The Baytovens

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Virtual unknowns in the rock pantheon, this San Francisco Bay-area quartet cut only one record -- the single "Waiting for You" b/w "Such a Fool" (Belfast 67-1001, 1967) -- yet demonstrated a melodic sophistication…
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Virtual unknowns in the rock pantheon, this San Francisco Bay-area quartet cut only one record -- the single "Waiting for You" b/w "Such a Fool" (Belfast 67-1001, 1967) -- yet demonstrated a melodic sophistication rivaled by few contemporaries. The Baytovens consisted of brothers Jon and Rich Green (lead and bass guitar, respectively), Carl DePolo (drums) and Dwight Pitcaithley (rhythm guitar). Finalists at the Cow Palace Band Bash on April 5, 1966, the group was also featured at a Paul Revere And The Raiders gig at the Oakland Auditorium that same month, as well as a KFRC-sponsored show at the College of San Mateo on October 15th. An L.A. recording session followed, and in February 1967 the aforementioned tracks made their debut. Pitcaithley's "Waiting for You" owes more than a passing nod to a certain Fab Foursome, while "Such a Fool" (graced by haunting minor-key arpeggios) tips its hat to The Beau Brummels. Long out of print, these tracks are slated for eventual rerelease in the '60s anthology series Nuggets from the Golden State (Ace/Big Beat Records). An unreleased, possibly earlier single, "My House" b/w "Luv Look Away," is also rumored to exist.