SOUND CARNIVAL - 'I Wish I Could Tell You'/'Dreams' (Afton Records 1703) Sept 1967
This is such a beautiful record by a group I know nothing about so hopefully if anyone reads this and knows more details be sure to get in touch.
According to Barry Wickham's Price Guide, Sound Carnival hailed from Morton Grove, Illinois and that is backed up when Gear Fab released the CD collection 'Psychedelic States - Illinois Volume 1. I don't have this CD, but maybe there are notes about the group provided here?
'I Wish I Could Tell You' is a delicate tambourine pop jangler with gorgeous melody and background vocals. The drummer offers a basic rhythm and the most drum rolls I've heard in a song. It's a pretty scarce record and virtually never shows up. This side has not been officially compiled before but I did place both on my Timelapse Jangle Revisited comp from 2010.
The flip 'Dreams' is another winner and appeared on that Psychedelic States release.
Afton Records also released two other necessary 45s.... The Gnomes 'The Sky Is Falling' and The Five Bucks 'No Use In Trying'.
SOUND CARNIVAL - I Wish I Could Tell You
I have recently been contacted by Mark Fisch who played rhythm guitar for The Sound Carnival. Mark has provided some invaluable information about his old 60s group who have remained largely unknown and forgotten since they disbanded in 1969.
(Mark Fisch - Sound Carnival band members )
"I was not a founding member of the band. They were:
Sam Siegel - Lead vocals
Dick Stock - Lead Guitar
Bob Opdyke (later replaced by) Pat Burns - Rhythm Guitar
Jim Geinko - Bass
Dick Miles - Drums
I replaced Pat on rhythm guitar sometime in 1967.
We added a keyboardist, Jim Price after the record was released.
Steve Phlam joined after Dick Stock left & took most of the leads on guitar. I stayed mostly on rhythm. The memories keep coming slowly back. I'm sorry to say I don't recall ever having any pictures of the band.
(Mark Fisch - gigs and other information)
The record was number 1 in Springfield, Illinois for 2 weeks, and 1 week apiece in Lincoln IL and Muncie IN! Were were offered gigs after the release, but because we were all under student draft deferments, we could not neglect our full time student status unless we wanted to be playing the clubs in Viet Nam.
We played only about 3 or 4 dates a month, most at NIU. Our management contract with the three Chicago businessmen gave them half of what we made, providing that they got a minimum of $600 for a date. $50 each group member was good money back then. They had to pay our transportation costs or provide transportation for most of the gigs they arranged, mostly in Chicago.
On a number of occasions, they picked us up at school and drove us in their 3 Cadillacs to wherever. They drove us up to Alpine Valley Resort in Wisconsin to play live on WIND AM radio out of Chicago because the station was sponsoring the resorts winter carnival, and they were the only Chicago station which gave the song air play. I believe we recorded at Chess in Chicago, but the studio may have changed hands by then. One of the things I am fuzzy about after 44 years.
We were allowed by contract to book our own jobs and keep all the money providing our dates didn't conflict with anything they arranged, and that we charged under $300. These were not professional people and didn't book all that many jobs, probably less than 6 or so. We ended our relationship with them before the band broke up, but again, this is fuzzy. Most of our gigs were dances at NIU, fraternity parties, etc that we booked ourselves for $299.99.
I have not kept up with the other band members. I had a chance meeting with Jim Geinko about 5 years ago, and until today, nobody I know had a copy of the record.
I became a middle school science teacher in Evanston, Illinois, retired June 2008, moved to a retirement community near Orlando, and play in an Oldies cover band for the seniors here on Sundays, and work part time at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort. We do not play I Wish... or Dreams".
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