A random selection of Sixties sounds from my 45's and LP's.
thanks love anything and everything from Michigan - alan
It's always good to read recollections from band members.
The Camel Drivers were a great band. I used to sneak into the dances at Olivet College to hear them. All were really nice guys and seemed to enjoy their music. Thanks for the great music. I think I have all of their records.don
The Camel Drivers were an INCREDIBLE band!...I heard their records "Sunday Morning 6 O'Clock" and "You Made A Believer of Me" constantly on radio stations WKNR out of Dearborn, Michigan and the "BIG-8" CKLW out of Windsor, Canada when I was a teenager in the late 60's.All in all, the Camel Drivers released a total of 5 singles on Artie Fields Detroit-based TOP DOG record label, and one '45 for Buddah Records (actually, a re-release of their first single titled. "Sunday Morning 6 O'Clock")I have recently become acquainted with original Camel Drivers Bassist Terry Connon...Through numerous e-mail conversations, we have become good friends.- Terry is a WONDERFUL person who still has great pride in The Camel Drivers.Terry has put several Camel Drivers songs w/videos on YouTube, and is currently in the process of adding several more songs from the group. AS a HUGE fan of the group, I hope that I can someday have a chance to talk with the other members of this incredible musical outfit. Jerry S.
I used to hear the band play regularly when they had a standing gig at the Driftwood Lounge on Grand River in Redford during the mid-1970s. I was a neighbor of Tom's and a student at Olivet College (after they had graduated) during the early 1970s. I would wholeheartedly agree - they could cover any music, and cover it well. I especially recall their Grass Roots medleys and Hall and Oates' "She's Gone." They never achieved "big name" status, but the true measure of their success lies in the joy they brought their fans and in the final product - all successful and great guys!! Thanks Tom.
Wow I remember Abdul and the Camel Drivers! I went to high school with Tom and Dave Curlin BEFORE the Camel Drivers even started. I remember them playing at Keggers in East Lansing when I was going to Michigan State; they were a great, fun band to dance to! Dave is now my friend on Facebook but haven't seen either of them in decades.
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Greg " PORKY " Campbell was the drummer. We were fraternity...ox...brothers at CMU. He transfered to Northwood Institute. He was from Birmingham, Mi. Great guy!!! I hope all is well with him.Harry Ackley
My idols....Jack and I were at the Driftwood every week end they were there. Rick, Dave, Tom, Terry and Porky were my favorate band. We even went to Battle Creek when they played there. I went there every night as well when they were at the Driftwood. Please get in touch with me. I love you guys. I even had Porkys busted drum. Nancy firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr.Mate and Mr.Curlin were both teachers of mine at Stevenson jr.high. I watched them play locally once, they were very good, also wonderful teachers, even though I wasn't much to work with,lol.
My sister Sharon & I were regulars at the Driftwood just about every weekend. We were big fans. I have always wondered why we never heard about them afterwards-they were great. Glad to get an update on how they are doing. I still have my "reel to reel" tape that I purchased when they left the Driftwood (but nothing to play it on unfortunately). (Sue)
I can never forget the Camel Drivers! Always wondered what became of them. I still belive they were one of the greatest bands I've ever heard. EVER! We'd go see them and dance every week at the Driftwood Lounge on Grand River in Redford Michigan in the early 70s. WONDERFUL MEMORIES. I wish they'd have hit N.Y. or Los Angeles. I'm sure they'd be LEGENDS today. They sure deserved it; were a bid INSPIRATION for me. Sincerely - jim vanhollebeke, Canovan.com and Facebook
There was a band from Olivet College in the late '60s that put out a 45 titled (I think) "My Town" or "Our Town" that got radio play on WKFR. They opened for The Cryan' Shames in 1968 @ the W.K. Kellogg Auditorium in Battle Creek. Do you know who they were? Thanks!
Porky Campbell is alive and well in Birmingham, MI.
These guys were part of the Detroit music scene late 60's and early 70's second to none. Along with Amboy Dukes, SRC, MC5 among many others . Their Driftwood sets were awesome but at Coral Gables on Woodward they were out of this world. When they played cover to Nilsson' "Jump into the Fire" everyone would go crazy. Like other extremely talented Detroit bands of that era they got screwed trying to break national scene.
I graduated in the same high school class with Porky and enjoyed going to Coral Gables when the Camel Drivers were there. After college I was drafted and lost touch with the Detroit area music scene. Are those guys still involved in music? They had a nice sound and were extremely popular back in the email@example.com
Gregory "PORKY" Campbell October 3, 2016 Beloved father of Brandon Campbell & wife Brynn, grandchildren. Seamus and Corrina. Partner of Karen Nielsen. Porky may you rest in peace, you brought joy to so many.
Actually, besides all those TERRIFIC Top Dog Records releases, there were TWO Buddah releases. Test pressings of a third MAY exist (although I haven;t seen one). 1st Buddah release was of course GIVE IT A TRY/SUNDAY MORNING, 6 O'CLOCK. With the super success of the song in Detroit and some national interest Buddah offered the group a follow-up release. That being I'M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE. Although recorded for Buddah (AND test pressings MAY have been made) the record company, wisely I think, decided to issue the Lou Christie version instead. Rhe "Drivers" lead singer just doesn't seem that "into" the tune. Certainly not like Christy does. Anyway, for a royalty percentage Buddah gives Top Dog the rights to release the song. It does OK in the Detroit market but pales to Christies version. Most in Detroit believe the band is "covering" Christies hit. But "The Camel Drivers" recorded it 1st and Christie is "covering" them! Anyway, The Camel drivers had at least ONE more Buddah effort. Released in '69 the "A" side was titled "BE CAREFUL OF STONES YOU THROW" (Buddah 80). I've only seen promotional copies of this record. There may be stock copies out there somewhere. But THIS was the groups last RELEASED (at least as Promo) effort for Buddah. I do know that several songs were also taped during a Los Angeles recording session around the same time and that at least a few have surfaced in recent years. Check YouTube carefully to find them. GREAT "garage" style band from Detroit. Wish they'd have had more success. I think they deserved it. Bob M
Remember them well at Coral Gables, get their at happy hour- line up a dozen shots then dance all night. Peak time was as said above during their cover of Jump Into the Fire. Place would always go nuts during the drum solo with the strobe lights going balls out. I actually am a friend of the head of Saint Thomas Records who tells me he wanted to take them into his studio, but he never was able to hook up with them. I remember vividly the set they played after being Royally SCREWED by a national record label. Their set exhibited the wrath of being rejected.Long live Coral Gables and The Camel Drivers. Awesome Detroit Band.
I was a bouncer (checked ID) at the Coral Gables in the early 70s. The Camel Drivers were the house band for the most part. Not only did I enjoy their incredible talent but they were so unassuming and nice. One of the best bands I ever heard. Their harmony was spot on. I will never forget their rendition of "No Time" - Paul Walrad
They were in Asbury Park NJ the summer 1966 - great memories of them and waiting tables on the Jersey shore.
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