until 2004, most notably “Oobie Doobie Do,” a rave-up showcasing Bobby Lavigne’s blistering guitar work.

 

Spring 1963: Bobby Lavigne and Jim Ricker quit and joined The Thunderbolts; lineup shuffle ensued. Brassard soon departed and Chapman retained Ravens name before finally joining The Thunderbolts in late ‘63. The Thunderbolts later appeared as Sandu Scott & The Scotties on the Ed Sullivan Show in December 1964. A few weeks later, as The Thunderbolts sans Scott, they recorded two Anglophile tributes, “There Was I” and “Heart So Cold.”

 

Spring 1964: Peter B. Guibord signed “Wild” Bill Kennedy & The Twiliters to Empire Records. They recorded Stephen Blodgett’s “(Everybody’s Goin’ To) Rollerland!” which was released on their first single. In the 1990s, Untamed Youth recorded and released the song on CD.

 

1965-69: Mike Brassard and Stephen Blodgett continued to work intermittently in the music business, recording for RCA Victor, Compass, Decca and Mercury.

 

July 2004: Bacchus Archives released Heart So Cold: The North Country ‘60s Scene, featuring songs by Mike & The Ravens, including the previously unreleased “Oobie Doobie Do.” Three songs by the Bobby Lavigne, Marc Chapman, Jim Ricker version of The Thunderbolts also appeared on the compilation. Other North Country acts, including “Wild” Bill Kennedy & The Twiliters and The Monterays appeared as well.

 

August 2005: Bacchus Archives released a two CD set by Mike & The Ravens and alumni. Entitled Nevermore: Plattsburgh ’62 & Beyond, the set contained a staggering 41 original songs, 32 of which had never been released.


The (Original) Thunderbolts

North Country Discography

 

Rock, Rock, Rocket Ship (Boyd)
Performer: The Rockers
Recorded: September 1958
Released: Mark M135
Vocal

June Dance (Boyd)
Dusty Boyd & The Rockers
Recorded: September 1958
Released: Mark M135
Vocal

 

Blending (Danville)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: June 1961 at Delphi Studios, New York City, NY

Released: Rondack #4-7546

Instrumental – 2:28

 

Thunder Head (Danville/Everest)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: June 1961 at Delphi Studios, New York City, NY

Released: Rondack #4-7546

Instrumental – 2:06

 

Why Do You Cry (Bushey)

Performer: The Monterays

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: December 26, 1961 at Columbia Studios, New York City, NY

Released: Rondack #5-8657

Vocal

 

Sun Set (Everest)

Performer: The Monterays

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: December 26, 1961 at Columbia Studios, New York City, NY

Released: Rondack #5-8657

Instrumental

 

Blending (Danville)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: B. Everest

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Rondack #6-9768

Vocal – 2:35

 

I’m Sorry (Ram)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: B. Everest

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Rondack #6-9768

Instrumental – 2:09

 

Wild (Danville/Blaise)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: B. Everest

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased

Instrumental – 2:39

 

Twista (Danville/Blaise)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: B. Everest

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased

Vocal – 3:06

 

Summer Song (Coviello)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: B. Everest

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased

Vocal – 3:03

 

She’s My One And Only Girl (Castaine)

Performer: Shawn & The Sunnys

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1963 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO6-9769

Vocal

 

The Fisherman (Cammy)

Performer: Shawn & The Sunnys

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1963 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO6-9769

Instrumental


The Waysiders

The S.O. (Stuffed Olive) (Currie/Hemingway/Stillinger)

Performer: The Sydells

Producer: S. Hemingway

Recorded: 1963 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO6-9772

 

You Are The One (Cummins)

Performer: The Sydells

Producer: S. Hemingway

Recorded: 1963 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO6-9772

 

Swing Down Chariot (traditional; arranged by Tom Chapin)

Performer: The Waysiders

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1963 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: RO6-9773

