The CD is also available at cdbaby.com/thecleavers and you can hear some of the songs on aiiradio.net. Ron joined the original Cryan' Shames in the fall of 1969 and played the last six or seven months they were together. He played with them again for the Wild Goose Tour, and the reunion at Chicagofest in 1982.
aiiradio picked one of the songs from the CD, Jungle of Love, and it entered their charts at #25.
Click Here for Ron's interview
Tom Scheckel, a good friend, and a great drummer for The Buckinghams checked in on the Shames's Messageboard and told us that our very own Jeff Rutter (accept no substitutes) filled in with the Buckinghams at their August 12, 2004 Concert. Way to go Jeff!
Tom said :"You played and sang great, came totally prepared, and you were even on time! What ARE you ... a PROFESSIONAL?!?
(Hell, you even looked good in black!).
Thanks again for a stellar performance, the pleasure was all ours.
And a big "whatup, brohams" to the rest of the Shames boys. See you around the deli tray.
60's Museum Benefit report from Nancy Harless
The next 60s Museum Benefit will be Saturday November 13, 2004 at Pops Sports Bar, Nerge and Plum Grove Roads in Roselle, IL.
We will post more info as we get it.
Donations are accepted at any time. Checks can be sent to:
Sixties Museum, Inc.
P.O. Box 621
South Elgin, IL 60177
A 60's Museum Update from Marlene O'Malley
Mark your calendars! Something to spice up the pre-winter blues.....come join the 60's Museum for its 2004 benefit on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at Pop's Sports Bar, Nerge & Plum Grove Road, Roselle, Illinois from 7pm to 1:30 a.m. This year's benefit will feature, among others, Jamestown Massacre, Jimy Rogers and the Mauds, a blues jam with Joe Kelley of the Shadows of Knight, Jimy Sohns from the Shadows of Knight, and the New Invaders. Many other 60's luminaries have been invited, and you never know who will show up to jam, so make sure you're there for this exciting event. Tickets are $20 and sure to go fast, so make your plans now. You can purchase tickets online at www.60smuseum.org, or contact me or anyone at the 60's Museum for ticktets or more information. Pop's has great pizza and food as well, and this is an over-21 only show. Don't miss out on this event!!!
James Fairs News 6/4/04James just gave us the news that he is working on a rendition of the Mile Davis song "Sketches of Spain". He is taking the Miles Davis composition back home by scoring it for Spanish guitar, and enjoying the process.
James is making astonishing progress with his new technologies development company "Mice Technologies Inc."
Stay tuned for more details........
Ben Franklin's Almanac...The Mystery Continues:Here is the long awaited for answer from James Fairs on the meaning of this now legendary song. For further clues see Words from the Cryan' Shames to Friends and Fans... its on the Cryan' Shames Pull Down Menu.
" I dunno...
i see Ben's mark all over it."
1) the song is a pre cursor to the recent theories in cosmological physics which discuss 'dark matter' and 'dark energy'. these theories point to, first, a 'frozen sun'...then, finally...blackness' ('bound colors').
2) when i showed the lyrics to the band, they told me to go fly a kite
...or something "
More Frare News 11/20/2004James Fairs recently appeared with Jim Pilster's band ".JPG", and some great photos by Follets are posted on the .JPG website. Frare is wearing sunglasses because his future is so bright!.James also told us that he moved back to the Chicago area!
Click Here for .JPG Web Site
News From Marlene, Our Chicago Area Rovin' ReporterI Went to the Lincolnwood Fest last nite to see Larry "The Silver One" and the Shames, and who should appear but one more original, Gerry Stone! He was there with his son Kevin, and Jimmy brought him up on stage to sing along with "Sugar & Spice"! Nice to see him out & about.....so that's one more, besides James & Denny that's been around lately....can a reunion be far behind???????
Shameless Girls News From Diane Raddatz, our On-The-Spot Reporter
Wow! Talk about "That Was The Week That Was!"
Three fantastic shows all in a row.
