THE CHARLES – \”Motorcycle\” / \”Down By The Riverside\” (Calliope 138) January 1970

According to \’Teenbeat Mayhem\’, The Charles hailed from Williamsville, NY. There are a few YT uploads and some other information on the internet advising that the record was released in 1966. This is wrong. The recordings took place sometime in 1969.

\”Motorcycle\” is a tough rocker with heavy organ, decent guitar leads, harmonies and what I like best \”handclaps.\” The song portrays a biker gang, one of them murders someone, then they take off on their bikes.

The flip, \”Down By The Riverside\” is a very different sound altogether, reminding me very much of The Lovin\’ Spoonful. Both sides are decent and it\’s a record to look out for. \”Motorcycle\” has been compiled on \”Scum Of The Earth\”

John Valby from The Charles still performs today.


  1. Nice score. I've had this one for a while and considered it one of the better local 45s. John Valby a/k/a \” Dr. Dirty\” does still perform doing the same off color humor that made him a very popular act in this area. Great record.Cheers! Dan.


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