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THEM - TORQUAYS - THE BAND THAT STARTED CINCY ROCKIN' - JUNIOR PROM MAGAZINE, OCT 1964

Torquays

 

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This website began as a nostalgia collection about THEM, aka The Original Torquays, "The Band that Started Cincy Rockin'."

As more friends and former "fans" (yes, we really did have "fans") came to the site, people started sending us their clips and pix to add to the site.

The band members have been schlepping around boxes and cartons for 40+ years, loaded with the remnants of fun and "dreams" every Garage Band musician has about "if only" and "the big break" that never broke. Those cartons have been giving up their goods (and embarrassments).

This site's materials are organizing into at least three music groups of common origin and friendships from the 1950s. THEM has been the feature of this website since the site started.

Strangers In Town (SIT) was part of the start of this site by virtue of their first record, the A and B sides of two vocal recordings (see Page 2 of this site), for which THEM was the backing instrumental group at the King Records Studio recording session. All of us were friends in high school. Also on Page 2 of this site are nine of SIT's other tracks.

A 2014 "eureka moment" came out of a corrugated carton of 1/4" reel-to-reel analog tapes. It was labeled, "Crescents, December 8, 1958." WHO are/were "The Crescents"? These dreamers:

Heeeeeeeere's Frank: ... with a comment about the group...
     
Here's our first song...
"Private World"
"Private World" ...recorded December 8, 1958
Lyrics, melody, arrangement et al © 1958-2015 Tom Hyman and the Members of the Crescents
     
Second song:
"Love At First Sight"
"Love At First Sight" ...recorded December 8, 1958
Lyrics, melody, arrangement et al © 1958-2015 Tom Hyman and the Members of the Crescents
     
Third song coming (being processed) ...recorded December 8, 1958

Lyrics, melody, arrangement et al © 1958-2015 Tom Hyman and the Members of the Crescents
     
Fourth song coming (being processed) ...recorded December 8, 1958

Lyrics, melody, arrangement et al © 1958-2015 Tom Hyman and the Members of the Crescents
     

 

 

THEN, MORE TAPES POPPED UP AND OUT:

THEM's lost tapes are found

The following audio tracks are from audio tapes of the original Between Time program, video-taped each Sunday and aired each Monday evening on WCPO-TV... for 13-weeks (no more, no less). Final post-production of these audio files from .wav into mp3 format is by Stan Hertzman. Paul Simons and George Makrauer contributed to this effort, which was accomplished cooperatively, because none of the three made any smart-alec political cracks.

Lead vocals were performed by Stan Hertzman, Paul Simons and Eugene Katona, depending on the song; all three sang back-up and harmonies, as required. (George Makrauer didn't sing; he typed, pre-digital days.) For our Between Time performances, Hertz carried rhythm guitar, Euge a busy driving bass line, Si delivered spectacular lead guitar solos, and George just pounded away.

The program producer's audio objective was to meld the musicians' performance with the audience and dancers' reaction and participation, such as hand-clapping. Open studio mics over the audience captured their "contributions." The result is a fairly "echoey" overall ambiance, not merely adding, for example, reverb effects to the vocals and/or instruments.

JUST A CAUTION: BEFORE CLICKING ON THE "PLAY" CONTROLimage of audio player control button start and stop, please slide the volume control LEFT to a mid-point positionimage of audio player volume control slider at mid-point volume level from it's default "new page" full-right positionimage of audio player volume control slider at maximum volume level ... for reasons which will become obvious, if you don't.

Audio Engineering for Between Time (50 years ago, fergawdsake) faced the challenges of a small studio that crammed the band and everyone else together, general mic-ing for the entire band instrumentation (instead of today's individual instrument mic-ing or direct connections), emcee and guest mics not too far from the band, the presence of open audience/ambiance mics... oh... and the band was loud. ALL these tracks are "live on tape;" there was no "audio pre-recording with post-production effects and mixing for program on-camera lip-syncing."

At the start of a couple of the following tracks, you'll hear adjustments in volume being applied by the audio engineer in a mad-rush to not blow out speakers in the TV's of the (relatively small) audience of viewers at their homes.

     
SONG TITLE AUDIO CONTROL
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SONG HISTORY,
MOSTLY FROM WIKIPEDIA
     
GOOD LOVIN'
Lead Vocal - Stan Hertzman
"Good Good Loving" writing credits as "Shubert-Brown." Albert Shubert and James Brown. Released by Chubby Checker in 1961.
     
JOHNNY B. GOODE
Lead Vocal - Paul Simons
"Johnny B. Goode" is a 1958 rock and roll song written and originally performed by Chuck Berry. The song was a major hit among both black and white audiences peaking at #2 on Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Sides chart and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
     
REELIN' AND ROCKIN'
Lead Vocal - Stan Hertzman
Written by Chuck Berry. First Played in Concert January 16, 1963 by Cliff Richard & The Shadows at St. Georges Cricket Ground, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Most Recently Played August 19, 2015 by Tom Jones at Bratislava Castle, Bratislava, Slovakia.
     
