Chymes of Freedom - photo courtesy of George Goins
John Carter, George Goins, Bill Carter, Earl Weida, Scott McDonald
The Little Stones
AKA: The Chymes of Freedom
Bremerton, Washington
1966 ~ 1967


Rick Belyea ~ Drums
Bill Carter* ~ Drums
John Carter ~ Bass
George Goins ~ Rhythm Guitar
Scott MacDonald ~ Lead Guitar
Earl Weida ~ Vocals

 Bruce Henderson ~ Manager

   * writing credit on Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Crossfire".

In Memory of

Earl Weida
b:  1949  d:  2006

Our biggest gig was in Olympia. We got in trouble with the owner because the guys weren't 21 and there was booze... but we played.  Afterward, I had an envelope filled with cash, and we were racing in the middle of the night to get home in two cars and got caught in a speed trap in some ho-dunk town. The Cop had us follow him to the courthouse, where he accepted our money. Yep, the envelope full.   What a time that was...

Bruce Henderson, April 2007

Earl Weida Jr.

"Earl WEIDA, Jr. Born in Vancouver WA. Feb 8, 1949, grew up in Seattle, attended Oaklake Elementary, Wilson Jr. Hi, and Ingram High School. Earl left high school early to join a rock-n-roll band as lead singer. "The Chimes of Freedom" won 1st place in the Battle of the Bands contest in Bremerton, WA about 1967. Earl drove for Yellow Cab a number of years. The last few years Earl drove a touring bus with MTR Western, a Motor Coach co. Among his passengers were the Seahawks as he took them to their games here on the west coast. Earl left this life on March 2, 2006 after just recently having accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior. His body gave up to cancer. Earl leaves behind 5 siblings, Linda Vrell, Bob Weida, John D. Weida, Victor and Don Kores, his mother, Leona Houser and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday March 18th at 1:00 p.m. at the Northgate Baptist Church, 10510 Stone Ave N, Seattle. Published in print on 3/12/2006."  Seattle TImes Obituary

Lisa Peppan, former North End Taxi driver, March 2007

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Last Update:  13 May 2007
Credits: Darryl Riffero, Kenny Coulter, Neal Skok, Allen Dean Whitehead, George Goins, Bruce Henderson, Lisa Peppan
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