Vocal – 1:55

 

Daddy Roll ‘Em (Gibson)

Performer: The Waysiders

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1963 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: RO6-9773

Vocal – 3:05

 

Cry Of Atlantis (Sutphen/Kenny)

Performer: The Persuaders

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1964 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO6-9775

Instrumental – 2:12

 

Stormy Sunday (Kenny/Patnode)

Performer: The Persuaders

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1964 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO6-9775

Instrumental – 2:50

 

Let Him Dry His Own Tears (Edwards)

Performer: Duke Edwards

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1964 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO6-9776

 

I Got A Feelin’ (Edwards)

Performer: Duke Edwards

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1964 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO6-9776

 

Please Don’t Go (traditional; arranged by The Corvets)

Performer: The Corvets

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1964 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO6-9777A

Vocal

 

Sticky (James)

Performer: The Corvets

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1964 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO6-9777B

 

Mojo Workout (Bright; arranged by The Persuaders)

Performer: The Persuaders

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1964 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO6-9778-A

Vocal

 

Summer’s Almost Gone

Performer: The Persuaders

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1964 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO6-9778-B

Instrumental

 

Torquay (Tomsco)

Performer: The Tyros

Producer: B. Danville

Recorded: date unknown/Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO7-9780-A

Instrumental

 

Tryin’ To Get To You (McCoy/Singleton)

Performer: The Tyros

Producer: B. Danville

Recorded: date unknown/Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO7-9780-B

Vocal

 

Restless Tides (Morrow)

Performer: The Infernos

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: date unknown/Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO7-9782-A

Instrumental

 

The Fugitive (Josie)

Performer: The Fugitives

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1965 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO7-9783-A

Instrumental

 

I Like It Like That (Kenner)

Performer: The Fugitives

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: 1965 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO7-9783-B

Vocal

 

One Of These Days (Sawyer/Morgan/Waite)

Performer: The Kon-Taks

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: September 1966 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO7-9788

Vocal

 

Money (Barry/Gordy)

Performer: The Kon-Taks

Producer: B. Everest

Recorded: September 1966 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Rondack RO7-9789

Vocal

 

Rovin’ (Brassard)

Performer: Mike Brassard

Engineer: Brian Harwood

Recorded: September 15, 1958 at WDEV, VT

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Dum Duvey (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Throbs

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Herbert Yakus

Recorded: February 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Git Home (John Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Throbs

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Herbert Yakus

Recorded: February 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102


The Twiliters at The Saxony

Two-Ton Jenny (Michael Brassard)

Performer: Mike & The Throbs

Producer: Michael Brassard

Engineer: Herbert Yakus

Recorded: February 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

On The Road (Brassard)

Performer: Mike & The Throbs

Producer: Michael Brassard

Engineer: Herbert Yakus

Recorded: February 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased

 

So Lonely (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Throbs

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Herbert Yakus

Recorded: February 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased

 

Mr. Heartbreak (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: April 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Empire E-1

Vocal

 

I’ve Taken All I Can (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: April 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Empire E-1

Vocal

 

Baby, Please Don’t Leave Me (Brassard/Cole/Lucero)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: Douglas Cole

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded mid-1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Empire E-2

Vocal

 

Biggest Fool Around (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: April1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Empire E-2

Vocal

 

Goodbye To Mary Jane (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: January 1963 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Empire E-3

Vocal

 

Living In A Dream (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: January 1963 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Empire E-3

Vocal

 

Oobie Doobie Do (Brassard/Lavigne)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: Michael Brassard

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: January 1963 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Bacchus Archives 1197

Vocal

 

I Turned And Ran (Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: January 1963 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased

Vocal

 

Ballad Of A Square (Brassard)

Performer: Mike Brassard

Recorded: summer 1962

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

(Everybody’s Goin’ To) Rollerland! (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Douglas Cole

Recorded: July 1962 at Rollerland, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Moonlight Couples Only (Brassard)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: Michael Brassard

