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Truth and Janey

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The musical group Truth was formed sometime in late ‘69 in a small city in Iowa by original members Billy Janey, Steve Bock and John Fillingsworth. The band pulled it’s name from the title of a Jeff Beck album and drew inspiration from Beck as well as idols Cream and Hendrix. This lineup, however, would last barely a year until drummer Denis Bunce was brought in the replace Fillingsworth and form what would be the group’s legendary line-up.

By 1972 the group was regularly performing and writing original material. It was in this time that they would release their debut, a 7” 45rpm featuring “Midnight Horseman” and a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Under my Thumb.” Although, Guitarist Billy Janey claims that 1,000 copies of this single were pressed, to a collector nowadays it feels a lot more like 100 copies because it’s extremely hard to turn up.

During 1973 the band issued their 2nd 7” single on their own Driving Wheel label and shortly thereafter changed their name to the more familiar Truth and Janey. The songs “Straight Eight Pontiac” and “Around and Around” were featured on the group’s second 45rpm. It was also around this time they became aware of another band signed to a major label subsidiary that was using the name Truth. In order to avoid any confusion or possible legal hassles they opted to change the name to “Truth and Janey.”

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