|New Colony Six|
Years: 1964 - 1974
Styles: Beat, Garage Rock, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Soft Rock
Craig Kemp - Keyboards, Organ (in band: 1964 - 1966)
Walter Kemp - Bass Guitar (in band: 1964 - 1967)
Raymond Graffia - Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals (in band: 1964 - 1969)
Chic James - Drums (in band: 1964 - 1969)
Patrick McBride - Harmonica, Maracas, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1964 - 1970)
Gerry Van Kollenburg - Lead guitar, Vocals (in band: 1964 - 1974)
Ronnie Rice - Guitar, Organ, Rhythm guitar, Vocals (in band: 1966 - 1972)
Ellery Temple - Bass Guitar (in band: 1967)
Les Kummel - Bass Guitar (in band: 1967 - 1970)
Bruce Gordon - Bass Guitar (in band: 1969 - 1973)
Billy Herman - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1969 - 1974)
Chuck Jobes - Harpsichord, Keyboards, Organ, Piano (in band: 1969 - 1974)
Skip Griparis - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1974)
Steve "George" Eddington - Bass Guitar (in band: 1973 - 1974)
John Cammelot - Keyboards (in band: 1973 - 1974)
The New Colony Six was an American band whose height of popularity was from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. From Chicago, the group placed ten singles on the Hot 100 between 1966 and 1971. Original members were Ray Graffia (vocals), Chick James (drums), Pat McBride (harmonica), Craig Kemp (organ), Wally Kemp (bass), and Gerry Van Kollenburg (guitar).
In 1964, they were all seniors at St. Patrick's High School in Chicago, and after performing in a show for a local girl's school, were so well received that they decided "to be a band." Calling themselves the Patsmen, they played several gigs during the summer after their graduation. By fall, they decided to change their name to the New Colony Six.
Formed in 1965, New Colony Six scored their first major local hit in Chicago with "I Confess", featured on their debut album, "Breakthrough". After the success of "I Confess", they had more minor hits like "Love You So Much" (1968), "I Will Always Think About You" (1968) and "Things I'd Like To Say" (1969).
The New Colony Six lineup that started 1969 and the one that ended 1969 bore little resemblance to each other. During the year, original members Ray Graffia and Chic James left (and joined Craig Kemp in the RJM Band). This left only Patrick McBride and Gerry Van Kollenberg as original members, along with Ronnie Rice, Chuck Jobes (keyboards), Bruce Gordon (bass guitar), and Bill Herman (drums). By 1970, both McBride and Kummel left, and after three singles for the Sunlight label, Ronnie Rice went solo. The only original member left, Van Kollenberg, fronted a revamped band and recorded for MCA briefly in 1974, but the group disbanded after no success with MCA.
New Colony Six was inducted into the Iowa Rock n' Roll Music Association Hall of Fame in 2002.
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