The Olivers from Fort Wayne, Indiana evolved out of the Serfmen, a very popular band in the region, that had already released two nowadays rare 45’s on their own Nemfres label. When the Serfmen signed with Dino Enterprises, an Indiana based agency in 1966, original member Greg Church left the band and was replaced by Billy Franze from another local group, TheUnexpected. The Band then moved in a more British invasion direction for their music and outfit and changed name to “The Olivers”. The line-up at the time consisted of Jay Penndorf (guitar, vocals), Chuck Hamrick (drums), Carl Aldrich (keyboards, vocals) and Billy Franze (bass, vocals). The group’s sole 7″ release, “I Saw What You Did” b/w “Beeker Street” was recorded at Cap Studios in Portage, MI and was released with a Picture Sleeve later that year on the local Phalanx Label. The single got picked up by RCA Records for nationwide release and is rated today as one of the best and most exciting double sided major label garage 45s of the 1960s.
Reissue with original front sleeve and a newly designed backcover feat. a short band history and unseen pictures.
A – I Saw What You Did
B – Beeker Street