Formed in 1967, this short-lived act featured Michael Martin Murphey (b. 13 March 1945, Dallas, Texas, USA; guitar/vocals) and Owen Castleman (b. Farm Branch, Texas, USA; guitar/vocals), who had already performed together as the Texas Twosome. Having adopted the respective roles of Travis Lewis and Boomer Clarke, they were augmented by Ken Bloom (guitar), John London (bass) and John Raines (bass). The quintet was signed by Colgems, the label which launched the Monkees, in part because London was a friend and ex-colleague of the latter group’s Michael Nesmith. The Lewis And Clarke Expedition was a promising pop/country collection but although it contained a minor hit single, ‘I Feel Good (I Feel Bad)’, sales were far from encouraging and the band split up in 1968. Murphey remained signed to Screen Gems as a contract songwriter, penning ‘What Am I Doing Hanging ’Round?’ for the Monkees, and ‘Calico Silver’ for Kenny Rogers And The First Edition. He returned to Texas in the early 70s and subsequently forged a highly successful solo career.
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