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Royal Colony

Nelsonville, 1967-70


The Royal Colony travelled from their small town of Nelsonville near Athens to Dayton and recorded a 45 at a local studio.

The 45 had an initial pressing where the band name was omitted and the artist credit is actually the singers of the songs, Steve Venters and (Steve) Frisbee on one side, and David Norris on the other. A second pressing includes the band name and keeps the other names as they were. The 45 is a good one, featuring an energetic uptempo "Girl of Rags" and the Hendrix influenced "Distorted Glass".

The band members on the 45 were David Norris (guitar and vocals), Steve Venters (rhythm guitar, vocals), Steve Frisbey (the correct spelling) (bass, vocals), Pat Cone (lead guitar), Mike Cone (drums). Pat and Mike are brothers and were from Amesville, while the rest of the band were from Nelsonville.

Jim Maiden was a later member.


The July 1968 article mentions a second 45 that was never released. Dave Norris is incorrectly listed as 'Dave North'.

In the 1970s Dave Norris, Steve Venters and Pat Cone were in Appalachia.


Girl Of Rags / Distorted Glass - Pixie no # (QCA 80803), Aug 1968