Formerly known as the Bandits, Group ‘B’ was the first signing by Scorpio Records, a teen-orientated subsidiary of Fantasy Records. The group - Jim King (vocals), Jack May (guitar), Rodger Hille (guitar), Dave Damrell (bass) and Paul Ware (drums), came from Sacramento, California, USA, but later became a minor part of the emergent San Francisco Scene. They made their debut in 1965 under an alias, the Spokes, before releasing ‘Stop Calling Me’/‘She’s Gone’, two folk/punk songs, as Group ‘B’. Brothers Jerri and Dickie Peterson (drums and bass respectively) replaced Ware and Damrell prior to ‘I Know Your Name Girl’/‘I Never Really Knew’, the b-side of which was composed by the new arrivals. However, Dickie Peterson was then fired, reportedly for playing only Chuck Berry material at rehearsals. He subsequently founded Blue Cheer. Danny Mihm, later of the Flamin’ Groovies, then replaced Jerri Petersen, after which Group ‘B’ became known as Andrew Staples. However, by 1967 the group had broken up.
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