I was in The Pastels from 1966 until the summer of 1968. I played keyboards. The above picture is of the original group. The guitar player on the left is Dale Anderson who was eventually replaced by Larry Rogers sometime during 1967. The other guitar player who also doubled on bass is Ron Jones. Red Elder was the original drummer and was replaced by Larry Horne from Richland in 1966. The first keyboard player was Mark Gage from Pasco. I replaced the second keyboard player who was Don Clauson. Ron Jones' father, Don, was our manager and produced our recordings.
Photo Courtesy of Ron Jones
1964 ~ 1968
Dale Anderson ~ Guitar
Don Clauson ~ Keyboards
Red Elder ~ Drums
Mark Gage ~ Keyboards
Frank Hames ~ Keyboards
Larry Horne ~ Drums
Ron Jones ~ Bass
Larry Rogers ~ Guitar
Don Jones ~ Manager
Photo Courtesy of Frank Hames
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Miller
The Pastels were very well orginized. We each had several professionally designed costumes, individual voice coaches, a paid account at a local barber shop in Pasco as well as individuall college fund bank accounts.
In 1967 we played the Teen Fair in Spokane where we were forced to join the union. We opened for The Vanilla Fudge there. Other bands on that show were Harpers Bazaar, The Chambers Bros, and Glen Campbell. Our P A system that was designed and built by Don Jones ended up being the house PA because it was so good. We worked almost every weekend and played all over the northwest. We also recorded many of our own songs for release. I am still in the music business to this day.
Frank Hames, May 2001
The Pastels in the summer of 1967 at the Teen Fair in Spokane - Courtesy of Ron Jones
The above photo is The Pastels in the summer of 1967 at the Teen Fair in Spokane. We had just finished our set and the Vanilla Fudge were on after us. We were on cloud 9.
Frank Hames, 16 January 2003
Band # 483
Why Don't You Love Me / What Can I Say, Century, 1964
Circuit Breaker / How Many Nights, Century, 1965
Mirage / Where Is The Answer, 23507 1965
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Last Update: 31 July 2005
Credits: Jeff Miller, Frank Hames, Ron Jones. Billy Blair