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Athens, 1969-71

This Genesis band were started by Ohio University students in the spring of 1969. They played a few campus shows (the school paper describes them as a 'hardish rock' band) during that school term. In the summer of 1969 came up to Cleveland (suggesting one or more of the band members had local ties) and played a few times at the Euphoria. A short blurb in the Plain Dealer describes them as a 5 member band of school juniors and seniors, including singer, guitar, organ, bass, and drums. 

It was very likely during the Cleveland gigs that they recorded their first 45 at Audio Recording and pressed by Pama. The A side is a cover of the Easybeats "Good Times" and an original "Gypsie" with a west coast guitar rock sound. 

The band returned to OU and played into early 1970. Sometime later in 1970, the band recorded four songs at Cyberteknics in Dayton. There's no mention of the band in the OU paper nor the Dayton papers during this time. so we don't have any idea for the circumstances behind the records. The common name on all the recods is M. Jones. the songwriter, who could be Mike Jones. The four songs were released on two 45s with consecutive Rite master numbers. The sound is psychedelic rock. 

We're not able to come up with any more details.

Good Time / Gypsie - no label, no #, August 1969
Baby Jesus / Lady Of The Hour - Mushroom 101, 1971
Mr. Balloon / Flood - Mushroom 102 , 1971 (Rite master 27345/6)