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zipper
09-19-2009, 07:27 PM
Anyone rembers two bands that played the southside in the late 60's called Gary Rolland and the Continetals and there was also The Sound Pounders with Steve Spears as lead. What abouth Myia? Wonder where their at now?

papaOU
09-19-2009, 08:23 PM
Anyone rembers two bands that played the southside in the late 60's called Gary Rolland and the Continetals and there was also The Sound Pounders with Steve Spears as lead. What abouth Myia? Wonder where their at now?

Mobey Dick and the Whalers.............

The Walker Underpass........

Generals64
09-19-2009, 08:28 PM
Gsary Roland's Grandfather is the person that owned the old '56 Chevy with two front ends. He lives in Rivendell....Construction company owner....

gen70
09-19-2009, 09:05 PM
How about Looney Tunes? Or... Looney Toones?

USG '60
09-20-2009, 06:01 AM
How about Looney Tunes? Or... Looney Toones?

Was Joe Don a musician?

drumsncode
09-20-2009, 09:09 AM
Anyone rembers two bands that played the southside in the late 60's called Gary Rolland and the Continetals and there was also The Sound Pounders with Steve Spears as lead. What abouth Myia? Wonder where their at now?

Are you referring to Maya? I think it was about a year ago I walked into the old Larsen's Music around N.W Hway and 63rd, (is it still called Larsens?) and stumbled upon the keyboard player for that band. He told us the full history of the group for the past 30 years.

My memory is shot, but I think his name is Bill Hood and he works there. There were some great players in that group.

gen70
09-20-2009, 09:22 AM
Was Joe Don a musician?
I "get it" but some people don't know noth'n bout football.

USG '60
09-20-2009, 10:11 AM
Are you referring to Maya? I think it was about a year ago I walked into the old Larsen's Music around N.W Hway and 63rd, (is it still called Larsens?) and stumbled upon the keyboard player for that band. He told us the full history of the group for the past 30 years.

My memory is shot, but I think his name is Bill Hood and he works there. There were some great players in that group.

Speedy West still plays regularly around town.

Generals64
09-21-2009, 08:22 AM
How about Jude and Jody?
Wiley and Gene?
Bud and Don Mathis?
Hank Thompson?

All major bands in the 60's locally.............

Redskins/General
09-22-2009, 01:57 PM
Does ANYONE remember the band "The Henchmen" and who any or all of the members of this band were??????????????????????????

papaOU
09-22-2009, 07:29 PM
I remember the band but not the members

Redskins/General
09-23-2009, 08:35 AM
I remember the band but not the members
Could one of them been named Tommy or Tom Blackburn? Thought maybe you might remember?

papaOU
09-23-2009, 05:46 PM
I "get it" but some people don't know noth'n bout football.

Really showing our age here...............

Was he a musician before or after being an elephant caretaker?

LeethalDose
09-23-2009, 10:30 PM
Anyone rembers two bands that played the southside in the late 60's called Gary Rolland and the Continetals and there was also The Sound Pounders with Steve Spears as lead. What abouth Myia? Wonder where their at now?

The roots of the Sound Pounders actually goes back to Ronnie Barlow (guitar), Mike Willis (vocal) & Bill Newman (bass). Bill left to join the Continentals just as they switched the name from the Tall Cool Ones to the Sound Pounders which is when Spears joined. In ?95? all the original Sound Pounders (after Newman - Ronnie Barlow, Mike Willis, Sam Greenroyd, Steve Spears and the drummer) got together and played at the State Fair Arena for the Murrah Building Bombing Benefit hosted by Ronnie Kaye.

Just this month all but Barlow (he got dosed w/Agent Orange in VietNam and is in a bad way in Assisted Living as his spine melts away) gathered at the Oklahoma Historical Museum w/beaucoup bands of the era for a tribute to Ronnie Kaye. Gary Roland was there and had word of about all the other Continentals but none could attend - Steve Cassidy - Delmer Pound - Greg Newberry - Bill Newman. Bill is retired in McCurtain county - Greg is in Florida doin' Public Education stuff - can't remember 'bout Steve and Delmer - sorry.

