The Boyz

Noise from the Boyz

The Boyz were a Chicago band that I frequently recorded with, in the 1970s. It was a good opportunity to arrange, produce recording sessions and learn my way around the recording studio.

Actually, the band started in the 1960s with some involvement from Rick Nielsen. By the 1970s, the core of the band were Paul Mahalek and Wayne Silka, and we had a somewhat-famous 45 "Charlotte" b/w "Laugh's On Me". Some of the people who participated in the 1970s Boyz sessions were:

Paul Mahalek (voc, pno, gtr)
Wayne Silka (voc, gtr)
Bill 'Wilbur' Steed (bs, pno, synth)
Bill Millay (voc, gtr, kybd, pno, arr, prod)
Dave Green (dr)
Roger Glienke (gtr)
Jeff Charles (dr)
Ray Grasse (pno)
Rick Bohl (gtr)
Paul Broucek (prod)

The final Boyz sessions were released in 1977 under the name The Huns ("Fun With The Huns", on False Hope Records).

'Never Be Lonely' / 'Come With Me' (Destination 630) 1966
'Hard Times All Over' / 'Never Be Lonely' (Destination 7719) 1967
'The Laughs On Me' / 'Charlotte' (Kiderian 45130) 1975

There was also an LP 'Goodbye Dolores' (Kiderian Records). Side One was Boyz tracks (including 'The Laughs On Me' and 'Charlotte'). Side Two featured various other artists... although the title track 'Goodbye Dolores' was actually The Boyz calling themselves 'Plenty'. It was a BeeGees-esque slow tune, with me parodying Barry and Robin Gibb's voices.

Here's someone's insight into the Boyz

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