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There are two bands known as The Squires. An early surf rock band and a garage band.

1. The Squires were a Canadian surf rock band from Winnipeg, most known in music history as being an early band of Neil Young.

2. The Squires were an American garage band in the 1960s, who have a claim to being the quintessential example of the genre.

They released just one single, which failed to be even a regional hit, but which is now regarded as a classic of its era. One critic has written :- The yearning lyrics and melody, vibrant jangling guitars and brisk propulsive beat all combine to make The Squires’ “Going All the Way” a transcendent rock n roll record. That the song wasn’t a huge hit and isn’t heard daily on today’s “oldies” or “classic rock” radio stations is shameful - but when it comes right down to it, it doesn’t matter. The fact that “Going All the Way” is little more than a secret, known only to a few thousand fanatics, only adds to its greatness. Success can be measured in terms other than units sold, and with “Going All The Way” The Squires succeeded in ways that much wealthier musicians failed.

The band formed in Bristol, Connecticut in 1965 and comprised high school friends Michael Bouyea (Drums, guitar, vocals), Thomas Flanigan (lead guitar, vocals), Kurt Robinson (organ), John Folcik (bass). They were originally known as The Rogues, who released one single, “It’s The Same All Over” on the local Peyton label, and started to build a strong local following.


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  • oldiesfanjohn

    Sorry below. Not Neil Young's early band. Wrong Squires.

    4 Oct 2014 Reply
  • iconan

    The Squires - Going All The Way With (1965 /1966) - Garage folk-rock legends originally known as The Rogues, formed 1965 in Bristol, Connecticut. Famed for their single Going All The Way / Go Ahead (1966) Since they never recorded an Lp, this collection gathers all of their unissued gems. This is one of the best unissued 60's garage. A MUST! Personnel: Tom Flanigan (lead gtr) - Jim Lynch (gtr) - John Folcik (bs) - Kurt Robinson (keyb'ds) - Mike Bouyea (drms, violin, vcls) -.-.-.-. om hari om ..... ॐะ

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MuoriBOR

    Canadians <3

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • lottadogs

    way cool tune...early Neil...yeah

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Harfang

    Oh boy. I love Neil so much, really, but I cannot listen to Oh Darling because not only are the instruments sorta out of tune, but Neil's voice is ~violently~ off key.

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • stevo120665

    I remember a late 70's Mod revival band called The Squires.

    7 Jul 2010 Reply
  • BillStrange

    The Squires " Going all the way" is one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs I have ever heard. I have it on an early vinyl version of pebbles. What a shame we can have it streaming here. C'mon!

    24 Mar 2010 Reply
  • melvinz

    ahahah! "I wonder" is the early version of "don't cry no tears". yeah!

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • TheOnlyRoc

    despite having Niel Young they do not have the top tracks on

    19 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ThommesHansen

    Its Neil maaan!

    30 Jun 2009 Reply
  • WLDB

    haha all the top tracks are not even of the group the article describes.

    12 Jun 2009 Reply
  • GrayFlannelSuit

    There is also a doo-wop group called The Squires.

    22 Apr 2009 Reply

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