Photo courtesy of ean LaCoursiere
The Furys in 1961 at the Pypo Club
The Furys
AKA: The Pipers IV
Longview, Washington
1961~ 1965


Rich Brown ~ Guitar, Saxophone
Rick Dey ~ Vocals
Roger Huycke ~ Drums
Ray Kennedy ~  Bass, Guitar
Norman Lacoursiere ~ Guitar
Dick Niska ~ Keyboards

Roger Erdman ~ Band Boy

In Memory of

Rick Dey

The Furys recorded for Pat Mason, a leading booking agent of the era, on Lavender label out of Springfield, OR.  They put out several fairly decent songs for the time, including MerryAnn, Beachin', Parchman Farm, Florence of Arabia, Sand Flea, among others.

The Furys turned into the Wilde Knights around 1965 and they wrote and recorded the original "Just Like Me", that Paul Revere and the Raiders had a huge hit with.  Pat Benetar did a cover of "Just Like Me" as well.  In that same recording session in Los Angeles in 1965, they recorded "Beaver Patrol"  which was a little before it's time when it comes to being politically incorrect.  "Beaver Patrol" was covered by a British group called "Pop Will Eat Itself".

The Furys / Wilde Knights played many venues on the West coast including many night clubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco area.  In 1965  we opened for the Rolling Stones and the Byrds in San Jose, CA., and appeared with several other notables including The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Sonny and Cher, Bobby Bare (All American Boy), and Paul Revere and the Raiders.  A good history was written and appeared on an album of much of their music released on Voxx in 1984 called "The Wilde Knights".... Diamonds in The Rough... A History of Garage Band Music.

Rich Brown, November 2001

Rick Dey/Rich Brown wrote "Just Like Me" for Paul Revere & the Raiders

Lavender Records Recording Artists
"Beachin" / "Parchman Farm""

45 Images courtesy of Brian Enfield

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Last Update:  7 December 2010
Credits: Stan Foreman, Darryl Riffero, Roger Erdman, Scott Ashley, Alec Palao, Rich Brown, Brian Enfield
Band Photos Courtesy of Roger Erdman and Dean LaCoursiere

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