An eventual drummer defection to the Righteous Brothers relegated this talented New Jersey group to the “one hit” club of 1960s bands. With a fantastic writer, Beau Charles, and a 1965-1966 top twenty hit in Lies, they seemed to be on the road to fame.
Lies is a credible imitation of The Beatles, but other attempts at emulating contemporary icons fell short.
As a result, the hint of fame was fleeting. A contract with Challenge Records proved to be disadvantageous in the marketing arena, and when Jimmy Walker defected to the rising star, The Righteous Brothers, the group began a precipitous decline.
Motown briefly had the Knickerbockers under contract in the early 1970s, and the group reformed in the 1980s. But it never regained the status it had with its original hit.
Additional information on the Knickerbockers
The Knickerbockers have recorded several CDs of note. They include: The Knickerbockers, The Fabulous Knickerbockes: Lies, and Knickerbockers: 20 Classic Tracks, and A Rave Up With the Knickerbockers. All may be found at CD Warehouse in Charlotte, ordered through Amazon.com, or at any Charlotte area Barnes and Noble or Borders.
Google images has a picture gallery showing the Knickerbockers in publicity shots and on album covers.
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