ROCK 'N' ROLL MUSIC
Lead Vocal - Stan Hertzman
"Rock and Roll Music" is a 1957 hit single written and recorded by rock and roll icon Chuck Berry. The song has been widely covered, and is recognized as one of Berry's most popular and enduring compositions. In the fall of 1957, the song reached #6 on Billboard magazine's R&B Singles chart and #8 on the Hot 100 chart.
     
SHAKE A TAILFEATHER
Lead Vocal - Stan Hertzman
"Shake a Tail Feather" (Otha Hayes, Verlie Rice, and Andre Williams) is a song originally recorded in 1963 by the Chicago-based group The Five Du-Tones.
     
SLOW DOWN
Lead Vocals - Stan Hertzman & Euge Katona
"Slow Down" is a 24-bar blues written and performed by Larry Williams. Released as a single in 1958, it was a rhythm and blues hit that influenced the growing Rock & Roll movement of the time. It was released as a 7" single (45RPM). The A-Side was "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" and the B-Side was "Slow Down", which were both covered by The Beatles in 1964 and 1965, respectively.
     
TELL HER NO
Lead Vocal - Eugene Katona
"Tell Her No" is a hit single by British rock band The Zombies in 1965, featured on their debut album The Zombies. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States in March 1965 and was one of three big American hits by The Zombies (the others being "She's Not There", in 1964, and "Time of the Season", in 1969).
     
WATERMELON MAN (INSTRUMENTAL)
Lead Guitar - Paul Simons
"Watermelon Man" is a jazz standard written by Herbie Hancock, first released on his debut album, Takin' Off (1962). First version was released as a grooving hard bop and featured improvisations by Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon] A single of the tune reached the Top 100 of the pop charts. Cuban percussionist Mongo SantamarĂ­a released the tune as a Latin pop single the next year on Battle Records, where it became a surprise hit, reaching #10 on the pop charts. SantamarĂ­a's recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
     

TONIGHT I'M
GONNA FALL
IN LOVE AGAIN The Teardrops - I'm Gonna Fall in Love Again Teardrops' Hit Single
Live instrumental
back-up of Teardrops
by THEM

For The Teardrops guest performance of their top hit, THEM provided back-up instrumental for this live-on-tape appearance.

That was much to the disappointment and irritation of their band, which showed up at the studio with the singers. But, since possession is nine-tenths of the law -- especially when what's possessed is a small stage from which THEM's members were not of a mind to de-possess THEMselves -- and THEM had practiced to play the Teardrops' hit, we sat still and asked the singers if they wanted to do a run-through.

We did one run-through with the singers; no changes requested.

When that show's taping was over and the girls were leaving, THEM's drummer said to one of the girls, "You sounded great, and we really enjoyed backing you up... hope you liked it." She replied -- reading their band's displeasure in not playing -- "You guys did a great job," and she gave a wink for the four of us, which was the real compliment, not wanting to say more that her band could have heard.

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The Teardrops was an American girl group popular during the 1960s. The Teardrops were formed around 1961 by two friends, Dorothy Dyer and Linda Schroeder, (both girls were 14 years of age at the time) in Cincinnati, Ohio. They later recruited ... friend Pat Strunk as the third voice. During 1962-63 the trio (was) performing at local teen venues in Cincinnati until ... spotted by musician/arranger George Bud Reneau (and) his partner, songwriter, Paul Trefzger. The trio signed with Bud and Paul's Saxony Records in 1964; along with the deal came fourth member, Wanda Sheriff. The now quartet recorded "Tonight I'm Gonna Fall In Love" / "That's Why I'll Get By" in the fall of 1964. It received local airplay in Cincinnati and other cities across the US. The Teardrop's local success had them opening for The Beach Boys and Sonny and Cher.

     

 

THEM

KING RECORD STUDIO RECORDING CONTRACT WHAT'S THE BEATLES'
BRIAN EPSTEIN
DOING HERE?
King Records Contract PG 1 KING STUDIOS CONTRACT PG2 Brian Epstein
Epstein
"...for the express purpose of binding THEM... until such a time as Messrs. Nathan Weiss and Brian Epstein place Them under contract." Brian died a few weeks later. Close, but no cigar...

 

THEM'S NOSTALGIC SONG LISTS
OF THE 1950s and '60s

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Train Gig for University of Cincinnati

THEM freezing to and from St. Louis on the B&O railroad

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An interlude:
THE DAY THEM'S MUSIC CRASHED...
and worse
Click this link
or image to left.

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