|Members: Jay Penndorf – Carl Aldridge – Chuck Hamrick – Billy Franze – Mike Mankey – Rick Durrett|
|Hometown: Ft. Wayne|
|The Olivers were born late ’65 when Billy Franze joined the Serfmen ( Penndorf – Hamrick – Aldridge) who were in need of a bass player who wanted to tour. “The Olivers” moniker did lend a more “English” vibe that was all the rage after the music industry was overrun by UK sounds. This version of the Olivers recorded one 45 in early 1966 and it was a doozy. Highly sought after by collectors, I saw what you did / Beaker street (Phalanx) is a scorching tour de force by a serious group of musicians. Come mid ’66 Penndorf had the all to common “invitation” to the Army, and Mankey is recruited to fill those shoes. The Olivers tour the surrounding states and perform often, so often that they didn’t have (take) time of record again until late ’68. Early in ’68 the Olivers add Durrett on keyboards replacing Aldridge (Rick’s band “The Cardboard Bachs” were very close to the Olivers due to the times spent together in Indy at a teen szene known as Le Scene), and late in ’68 Penndorf returns from his Army stint. A trip to Minneapolis results in a recording session for an album. Circumstances dictate that this recording session is lost to time and unbelievably a test pressing of the aborted album is found in 2011. After the recording session, Penndorf returns to the military, Durrett joins “Coven” and the Olivers become Triad.|
|Related Artists: Serfmen – Triad|
|Years Active: 1965 – 1969|
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