A Numbers Band Show from September 24th, 1976. Make sure to read the fantastic description of the band during that era.
Ok here is another real treat for you all. This is part 1 of a newly surfaced recording of The Numbers Band performing at Pancho Villa's in Kent on Friday, September 24, 1976. This is another audience recording captured from the original cassette master so it's pretty rough but once your ears get used to the quality you'll be transported right back to this time and place. This venue was literally at the very end of North Water Street in Kent. Later it was known as The Stuffed Mushroom and then even later The Avenue. It had a few other names in its day. The building was demolished around 2010 and there's a bridge in its place these days.
A couple of interesting notes about this performance. This is the only known recording of a full show featuring Chris Butler on bass who would later become much more well known as a member of TIn Huey and then the mastermind behind The Waitresses. Also The Numbers Band almost broke up while they had this regular gig here at Pancho Villa's. A few months earlier they lost their gig at JB's when a fire gutted the place. They then moved their operation to the Robin Hood which got closed down after about a month for health violations and then they settled in here at Pancho Villa's.
They had a regular gig here for maybe two months playing several times a week. In that time they saw their audience dwindle and their salaries get slashed. This place was also kind of a biker bar and the regular bikers at this place were none too happy that this new band had suddenly taken over their space. These were tough times for 15-60-75.
Bob Kidney has a story that at one point noted Cleveland rocker and journalist Peter Laughner showed up for one of their gigs here with WMMS's Murray Saul. On a setbreak Bob and Peter went out back to talk some shop and Bob confessed to Peter that he was seriously considering calling it quits because he could feel the walls closing in. Peter then asked Bob to do him a favor. He asked Bob to hold out on making a decision like that for 6 months because he felt there was something better on the horizon for the band. Bob agreed --- within about a month of this conversation they were asked to come back to JB's where they ended up keeping a regular residency for the next 20 years.
BIG THANKS to our friends over at the Mr. Stress Blues Band page for unearthing this gem. They will be unleashing Part two of this show next week so stay tuned!
15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
Pancho Villa's, Kent
September 24, 1976
Recorded by Doug Morgan
1. Walking Blues
2. Done Somebody Wrong
3. Don't Start Me To Talkin'
4. Sea Cruise
5. Messin' With The Kid
8. Memphis, Tennessee
Robert Kidney -- Guitar and Vocals
Jack Kidney -- Sax, Harmonica, Keys and vocals
Terry Hynde -- Sax and Keys
Tim Maglione -- Sax
Michael Stacey -- Guitar
David Robinson -- Drums
Christopher Butler -- Bass