Saturday, November 26, 2016

Today's Featured Artist...November 26, 2016...The Castaways (video + info + links)

The Castaways

(Read about The Castaways after the video)

 


 

The Castaways are an American rock band from the Twin Cities in Minnesota.
Their first and only hit single was "Liar, Liar". Written by band leader James Donna and Denny Craswell, produced by Timothy D. Kehr and released by Soma Records, it reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965. "Liar, Liar" is featured in the films Good Morning, Vietnam and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, as well as a cover version by Debbie Harry in Married to the Mob. The Castaways performed "Liar, Liar" in the 1967 beach movie It's a Bikini World. Their followup, "Goodbye Babe", was another local hit, but did not break nationally.[1]
Although the group would release several more singles throughout the 1960s, it appears that they never released a full-length album, until the appearance of their 1999 Greatest Hits compilation.

History

The original members were James Donna on keyboards, Robert Folschow and Dick Roby on guitar, Roy Hensley on bass guitar and Dennis Craswell on drums. Folschow contributed the distinctive falsetto vocal on "Liar, Liar".
In the early 1980s two members, Folschow and Craswell, led a West Coast version of the band under the name The Castaways in Pismo Beach, California. Folschow, who was using the stage name of Bob LaRroy, played guitar and a keytar on many songs, including "Liar, Liar", which had the distinctive piano intro/riff.
Bass guitarist Hensley died on 8 June 2005[citation needed] and was buried in Fairmont, Minnesota. Original drummer Dennis Craswell never quit performing and continues today under the name "The Original Castaways" in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota with band mate Peter Dzubay.

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