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Get free delivery with Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Payment Products. English Choose a language for shopping. Guitar Boogie Shuffle. Three Blind Mice. You Can't Sit Down. Summmertime Blues. Ya Ya. Even before the days when inexpensive recording equipment became common, some of the more well-heeled of such youthful amateurs managed to put their efforts down on tape.
But it may have taken the special arrogance bred into prep school students on their way to the Ivy League and world domination actually to have arranged for copies of their recording to be pressed up on an LP by paying RCA Victor Records to do it.
B ut that's what The Electras , a group of students at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, did in The band aspired to the then-current trend in instrumental rock bands like the Ventures, although lead gu itarist Larry Rand may not have been up to handling the fleet playing of the Ventures' Bob Bogle, and instead the group covered others such as the Virtues "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" and the Fireballs "Bulldog," "Torquay".
They also adapted folk group the Brothers Four's "Greenfields" to the guitar-instrumental style and even came up with a couple of vocals "Summertime Blues," "Ya Ya" that had something of the feel fellow New Englander Jonathan Richman would get into his work almost a decade later. The playing had that just-learned-their-instrum ents sound of eager amateurs still trying to get all the notes right without yet worrying about anything as sophisticated as interpretation.
Still, if you were the entertainment director at a small college or fraternity in and this record landed on your desk, you might well have considered hiring the Electras for your Friday night dance, provided they didn't charge much more than beer money.
The Electras were formed in the fall of at St. The band was named for a cool looking Buick — not the Greek mythological character — and they played pre-Beatles standards by Eddie Cochran and the Ventures at local school dances.
In mid, the two were interested in assembling an ensemble, first placing an advertisement in the high school newspaper that read, "Attention all bass players, please call Bill Bulinski. He wants to start a band". Nonetheless, the brothers accepted Omerza's desire to be a band member, and recruited Fred Gorzac as the Electras' bass player.
Their first gig was at a club called John's Bar where the group played renditions of rock and roll favorites; however, the band was forced to vacate after the town's priest complained that the band members were too young to perform at the venue. By the Electras' second gig, the group added Len Erickson drums and female-singer Kaye Spalj, while applying songs by the Ventures to their repertoire. Between and , Jerry Fink replaced Erickson, and Tim Elfving became the group's lead vocalist, solidifying the band's most-known lineup.
The band's first release, "Bout My Love", was issued in late , and charted regionally at number 39 before dropping off listings in a week. Of Times You Can See.
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