Engineer: Douglas Cole

Recorded: July 1962 at Rollerland, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

No Man’s Land (John Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Recorded: summer 1962 at Rollerland, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Garbage Truck (John Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Recorded: summer 1962 at Rollerland, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: unreleased

 

Baby Talk (Michael Brassard/Douglas Cole)

Performer: Mike Brassard

Recorded: summer 1962

Released: unreleased

Vocal

 

Hey, Luana (Michael Brassard)

Performer: Mike Brassard

Recorded: summer 1962

Released: unreleased

Vocal

 

Baby, Please Don’t Leave Me (Brassard/Cole)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: Douglas Cole

Engineer: Herbert Yakus

Recorded summer 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102 alternate take

 

Biggest Fool Around (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Herbert Yakus

Recorded: summer 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased alternate take

 

One Of These Days (Brassard)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producer: Michael Brassard

Engineer: Herbert Yakus

Recorded: summer 1962 at Ace Recording, Boston, MA

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102


Freddie & The Freeloaders

Can’t You Feel The Pain (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: The Ravens

Producer: S. Blodgett

Recorded: September 19, 1962 at WIRY, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Riptide (John Blodgett)

Performer: The Ravens

Producer: S. Blodgett

Recorded: September 19, 1962 at WIRY, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

I’ll Get It From You (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: The Ravens

Producer: S. Blodgett

Recorded: September 19, 1962 at WIRY, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Phlegm In Kentucky (John Blodgett)

Performer: The Ravens

Producer: S. Blodgett

Recorded: September 19, 1962 at WIRY, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: unreleased

 

Like A Fire (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Recorded: October 5, 1962 at Rollerland, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Shakin’ All Over (Heath)

Performer: “Wild” Bill Kennedy & The Twiliters

Producer: P. Guibord

Engineer: Roy Urbinas

Recorded: early 1964 live at Rollerland, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Empire E-4

Vocal

 

(Everybody’s Goin’ To) Rollerland (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: “Wild” Bill Kennedy & The Twiliters

Producer: P. Guibord

Engineer: Roy Urbinas

Recorded: early 1964 live at Rollerland, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Empire E-4

Vocal

 

You Are The One (Lett)

Performer: Earl Lett & The Blendaires

Producer: P. Guibord

Engineer: Roy Urbinas

Recorded: 1964 at Rollerland, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Empire E-5

Vocal – 3:00

 

Monkey’s Tail (Lett)

Performer: Earl Lett & The Blendaires

Producer: P. Guibord

Engineer: Roy Urbinas

Recorded: 1964 at Rollerland, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Empire E-5

Instrumental – 2:30

 

The Girl From Liverpool (Kennedy)

Performer: “Wild” Bill Kennedy & The Twiliters

Producer: P. Guibord

Engineer: Roy Urbinas

Recorded: November 1964 at Rollerland, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Empire E-6

Vocal

 

Move It (Samwell)

Performer: “Wild” Bill Kennedy & The Twiliters

Producer: P. Guibord

Engineer: Roy Urbinas

Recorded: November 1964 at Rollerland, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Empire E-6

Vocal

 

Mary Lou (Hawkins)

Performer: “Wild” Bill Kennedy & The Twiliters

Producer: B. Everest, P. Guibord and W.H. Kennedy

Engineer: Ben Everest

Recorded: 1965 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Venture V-1000-A

Vocal

 

Billy Billy Went A Walking (The Beau-Marks)

Performer: “Wild” Bill Kennedy & The Twiliters

Producer: B. Everest, P. Guibord and W.H. Kennedy

Engineer: Ben Everest

Recorded: 1965 at Rondack Studios, Plattsburgh, NY

Released: Venture V-1000-B

Vocal

 

Something That You Do (Chapman/Lavigne/Ricker)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: The Thunderbolts

