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Spanky & Our Gang

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Spanky and Our Gang was an American 1960s folk-rock band led by Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane. The band derives its name from Hal Roach’s popular Our Gang comedies of the 1930s (known to modern audiences as The Little Rascals). McFarlane was nicknamed “Spanky” because one of the band members, perhaps influenced by her last name, said that she resembled Our Gang star George “Spanky” McFarland. The group was known for its vocal harmonies.

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Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane (born 19 June 1942, Peoria, Illinois) - vocals
Nigel Pickering (born 15 June 1929, Pontiac, Missouri) - rhythm guitar, vocals
Paul “Oz” Bach (24 June 1939 - 21 September 1998, Asheville, North Carolina) - bass guitar, vocals (1966-67)
Malcolm Hale (17 May 1941, Butte, Montana - 30 October 1968, Chicago, IL) - lead guitar, trombone, vocals (died of carbon monoxide poisoning).
John “The Chief” Seiter (born 17 August 1944, St Louis, Missouri) - drums, vocals (1967-69)
Kenny Hodges (born 3 August 1936, Jacksonville, Florida) - bass, vocals (1968-69)
Lefty Baker (born 7 January 1939, Roanoke, Virginia - 11 August 1971, California) - lead guitar, banjo, vocals (1968-69)

HISTORY

The group’s first album, simply titled Spanky and Our Gang, was released by Mercury Records on August 1, 1967, and included three popular songs that were released as 45 singles - “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” (their biggest hit, which reached number #9 on Billboard in the summer of 1967) followed by “Making Every Minute Count” and “Lazy Day” (both of which made the Top 30 that fall).

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