the Statesmen

Cleveland, 1966-7

The Statesmen seem to have been a Cleveland greaser rock band. They recorded two 45s on Tema, one being a cover of "Stop and Get a Ticket", originally recorded by the Clefs of Lavender Hill. Apparently this song was discovered by the Baskerville Hounds when they toured Florida and brought back to Jimmy Testa. The second 45, "Lollipop", was a cover of the girl group hit.

An acetate was discovered at an estate sale together with the two Statesmen 45s. The songs are "And I Wonder" and a jingle for a clothing store "University Seal". The University Seal store had run a contest for Ohio band to submit a jingle. The recordings sound like they could be the Statesmen.