Recorded: 1964 at The Colony, Burlington, VT

Released: Bacchus Archives 1197

Vocal

 

There Was I (Lavigne/Chapman)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: L. Vallins

Recorded: January 1965 at Stereo Sound Studios, Montreal, Quebec

Released: Allied AR-6337

Vocal

 

Without A Song (Youmans)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: L. Vallins

Recorded: January 1965 at Stereo Sound Studios, Montreal, Quebec

Released: Allied AR-6337

Vocal

 

Heart So Cold (Chapman/Lavigne/Ricker)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: E.F. Auchter

Recorded: January 1965 at Stereo Sound Studios, Montreal, Quebec

Released: V-22158

Vocal – 2:10

 

A Taste Of Honey (Marlow/Scott)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: E.F. Auchter

Recorded: January 1965 at Stereo Sound Studios, Montreal, Quebec

Released: V-22158

Vocal – 2:28

 

Bandstand (Nash)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: L. Vallins

Recorded: January 1965 at Stereo Sound Studios, Montreal, Quebec

Released: unreleased

Vocal

 

In My Room (Usher/Wilson)

Performer: The Thunderbolts

Producer: L. Vallins

Recorded: January 1965 at Stereo Sound Studios, Montreal, Quebec

Released: unreleased

Vocal

 

There’s A Tear (Dumas)

Performer: The Falcons

Producer: R. Hamms

Recorded: November 13, 1965 at the UNH Durham radio station

Released: Strafford SRM-6504

Vocal


The Vistas

I Gotta See Her (Kains)

Performer: The Falcons

Producer: R. Hamms

Recorded: November 13, 1965 at the UNH Durham radio station

Released: Strafford SRM-6504

Vocal

 

Look Out, Hawaii (Cannizzaro/Moorby)

Performer: The Vistas

Producer: J. Cannizzaro

Recorded: early 1964 home recording

Released: unreleased

Vocal

 

Don’t Run Away (Cannizzaro)

Performer: The Vistas

Producer: J. Cannizzao

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: early 1964 at Ace Recording Studios, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased

Vocal

 

Undercurrent (Cannizzaro)

Performer: The Vistas

Producer: J. Cannizzaro

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: early 1964 at Ace Recording Studios, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased

Instrumental

 

Proceed With Caution (Savage)

Performer: The Vistas

Producer: J. Cannizzaro

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: early 1964 at Ace Recording Studios, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased

Instrumental

 

Barbara Ann (Fred Fassert)

Performer: The Vistas

Producer: J. Cannizzaro

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: early 1964 at Ace Recording Studios, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased

Instrumental

 

The Lonely Sea (Don Wilson)

Performer: The Vistas

Producer: J. Cannizzaro

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: early 1964 at Ace Recording Studios, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased

Instrumental

 

Keep A Knockin’ (Richard Penniman)

Performer: The Vistas

Producer: J. Cannizzaro

Engineer: Herb Yakus

Recorded: early 1964 at Ace Recording Studios, Boston, MA

Released: unreleased

Vocal

 

I Want A Cadillac (Cannizzaro)

Performer: The Vistas

Producer: K. Ayoub

Recorded: late 1964 at Melbourne Studios, Montreal, Quebec

Released: Melbourne 3191

Vocal

 

Silly Girl (Cannizzaro)

Performer: The Vistas

Producer: K. Ayoub

Recorded: late 1964 at Melbourne Studios, Montreal, Quebec

Released: Melbourne 3191

Vocal

 

She Turns Me On (Cannizzaro)

Performer: The Vistas

Producer: K. Ayoub

Recorded: early 1965 at Melbourne Studios, Montreal, Quebec

Released: Melbourne 3210

Vocal

 

Don’t Know (Cannizzaro)

Performer: The Vistas

Produceer: K. Ayoub

Recorded: early 1965 at Melbourne Studios, Montreal, Quebec

Released: Melbourne 3210

Vocal

 

