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(Sascha Burland)

Liberty 55836

No. 3    February 5, 1966




Liberty Records was quite hot with the surfing/hot rod sounds of Jan & Dean, and moved quickly to

churn out similar products by groups like the Eliminators, the Zip-Codes, and the T-Bones.    Nothing

charted, but apparently the T-Bones were successful enough to be allowed to wax not one, but three

drag-race LPs–Boss Drag (1964), Boss Drag at the Beach (1964), and Doin’ the Jerk (1965).



By the time album number four was out the door, the T-Bones consisted of Danny Robert Hamilton (b.

Spokane, Wash.) on guitar, Joe Frank Carollo (b. Leland, Miss.) on bass and drums, and Tommy Clark

Reynolds (b. New York City) on drums and steel drums.   Hamilton had worked sessions for Chad &

Jeremy, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Marketts,  Johnny Rivers, Ronny & The Daytonas, and the Ventures.   Carollo

had been playing bass and drums since his early teens, and had majored in music at Mississippi’s Delta

State College  and Los Angeles City College.    Reynolds had made and played steel drums in Bermuda.


The T-Bones’ fourth LP (No Matter What Shape, 1966) was produced by Joe Saraceno, 1/2 of the teen

duo TONY & JOE–who handled similar duties for the Markettes,   THE  ROUTERS, the  SUNSHINE

COMPANY,   and the Ventures–and featured a contagious number created by Sascha Burland (half of THE

NUTTY SQUIRRELS) for an Alka Seltzer commercial.    Hoping to cash in on the cover-a-jingle craze, the

T-Bone organization did their best with Chiquita Banana and Nabisco ditties; only the latter disk, “Sippin’

And Chippin” (#62, 1966), placed on the pop charts.



After two more LPs, Dan, Joe, and Tommy shelved the “T­ Bones” name to become  Hamilton, Joe Frank &

Reynolds.   The trio scored hits like “Don’t Pull Your Love” (#4, 1971), “Fallin’ In Love” (#1, 1975), and

“Winners And Losers” (#21, 1976).    They remained a viable force in pop music for much of the ’70s.



Reynolds had also been a member of a group called Shango, and left Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds in

1972; although the acts releases continued to use the Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds name until July

1976.    He is currently a minister in Texas.    Dan Hamilton died on December 23, 1994. He was 48.