Little John & The Merrymen
Salem, Oregon
1963 - 1967


Grant Beardsley ~ Bass
Clark Blanchard ~ Lead Vocals
John Martin ~ Guitar
Scott Simons ~ Drums
Chuck Whittemore ~ Keyboards


Peter Geiser
Clayton Henry (KBZY, Salem)

Little John and the Merrymen (1963-1967) later called The Heavy Company (1968-69) played the Salem, Oregon VFW hall many times, usually for EJD. They also played at the Salem Armory on a number of occasions including their opening for the Vanilla Fudge.

A unique “traveling show” was produced by EJD in November 1966 where Little John & the Merrymen played the Oregon State Penitentiary, the Men's Correctional Institution, the Chemawa Indian School, and Hill Crest Correctional in the Salem area in one long day. The show included Miss Oregon, Mrs. Oregon and several show folks doing a show similar to Laugh-In   (popular TV show in the later 60s).

Grant Beardsley

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Last Update:  12 April 2012
Credits:  Grant Beardsley
Band # 2557