Mouse & The Traps

Genres: Folk
Decades: 1990s


This US group was formed in Tyler, Texas, USA in 1965 by guitarist/vocalist Ronnie ‘Mouse’ Weiss. Jerry Howell (keyboards) and Dave Stanley (bass), ex-colleagues from Jerry Vee And The Catalinas, joined him in this new venture which was completed by Bugs Henderson (lead guitar) and Ken Murray (drums). The quintet made its debut in February 1966 with ‘A Public Execution’ on which Weiss’ Bob Dylan inflections topped a punk-style backing. ‘Maid Of Sugar, Maid Of Spice’ followed in a similar manner, while other notable singles included ‘Lie, Beg, Borrow And Steal’ (1967) and ‘I Satisfy’ (1968). By this point Doug Rhone had replaced Henderson. The Traps also recorded as Positively Thirteen O’Clock (with singer Jimmy Rabbit), and backed Dale Hawkins on L.A., Memphis And Tyler. The singer reciprocated by producing the group’s final singles, ‘Wicker Vine’ and ‘Knock On My Door’ (both...

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