About the ELDERS
Other Crazy Stuff
The "Others" performed at a number of venues where a local radio station; "WONE", would sponsor promotional events, and send their best-known rock-and-roll DJs to act as "MCs". Some of them got to know the band, and eventually, the same radio station sponsored a "Battle of the Bands", the top winners of which would receive a "record contract".

At that time, one of the best ways for a new band to garner some publicity, and expose their name and talents, was to enter such events. The "Others", young and new to the entire business, decided to enter a number of such things.

They did pretty well, winning several of such events, which is to say that, as the "winners", they got paid, whereas the "losers" did not.

One of such "battles" was sponsored by WONE, and the band entered, performed, and found out shortly afterward that they were one of 12 "winners". This entitled them to a recording to be released on a radio-station-sponsored album, which included radio airplay (on and ONLY on that particular) radio station.

This was quite OK with a band of teenagers trying to live the rock-and-roll dream, so the "Others" recorded their first song at Prism Records studio on November 23, 1966. The song was called: "Don't Cry to Me", written by guitarist Robert Budding.

The tune garnered its promised airplay on WONE, helping boost the band's local reputation, and the owner of Prism Records, a Mr. Floyd Whitehead, suggested the band should record a "B" side for the purpose of releasing "Don't Cry to Me" on a "single".

This being the "2000s", the idea of a "single" may require some explanation; A "single" was actually two songs embossed onto a vinyl analog recorded disk (one song on each side) that played at 45 rpm (revolutions per minute) on a "record player", which was a machine that dragged a physical needle through the physical "grooves" that were carved into such a "record" by another physical needle, recording the vibrations that represented the "sound". There is now a website available to explain this in better detail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonograph.

The band recorded the "B" side, and their aforementioned new "manager" proceeded to procure for the band the necessary fake IDs they would need to perform in venues that served alcohol. The group did this for a time, and learned a lot.

Over time, as high school graduation began to loom, changes, prompted mostly by the spectre of impending "responsibilty", resulted. Danny (the singer) left for a new job he had found, and Bill (the drummer) left to (wisely) pursue a medical career.

The remaining members soon found that a drummer from a competing band was now looking for work. It turned out to be Ron Skinner (late of the old Pictorian Skiffuls), and he soon joined as the "Others" new drummer.

And so it came to pass that they were invited by another radio station ("WING") to perform as an opening act in a very big concert in town starring the "Beach Boys" along with some other well-known acts. They found themselves even being advertised by NAME on radio spots promoting the show. True rock-and-roll heaven!

The show seemed quite a sucess. The "Others" opened, and then the list of bands began to perform, but the Beach Boys were late, having to be driven from another concert in Columbus (Ohio), about a two-hour trip. So the "Others" were asked to play again, to fill some time.

The audience received them as if they were the Beach Boys (perhaps they thought so at first, but there seemed to be no disappointment at the reality that they weren't). After about twenty minutes or so, the Beach Boys appeared, and the show went on.

Reviews in the following days reflected quite favorably on the "Others", including an article in a local "Teen" oriented magazine:

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