The Kee-Notes

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Spawn of east suburban Sacramento (Folsom-Fair Oaks to be exact), California's Kee-Notes completed their brief 12-month life cycle in 1966. The quintet included mam'selle Brea Berry (drums/vocals), Cliff…
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Spawn of east suburban Sacramento (Folsom-Fair Oaks to be exact), California's Kee-Notes completed their brief 12-month life cycle in 1966. The quintet included mam'selle Brea Berry (drums/vocals), Cliff Maurer (guitar), Mike Brandt (guitar), Danny Curler (bass), and Dick Instness (keyboards). Founder Maurer's talents were well known to Brandt (Maurer had earlier replaced him in the Bishops -- another local Sac combo). The Kee-Notes cut Maurer's "Quit Changing Your Mind" (Esar 116) in December 1965. Brandt's recollection was that the group "made the record mostly just for the experience." The fact that it was recorded live under primitive conditions may explain its unsteadiness, but the bland roller-rink organ (and undistinguished male vocal) hardly do the band credit. Whatever promise the Kee-Notes may have shown was left unfulfilled. When their manager (Maurer's mom!) split from her husband, the group was left to founder. In 1966, Brandt defected to rival Sacramento outfit the Psy-Kicks. Berry subsequently joined the Svelts, a girl-group which eventually moved to Los Angeles and rechristened themselves Fanny. "Quit Changing Your Mind" appears on the various artists' compilation, Nuggets From The Golden State - The Sound Of Young Sacramento (Big Beat CDWIKD 195).