Although they don't have any official 45s to their credit, The Tabz took it upon themselves to record their original material in a professional studio.  At least four songs have survived, and combined they would have made two excellent singles.  Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, The Tabz played all over Central Ohio and, like so many other bands of the era, their union was unfortunately cut short by the draft.  Bassist Steve Green (with assistance from rhythm guitarist Bob Bauer) provides the story of his teen group, all the while realizing that a band's worth isn't always measured by its success, but perhaps instead by the number of great experiences each member had.
Steve Green and Bob Bauer
An Interview With Steve Green (with Assistance from Bob Bauer) (60s): How did you first get interested in music?
Steve Green (SG):  I was an avid listener of pop and rock music starting at a young age; however, I was only a listener and not a musician.  When I met Bob at Mifflin High School in 10th grade shop class, he informed me that he was in two previous bands. One was The Vandals in Cincinnati in 1965 and the other was The Surfs in Sunbury, Ohio, also in 1965.  He became interested in playing guitar after seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.

He suggested that we form a band even though I didn't know how to play an instrument. He told me that his brother was a drummer and I could learn bass, so I decided to give it a try.  Also in the shop class was a friend of mine who would be the lead singer.  His name was Dave Harless.

60s: Where and when was The Tabz formed?
SG: Bob and I formed the band in Columbus, Ohio in late 1967.  We had various members, especially at the beginning, including Randy Hill, Dennis Carney and Randy Linden but the final lineup was Bob Bauer (lead/rhythm guitar); Steve Green (bass guitar); Doug Bauer (drums); Dave Harless (lead vocals); and Tom Callahan (rhythm guitar). Occasionally, Steve, Bob and Tom would trade instruments and play the others’ parts.

60s: How would you describe the band's sound? What bands influenced you?
SG: We were influenced by the British Invasion groups, especially The Beatles and some folk rock.

60s: What was the local rock and roll scene like in the '60s?
SG: In the mid ‘60s, Columbus had several local bands with records on the radio. The main Top 40/rock & roll station in Columbus was WCOL, who promoted bands such as The Dantes, The Rebounds and The 5th Order.

60s: Where did the band typically play?
SG: To get started we played recreation centers and then, later, roller rinks, schools, coffee houses, festivals, private parties, shopping centers and restaurant lounges.

60s: Did you play any of the local teen clubs?

SG: As far as we knew, recreation centers were where the teens hung out and they had local bands every weekend.  We played Cooke Recreation, Whetstone Recreation and Schiller Park Recreation numerous times.

60s: How far was the band's "touring" territory?
SG: We only played locally, in Central Ohio.

60s: Did The Tabz participate in any battle of the bands?
SG: We only played one battle of the bands that we recall and we lost.  The other band was called The Syne.

60s: What other local groups of the era do you especially recall?
SG: Other than the earlier mentioned bands, one of our favorites that we knew was The Left Drawer.  Other bands around were The Sticks and Stones, The Four O'Clock Balloon, The Gears and The Verdicts.

60s: Did The Tabz have a manager?
SG: We promoted ourselves.

60s: How popular locally did The Tabz become?
SG: We had a small fan base but we played around town a lot and seemed to be well liked.

60s: What were the circumstances leading to the band's opportunity to record?
SG: We made our own opportunity. We thought the most important thing a band could do was to write their own songs and record them.   We chipped in as much money as we could and found a reasonably priced studio.

60s: Where did The Tabz record? What do you remember about the recording session(s)?
SG: We recorded an original at Coronet Studio on N. High St. in Columbus, Ohio called ‘Looking Back.’ Our main memory is that we were recorded live with only three mikes. This studio normally recorded large groups such as choir,s etc.   We learned later that they had never recorded a rock band before so there weren’t multi-tracks; just live.  However, we were still happy to have made our own record of one of our original songs.

60s: Did The Tabz write many original songs?  Who was the band's primary songwriter?

SG: Yes, I was the primary songwriter.  However, Tom was writing songs and Bob and Dave often collaborated on lyrics. 

60s: The Tabz' songs were never released as 45s.  Why not?
SG: We didn't have a manager or anyone to bankroll such an endeavor.

60s: Do any other '60's Tabz recordings exist? Are there any vintage live recordings, or unreleased tracks?
SG: Yes, we did record a lot of our originals with our own recording equipment. Though not up to air quality standards, we have many recordings of our originals and these recordings may exceed the quality of the record made at Coronet. ‘Can't You See The Way,’ ‘Lady Caroline’ and ‘Go Ahead’ are some of these recordings.

60s: Did the band make any local TV appearances? Does any home movie film footage exist of the band?
No TV, but we do have 8mm home footage of us playing live.  Regretfully there is no sound.

60s: What year and why did the band break up?
SG: The year was 1970 and that's when I got drafted into the Army.

60s: Did you join or form any bands after The Tabz?
SG: I concentrated on writing and recording my originals throughout the ‘70s using the name "Names."  I then played in several bands including The OBG Band, The Shouters, Nightwatch and The Mix before temporarily moving to Arizona where I played in another version of The Mix and then Crazy Wise and The Lab Rats.

60s: What keeps you busy today?
SG: I still play today.  After moving back to Columbus, I re-entered The Mix and formed a new Lab Rats which I am in currently.  I also sub with The British Invasion when needed.

60s: How do you best summarize your experiences with The Tabz?
SG: We had great experiences being part of a band in the ‘60s.  Bob and I have discussed over the years how lucky we were to have had a band in the ‘60s.  No matter how successful or unsuccessful a band was, the same great experiences were had by all.  

'Looking Back'
'Can't You See The Way'
'Lady Caroline'
'Go Ahead'