"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Friday, October 29, 2004
The Electras were a rock ‘n' roll band originally formed by four teenagers at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire in 1960. The band – which started as a classic 4-piece garage band - evolved over a three-year period with other musicians joining the original quartet.
By the time it disbanded in 1963 – no less than thirteen different musicians had played as members of the group. One of the four lineups of the band even recorded a primitive album. The Electras enjoyed a local popularity - playing at school dances and sock hops.
While the band itself didn't change the music world – one of its founding members is now poised to change the world in a more significant way.
And that is because the bass player in The Electras was a 16 year-old named John Kerry – who went on to become a five-times decorated war hero and U.S. Senator and is now the Democratic Party candidate for President of the United States.
In celebration of their 45th anniversary, The Electras are planning a reunion concert featuring all 13 members who played with the band from 1960 to 1963. Tentatively, the reunion is scheduled for January, 2005, in Washington, D.C. (because one of the members is already planning a largish party at that time in that city).
(Thanks to the Denver Post for the link - and a cool story, worth reading - and to The American Street for the heads-up.)