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the Bluenotes / Blue Notes

Columbus, 1960-2


December 1961 ad...everyone's doing the Twist!

The Bluenotes were a teen rock-n-roll band from the Columbus suburbs. They were together for a couple years and recorded a 45.

The band was led by guitarist Pat Mullins, from Gahanna, and included Tom Leffer (guitar), and Don Ross (drums) as the founding members. Dave Becker was an early member. The group boosted their sound by adding Wayne Chappelear (bass) and Ray Platte (sax). Jeff Pharion was the lead singer. They were all high school age at the time. 

The band teen dances, twist dances, summer drive in gigs, the typical teen rock scene of the early 1960s.

The Bluenotes recording was in 1961, a great instrumental "Rigor Mortis" with spooky vocal breaks by Jeff. The flip side is a slow dnace number.

Jeff Pharion was a prominent figure in Columbus music for many years. Among the bands he was in were the Four Winds.

Rigor Mortis / Patti - Blueco no # (RCA masters M8OW-52801/), 1961