• Danny & The Memories (4) (Los Angeles)




    Personnel :

    Danny Whitten

    Billy Talbot

    Ralph Molina

    Dino "Bengiamino" Rocco




    Discography :

    1963 - Can't Help Lovin That Girl Of Mine / Don't Go (Valiant 6049)





    Biography :

    Although he died early in his music career with Crazy Horse, Danny Whitten was the group's original leader and main focus. Not much is known about Whitten's early years, except that he was originally from the East Coast. Whitten met up with future Crazy Horse bandmember Billy Talbot at a Los Angeles club in the mid-'60s, and the duo (neither of whom played instruments at that point) formed a vocal group.



    One of the bandmembers, Lou Molina, suggested that the newly formed outfit recruit his cousin Ralph.  They soon added singers Ralph Molina and Ben “Dino” Rocco and became Danny & The Memories, landing a deal with Valiant Records & cut "Can't Help Lovin That Girl Of Mine" b/w "Don't Go" on Valiant 6049.

      
                                                      Left to Right : Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, Dino "Bengiamino" Rocco and Danny Whitten

    After the single failed to chart, the group eventually changed styles and members when psychedelic rock became all the rage, with only Whitten, Talbot, and Ralph Molina remaining, they also picked up instruments (Whitten on guitar, Talbot on bass, and Molina on drums). Changing the band's name to the Rockets, the trio enlisted members George and Leon Whitsell (both guitarists), and to give its sound an original twist, electric violinist Bobby Notkoff.






    Songs :

       
    Can't Help Lovin That Girl Of Mine                  Don't Go








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