Brand ~ Drums
Colin Ehli ~ Lead Guitar
Mike Houghton ~ Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Morgan ~ Vox Organ
Sid Ostrander ~ Bass, Lead Vocals
In Memory of
Mike, Colin, Gary, Jeff, Sid
The Mergers was a local band doing general radio rock (Stones, Paul Revere, Sonics, Wailers, Don & The Goodtimes, R&B, etc.) The most notable thing about the band was the Harvey Thomas prototype Maltese Falcon Bass and Lead Guitars, shaped like Iron Crosses, with tombstone heads (pre-Eagle-hook).
In 1967, band was joined by Mike Houghton, bass & rhythm guitar and vocals. Mike brought some original songs in with him. When Colin Ehli went in the Army, Mike took on the job of lead guitar. The band mostly played in Pierce County at Teen Clubs (Red Carpet, Summit Teen Club), Military Bases, dance halls (Knights of Columbus in Lakewood was the Maiden Voyage of the band), and for high school and college dances (Mt. Tahoma, White River HS, UPS & St. Martins College) though adventures were taken to the Tri-Cities area.
Jeff Morgan, May 2002