The Cryan' Shames

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The Cryan' Shames
Cryan Shame promo 1966.gif
The Cryan' Shames in 1966. This picture was taken in Piper's Alley, Old Town-Chicago, IL. Front Row - Denny Conroy. Back Row, Left - Right Gerry Stone, Jim Fairs, Jim Pilster, Tom Doody and Dave Purple.
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresGarage rock, pop rock
Years active1966-present
LabelsColumbia, Sundazed
Websitewww.cryanshames.com
Past membersTom Doody
Jim Pilster
Gerry Stone
Dave Purple
Denny Conroy
James Fairs
Lenny Kerley
Isaac Guillory
Dave Carter
Alan Dawson
Bob Stroud
Ron Kaplan
Ron Brandt
Larry Coveny
Tim Rutter
Ted Kalamatas
 
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The Cryan' Shames
Cryan Shame promo 1966.gif
The Cryan' Shames in 1966. This picture was taken in Piper's Alley, Old Town-Chicago, IL. Front Row - Denny Conroy. Back Row, Left - Right Gerry Stone, Jim Fairs, Jim Pilster, Tom Doody and Dave Purple.
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresGarage rock, pop rock
Years active1966-present
LabelsColumbia, Sundazed
Websitewww.cryanshames.com
Past membersTom Doody
Jim Pilster
Gerry Stone
Dave Purple
Denny Conroy
James Fairs
Lenny Kerley
Isaac Guillory
Dave Carter
Alan Dawson
Bob Stroud
Ron Kaplan
Ron Brandt
Larry Coveny
Tim Rutter
Ted Kalamatas

The Cryan' Shames is an American rock group from Hinsdale, Illinois. They originally formed as The Travelers, with founding members Tom Doody ("Toad"), Gerry Stone ("Stonehenge"), Dave Purple ("Grape") of The Prowlers, Denny Conroy and Jim Fairs from The Roosters, Jim Pilster ("J.C. Hooke", so named because he was born without a left hand and wore a hook), and Bill Hughes. In 1966, upon learning that another band already had the name The Travelers, they needed to find another name; J.C. Hooke remarked that their difficulty in doing so was "a cryan' shame," and thus named the band.[1]

After signing with Bob Monaco, the promotion manager for Destination Music, their first hit single was "If I Needed Someone", which was not released in the US (but included on their debut album). It was soon followed by "Sugar and Spice," a Tony Hatch song that was a hit in 1963 (everywhere but in the US) for the English group The Searchers. The Shames' version reached #49 in the USA (while reaching #4 on local radio WLS).

They signed to Columbia in 1966, and while they never were to become a national success, their singles and albums continued to sell well in the Chicago area.

The group disbanded in December 1969, but reunited again and continues to tour. Jim "J.C. Hooke" Pilster and Tom Doody (Toad) are the only remaining original members in the current lineup. Two members of The Cryan' Shames have since died: bassist Dave Purple in June 2001, and his replacement Isaac Guillory, on December 31, 2000.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearTitleLabel & numberChart positions
Billboard Hot 100 (BB)/Cashbox (CB)
1966"Sugar and Spice"
B-side: "Ben Franklin's Almanac"
Destination 624
BB #49 / CB #52
1966"I Wanna Meet You"
B-side: "We Could Be Happy"
Columbia 43836
BB #85 / CB #65
1967"Mr. Unreliable"
B-side: "Georgia"
Columbia 44037
BB #127
1967"It Could Be We're in Love"
B-side: "I Was Lonely When"
Columbia 44191
BB #85 / CB #70
1968"Up on the Roof"
B-side: "The Sailing Ship"
Columbia 44457
BB #85 / CB #70
1968"Young Birds Fly"
B-side: "Sunshine Psalm"
Columbia 44545
BB #99 / CB #86
1968"Greenburg, Glickstein, Charles, David Smith & Jones"
B-side: "The Warm"
Columbia 44638
BB #115 / CB #73
1969"First Train To California"
B-side: "A Master's Fool"
Columbia 44759
WCFL #26
1969"Rainmaker"
B-side: "Bits and Pieces"
Columbia 45027
Cryan' Shames in Concert, 1966

Albums[edit]

YearTitleLabel & numberU.S. chart positions
1966Sugar and SpiceColumbia CL 2589 (Mono) / CS 9389 (Stereo)
BB #192
1967A Scratch in the SkyColumbia CL 2786 / CS 9586
BB #156 / CB #78
1968SynthesisColumbia CS 9719
BB #184, CB #83
BB = Billboard; CB = Cash Box

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Cryan' Shames Biography". Billboard. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 

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