• L to R : Donny Humble, Bill Brumbaugh, Ron Brennan, Jimmy Noonin, John Stehman, Jim Hurst and Emmett Smith

    The Exciting Invictas (Middletown, PA)



    Personnel :

    Jimmy Noonin (Lead)

    Donny Humble

    Bill Brumbaugh

    Ron Brennan

    John Stehman (Tenor Sax)

    Jim Hurst (Drums)

    Emmett Smith (Organ)


    Discography :

    1962 - I Don't Care / Not Again (Kingston 427)

    Biography :

    The Exciting Invicta's group was formed in 1960 and based out of Middletown, PA. They played throughout PA and NJ at many places including: White Oaks Park in York, PA - a really great place for dancing to rock'n'roll, VFW's, American Legion Posts, colleges, the Hershey Ballroom, etc....They had a strong following of fans and especially enjoyed being in 'battle of the bands' events with other contemporary groups like the Endells and Thundering Century.  

    The Exciting Invictas

    In 1962, they were discovered by Jamie Rowley, representing the Kingston record label out of Reading, PA and were asked to consider cutting a record. Emmett Smith wrote the music and lyrics to 'I Don't Care'.  The flip side of the record was a cha-cha titled 'Not Again' and it was very popular because of the compelling dance beat. The Exciting Invictas also served as backup for several well-known groups including the Drifters and another popular local group from Hanover, PA - named the Pixies Three (hit song was 'Birthday Party').

    Songs :

    I Don't Care                                        Not Again





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