THE HARDY BOYS
- FRANK HARDY guitar and vocals
- PETE JONES drums and vocals
- WANDA KAY organ, piano and vocals
- JOE HARDY bass and vocals
- CHUBBY MORTON sax and vocals
Yet another Saturday morning cartoon show that I don't remember. I was nine, what was my problem? I knew that Parker Stevenson was in a live-action version (I read his Baywatch bio!) of the Boys but I was totally unaware that they solved mysteries and played in a rock 'n' roll band in a cartooned fashion. I do think that it's funny that the well scrubbed, PC approved young persons pictured above are given the names of the characters and are as non-offensive in appearance as can be humanly calculated. Of course, I could be wrong if the producers recruited two male leads born with the Hardy name. That's the extent of my knowledge about The Hardy Boys. The rest is a mystery. I have their second album and have the first one on tape. The Hardy Boys are my new favorite group. The first album is extra gummy and the second is a fine example of early 70s lightweight pop. Ellie Greenwich was involved so you know that can't be bad. I will continue to search for clues about this over-looked group and live with the hope that Chubby will contact me.
UPDATE: According to the wonderful book, Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth: "'Frank Hardy' was in reality Reed Kailing, a former member of Midwestern garage-rockers Michael & the Messengers (who can be heard on the original Nuggets compilation, and subsequent box set doing "(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet.")"
HERE COME THE HARDY BOYS (RCA Victor LSP-4217) 1969
WHEELS (RCA Victor LSP-4315) 1970
Love And Let Love/Sink Or Swim (RCA Victor 74-0228) 1969
Wheels/Sha-La-La (RCA Victor 47-9795) 1969
Good, Good Lovin'/Love Train (RCA Victor 47-9831) 1970
HERE COME THE HARDY BOYS
1. Here Come The Hardys (Fournier - Sheldon)
2. Those Country Girls (Greenwich - Rashkow)
3. One Time In A Million (Greenwich - Rashkow)
4. That's That (Loizzo - Meyers)
5. (I Want You To) Be My Baby (Fournier - Sheldon)
6. Sink Or Swim (Jones - Sheldon)
7. Namby-Pamby (Marmelzat - Proffer)
8. My Little Sweetpea (Greenwich - Rashkow)
9. Sha-La-La (Fournier - Sheldon)
10. Feels So Good (Loizzo)
11. Love And Let Love (Fournier - Sheldon)
WHEELS (RCA LSP-4315) 1970
Wheels (3:01) (Fournier - Sheldon)
Old Man Moses' Front Porch Rhythm Band (2:36) (Gwin - Martin)
Carnival Time (2:39) (Proffer - Marmelzat)
Good, Good Lovin' * (2:26) (Greenwich - Rashkow)
Let The Sun Shine Down * (1:54) (Greenwich - Rashkow)
Long, Long Way To Nashville (2:45) (Fournier - Sheldon)
Love Train (2:45) (Kasha - Hirschhorn)
Archie Brown (2:52) (Fournier - Sheldon)
Where Would I Be (3:03) (Fournier - Sheldon - Mani)
I Hear The Grass Singin' * (2:36) (Greenwich - Rashkow)
Baby, This Is The Last Time (2:59) (Fournier - Sheldon)
Production and Supervision by Bill Traut and Jim Golden for DUNWICH Productions, Ltd.
* Produced by Ellie Greenwich and Mike Rashkow in association with Bill Traut and Jim Golden for DUNWICH Productions, Ltd.
CLUES about THE HARDY BOYS:
- Reed Kailing released a 45 called "Hello Girl" while with the group The Destination. They came out of Wisconsin and it was released in 1965.
- Reed was also in The Grass Roots appearing on two lps (Move Along and Alotta Mileage). Later he was in a reformed version of Badfinger (for touring purposes).
The Unofficial Hardy Boys Home Page
The Hardy Boys In Other Media