The New Colony Six

The New Colony Six

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The New Colony Six is an American soft rock band whose height of popularity was from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. From Chicago, the group placed ten singles on the Hot 100 between 1966 and 1971. Original members were Ray Graffia (vocals), Chick James (drums), Pat McBride (harmonica), Craig Kemp (organ), Wally Kemp (bass), and Gerry Van Kollenburg (guitar). Ronnie Rice (vocals, keyboards, guitar) joined in 1966, replacing Craig Kemp. There were numerous changes in the lineup over the years. The band's two biggest hits, which peaked on WLS months before they peaked nationally, were Rice's "I Will Always Think About You" (WLS #1 on 25 March 1968) (Hot 100 #22 on 1 June 1968) (#14 RPM Canada) and "Things I'd Like to Say" (WLS #2 on 30 December 1968) (Hot 100 #16 on 22–29 March 1969) (#6 Canada). In Canada they also hit the charts with an earlier song "Love You So Much" (WLS #2 on 27 January 1967) (Hot 100 #61 on 25 March 1967) (#49 Canada) and the later "I Could Never Lie To You" (WLS #7 on 26 May - 2 June 1969) (Hot 100 #50 on 14 June 1969) (#38 Canada).

Formed in 1965,[1] New Colony Six scored their first major local hit in Chicago with "I Confess" (WLS #2 on 4 February 1966), featured on their debut album, Breakthrough. Their sound was characterized by Richie Unterberger as "a poppier American Them with their prominent organ, wobbly Lesley-fied guitar amplifications and rave-up tempos", later devolving into "a cabaret-ish band with minor national hits to their credit by the end of the 1960s."[2] Like Paul Revere & the Raiders, they wore colonial outfits on stage.[3]

Ellery Temple briefly joined in 1967, replacing Wally Kemp, and was replaced by Les Kummel (who died in a severe auto accident in Chicago on 18 December 1978 at age 33). Billy Herman (vocals, drums) replaced James in 1969. Graffia left in 1969 and Bruce Gordon (bass) and Chuck Jobes (keyboards) joined the band. Skip Griparis was playing guitar and singing lead vocals in 1972, until the band's demise at the end of 1974.

In 1988, the band played a reunion show at Chicago's Park West. As of 2010, the band continued to perform with founding member Graffia and Bruce Mattey in the lineup. New Colony Six was inducted into the Iowa Rock n' Roll Music Association Hall of Fame in 2002.
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The New Colony Six Discography

Albums

The New Colony Six Breakthrough (Album) Sentar US 1966 Sell This Version
New Colony Six* Colonization (Album) Sentar US 1967 Sell This Version
The New Colony Six Revelations (Album) Mercury US 1968 Sell This Version
The New Colony Six Attacking A Straw Man (Album) Mercury, Mercury Canada 1969 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

New Colony Six* At The River's Edge / I Lie Awake (Single) Sentaur Record Corp. US 1966 Sell This Version
New Colony Six* I Confess / Dawn Is Breaking (Single) Centaur US 1966 Sell This Version
1202 New Colony Six* At The River's Edge / I Lie Awake(7", Single, Promo) Sentaur Record Corp. 1202 US 1966 Sell This Version
The New Colony Six (The Ballad Of The) Wingbat Marmaduke / The Power Of Love Sentar US 1967 Sell This Version
The New Colony Six Treat Her Groovy / Rap-A-Tap Mercury US 1967 Sell This Version
New Colony Six* I'm Just Waiting Anticipating For Her To Show Up (Single) Centaur US 1967 Sell This Version
New Colony Six* You're Gonna Be Mine / Woman Sentar Canada 1967 Sell This Version
New Colony Six* Love You So Much / Let Me Love You (Single) Sentar Canada 1967 Sell This Version
The New Colony Six Can't You See Me Cry / Summertime's Another Name For Love (Single) Mercury Canada 1968 Sell This Version
The New Colony Six I Will Always Think About You / Hold Me With Your Eyes (Single) Mercury Spain 1968 Sell This Version
New Colony Six* Things I'd Like To Say / Come And Give Your Love To Me (Single) Mercury US 1968 Sell This Version
The New Colony Six I Could Never Lie To You / Just Feel Worse (Single) Mercury US 1969 Sell This Version
The New Colony Six I Want You To Know / Free (Single) Mercury US 1969 Sell This Version
The New Colony Six Barbara, I Love You / Prairie Grey (Single) Mercury US 1969 Sell This Version
AS 055 New Colony Six*, Pat Boone New Colony Six*, Pat Boone - Thing I'd Kike To Say / July You're A Woman(7", Mono, Jukebox) Mercury, Polydor AS 055 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
New Colony Six* Love, That's The Best I Can Do / Close Your Eyes Little Girl (Single) Mercury US 1970 Sell This Version
New Colony Six* People And Me / Ride The Wicked Wind (Single) Mercury US 1970 Sell This Version
The New Colony Six Never Be Lonely (Single) Sunlight Records (3) US 1971 Sell This Version
The New Colony Six Long Time To Be Alone (Single) Sunlight Records (3) US 1971 Sell This Version
The New Colony Six If You Could See / Roll On (Single) Sunlight Records (3) US 1971 Sell This Version
1004 The New Colony Six Never Be Lonely(7", Single) Sunlight Records (3) 1004 US 1971 Sell This Version

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