Lothar And The Hand People

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1960s 1980s 1990s


Although this splendidly named quintet became fixtures of New York’s underground circuit, they were formed in Denver, Colorado, USA, in 1965. College drop-out John Arthur Emelin (vocals/theremin) was initially joined by Richard Lewis (rhythm guitar), Russell ‘Rusty’ Ford (bass) and Tom Lyle (drums), before William C. Wright (lead guitar) completed the line-up. Lewis and Wright were later replaced by Kim King (guitar) and Paul Conly (keyboards). Much attention to the band was given due to Emelin’s use of the theremin, an instrument capable of eerie electronic ‘cries’ similar to those used in horror movies and previously heard on the Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’.

Lothar And The Hand People headed east at the behest of the Lovin’ Spoonful whom they supported on a provincial tour. The new arrivals quickly secured a recording contract, but the apathy that greeted their first three singles delayed...

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