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Walt Zumbrennen
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Back when I was a kid, I bought a 45 record.  The band was My Friends.  It had "I'm An Easy Rider" and "Concrete and Clay".  I about played "I'm An Easy Rider"  to death (I still have it and downloaded it to my computer so I can save my 45.   I even memorized the words to the song.  I have searched and searched and cannot find out who the heck was the band "My Friends"???  I recently saw that Motown had released it again on a compilation of Motown songs, and that got me wondering once again who the band was.  Does anyone have any info on the band, who the members were, etc.



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UK Dave
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Hi Walt

The man who will know is Ralph Terrana. He helped produce their output on the Rare Earth label. He visits this forum quite often so I'm sure you'll get some answers. Just keep watching!!.



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Cool, thanks will keep watching...



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The band consisted of Dave Kiswinney on bass, Greg Kobe on keys, Ken Rich on guitar and a drummer I can't remember the name of. He was replaced early on by a young drummer(name forgotten Donny something) who idolized these guys as a kid and was living his dream by playing with them.

 

Tom Baird was the original sole producer until he asked Russ and me to Join him on the project. Things went smoothly at first until differences in the production of the song "Revolution".  Written by Ken Rich, a very powerful song for the politics of the day. The differences became so severe that Tom and my brother bailed out of the project leaving me to finish. The album was never completed and, to tell the truth, I don't remember why. I had a very good working relationship with the band, so I'm not sure why it ended. I don't even remember "I'm An Easy Rider" being released, but I always liked the song.

 

This project will always stand out as my greatest disappointment at Motown. I loved the band, the guys, the talent and the exceptional writing, coming mostly out of Ken Rich's head. I had such high hopes for this band. Ken had even written a commercial jingle for Kellogg's Corn Flakes, which actually sounded like a hit record on it's own. We planned on approaching the company once things started to move for them.

 

The band was released from their contract (after more meetings) and they  drifted into obscurity. I know Dave Kiswinney did well in the Nashville music scene, dealing in publishing, I think. The last I heard of Ken Rich at the time was, he was working construction on some tunnel project near Port Huron Michigan, where the band originated from. Greg and Donny I have no idea.

 

In my book, "the Road Through Motown", there are some session pictures I took of the band rehearsing in Studio B(Golden World).



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Ralph Terrana
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Sorry, forgot to post my name above.



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Anonymous
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Awesome...  I appreciate the info. It is to bad they didn't make it.  Finally after all these years I can finally listen to it and know who they are...



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It took me forever to make that video...  I used the 45 record I bought way back in the Late 60's or early 70's (I forget exactly when).   I love this song... I have played it to death... and I know all the lyrics by heart... 



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The members of the band were Kenny Rich, Guitar. Greg Kobe, keyboards. Dave Kiswiney, Bass. And Randy Casement on drums.



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Kenny Rich
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I forgot to leave name above.

Its Kenny Rich the guitar player for MY Friends



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By The way, Randy Casement was the drummer on all the recordings that we did at Motown. And he was the most creative drummer that I have ever worked with. Just to set the record straight.

Kenny Rich

 



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