of great music and dancing has been an integral part of life at Arcadia
High since it opened in the mid-1950’s. Music has shaped a significant
part of who we are and, for some, what we are. Throughout every genre
of contemporary music from Swing, Vocal Groups, Folk to Rock and Roll,
we have grown up with some wonderful music over the past 45 + years. What
follows is some background about some of the more well known and loved
musical acts that have performed at our alma mater.
The Four Preps
During the 1964-65 year, Apaches welcomed The Four Preps in concert. The
Four Preps were formed at Hollywood High in 1956. They charted numerous
hits during the late 1950’s and into the mid 1960’s. They are most famous
for their huge hit, Twenty Six Miles (Santa Catalina). The members included
Bruce Belland, Ed Cobb, Glen Larson and Marvin Ingraham and they continued
to record through 1967. Bruce Belland has gone on to become a very successful
songwriter for artists such as Willie Nelson, Sammy Davis, Lena Horne,
Donny Osmond and Herman’s Hermits. He has also become a sought after Hollywood
writer and actor, having appeared on TV’s Ozzie & Harriet for four years.
Ed Cobb went on to work behind the scenes in music; producing/engineering
such acts as The Lettermen, The Standells, Fleetwood Mac and Steely Dan
and has been nominated for three Grammies.
In 1965, the San Francisco based folk duo of Bud And Travis (Bud Dashiell
and Travis Edmonson). performed at Arcadia High. They met and formed
their influential duo in 1958. They were a major musical influence on
numerous folk acts throughout the 1960's including the The New Christy
Minstrels, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Peter Paul and Mary and most popular
of all, The Kingston Trio. Frank Hamilton, a member of The Weavers, called
Bud and Travis "Two of the most musical musicians in the Pop-folk field.
Their guitar arrangements were beautiful." Bud and Travis recorded
several albums through the 60's until they split up in 1969. Bud Dashiell
passed away from cancer in 1989.
performed at AHS numerous times throughout the 1960’s. He was a popular
folk singer here in Southern California during the mid to late 1960’s,
often performing at The Ice House, The Troubadour and The Golden Bear
in Huntington Beach. In addition, he performed and recorded a live album
at The Prison of Socrates in Balboa, Newport Beach in 1963. Tim is a local,
having attended Pasadena High School and P.C.C.
out more about what Tim is doing these days. visit his website at
In 1966, top rated rock and roll radio station, KRLA, brought
their road show to Arcadia High. Hosted by DJ Dick Biondi, they presented
to Arcadia music not typically presented to we students. rockabilly and
rhythm and blues. The main attraction at that show was Rockabilly Hall
of Famer, Jerry Naylor. Jerry Naylor fronted several bands during the
1950’s and was a well-known DJ in his native Texas. In the early 1960’s,
after the tragic death of the legendary Buddy Holly, he reformed The Crickets
with members Jerry Allison, Sonny Curtis and Glen Hardin. They performed
together until 1965 when Jerry left for a solo career. He has performed
with and written songs for Bobby Vee and many others. In addition, he
has appeared in several films and television programs. He has also,
worked as a DJ at KRLA and KDAY from 1972 to 1983, followed by a very
successful stint at KLAC. Jerry’s performance was backed by a tight rhythm
and blues group that was led by …
native of Rogers Texas was one of the great R&B acts of the 1960's
and 1970's. He had several hits during that time including "A Sweet Little
Woman Like You, "S.Y.S.L.J.F.M (The Letter Song) "Show Me". "Skinny Legs
And All." He last hit the charts with another smash in the midst of disco
fever with "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)". His appearance
at Arcadia High in 1966 was prior to his rise to stardom. Joe Tex passed
on in 1982.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
the 1969-70 school year, we actually had a major act play at AHS. The
photo of the band (pictured left) was taken from the 1970 AHS yearbook.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was formed in 1965 in Long Beach. The members
consisted of, primarily, Les Thompson, John McKuen, Bob Carpenter, Jimmie
Fadden, Jeff Hanna and Jimmy Ibbotson. In addition, other brief members
included Jackson Browne and Bernie Leadon. The Dirt Band has lasted longer
than virtually any other country rock band of their era. Their 1973 album
“Will The Circle Be Unbroken” remains a landmark work in the country rock
genre. Their hit, “Mr. Bojangles” has been recorded by literally hundreds
of artists through the years. For tour schedules, and the "Latest Dirt"
about the band visit
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Originally formed in Nashville in 1969, this diverse group of Los Angeles
musicians performed in our Rally Court during the 1970-1971 school year.
The main group members were ex Byrd’s and group founders Chris Hillman
and the legendary Gram Parsons. Other principal group members included
Skip Battan, Rick Roberts, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, John Beland, Byron Berline,
Chris Ethridge, Gib Guilbeau and at other points during the band’s history
future Eagle Bernie Leadon and ex Byrd Michael Clarke.
first release, “The Gilded Palace of Sin” in 1969 sold a meager 40,000
copies but earned the band a loyal cult following and included Bob Dylan
and The Rolling Stones. Their second album, “Burrito Deluxe”, was
released in 1970, after which time Parsons left the group to be replaced
by Roberts and Clarke joined the band following the departure of Ethridge.
A continuing series of personnel moves led to a virtual revolving door
atmosphere within the group that eventually led them to disband several
times over the years. They have continued to resurface with varying lineups
over the past 3 decades, including a tour of America and Europe as recently
Parson, perhaps the band’s most famous member pursued, with varying degrees
of success and interest on his part, several other projects over the next
4 years. While on vacation near Joshua Tree after the release of his second
solo album, “Grievous Angel”, he embarked on a morphine and tequila binge
that resulted in his death on September 19, 1973. His body was flown to
New Orleans for burial, but was stolen by Parson’s road manager, Phil
Kaufman, carried back to the Joshua Tree desert and cremated, as had been
Parsons’ wish. Kaufman was not charged with stealing Parsons’ body but
was arrested for stealing and burning the coffin. Everyone from Emmy Lou
Harris to Elvis Costello has since covered Parson’s songs, thus carrying
on his musical influence well into the 90’s and beyond.
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