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This Chicago band started out as The Patsmen in 1964 playing a British invasion sound. The travelled to California in 1965 but returned to Chicago forming their own Centaur (later Sentar) label in 1966. In 1966 they sounded very punkish with a strong Animals - Them influence. Their first album, in particular is very much in this vein and originals are very rare and sought-after. Its reissue by Eva has made it more accessible. The second is more poppy but contains a fine cover of The Yardbirds' classic Mister You're A Better Man Than I. Later they signed to Mercury during 1967 and developed into a successful harmony ballad/soft rock act which continued recording well into the 1970s. Over the years they enjoyed much minor chart success and one Top Twenty hit, Things I'd Like To Say.
In 1967, Ray Graffia produced a single for The Prophets. In 1969, Graffia and Chic James left the New Colony Six and joined up with former member Craig Kemp to form the Raymond John Michael Band, which eventually released three singles. Patrick McBride later worked at Plynth Studios in the Chicago area. In 1975, the New Colony Six finally stopped rockin'.
Ray Graffia and Ronnie Rice re-formed The New Colony Six for a one-time reunion at Chicago's Park West in 1988. Subsequently Ray Graffia has also toured with a new line-up of the band at selected shows throughout the nineties. Ronnie Rice also now performs as a solo artist and still makes occasional appearances with New Colony Six. Anyone interested in Ronnie's solo material, should check out Refried Rice ('61-'86) on Sunlight Records (SU-5007) 1997.
Les Kummel and Chuck Jobes had earlier been in The Revelles, whilst Billy Herman had been in Aorta. Sadly Les Kummel died in an auto accident on 19th Dec, 1978.
In the '80s and '90s Ray Graffia has been busy running his company Arbortech, which deals with cleaning up environmental problems in industry, primarily focusing on wastewater. For more information check the following website: http://www.arbortech.com. ~ Vernon Joynson / Byron Stewart / Cheryl Miller / Max Waller)
01. Love You So Much 2:00
02. Let Me Love You 2:16
03. Hello Lonely 2:14
04. Warm Baby 2:21
05. My Dreams Depend On You 2:10
06. Elf Song 2:15
07. I'm Here Now 2:19
08. I'm Just Waitin' 2:12
09. You're Gonna Be Mine 2:10
10. Woman 2:28
11. Power Of Love 2:11
12. Accept My Ring 2:10
13. Mister You're A Better Man Than I 6:54
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