From: East Lansing, MI, USA
The Woolies started life in 1964 and haled from East Lansing, MI, but played mostly in and around the Detroit area. Original members included front man Stormy Rice (lead vocals), brothers "Boogie" Bob Baldori (keyboards, harmonica) and Jeff Baldori (guitar), Ron English (bass) and Bee Metros (drums).
In 1966 they scored a national record deal with Dunhill after their single ('Who Do You Love' b/w the excellent 'Hey Girl') became a regional smash hit. Chuck Berry then chose the ensemble to be his backup band for many years, including on the LP 'San Francisco Blues', which was recorded in the band's own studio. The Woolies also backed up major blues guitarists Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters when they would play the area.
In 1968, Rice left the fold and was replaced by multi-instrumentalist Zocko Groendahl (bass, guitar, vocals). It was around this time that the group started their own record company called Spirit and eventually released an LP titled 'Basic Rock' in 1971. They then issued a live LP titled 'Live At Lizard's' a few years later and ended up playing together into the early 90s.
Artist information sources include: The book, 'Fuzz, Acid, and Flowers Revisited' by Vernon Joynson.
(Original 45 Label: Dunhill 45-D-4052, B - November, 1966)
This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Hey Girl