- The Spike Drivers
The Spike Drivers was a band from
Detroit, Michiganand played from 1965to 1967.
The Spike Drivers began by working in various coffeehouses and clubs in the
Detroit, Michigan folk rockmusic 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 Hurtcalled 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 Mitchelland Del Shannon.
The band traveled to
New York Cityand landed a recording contract with Warner Brothers Reprise Recordswhere 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 Burdonand the Animalsat the Rheingold Central Park Music Festival in 1966.
Ted Lucas and Richard Keelan left the band in
1967marking the end of The Spike Drivers. Lucas and Keelan began a new band called The Misty Wizards.
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