USG '60
09-24-2009, 06:53 AM
The roots of the Sound Pounders actually goes back to Ronnie Barlow (guitar), Mike Willis (vocal) & Bill Newman (bass). Bill left to join the Continentals just as they switched the name from the Tall Cool Ones to the Sound Pounders which is when Spears joined. In ?95? all the original Sound Pounders (after Newman - Ronnie Barlow, Mike Willis, Sam Greenroyd, Steve Spears and the drummer) got together and played at the State Fair Arena for the Murrah Building Bombing Benefit hosted by Ronnie Kaye.

Just this month all but Barlow (he got dosed w/Agent Orange in VietNam and is in a bad way in Assisted Living as his spine melts away) gathered at the Oklahoma Historical Museum w/beaucoup bands of the era for a tribute to Ronnie Kaye. Gary Roland was there and had word of about all the other Continentals but none could attend - Steve Cassidy - Delmer Pound - Greg Newberry - Bill Newman. Bill is retired in McCurtain county - Greg is in Florida doin' Public Education stuff - can't remember 'bout Steve and Delmer - sorry.

Greg Newberry was hilarious. He was still around in the early 80s ...still playing. Great character.

MsProudSooner
09-24-2009, 10:04 AM
There was a band called The Road Runners that KOMA and/or WKY used to publicize. They traveled all over Oklahoma playing 'sock hops' on Friday and Saturday night. I don't know if they were really based in OKC or not.

kmf563
09-24-2009, 10:06 AM
Speedy West still plays regularly around town.

:omg: Where can one catch this act?? Considering he passed away in 2003 I would like to see this! :ohno:

LeethalDose
09-24-2009, 09:15 PM
Greg Newberry was .... Great character.

That's what my girlfriend would say to all her friends but we still couldn't get him dates... <jest kiddin'>

Greg was an incredible artist too. Fitting that Greg ended up in education since his dad was in education...

USG '60
09-25-2009, 06:20 AM
:omg: Where can one catch this act?? Considering he passed away in 2003 I would like to see this! :ohno:

Speedy Junior stopped using Jr as part of his name. He plays at Friends regularly. At least the last time I checked.

USG '60
09-25-2009, 06:22 AM
That's what my girlfriend would say to all her friends but we still couldn't get him dates... <jest kiddin'>

Greg was an incredible artist too. Fitting that Greg ended up in education since his dad was in education...

I had forgotten that. His dad was a school principal wasn't he?

LeethalDose
09-25-2009, 08:47 AM
I had forgotten that. His dad was a school principal wasn't he?

Yep, grade school, told some mighty good stories that then raised eyebrows - today the same stories would bring yawns - the times keep changin'!

RealJimbo
09-25-2009, 03:47 PM
Sam Hankins and the Hodads
Dwayne and the Belldettas
Squattie and the Botties

papaOU
09-26-2009, 12:52 AM
Sam Hankins and the Hodads
Dwayne and the Belldettas
Squattie and the Botties

Squattie and the Botties still around?

One member is the brother of Bob Barry Jr.

TaoMaas
09-26-2009, 06:06 AM
Anyone rembers two bands that played the southside in the late 60's called Gary Rolland and the Continetals...

I thought I knew part of the answer to this when it was posted, but I had to do some checking to make sure. The Continentals morphed into a band called Phoenix. After Phoenix broke up, some of the members carried on in a band called Terraplane. It was between Phoenix and Terraplane that I became acquainted with these guys. They only mention the Continentals occasionally and that's why I wasn't sure if it was the same band. These guys still get together and play, although these days it's only at our parties every couple of months or so. For what it's worth, the son of one of the Continentals was in the band, The Uglysuit.

LeethalDose
09-26-2009, 08:13 AM
... and that's why I wasn't sure if it was the same band...

There was more than one band named "the Continentals" in the early/mid 60's and it still causes confusion today! The Continentals that were buddies to the Sound Pounders centered around Gary Roland and the pink brick home at SW 78th & Youngs Blvd (the SW corner).


... The Walker Underpass........

All from Capitol Hill - when they needed a bass player, Steve Spears took the name Sound Pounders and joined The Walker Underpass to form the "new" Sound Pounders, after the original Sound Pounders grew up so to speak. That's why some think Steve was the leader of the Sound Pounders - he was - in their second incarnation.

