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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Albums

101 The New Colony Six - Breakthrough album art The New Colony Six Breakthrough (Album) Sentar 101 US 1966 Sell This Version
SST-3001 The New Colony Six - Colonization album art New Colony Six* Colonization (Album) Sentar SST-3001 US 1967 Sell This Version
SR61165 The New Colony Six - Revelations album art The New Colony Six Revelations (Album) Mercury SR61165 US 1968 Sell This Version
SR-61228 The New Colony Six - Attacking A Straw Man album art The New Colony Six Attacking A Straw Man (Album) Mercury, Mercury SR-61228 Canada 1969 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1201 The New Colony Six - I Confess / Dawn Is Breaking album art New Colony Six* I Confess / Dawn Is Breaking (Single) Centaur 1201 US 1965 Sell This Version
1203 The New Colony Six - Cadillac album art The New Colony Six Cadillac Sentar 1203 US 1966 Sell This Version
ST-1205 The New Colony Six - Love You So Much album art New Colony Six* Love You So Much (Single) Sentar ST-1205 US 1966 Sell This Version
R 971 The New Colony Six - At The River's Edge / I Lie Awake album art New Colony Six* At The River's Edge / I Lie Awake (Single) Sentaur Record Corp. R 971 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
1203 The New Colony Six - The Time Of The Year Is Sunset / Sunshine album art The New Colony Six The Time Of The Year Is Sunset / Sunshine(7", Promo) Sentaur Record Corp. 1203 US 1966 Sell This Version
ST-1204 The New Colony Six - (The Ballad Of The) Wingbat Marmaduke / The Power Of Love album art The New Colony Six (The Ballad Of The) Wingbat Marmaduke / The Power Of Love Sentar ST-1204 US 1966 Sell This Version
72737 The New Colony Six - Treat Her Groovy / Rap-A-Tap album art The New Colony Six Treat Her Groovy / Rap-A-Tap Mercury 72737 US 1967 Sell This Version
ST-1206 The New Colony Six - You're Gonna Be Mine / Woman album art New Colony Six* You're Gonna Be Mine / Woman (Single) Sentar ST-1206 US 1967 Sell This Version
ST-1207 The New Colony Six - I'm Just Waiting Anticipating For Her To Show Up album art New Colony Six* I'm Just Waiting Anticipating For Her To Show Up (Single) Sentar ST-1207 US 1967 Sell This Version
72858 The New Colony Six - Things I'd Like To Say / Come And Give Your Love To Me album art New Colony Six* Things I'd Like To Say / Come And Give Your Love To Me (Single) Mercury 72858 US 1968 Sell This Version
127 341 MCF The New Colony Six - I Will Always Think About You album art The New Colony Six I Will Always Think About You (Single) Mercury 127 341 MCF Spain 1968 Sell This Version
45-4122 The New Colony Six - Can't You See Me Cry / Summertime's Another Name For Love album art The New Colony Six Can't You See Me Cry / Summertime's Another Name For Love (Single) Mercury 45-4122 Greece 1968 Sell This Version
127 386 MCF The New Colony Six - I Will Always Think About You album art The New Colony Six I Will Always Think About You(7", Single) Mercury 127 386 MCF France 1968 Sell This Version
73004 The New Colony Six - Barbara, I Love You / Prairie Grey album art The New Colony Six Barbara, I Love You / Prairie Grey (Single) Mercury 73004 US 1969 Sell This Version
72920 The New Colony Six - I Could Never Lie To You / Just Feel Worse album art The New Colony Six I Could Never Lie To You / Just Feel Worse (Single) Mercury 72920 US 1969 Sell This Version
DJ-138 The New Colony Six - I Want You To Know / Free album art The New Colony Six I Want You To Know / Free (Single) Mercury DJ-138 US 1969 Sell This Version
26 014 MCE The New Colony Six - I Could Never Lie To You album art The New Colony Six I Could Never Lie To You(7", EP, Mono) Mercury 26 014 MCE Portugal 1969 Sell This Version
AS 055 The New Colony Six - Thing I'd Kike To Say / July You're A Woman album art 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
73063 The New Colony Six - People And Me / Ride The Wicked Wind album art New Colony Six* People And Me / Ride The Wicked Wind (Single) Mercury 73063 US 1970 Sell This Version
73093 The New Colony Six - Love, That's The Best I Can Do / Close Your Eyes Little Girl album art New Colony Six* Love, That's The Best I Can Do / Close Your Eyes Little Girl (Single) Mercury 73093 US 1970 Sell This Version
1004 The New Colony Six - Never Be Lonely album art The New Colony Six Never Be Lonely (Single) Sunlight Records (3) 1004 US 1971 Sell This Version