Don & The Goodtimes Biography

Formed in Portland, Oregon, USA, this pop attraction featured Don Gallucci (organ/vocals), previously of the Kingsmen. Gallucci appeared on ‘Louie Louie’, the latter group’s smash hit, but bowed to parental pressure not to tour. Don McKinney (saxophone/vocals), Peter Outlette (guitar), Dave Childs (bass) and Bob Holden (drums) completed the line-up of an act, which was initially content to remain in Portland and record solely for regional outlets. The quintet moved to Los Angeles in 1966, having secured a major recording contract, firstly with Dunhill Records, then Epic. They enjoyed two minor US hits, ‘I Could Be So Good To You’ and ‘Happy And Me’ (both 1967), and procured a regular spot on ABC-TV’s Where The Action Is, which starred northwest contemporaries Paul Revere And The Raiders. Two subsequent Goodtimes’ alumni, Jim ‘Harpo’ Valley and Charlie Coe, switched to the latter group, and by 1968 Gallucci and Holden had been joined by Joey Newman (lead guitar), Jeff Hawks (rhythm guitar) and Ron Overman (bass). Newman and Hawks later remained with Gallucci in a new act, Touch, following which Don joined the staff of Elektra Records, where he produced Crabby Appleton and the Stooges’ Fun House.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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