Thursday, July 26, 2007

KNIGHTS BRIDGE - BOTH SIDES NOW

It won’t be hard to tell you much about this incredible 45 from 1966 Texas psych/garage band KNIGHTS BRIDGE, particularly when I can cut & paste their entry from “Answers.com”! :

Made up of sophomores from high school in Odessa, Texas, Knights Bridge was an astonishingly adept and hard-edged garage band. They were signed to Sea Ell Records of Houston in 1967 and cut a debut single, "Make Me Some Love" b/w "CJ Smith," that oozed punk defiance on a level that would've been more appropriate to a group five years older. The record only ever had a few hundred copies pressed, and reportedly changed hands for prices of up to $500 in the 1980's. In 1994, both sides of the record, plus a demo of "C.J. Smith" and a fourth Sea Ell-recorded track, "I Need Your Love," turned up on Collectables Records' History of Texas Garage Bands In the '60s Volume 1: The Sea Ell Label Story. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Sophomores! Correct me if I’m wrong, but sophomores typically are 15 or 16 years of age. Whoa. The 45 has been comped many other places as well, most notably on an amazing CD series called “Texas Flashbacks”. It’s absolutely one of the great ones, and now you get it for free.

Play or Download KNIGHTS BRIDGE – “Make Me Some Love” (A-side)
Play or Download KNIGHTS BRIDGE – “CJ Smith” (B-side)

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another great pair of fire-starting dizz busters from the mid-60s. You can’t lose with tunes this suave and raw. Up their with your earlier fine post - the Split Ends’ Rich With Nothing – in my book. Please keep these chestnuts coming.

Timothy said...

I was in the original Knights Bridge along with Joe Gossett (lead guitar), Tim Holt, (rythym guitar), Ray Don Fuller (bass), Steve Franklin (drums), I am Tim Carter (lead singer). I heard that Ray died in a motorcylcle accident many years ago. I left the band in 1967, and a guy named Happy took my place. Our manager was a local disc jockey at KOSA Radio. He promoted the band well. We played all over West Texas and East NM. I had a great time. If you know where the other members of the band are, please write it in this post. We were all sophmores at OHS when the band started.

bobby joe said...

Well Timothy, that was close as far as it went.
The Record was made by the Knightsbridge and not the Knightsbridge Five.
Those on the record were: Tommy Whittington (vocals/guitar and the writer of both songs.) Steve Smith (lead guitar), Randy Williams (bass) and Ted (Steve??) Franklin (drums).
All, save drummer Ted Franklin, were from Permian High School.
Steve Smith named his son CJ Smith.
Others in the band included, Scott Schenkel, Bret Bates, and Tommy Byrnes, at later dates.
Happy was Happy Baggett, gone by the Permian/recording time.
The KOSA DJ you refered to was, Bill Moore. (real name Bill Demoore, from Lovington New Mexico).
Tommy Whittington passed six or so years back, the remainder are all still alive and well, at last report. Some still playing music, some not.
Other Odessa bands of note: The Sparkles, Coachmen, Roadrunners, American Embassy, Roxgarden, Crystal Webb, and the list goes on and on.............
Football wasn't the only thing going on in Odessa in the 60's and 70's.
thanx,
bobby joe smith

tf69bump said...

Bobby joe has it pretty much on the mark.
We cut the record in February of 1968. We wrote Make Me Some Love
the night before in the motel, we
needed a b side. Turned out to be the most popular of the two, I guess.
I left the band that summer and joined The American Embassy.
We had a car wreck on the way back from the studio, tore up my
drums. We were all Jr's that yr.It
was a great trip. Read somewhere that we opened for the Beach Boys, didn't happen.
Live in Denver and still playing
music, Rock on !!!
Ted Franklin

WESTEX said...

Ted Franklin! I've been looking for you! Holler at me at lonestarstomp@gmail.com. Found Steve (sorta), found Mitchell... wanna get a big round up on the Bridge.

Anonymous said...

Ted Franklin! Thanks for quitting - I got your job! (Played your songs a few times)! Hope you're well - glad to hear you're still banging.
Scott
theschenkels@verizon.net

Thomas Whittington Diaz said...

Wow!!! Hello Ted, i'm Thomas the son of Tommy Whittington. My syster Jerie and I would like to know you and learn about our father's history.
Big hug.

Thomas
izrilgud@gmail.com

thomas said...

I am desperately searching for the original 45rpm vinyl record of the knightsbridge! is there any help out there?

Anonymous said...

I am looking for members of the "sandpipers" who also played in west texas around that time. My name is Shelton Smith. Other members were, Ray Bell who later played with the Roxgarden. I palyed keyboards and trumpet, Bruce Truitt was lead guitar, Tim Schwager was on drums and Kenneth Slaughter was on bass. We opened for the Animals at Ector county coliseum in 1968. The band broke up shortly after that. Some went off to college, I went into the Marines. Would love contact. I am on facebook.

Anonymous said...

Tommy Byrne is still around, but doesn't play much except for himself (that I know of). He's a grandfather now, still married to Debra. He formed Skeleton Crew, after Knights Bridge. His son plays a lot of grunge stuff.
Steve smith lives in Austin and doesn't play at all from what I hear.
I keep forgetting who played drums at which times.

Joe Hines is still rocking Austin, playing with the 'big boys', as are Tommy Gibson and Kenny Kauffman.

A lot of the old guys are still playing.

I am agast I didn't hear about Tommy Whittingtons passing. My condolences.
KB was one of my favorite bands. I can still hear Steve's riff on Funk 49, right on the money.
I played (off and on) with Morris Lasater and The Back Door men. But I was a punk player comparitively speaking.

Robbin

Anonymous said...

Tommy's wife is Brenda. She will have my nuts in a sling if I don't correct calling her Debra. Accept my apologies.

robbin