No More Time (Cannizzaro)

Performer: The Vistas

Producer: J. Cannizzaro

Recorded: late 1965 at UNH Durham radio station

Released: unreleased

Vocal

 

I Want You (Cannizzaro)

Performer: The Vistas

Producer: J. Cannizzaro

Recorded: late 1965 at UNH Durham radio station

Released: unreleased

Vocal

 

So Fine (Otis)

Performer: The Beau-Marks

Recorded: 1965 in Montreal, Quebec

Released: Quality 1766X

Vocal

 

Be Bop A Lula (Davis/Vincent)

Performer: The Beau-Marks

Recorded: 1965 in Montreal, Quebec

Released: Quality 1766X

Vocal

 

There’s No Other Like Your Mother (St. John)

Performer: The Aches ‘n Pains

Producer: Hugo & Luigi

Recorded: 1966

Released: PRE 501

Vocal

 

Again And Again (Lapham)

Performer: The Aches ‘n Pains

Producer: Hugo & Luigi

Recorded: 1966

Released: PRE 501

Vocal

 

Comin’ Or Goin’ (Marder/Saliola)

Performer: Mott’s Men

Recorded: 1966 at Loren Records in St. Johnsbury, VT

Released: Loren

Vocal

 

She Is So Mean (Marder/Saliola)

Performer: Mott’s Men

Recorded: 1966 at Loren Records in St. Johnsbury, VT

Released: Loren

Vocal

 

Patty (Prue/Simmons)

Performer: Freddie & The Freeloaders

Recorded: 1965 at Sun Studios, Memphis, TN

Released: Laurie 3334

Vocal – 2:07

 

The Octopus Song (Mitchell/Franzese)

Performer: Freddie & The Freeloaders

Recorded: 1965 at Sun Studios, Memphis, TN

Released: Laurie 3334

Vocal - 2:05


The Monterays

The New Young American (Vann)

Performer: Steve Blood

Producer: Teddy Vann

Recorded: 1965 RCA Studios, New York City, NY

Released: RCA Victor 47-8711

Vocal

 

I’m Off To See The World (Vann)

Performer: Steve Blood

Producer: Teddy Vann

Recorded: 1965 RCA Studios, New York City, NY

Released: RCA Victor 47-8711

Vocal

 

Get In On Life (Michaud)

Performer: The Chosen Few

Recorded: 1966

Released: Takeover 8621184

 

JTB (Michaud)

Performer: The Chosen Few

Recorded: 1966

Released: Takeover 8621184

 

Grey Eyes Watching (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Stephen Sargent & The Pride

Producer: Paul Leka

Recorded: January 1967

Released: Compass CO-7001

Vocal

 

Nobody’s Child (Kiley)

Performer: Stephen Sargent & The Pride

Producer: Paul Leka

Recorded: January 1967

Released: Compass CO-7001

Vocal

 

Underground (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Fire & Brimstone

Producer: Terry Phillips

Recorded: late 1967

Released: Decca 32297

Vocal

 

I Could Hear The Grass Growing (Stephen Blodgett/Michael Brassard)

Performer: Fire & Brimstone

Producer: Terry Phillips

Recorded: late 1967

Released: Decca 32297

Vocal

 

Look (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: The Camel’s Hump

Producer: S. Blodgett

Recorded: August 1969 at Mercury Studios, New York City, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Gotta Talk To You, Baby (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: The Camel’s Hump

Producer: S. Blodgett

Recorded: August 1969 at Mercury Studios, New York City, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Birmingham (Michael Brassard)

Performer: The Camel’s Hump

Producer: M. Brassard

Recorded: August 1969 at Mercury Studios, New York City, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Greyhound Bus (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Stephen Blodgett

Recorded: 1968

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Tomorrow (Michael Brassard)

Performer: Mike Brassard & Bo Blodgett

Recorded: 1968

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Lights Of San Francisco (Michael Brassard)

