Ghost Train (2:06)

Cover of Keb Darge & Little Edith's Legendary Wild Rockers 2

From Keb Darge & Little Edith's Legendary Wild Rockers 2 and 1 other release

Ghost Train, by The Swanks, was composed by band members Jack Revelle ( age 17, lead guitar), Otha Libby (age 19, rhythm guitar) and Bobby Jones (age 18, drums) in 1964 at Riposo Studios in Syracuse, New York. The band had been rehearsing at Jones’ family home in Brewerton, NY on a Saturday morning in preparation for a recording session at Riposo Studios that afternoon, at which they were going to be recording a vocal song called My College Cry. About an hour and a half before they were scheduled to leave for Syracuse, they realized they had no material for the flip side of the 45 rpm record they would be recording. They began to jam and trade ideas back and forth, and the result of their effort over the span of that hour and a half, and three takes at Riposo Studios, was Ghost Train.

The song was originally released on Charm Records but has since been published or bootlegged on at least two dozen compilations albums, usually of American 60’s surf-style instrumentals. It has also been used in soundtrack of a French film, “Violent Days.” Original copies of the song on the Charm label are valued by collectors and fetch as much as $2,000.

Otha Libby is a retired police officer and college professor living in Seattle, Washington. Jack Revelle played professionally for over 20 years and retired from an automobile sales career and lives north of Syracuse, NY. Bobby Jones is still a working musician in the Los Angeles, CA area.


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