Chadderton ~ Keyboards, Vocals (1977)
Greg Del Arroyo ~ Percussion
Mike Cleek ~ Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Ericson ~ Bass
Patricia Lee ~ Vocals
Bob McGraw ~ Guitar
Billy Moss ~ Drums, Vocals
Kevin Norris ~ Keyboards (1978)
Bobby Red ~ Congas
Murl Allen Sanders ~ Keyboards, Vocals (1977)
Hugo Taylor ~ Bass, Vocals
Bob Grove ~ Manager
Patrick ? - Sound
In Memory of
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from the earlier band, Smack, and was an
Hugo Taylor, Michael Chadderton
Miguel Cleek, Greg Del Arroyo
Diamond Rio - 1977
Greg Del Arroyo and myself needed to make some money so we put our original band, Ankora, to rest.
In 1977, we were approached by Willis and Miguel to join their Soulful Top 40 band. Miguel Cleek has got to be one of the tastiest guitar players that emerged out of the NW.
The band had huge energy, specially when Patricia Lee hit the stage. We were hailed as heroes in Longview, WA... could do no wrong. A very funny band.
We almost got a recording contract since we played a few originals that the audience cherished. When asked by the record producer what our goals were, Miguel Cleek responded "To go solo, of course!"
Hugo Taylor, October 2011