Leroy Eliason ~ Bass
Al Fearon ~ Vocals
Randy Knowles ~ Guitar
Rik Norgard ~ Guitar
Vernon Palm ~ Drums
Ford ~ Road Manager
In Memory of
The Yakima Lost Souls were together from about 1965 to 1968. The lead singer was Al Fearon; Rik Norgard played lead guitar; Vernon Palm played drums; Bradley Leroy Eliason played bass, McCartney-style. Randy Knowles played rhythm guitar.
These Lost Souls were the dominant dance band in Yakima and the Yakima Valley after the Gentlemen Wilde disbanded. We played at least one gig a week, usually more. We usually split the door 50-50 with promoter. We played almost weekly at the Yakima YMCA. The door usually was good for about 250 to 500 dollars, at $1 a crack to get in. The Lost Souls regularly made good money. At their height in 1967, we would average $300 a gig, a lot of money for the times. I usually got ten percent and the band split the rest.
Don (Gallucci) & The Goodtimes were very influential with all the local dance bands, as of course were the Kingsmen, Sonics, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and of course Danny & The Seniors.
The Lost Souls practiced at Vernon Palm's parents house. He was the next door neighbor of Frank Monaco, the drummer for the Gentlemen Wilde.
Both The Gentlemen Wilde and Lost Souls played quite a few Dave Green tunes. Everybody played Long Green, Money, Little Latin Lupe Lu, Louie Louie, etc. The Lost Souls also played some Association, Trogs, Them, etc. Everybody played Gloria and most played She's Not There, Woolly Bully, 96 Tears. The Kinks got covered a lot. Guys waited for The House of the Rising Sun to ask girls to dance because it was so slow and long. Rik really dug the Yardbirds so the band played some of that. Al Fearon's big show stopper, besides I Wanna Be Free, was Eleanor Rigby.
The bass player for the Gentlemen Wilde, Chris Norgard, was the older brother of the Lost Souls' lead guitarist Rik. Chris was nearly killed in a car crash in the early 1970's. Rik died in a car crash in Renton in 1973 or so.
The Lost Souls were consistently employed and a bit more bubble gum, playing 3-4 Monkees tunes (I Wanna Be Free, Last Train to Clarksville, etc.). The Lost Souls wore turquoise velveteen Paul Revere outfits, complete with ruffles and tri-corner hats. Both bands played "Kicks" and several other Paul Revere hits, but the outfits the Lost Souls wore were more like the uniform of some bands rather than a tribute. We did "steps," because the crowd expected it, but they were always a bit embarrassed by some clumsy guitar swinging. We traveled to our gigs in a 1954 Pontiac hearse, white and grey on the outside and blood red felt in the back.
Like almost every band at the time in the area, The Lost Souls used Fender amps... Bassman for the bass and Showman for the guitars.
Vernon Palm was the heartthrob of the band. Rik was a damn good guitar player. Randy sang and played consistently well. Brad was the most artistically ambitious, but couldn't sing much. He sang "Act Naturally" a la Ringo, which was the only song with a country beat I ever heard either band play. When the psychedelic era arrived (quite late) to Yakima in late 1967-68, the band played some of those hits, like Sgt. Pepper and Count Five and the Psychotics.
But the hippie era signaled the end of the dance culture. With free love, nobody had to try to get a 'free feel' on the dance floor to "Sandy" by Danny & the Seniors.
Soon, Three Dog Night and similar bands were playing Yakima and most of the kids either went to The Eagle's Hall in Seattle to hear big names or bought records and zoned out. While Janis Joplin was huge in Seattle, Iron Butterfly and Vanilla Fudge were more popular in Yakima. The only place local bands played was the typical high school function. By 1975 there was no local band scene at all in Yakima. The local hotel bars usually imported some group from L.A. who played Proud Mary and Mandy with equal mediocrity. The Doobie Brothers typified the taste of Yakima during that era, as they still do.
Timothy Ford, December 2001
Last Update: 9 July 2010
Credits: Timothy Ford, Lou Bartelli, Jeff Wilson, John Dahmen