Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Rockin' '50's/60.'s

With the end of WWII, everybody wanted to settle down, buy homes and have babies. The big bands were replaced with jazz combos and rockabilly. Before there was Elvis, there was Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochran and Bill Haley to name a few. They moved the music business by leaps and bounds, paving the way for Elvis.
Rex Caliber saw the writing on the wall, rock and roll was the next wave and he wanted to a piece of the action. He started with Brutus and the Bullies,
Brutus and The Bullies played at dances all around the south throughout 1958. The band recorded a demo at our studio. There are very few copies left still in existence. The band decided to pack it in during the winter of 1960.
Next Rex founded an all girl band called The Maids, that had wonderful 3 part harmony. He took them on the road and they proved very successful. Sadly they too disbanded due to the drummer getting pregnant in 1962. He was beginning to realize that rock groups were high maintenance, and he was having second thoughts about furthering another group.
The next year he signed George Washington and the Cherry Bombs and they stayed from 1964 to 1969. They had the smash hit "Crisco Party" and stayed between 56 and 60 spot on the charts for 23 weeks.

Rex found in 1972 a band that were again ahead of their time. The group were called The Saints, and they had a thrashing sound that would later become punk. They stayed with Rex till 1974, before moving up to Decca records leaving Rex yet again without a band.

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