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Wicked Truth

Created on: 07/12/09 02:46 AM Views: 549 Replies: 17
Wicked Truth
Posted Saturday, July 11, 2009 09:46 PM

I remember hearing Craig Albright's band Wicked Truth playing at the high school. The one song they played was House of the Rising Sun. That has always been one of my favorite songs. His band was great.

Since I played in the Crosstown Bus and sat in at times while in college with the U.S. Sound Theatre, some of my favorite songs were by Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears. Color My World, Spinning Wheels,Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is and 25 or 6 2 4 are some of my favorite songs from high school.

Who remembers the dances at the Penn Alto Hotel and the Casino a Lakemont Park?

 
Edited 07/11/09 09:49 PM
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Friday, July 24, 2009 01:56 PM

dennis I remember the penn alto dances and the casino dances. I REMEMBER BANDS THAT PLAYED IN THE PARKING GARAGE AT GABLES. The BANDS I LISTEN TO WHERE THE KINKS, BEATLES,CHICAGO, BLOOD SWEET AND TEARS,THREE DOG NIGHT, DOORS, CREAM, GRAND FUNK AND THE BRYDS.AND THE WHO.AND PROCAL HAREM AND LED ZEPLIN. JIMI HENDRIX
ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS IS SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE AND 25 OR 6 TO 4. WHITER SHADE OF PALE.COLOUR MY WORLD BY CHCAGO THE 60 MUSIC WAS OUR MUSIC.

 
Edited 07/24/09 02:05 PM
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Friday, July 24, 2009 03:32 PM

Larry you're right. The 60's music was our music. We had some big name groups come to Altoona. The beach party that they had at the Logan Valley Mall when they brought in all the sand and put it over the parking lot. Great times and great music. Some of the old groups make their way through Hershey and I go to see them.

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 07:10 PM

how could you forget the Longo brothers band the Insperations and their doing In -A-Gadda-Da-Vida or how many times you wore yourself dancing to the full 18 minute song. I guess it helped if you were feeling the effects of John BarleycornLaughing

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 08:44 PM

I forgot about the Longo brothers. You are right on with that.

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Monday, August 10, 2009 02:44 PM

Hi guys
It's been a few years!

How about Sonny and Cher in their fur at the Roller Rink? We were al sitting around and they come in with a police escort - go figure...

Mitch Rider and the Detroit Wheels in Portage at Thunder Bird

 
Edited 08/14/09 06:03 AM
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Thursday, August 13, 2009 09:42 PM

Do you remember the Hombres Coming to the skating center

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Thursday, November 12, 2009 01:57 PM

Not even one mention of Genesis?? Shocked

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Friday, December 4, 2009 08:21 AM

Hi Larry.....I agree...music of the 60's was our style while going through junior high school and high school. Just hearing the titles you've listed cause a flood of memories. I remember the Penn Alto and Gables garage dances. I also remember the Lakemont casino dances. We had great times compared to what is available to the teens of today.

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 10:43 AM

Well alrighty then, it is time to tax my memory, or what is left of it. I don't think Craig Albright played in Wicked Truth-the Longo brothers were the stars of that show. The band that played the song the House of the Rising Sun had a lead singer named Larry. I recall he wore a derby and would end up on his hands and knees bowing to the derby after he put it on the floor. Time Peace was another band that had George Reed and Bill Hunter, as well as other members. US Sound Theatre still occasionally plays-they all wear depends and have canes. There was a classmate named Tom Swovik, hopefully I spelled it correctly-I think it was in ninth grade at Roosevelt, when everyone had to do a speech, did his on the rock opera Tommy by the Who. He was a way ahead of his time. He also played guitar in a band and did the arm winding thing like Pete Townsend. Why in the hell can I remember this stuff and can't find my keys. One of the shows at the Logan Valley Mall had Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs (probably spelled incorrectly) and the Royal Guardsman of Snoopy fame. Oh, prior to US Sound Theatre, there was the Red, White, and Blues Band. I also remember a band from Johnstown I think called Blue Ash-there was also a group called BE Taylor and I honestly think they had a one armed drummer. Oh my, there was a band with a guy who had the last name of Pasquino who was the lead singer. I do remember Genesis but for the life of me can't recall who was in the band. Must have been after the brain cells began jumping out of my ears. This goes way, way back. Kenny Homer, Bob Johnson, and I think Craig Albright had a band called the Spots or something like that. That was in Roosevelt. I also remember John Rouzer, (there were 2 John Rouzers)-the one I speak of moved to Maryland either during or right before our senior year. Anyway, in ninth grade, at the Battle of the Bands, John (the rebel he was) debated on whether to sing Kick out the Jams by the MC5 using the actual words of mother f'er or brothers and sisters. Anyway, Steve Prosser also played in US Sound Theatre for a while until his ass got too big for the chair. Just kidding. Great times-any one else ever throw up in the casino fountain? See you on the funway!!!

