The Spike Drivers


The Spike Drivers

The Spike Drivers was a band from Detroit, Michigan and played from 1965 to 1967.

The Spike Drivers began by working in various coffeehouses and clubs in the Detroit, Michigan folk rock music scene. Their music was rooted in folk, blues, and classical music. The band name was suggested by its vocalist Marycarol Brown, originating from a song about John Henry by Mississippi John Hurt called the Spike Driver Blues. [Detroit Area Rock Bands [http://home.att.net/~s.m.geer/bands.htm Spike Drivers] Retrieved on May 30, 2007] The band shared the stage with performers such as Joni Mitchell and Del Shannon.

The band traveled to New York City and landed a recording contract with Warner Brothers Reprise Records where they put out two 45's featuring "Strange Mysterious Sounds" with "Break Out The Wine" and "Often I Wonder" with "High Time." The band was showcased at many clubs in the New York area with the high point occurring when they opened for Eric Burdon and the Animals at the Rheingold Central Park Music Festival in 1966.

Ted Lucas and Richard Keelan left the band in 1967 marking the end of The Spike Drivers. Lucas and Keelan began a new band called The Misty Wizards.

Founding Members

*Marycarol Brown - vocals
*Sid Brown - guitar
*Ted Lucas - guitar, vocals
*Richard Keelan - bass , vocals
*Steve Booker - drums
*Larry Cruise - drums (replaced Steve Booker in late 1965)

References


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