First stop: Fort Madison, Iowa
Everybody seemed pumped; band and audience alike. Of course, with The Shameless Girls, it's hard to tell. They were probably bombed, but I digress. (Can't help myself, Bobby. It may take YEARS for you to live it down!) The usual line-up was changed a little, probably to exclude some of the more obscure Shames' songs and include a few more well known cover songs from groups like the Ides and Bucks. Doesn't matter, because, whatever they do, the boys nail them all. Dave Z. & Greg were really hot all weekend long. Bob, in addition to singing out his heart and soul, did his impersonation of Gerald McBoingBoing and was all over the place. Even Jimmy had a hard time keeping up with him. Dave R. outdid himself with his now famous "Iko, Iko." The coup de theatre (that's like coup d'etat, only for showbiz) was when the Shameless Girls unloaded a bunch of Murf's more seductive pieces of fine lingerie by throwing them at the boys. It's not clear whether or not the guys knew WHAT was going on. The Shamelesses were assisted by Nancy Penn, Rocky's best girl, and Andrea What's Her Name, Greg's best girl. They caught this phenomenon on film and hopefully, there will be pictures to share.
By Saturday, conditions were quite a bit calmer. The boys were clearly a bit sluggish. The Shameless Girls were resting their heads on the tables. This is probably due to the fact that they were bombed. However, they were thrilled because the beloved Silver One was appearing. It was SO wonderful to see and hear Larry again! I doubt that anyone in the audience would have thought him "rusty" by any stretch. He was even able to do an excellent job on "Young Birds Fly" (once they found his key) without a hitch. A surprise visit from original band member, Gerry Stone, joining Larry on Sugar and Spice, was the icing on the cake! (Some say the Shameless Girls lifted their heavy heads from time to time to see what all the commotion was! ) It was evident how professional and talented our guys really are; Larry could fill in and the boys could surround him with the great sound we have come to love. What a gifted group we have the pleasure of "Chasing!"
Larry's (AKA The Silver One)Babes
Sunday showed the bags under everyone's eyes abating a bit. We all had a chance to get in a little much needed sleep. (Bob, you cheated!) Everyone was "rewired" (even though Larry S. wasn't on the scene) and ready to go! Dave Z. looked especially handsome in his spiffy suit with the lavender shirt. The Shameless Girls looked, I don't know, sort of bombed, but what can you expect? If they can pull it off in Zion, they can pull it off anywhere. (I am resisting the urge here to say something I may live to regret.) Once again, we were back to the "new" lineup that now includes The 20th Song and Young Birds Fly. The 20th Song is expertly executed by our own Little Drummer Boy, Rocky Penn. The segue into Here Comes My Baby really rocks, as does Bob when he's singing it. But when they get into Young Birds, to quote Marlenie, "it brings chills to my spine." I know Marlene speaks for all of us......we are absolutely ecstatic everytime you get to that part in the show. I do believe this new, live version far surpasses even the original!
All in all, this was one of the best weekends I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Now, if you will excuse me, it's time for a drink.
Rock and Roll Roots CD
Rock & Roll Roots, Vol. 6 will be released on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004. CD release parties this
year on the release date at once again the Oakbrook Borders at 1PM and
the following Saturday at 1PM at the Schaumburg Borders.
In Memory of Steven Krueger 8/1/1951 - 8/21/2004
It is with sadness that we report the passing of Steve Krueger. Steve, a talented artist, drew the now famous (to us!) artist sketch in 1967 that was responsible for The Cryan' Shames Home Page being launched 30 years later in 1997. His sketch, along with Clark Besch's discography from the Sugar & Spice compilation CD, and a few pictures from the Cryan' Shames National Fan Club formed the intial core of the Shames's web site.
A BLAST FROM THE PAST........The Cryan' Shames 1970 Wild Goose Tour photos have just been posted , courtesy of The Cryan' Shames
The Cryan' Shames 1967-68 The New Place photos and story courtesy of Joanie Crear
The Cryan' Shames /Ides' of March Union 1975-76 "B'Ginnings" photos courtesy of Joanie Crear
Morton East High School 1967 Pics photos courtesy of Edlyn Andrlik
Stepan Center (Notre Dame) 1968 Pics photos courtesy of Bob Millea
Racine ,WI. "The Sound" 1967 & 1970 Pics photos courtesy of Christopher Inloes
More 2003 and 2004 concerts will be posted in the Events section of this Homepage as they are firmed up.
Spring / Summer 2005
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