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Thursday, December 31, 2009 03:53 PM

Can't confirm the if Kenny Homer's band was the Spots, but they did play at Roosevelt's 9th Grade Social - recall they were pretty good for 9th graders. Another incredible band was The Young Rebels (Rick Cornet, Terry Smith, Barry Yeager...). They kicked ass on the Beatles & The Who. They were a popular band at the Juniata Pavilion and also came in 2nd to "The Jades" at a Jaffa Mosque battle of the bands. They really rocked!

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Friday, January 1, 2010 09:06 AM

Wow, thanks for the additional memories. The one band I was trying to remember with the guy named Pasquino was Bittersweet. The "Spots" may have been very early on. I lived near Kenny and would spend time at his house when they practiced. Kenny also played the accordian. I do remember Bob Johnson and for some reason Craig Albright sticks in my mind. Wow, the Jades-I think Ron Jarrett was in that group too. Once again I must write that it is frightening I can remember his stuff but get lost on the way to work. Happy New Year.

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Monday, January 11, 2010 05:30 AM

Was it Sam the Sham who got run out of Altoona for using obscenities? I'm not sure that even got to start playing. And I think I saw the Turtles at Gables, and of course Sonny and Cher. And maybe Chicago in Johnstown? Which local bands played out at the campus dances?

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Monday, February 1, 2010 12:01 AM

Anybody remember Paul Zapatowsky and his band? He was the singer. I remember they once played on a Fri or Sat night somewhere on the second floor of the school. I remember how different it felt being drunk at school at night instead of during the day!!

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Friday, February 5, 2010 01:46 AM

Carl L. Williams wrote:

Do you remember the Hombres Coming to the skating center


I don't remember that; did we go?

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Friday, February 5, 2010 07:16 PM

Fred L. Leamer wrote:

Hi guys
It's been a few years!

How about Sonny and Cher in their fur at the Roller Rink? We were al sitting around and they come in with a police escort - go figure...

Mitch Rider and the Detroit Wheels in Portage at Thunder Bird


Fred, I remember Sonny & Cher at the skating rink. Many of us got in for free because we carried in the instruments for the band and helped them set up. I carried in the cymbals for the drummer. Ten minutes of being a roadie for Sonny & Cher! I still remember her green miniskirt!!! Very Happy

 
Edited 02/05/10 07:17 PM
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 03:44 AM

Hello!! At one time Wicked Truth's band members where Bill and Dave Longo, Phil Harpster, Kevin Mc Clain (sp?), and Ed Mardis. Time Piece members at one time where Bill Hunter, Jeff Crownover, Dave Villante (sp), Bob Gates, Paul Zap and George Reed. The picture in profile was taken at the gym at the high school. Oh, this isn't George, it's his wifeVery Happy I read the forum talk and became curious so I checked with mt friend, Ed Mardis about Wicked Truth.

 
RE: Wicked Truth
Posted Saturday, June 28, 2014 07:22 AM

I remember Paul. Little guy but could really sing.House of the rising sun at Lakemont many times. Great times.