I just heard Joe Kelley, guitarist Chicago's seminal garage group, the Shadows Of Knight, has passed away; evidently he'd been battling cancer.
The Shadows of Knight are another entry-level/garage-rock 101 level group and knowing every last note of their two kickass LPs, Gloria and Back Door Men, both released on Dunwich, is mandatory. Sundazed reissued the albums a while ago, and they're still in print. The group first formed in the early '60s as the Shadows, but they changed their name after learning of the English group by the same name. They then spent a couple years playing around in the north side of Chicago, eventually scoring a residency at the Cellar, where they performed to hundreds of kids on the weekends. However, it was after opening for the Byrds in mid-'65 they got signed to Dunwich Records.
Their first single followed, a version of Them's "Gloria," which broke them nationally. They continued on with a string of bubbling just inside the Top 100 singles: Bo Diddleys' "Oh Yeah," the Wheels' "Bad Little Woman," and "I'm Gonna Make You Mine." Without more hits in mid-'67, the original group splintered, with singer Jim Sohns moving to NYC and reforming the band there as something of a bubblegum group. Uh-huh, bubblegum. At least it was to good effect; "Shake" charted. He kept the band limping along as an oldies group till the late '70s.