Marty Martinson, Mike Sturm,  Lee Smith,  Bob Dalyrymple, Gary Mclaughlin & Dick Brown - Photo Courtesy of Dick Brown
The Huntingtons
Hoquiam/Aberdeen, Washington
1966 - 1970

Members
 

Dick Brown ~ Vocals
Bob Dalrymple ~ Lead Guitar, Vocals
Marty Martinson ~ Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Gary McLaughlin ~ Drums, Vocals
Lee Smith ~ Keyboards, Vocals
Bill Stoliker ~ Keyboards
Mike Sturm ~ Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
 

In Memory of

Lee Smith

I was briefly a member of the Huntingtons in about 1967. This was after they made their record.  I had to learn the song off the record.  I only remember playing one gig with the group... a "senior prom" (maybe) in Long Beach.  I played keyboard.

Bill Stoliker, June 2004

We were a 60's to 70's era Pacific Northwest Rock Band from Hoquiam/Aberdeen, Washington.

Pictured in the photo from L to R are: Marty Martinson (bass guitar/vocals), Mike Sturm (rhythym guitar/vocals), Lee Smith (keyboard/vocals), Bob Dalyrymple (lead guitar/vocals), Gary McLaughlin (drums/vocals) and Dick Brown (lead singer).

Some of the Dance Halls we rocked were: The Aberdeen YMCA, The Hoquiam YMCA, Vasa Hall in Hoquiam, St. Martins College in Olympia, Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen & The Harborena Skating Rink in Hoquiam.   We also played in Raymond and Montesano, Washington.

Dick Brown, The Huntingtons, August 2010.

The original members of the Huntingtons were: Dick Brown, Mike Sturm, Bob Dalyrymple, Lee Smith, Marty Martinson, and Gary McLaughlin.

We were together from 1966 to 1970 and played countless “dances” in and around the Grays Harbor area.   We were THE BAND for Grays Harbor College dances in Aberdeen, Washington.

We were the “winners” of a BATTLE OF THE BANDS competition put on by Pat O’Day , a popular radio host/disc jockey from Seattle, Washington.   As a result we were able to play as the warm-up band for some groups he was promoting at the time.

The Huntingtons were an innovative and vocally versatile group.   Our repertoire included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Turtles, The Kinks, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Animals, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Left Banke…and the list goes on and on.

 It was common at our dances that the “kids”  would stop dancing and gather in front of the stage to just “listen” to our music.  Four of  our six band members were music majors at the time.

It was a great experience at a great time in our lives.

Dick Brown, August 2010
Original member and lead singer of The Huntingtons.

It is with a sad heart that I have recently learned of the passing in 2009 of Lee Smith.  He was the original keyboard/vocals member of The Huntingtons.   Lee attended Grays Harbor College.   Music was always a motivating force in his life; he continued to study music and took weekly piano lessons thoughout his long business career.   He always said that he was "a pianist working as an accountant."   It would give Lee great pleasure to know that part of his enormous, loving legacy is to help a fellow music student.

To that end, the LEE SMITH MEMORIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP in the amount of $500 per year was established and is open to all fulltime Music majors at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington.   The college welcomes additional contributions to this Memorial.

Contact the Grays Harbor College Foundation at (360)538-4243.

Lee, along with Mike Sturm and myself, wrote and recorded for Wasp Records:   "You Better Mend Your Ways" and "I Told The World" at Wiley Sound Studios in Tacoma (Ron Biberthaler Producer) in 1966.

I will miss Lee...

Dick Brown, January 2013
Original member and lead singer of The Huntingtons..

Recorded for Wasp Records


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Last Update:  19 February 2016
Credits: Darryl Riffero, Bill Stoliker, Dick Brown

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