Chancesare that, despite their having come from Cleveland, OH -- and, thus,having a certain home field advantage -- the Outsiders will never be considered for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Bands with just two big hits ("Time Won't Let Me," "Respectable") and a history mostly confined to AM radio in the '60s don't seem to rate that kind of recognition. But if any two-hit, dance-oriented band from the '60s ever deserved a crack at being voted in, the Outsiders do, simply based on the quality of their work over three years and four albums. The Outsiders started life as the Starfires , a hard-working popular local band in Cleveland founded by guitarist/singer Tom King in 1958. By 1965, the group had decided to add more vocals to its repertory, adding lead singer Sonny Geraci . Tom King and his brother-in-law, Chet Kelley , co-authored a song called "Time Won't Let Me," and King turned the new number into a rock & roll tour de force . Recording it on their own, the band (under King 's direction) melded the group's core sound -- augmented by the presence of Al Austin on lead guitar -- to brass and horn sections, in what was a fairly complex dual-layer arrangement. The group was signed by Capitol Records on the strength of the recording, but the label insisted that the band get a new name. King had been forced to abandon Pama Records, the label for which the Starfires had cut a dozen sides and was owned by his uncle, who accused his nephew of being an "outsider" to the family.
The name, the Outsiders, fit the new band and the times perfectly, and "Time Won't Let Me" was issued in January of 1966, rising to number five on the national charts soon after. The B-side "Was It Really Real" showed off the unadorned group sound, a lean two-guitar, bass, and drums arrangement with some tasteful, shimmering guitar arpeggios and a gentle, folk-rock style of harmonizing. The group's lineup was a bit fluid at this point, with King , Geraci , and longtime Starfires bassist Mert Madsen comprising the core; with Bill Bruno playing lead guitar and drummer Ronnie Harkai aboard. Harkai left to join the Air Force soon after the debut single was recorded, however, and he was succeeded by Bennie Benson and later by Ricky Baker . The Outsiders enjoyed a second hit with "Girl in Love," which reached number 21 -- a reflective ballad with a lush (yet not overwhelming) string accompaniment over some restrained electric guitars; it showed off another side of the group's sound. By the time of "Girl in Love"'s release, Capitol was ready for the group to record their debut album and Tom King called up Jimmy Fox , who had been the drummer for a slightly earlier lineup of the Starfires , to play on those sessions. Fox had left the group to attend college, but he came back to play on the album; in the wake of his brief reunion with his bandmates, decided to forego college in favor of forming a band of his own, which he named the James Gang .
Two Great Lps on ONE Cd. You Get "IN" & " The Happening" Plus bonus tracks from Liberty Bell records
29 Cuts in all
I'm Not Trying to Hurt You - IN
Help Me Girl - IN
Bend Me Shape Me - IN
Kind Of A Drag - IN
Haunted By Your Love - IN
Charlena - IN
You Gotta Look - IN
I'll Give You Time - IN
Gimme Some Lovin' - IN
I Wanna Be Free - IN
It's Your Love - IN
Time Won't Let Me - Happening Live!
Ain't Too Proud to Beg - Happening Live!
Show Me - Happening Live!
Introductions of The Outsiders - Happening Live!
Respectable - Happening Live!
Michelle - Happening Live!
Come On Up - Happening Live!
Help Me Girl - Happening Live!
A Girl in Love - Happening Live!
Gloria - Happening Live!
Love Makes the World Go Round - Happening Live!
Good Good Lovin' - Happening Live!
Loving You - Bonus
Think I'm Falling (solo version) - Bonus
Tinket Tailer (feat. Jon Simoneli) - Bonus
You're Not So Pretty (fea. Jon Simoneli) - Bonus
Waiting For the End to Com - Bonus
Park Preserve (full-length STEREO version) - Bonus...... read more