Lindy & the Lavells

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While they never broke big on the national charts, Lindy Blaskey and his band the Lavells were one of the most popular bands in the Southwest during the mid-'60s garage rock explosion. The band's frantic…
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Albuquerque's Finest: The Best of Lindy & The Lavells
While they never broke big on the national charts, Lindy Blaskey and his band the Lavells were one of the most popular bands in the Southwest during the mid-'60s garage rock explosion. The band's frantic and dance-friendly rock made them the kings of the Albuquerque, NM, teen scene, and their popularity extended across the state. Blaskey sang and played rhythm guitar with the group, while Steve Maase played lead guitar, Art Flores handled keyboards, Carl Silva was on harmonica, Danny Valdez held down the bass, and Chuck Buckley was the drummer. Blaskey also released the band's recordings through his own record label, and their 1966 single "You Ain't Tuff" has surfaced on a number of anthologies of rare and classic garage rock sides. After Lindy & the Lavells broke up, Blaskey stayed in the music business, working as a booking agent in New Mexico and a major-label A&R man in Los Angeles. In 2006, the British Big Beat label released a collection of rare material from Blaskey and his crew, Albuquerque's Finest! The Best of Lindy & the Lavells.