Performer: The Front Burner

Producer: M. Brassard

Recorded: 1971

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Eldorado (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: The Front Burner

Producer: S. Blodgett

Recorded: 1971

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Gentle Wind (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Texas Driver

Producer: S. Blodgett

Recorded: 1973

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Georgia Plains (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Texas Driver

Producer: S. Blodgett

Recorded: 1973

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Truly (Christ’s Lament) (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Texas Driver

Producer: S. Blodgett

Recorded: 1973

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Lady (Michael Brassard)

Performer: Mike Brassard

Producer: M. Brassard

Engineer: Marc Chapman

Recorded: 1982 at Saxony Studios, Rouses Point, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

No More Beatle Songs (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Stephen Blodgett

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Marc Chapman

Recorded: 1998 at Saxony Studios, Rouses Point, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Motorboatin’ (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Stephen Blodgett

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Marc Chapman

Recorded: 1998 at Saxony Studios, Rouses Point, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Adorable Gene (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Stephen Blodgett

Producer: S. Blodgett

Engineer: Marc Chapman

Recorded: 1998 at Saxony Studios, Rouses Point, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Motivatin’ Blues (Michael Brassard)

Performer: Mike Brassard

Producer: M. Brassard

Engineer: Marc Chapman

Recorded: October 2004 at Saxony Studios, Rouses Point, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

No Love To Give You (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producers: Stephen Blodgett & Will Shade

Engineers: Ray Bushey & Marc Chapman

Recorded: October 2004 at Saxony Studios, Rouses Point, NY

Released Bacchus Archives: 11102


The Tyros

Durham (Stephen Blodgett)

Performer: Mike & The Ravens

Producers: Stephen Blodgett & Will Shade

Engineers: Ray Bushey & Marc Chapman

Recorded: October 2004 at Saxony Studios, Rouses Point, NY

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Teen Angel (Wiggins)

Performer: Stephen Blodgett & Bill Kinzie

Recorded: 1977

Released: Bacchus Archives 11102

 

Recording Lineups

 

The Thunderbolts (Plattsburgh, NY – 1961-63)

Marshall Blaise: rhythm guitar

Bruce Danville: lead guitar; bass in the studio; switched permanently to bass with arrival of Tusa

Karl Costin: drums

Fred Tusa: lead guitar

Al Roberts: organ

Dean Fesette: drums

John LaPlante: saxophone

 

Mike & The Throbs (Northfield, VT – 1962)

Mike Brassard: lead vocals

John “Bo” Blodgett: lead guitar

Stephen Blodgett: rhythm guitar and vocals

Peter Young: drums

Eddie Jones: bass

 

Mike & The Ravens (Plattsburgh, NY – 1962)

Mike Brassard: lead vocals

John Blodgett: lead guitar

Stephen Blodgett: rhythm guitar

Peter Young: drums

Eddie Jones: bass on Mr. Heartbreak and I’ve Taken All I Can

Brian Lyford: bass

 

Mike & The Ravens (Burlington, VT – 1963)

Mike Brassard: lead vocals

Bobby Lavigne: lead guitar

Jim Ricker: bass

Marc Chapman: drums

 

“Wild” Bill Kennedy & The Twiliters (Plattsburgh, NY – 1964-66)

Bill Kennedy: lead vocals and lead guitar on Rollerland, Shakin’ All Over and Move It; rhythm guitar on The Girl From Liverpool and Mary Lou

John Sullivan: rhythm guitar on Rollerland and Shakin’ All Over

Tommy Latour: bass

Skip Bushey: drums

Bruce Danville: lead guitar on The Girl From Liverpool and Mary Lou; rhythm guitar on Move It

 

The Falcons (Malone/Plattsburgh, NY – 1965)

John Kains: bass and lead vocal on I Gotta See Her

Rick Dumas: lead guitar

Fred Passino: harmonica and vocals

Lester Duvall: rhythm guitar

Al Johnson: drums

 

