Did They Record?

The following bands were either listed in newspaper articles as competing in a battle of the bands or other live appearance, or remembered by people in other bands at the time. Did they record and press up a demo record back then? Most likely it would have been at New England Recording Studios (Providence), Viscount Studios (Cranston) or Metcalf Studios (New Bedford). If you have any information about any of these groups, please get in touch!

The Artful Dodgers
Benedict and the Traitors
The Better Half
The Druids / Ye Druids (Smithfield High School) *recording from Sugarberry, no records made
The East Coast Central Six
Fire and Water Incorporated
Freddy and the Unknowns
The Hearts Of Stone
Last Chants
The Lost Generation
None Such
The Odds Against Tomorrow
The Outcasts
The Present Tense
The Prophets Of Time
The Six Pence
The Ravens
The Squires
The Take Five
The Tantrums
The Tempest (The Tempests)
The Times
The Unforgiven
The Untouchables
The Wanderers
The Wayfarers
The Younger Generation


  1. The Times was a W Warwick band that Mike Gleason and Pete Joubert were both in...and later played with members of the Sixpence and Petrified Forrest - Toast. See the Petrified Forrest listing for more of that story. Mike still is active with Sundance and Pete Stevens (Bass) is playing with the Artic Cats.

    1. Thanks for remembering - Artic Cats are at Hickory Ridge Campground this Saturday from 4-7. Come check it out!!

  2. anyone know anything about a west warwick band called magic bus?

  3. I'd like to mention 2 mid-late 60's bands from Bristol. One is the RuJu Kast (The Kast) and the other The Constant Splurge (The Splurge). The Splurge won a state battle of the bands and went on to the nationals in Raleigh NC and ranked 12th out of 50. I can't speak to whether The Kast recorded any material but I know The Splurge did not. I was rhythm guitar and lead vocalist with The Splurge.

    1. I remember you very well, you are cool and groovy. I would like to get in touch with you as I would like to send you my latest recording. P.B.

    2. Hi Ken, it's been many years, John Paul Medeiros Bhs class of '70...i believe we were in Home room together back then...i googled Ruju Kast and it brought me here...i remember you in the Constant Splurge...was that with joe toste and paul Caromile ? i remember the great battles at the Pastime Theater...i wasn't a musician, but a Jock, and was a Phys. Ed. teacher at Barrington High for over 30 yrs. before retiring in 2013. I was thinking of those great times in the late 60's today...turning 71 on Jan. 15th as you may already be that too !! hope to hear from you Ken.

    3. Hey JP! This is weird. Dense Dionne just asked me a question about the Splurge and I searched for the Splurge. That's how I saw your post. So thanks to Denise! Yes I'm coming up on 71 on Jan. 25.

    4. JP, so you had a nice career in the Barrington school system, how great is that? Congrats on living so well. I went into sales and marketing in the 80's and worked my way up to president of the company. Didn't get a degree until I was 63. Haha in business, it was a breeze but I got it and I was the first in my family to get one. Great seeing you post. Enjoy every day while you can.

  4. Hearts of Stone band was out of Cranston RI. At one point they had two drummers. Al Fontes on drums,& often vocals, headed up the band. The band participated in many 'Battle of the Bands' competitions and often saw them simply rock the house.

  5. I remember hearing the Hearts of Stone, both out of their garage, and in Battles of the Bands!! They were great, and Al Fontes was a phenomenal drummer.

  6. My cousin Joe DiPaola was keyboardist for RuJu Kast. I remember seeing their tour trailer parked near my aunt's house on Anawamscutt Rd, at the corner of Robin Drive in Bristol. Joe also knew and hung around with the Cowsills for a time.

    1. Wow...i used to go parking with my HS flame in '69 off Anawamscutt Dr. before it was developed...i knew all the guys in the Ruju Kast and Constant Splurge as well...John Paul Medeiros BHS '70 !

  7. The Kast were very cool I remember them from Bristol High School. I am looking to get in touch with Ken Medeiros from the Splurge he and I did a lot of recording at Viscount in Cranston in the late 60s. I am taking a shot with you as you seem to be hip with the Bristol scene at that time, I lost touch with Ken since then.

  8. Has anyone ever heard of a group called Sharing Shade, i believe from R.I.