The "summer of love" eventually made its' way to Oklahoma and changed everything... what an era to live through, especially as a musician...

skyrick
09-26-2009, 10:07 AM
I used to throw the Oklahoma Journal from '65 to '67. Walking around NW OKC at 4 in the morning, listening to KOMA on my transistor, I used to hear ads for "Battle of the Bands" In places like Fargo, ND; Hutchinson, KS; Omaha, NE. These weren't local bands but I still remember some of the names:
Spider and the Crabs
Eric and the Norsemen
The Golden Pharoes

Back then KOMA was one of a handful of clear channel radio stations. That's not to be confused with a station owned by an incredibly nasty media conglomerate of the same name; a clear channel station was allowed, after sundown, to boost their signal to a then maximum output of 50,000 watts. The only other clear channel I can remember from back then is WLS in Chicago.

Rick

USG '60
09-26-2009, 10:53 AM
I used to throw the Oklahoma Journal from '65 to '67. Walking around NW OKC at 4 in the morning, listening to KOMA on my transistor, I used to hear ads for "Battle of the Bands" In places like Fargo, ND; Hutchinson, KS; Omaha, NE. These weren't local bands but I still remember some of the names:
Spider and the Crabs
Eric and the Norsemen
The Golden Pharoes

Back then KOMA was one of a handful of clear channel radio stations. That's not to be confused with a station owned by an incredibly nasty media conglomerate of the same name; a clear channel station was allowed, after sundown, to boost their signal to a then maximum output of 50,000 watts. The only other clear channel I can remember from back then is WLS in Chicago.

Rick

Don't forget we listened to Wolfman Jack on the station in Del Rio, Texas. The call letters escape me.

Generals64
09-26-2009, 11:01 AM
Don't forget we listened to Wolfman Jack on the station in Del Rio, Texas. The call letters escape me.

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I thought he was from L.A.????

gen70
09-26-2009, 12:23 PM
Wolfman Jack was from N.C..

Bigrayok
09-26-2009, 01:45 PM
Wolfman Jack did work at a station in Del Rio, Texas where he made a name for himself.

Bigray in Ok

papaOU
09-26-2009, 03:28 PM
You know there were some bands who came through okc so often they could be called "local". Ted Nugent and the Amboy (?) Dukes is one..............

Used to see them for extra change..donations....

gen70
09-26-2009, 08:21 PM
Does anyone remember what band or bands that Jay Amos played in?

TaoMaas
09-27-2009, 05:16 AM
There was more than one band named "the Continentals" in the early/mid 60's and it still causes confusion today! The Continentals that were buddies to the Sound Pounders centered around Gary Roland and the pink brick home at SW 78th & Youngs Blvd (the SW corner).


That was before my time. That's why I had to email my friend to see if it was the same Continentals. He confirmed that it was and said that they did a reunion gig with Ronnie Kaye to benefit the OKC bombing victims years ago. It was in preparation for that gig that I first heard him mention the Continentals. He bought a new guitar to use. lol

LeethalDose
09-27-2009, 07:13 AM
He confirmed that it was and said that they did a reunion gig with Ronnie Kaye to benefit the OKC bombing victims years ago.

We played that gig - all five original members of the Sound Pouders - it was awesome!

OkieInTexas
09-29-2009, 02:32 PM
Was Harvey and the Wallbangers playing back than, or did they start playing later on?

papaOU
09-29-2009, 07:38 PM
Was Harvey and the Wallbangers playing back than, or did they start playing later on?

They were playing in the '60's for sure. Don't know how early but were by the mid60's.

papaOU
09-29-2009, 07:40 PM
Does anyone remember what band or bands that Jay Amos played in?

Amos and Andy.............:chef:

gen70
10-01-2009, 08:42 PM
Amos and Andy.............:chef:
Not funny!...I know you didn't know him or you wouldn't have posted that... But, he was a friend of mine from the southside who is now deceased. My question was serious. "Just saying", and I don't need a smart-ass reply.

papaOU
10-01-2009, 11:08 PM
Not funny!...I know you didn't know him or you wouldn't have posted that... But, he was a friend of mine from the southside who is now deceased. My question was serious. "Just saying", and I don't need a smart-ass reply.

Not meant to slight you or friend...................

No I did not know him and did not know he was deceased......

If there had been information in ANY of the postings that the individual had passed on I might not have made the remark..........

gen70
10-02-2009, 09:21 PM
Not meant to slight you or friend...................

