The TELSTARS - 'Love For A Lady In Grey' / 'David's Mood' (3B'S Records) 1967
Here's a obscure 45 by a band called The Telstars. That name must have been so dated by 1967 and it appears that this record is their only offering. I'm pretty certain both sides remain uncompiled.
'Love For A Lady In Grey' is the most appealing. The vocals sound flanged and trippy. Very much of the time. I also dig the organ sound on this record. Infact the organ is very much the dominant instrument on both sides of the disc.
The flip is a frat instrumental called 'David's Mood'. The writer credit is Dave Lewis so I'm assuming it was this Dave who was in a mood.
3B'S Records were based (I think) in Boston, Mass. The 3B'S Records name may have been derived because three of the band members surname began with a B.... or the label may have been named after the Vox Continental organ B-3.... Wow, at this rate Columbo is gonna be out of a job. If anyone knows the low down please get in touch.
Dennis Burdick (drums)
Gardner Berry (organ)
Frank Smith (bass)
William Blaine (guitar)
Dennis Burdick from The Telstars emailed me recently with the following information. Thanks Dennis......
The Telstars were from New Hampshire: Dennis, Derry; Bill and Frank,
Hampstead and Gardner, Kingston. Formed in 1963 and final lineup
was June of 1964 until May of 1969. 3B'S label name was tricky and
to date has not been figured out. The 3 B(s) were Berry, Blaine and
Burdick while the S was Smith. David's move was our theme song
which we opened and closed with and was written by David Lewis of
the "Louie, Louie" Kingsmen and was released by Jack Ely and the
Courtsmen. The record was produced by Ron Paul a disc jockey on
WMEX in Boston. The Band played throughout NH, Maine, Vermont and
Massachusetts. A very successful reunion concert happened in Derry,
NH on Aug 6th, 1991.
The band opened for The Music Explosion in York, Me at the York
Beach Casino in 67. The band appeared with Boston's WBZ jocks Dave
Maynard and Ron Landry at Canobie Lake Park and Boston's Where It's
At respectfully. We were a cover band covering a lot of soul along
with good top 40 rock 'n roll but did more Rascals tunes than anyone
else. We played mostly teen dances at summer venues, schools and
various youth organizations; frat parties at Dartmouth, UNH, New
England College, NH College and others.
The name was outdated quickly but with a strong following it was hard to change. We are
best remembered for being the feature act at the annual Labor Day
festival in Derry, five years running. We performed on a flat bed
truck in the huge parade which became our stage at the outdoor
festival where we played throughout the day and we were the last act
before the fireworks finale.
Thanks for including us.