The Monterays (Plattsburgh, NY – 1962)

John Champagne: guitar; bass on Why Do You Cry

George Rabideau: saxophone on Sun Set

Bob Rabideau: drums

Gary Lambert: guitar; bass on Sun Set

Jimmy Jay Bushey: vocals

 

The Persuaders (Saranac Lake/Plattsburgh, NY – 1964)

Al Sutphen: lead vocals

Terry Tyler: vocals and drums

John Kains: bass

Doug Kenny: lead guitar

Brian Patnode: rhythm guitar

 

The Fugitives (Saranac Lake, NY – 1965)

Chuck Collela: vocals

Brian Patnode: lead guitar

Bernie Branch: rhythm guitar

Bumper Branch: bass

Donnie Martell: drums

 

The Thunderbolts (Burlington, VT – 1965)

Marc Chapman: drums and vocals

Bobby Lavigne: guitar and vocals

Jim Ricker: bass and vocals

 

The Vistas (Burlington, VT – 1965)

Joey Cannizzaro – guitar and vocals

Steve Hayton – bass and vocals

Gary Savage – organ and vocals

Ron Moorby – drums and vocals

 

The Beau-Marks (Montreal, Quebec – 1965)

Joey Frechette – piano

Mike Robitaille – bass and vocals

Fred Tusa – guitar and vocals

Dean Trombley – drums and vocals

 

Steve Blood (New York City – 1965)

Stephen Blodgett: rhythm guitar and vocals

 

The Aches ‘n Pains (New York City – 1966)

Bobby Lavigne: lead guitar and vocals

Marshall Blaise: rhythm guitar and vocals

Jim Ricker: bass and vocals

Dean Fesette: drums

 

Freddie & The Freeloaders (on the road – 1966)

Fred Prue: guitar and vocals

Al Roberts: organ

Bob Dennis: guitar

Joe Seta: bass

Dennis Broadbelt: drums

 

Mott’s Men (Lyndon, VT – 1966)

George Saliola: lead guitar and vocals

Winnie Thomas: rhythm guitar and vocals

Dominick Melchiore: bass and vocals

Phill Marder: drums and vocals

 

The Kon-Taks (Swanton, VT – 1966)

Rick Waite: vocals

Eddie Morgan: lead guitar

Ezra Mulheron: bass

Ray Bushey: rhythm guitar and organ

Tom Sawyer: drums

 

Stephen Sargent & The Pride nee The Bushmen (Burlington, VT – 1966)

Stephen Blodgett: guitar and vocals

Chris Kiley: vocals

 

Fire & Brimstone (New York City 1967)

Mike Brassard: vocals

Stephen Blodgett: guitar

 

The Camel’s Hump (Burlington, VT – 1969)

Mike Brassard: vocals

Stephen Blodgett: rhythm guitar

John “Bo” Blodgett: lead guitar

Claire Blodgett: backing vocals

 

The Front Burner (Burlington, VT – 1971)

Mike Brassard: vocals

Stephen Blodgett: rhythm guitar

John “Bo” Blodgett: lead guitar

Peter Young: drums

Claire Blodgett: backing vocals

Terry Hosking: bass

 

Texas Driver (Burlington, VT – 1973)

Mike Brassard: vocals

Stephen Blodgett: rhythm guitar

Paul Asbell: lead guitar and dobro

Bill Kinzie: drums

Clyde Statz: bass

Doug McClarren: piano


Song annotation and personnel by Will Shade.  Band configurations are how they appear on recordings - noy necessarily their live incarnations.

The full story of "Wild" Bill Kennedy & The Twiliters and Mike & The Ravens can be found in recent issues of Ugly Things.

The full story of The Thunderbolts can be found in Shindig #7.

The full story of The Vistas can be found in Misty Lane #20, available winter 2006.


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