Dewy-eyed and precocious, the Children of Stone were comprised of Frances Gorre and Ray Nakamoto (vocals), Dave Carruthers (lead guitar), Erv Nagy (bass), Tim Stover (keyboards), and Rick Taylor (drums). Nakamoto managed the fledgling combo, whose members hailed from the Sacramento suburb of North Highlands, CA. In the spring of '67, nearly a year after their founding, the band recorded a Nakamoto original, "Mary, Can't You See," at a local media personality's humble studio. Partly inspired by the Beau Brummels, Nakamoto's tune begins with a light descending/ascending arpeggio -- the major-key equivalent of Ron Elliott's moody minor-key introduction to "Laugh Laugh." Afterward, the tune betrays a naive simplicity which perfectly mirrors the group's youthful inexperience (lyrically banal, but credit Carruthers for his imaginative guitar fills). The resultant 45 (Love 146) made local radio station KXOA's playlist -- albeit briefly. Spurred by this modest success, the group honed their talents, rapidly maturing into an opening act for the Dead, Quicksilver, and Country Joe & the Fish. By year's end 1967, the Children of Stone had all grown up and thus made the adult decision to relegate the band to their scrapbooks. Interested parties will find the plaintive "Mary, Can't You See" on the various artists compilation Nuggets From The Golden State - The Sound Of Young Sacramento, released on Big Beat Records.
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