RARE BEAT - GARAGE ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
THE KNICKERBOCKERS
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The band was formed in 1962 in Bergenfield, New Jersey by brothers Beau Charles and John Charles. They took their name from Knickerbocker Road that ran through the town next to their hometown. They were spotted by producer/singer-songwriter Jerry Fuller playing a the University Twist Palace in Albany, NY, and he subsequently signed them to Los Angeles-based Challenge Records. Knickerbockers had a Top 20 hit in early 1966 with "Lies." Somewhat ironically, the song is most famous today for being blatantly derivative of contemporary songs by The Beatles, down to the imitation of John Lennon on the lead vocal and the Paul McCartney-style vocal whoops before the guitar solo. Some listeners hearing the song, unaware of its true source, mistake it for being a "lost" Beatles track. The follow-up to the smash, "Lies" was "One Track Mind" and it was nearly a hit as well. The Knickerbockers soldiered on, appearing in the movie Out of Sight (1966). Drummer Walker left in late 1967 to replace Bill Medley in The Righteous Brothers. Randell also left the band and rejoined The Knickerbockers on drums in 1968, leaving again in 1970 to join Gary Puckett and The Union Gap. Beau and John Charles, along with singer Ritchie Costanza and drummer Eric Swanson, signed to Motown records in 1971, where their name was subsequently changed to Lodi. They recorded an album and one single; "Happiness"/"I Hope I See it In My Lifetime" on the Mowest subsidiary, before splitting up for good. Since then, The Knickerbockers have reformed twice. The first time was in 1983 in Los Angeles and in the summer of 1990, performing to sold out crowds for a solid month in Delray Beach, Florida, before disbanding again.

MEMBERS:

Beau Charles - Guitar and Vocals
John Charles - Bass and Vocals
Buddy Randell replaced by Richie Walker and Ritchie Costanza - Saxophone and Vocals
Jimmy Walker replaced by Ron Mercier and Eric Swanson - Drums and Vocals
Barry McCoy (from 1967) - Keyboards

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Lies
The Coming Generation
Belgium
London 5.545
Value: 90

Lies
The Coming Generation
Germany
London DL 20794
Value: 65

Lies
The Coming Generation
Japan
London TOP-1012
Value: 90

Lies
The Coming Generation
Sweden
London HL 10013
Value: 100

Lies / The Coming Generation
One Track Mind / I Must Be Doing Something Right
France
London RE 10178
Value: 400

One Track Mind
I Must Be Doing Something Right
Germany
London DL 20804
Value: 40
PROMO

One Track Mind
I Must Be Doing Something Right
Germany
London DL 20804
Value: 30

One Track Mind
I Must Be Doing Something Right
Holland
London HL 10035
Value: 60

One Track Mind
I Must Be Doing Something Right
Japan
London TOP-1041
Value: 85

Wishful Thinking
Come And Get It
Belgium
London 5.613
Value: 100
  

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