Monday, 27 May 2013

GAITY 674

THE BLUE KATS
Mar 58
KB-674A - Oh Yeah   (No Publ.)
KB-674B - Be Bop A Lula   (No Publ.)
GAITY 674
Minneapolis, MN   (David Hersk)

The Blue Kats were from Robbinsdale, MN. Bob Elster, Bob Ruth, Jud Sheridan, Doug Fredlin and George Seibert played regularly at the Crystal Coliseum where  national acts on tour would turn up to play. The band contacted Gaity Records via an add in the Yellow Pages and recorded the first bonafide Rock and Roll record on the label. David Hersk pressed a 1000 copies on blue wax and the band did their best to sell as many as possible at gigs. "Oh Yeah" is a pretty good primitive rocker, whilst the flip side cover of Gene Vincent's "Be Bop A Lulla" was described by Billy Miller of Norton Records as "....sounds like it was croaked by a well sloshed glee club." Praise indeed!

The Band, after a change of drummers, morphed into the manic Sonics and cut another Gaity disc, "Marlene" and "Minus One Blast Off" - one of the most frantic rockers ever waxed!. (It's not the same Sonics as the northwest legends of 60's fame). (MC)

Source: Terry Gordon 



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