The Roosters in 1965

The Roosters “She Sends Me” – Here’s one of my archived posts from January 2011

Readers of my blog will already know that I interviewed The Roosters lead singer Ray Mangigian in 2009 and Ray provided me with much needed information about his old band from the ’60s. Not much was known about The Roosters and the information that was available via other web pages or music guides was scant or just plain wrong.

During my email interview with Ray he mentioned that unreleased demos from 1965/66 existed. Bearing in mind that the original line-up of The Roosters released two sparkling folk rock 45s of the highest order (and my favourite ’60s genre by the way) my head started to spin. I hoped that one day these songs would see the light of day. Even better would be a Roosters retrospective with all of the known releases and demos. Now that would be a DREAM!!

Which brings me to my pleasant surprise yesterday when 12-string guitarist and songwriter Tim Ward from The Roosters contacted me by email. Tim sent me three MP3s of unreleased songs he wrote and were recorded by The Roosters at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood.

The songs are:

  • She Sends Me
  • Help Me Please
  • Deep Inside

All three have that exquisite L.A. folk rock jangle sound that I fell in love with the first time I heard The Byrds 30 years ago. According to Ray, The Roosters were big Byrds and Turtles fans and their own teenage jangle sound has more than stood the test of time.

Like I said all of the unreleased songs are worthy of a retrospective release and surely someone could do a Roosters collection in the same way that The Dovers finally got their reward. (Break-A-Way re-issue label did this some years later with my input).
I especially dig the loner moody folk rock of ’She Sends Me’ and almost twelve years later I’ve finally got around to creating a YouTube video.

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