No I did not know him and did not know he was deceased......

If there had been information in ANY of the postings that the individual had passed on I might not have made the remark..........

Enuff said...It just struck me wrong. Let's be friends, OK? I even like Uncle Frank.

papaOU
10-02-2009, 11:51 PM
Enuff said...It just struck me wrong. Let's be friends, OK? I even like Uncle Frank.

No problem...........:tiphat:

Prunepicker
10-05-2009, 04:42 PM
Was Harvey and the Wallbangers playing back than, or did they start playing
later on?
If he was then his band wasn't very well known. I remember him becoming
popular around the early 80's Did you know he died just over a year ago?

Prunepicker
10-05-2009, 04:43 PM
We played that gig - all five original members of the Sound Pouders - it was
awesome!
And which instrument did you play?

Prunepicker
10-05-2009, 04:46 PM
I thought he was from L.A.?
He was born in Brooklyn and died in North Carolina. He was in his mid to late
50's.

Prunepicker
10-05-2009, 04:48 PM
... a clear channel station was allowed, after sundown, to boost their signal
to a then maximum output of 50,000 watts. The only other clear channel I
can remember from back then is WLS in Chicago.
Didn't KOMA have 500,000 watts? It was the strongest in the USA, if I
remember right.

papaOU
10-05-2009, 05:38 PM
Didn't KOMA have 500,000 watts? It was the strongest in the USA, if I
remember right.

Yes sir. Could hear in LA. Listened to it driving to OKC from San Diego.

Redskins/General
10-05-2009, 06:47 PM
Help!!!!! Someone help me figure out who the Henchmen from the 60's were, the band member's names???????????????????????????????????????????

mrbob
10-25-2009, 04:42 PM
Danny White and the Psycho's Danny still plays around town, he use to be a regular at Dannys Blues Saloon on 10st. The psycho's played at the Battle of the Bands at the armory on SW 44 between agnew and Penn.

papaOU
10-26-2009, 12:29 AM
Danny White and the Psycho's Danny still plays around town, he use to be a regular at Dannys Blues Saloon on 10st. The psycho's played at the Battle of the Bands at the armory on SW 44 between agnew and Penn.

Almost always got into a fight for attending a dance at the armory. Grant turf!

gen70
10-26-2009, 01:01 AM
Almost always got into a fight for attending a dance at the armory. Grant turf! I remember going to dances at the armory. Anyone remember Mike Compton or band he played in?

Prunepicker
10-26-2009, 07:58 PM
I remember going to dances at the armory. Anyone remember Mike Compton
or band he played in?
Wasn't he a Grant grad? The name is familiar. I'll go look in my year books.

gen70
12-07-2009, 07:28 AM
Wasn't he a Grant grad? The name is familiar. I'll go look in my year books. He went to either Grant or Capitol Hill, not sure which. He also had a brother namd Gary. (I think)

sam greenroyd
12-15-2009, 09:05 AM
I had forgotten that. His dad was a school principal wasn't he?he was my school principal at heronville

sam greenroyd
12-15-2009, 11:59 AM
Wasn't he a Grant grad? The name is familiar. I'll go look in my year books.Mike Compton was a 1969 grad from Grant and his brother Gary was from Grant also. He played in a band called The Extremes in the late 60's . Jay Amos was in the band also (played drums)

sam greenroyd
12-15-2009, 12:02 PM
The drumers name in the Sound Pounders was Lee Overstreet

SOUTHSIDE GIRL
12-16-2009, 07:49 AM
Mr Newberry was the prinncipal when I was a Heronville

Prunepicker
12-16-2009, 11:58 AM
Mike Compton was a 1969 grad from Grant and his brother Gary was from
Grant also. He played in a band called The Extremes in the late 60's . Jay
Amos was in the band also (played drums)
I remember Jay Amos! He had that cool set of gray swirl Ludwig's. Is he still
playing?

Was Compton a guitarist?

sam greenroyd
12-16-2009, 02:51 PM
The best I can remember Gary was just the singer

gen70
12-16-2009, 04:30 PM
I remember Jay Amos! He had that cool set of gray swirl Ludwig's. Is he still
playing?

Was Compton a guitarist? I heard Jay had passed on. Compton sang.

Generals64
08-12-2010, 11:50 AM
The Royals????