New Colony Six, The

Also known as New Colony Six
Members of New Colony Six, The: Billy Herman, Chic James, Chuck Jobes, Craig Kemp, Jerry Kollenburg, Les Kummel, Pat McBride, Ray Graffia, Ronald Rice, Wally Kemp
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Colony_Six, http://www.newcolonysix.com/

Discography of New Colony Six, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 I Could Never Lie To You / Just Feel Worse 2 Audio 1969 Mercury
2 I Want You To Know 2 Audio 1969 Mercury
3 Breakthrough 12 Audio 2002 Sundazed Music
4 Attacking A Straw Man 11 Audio 1969
5 Colonization 13 Audio 1967 Sentar
6 Someone, Sometime 2 Audio Sunlight Records (3)
7 At The River's Edge 14 Audio 1993 Sundazed Music
8 Revelations 11 Audio 1968 Mercury
9 At The River's Edge / I Lie Awake 2 Audio 1966 Centaur
10 I Will Always Think About You 2 Audio Mercury
11 Breakthrough 12 Audio 2002 Sundazed Music
12 Can't You See Me Cry 2 Audio 1976 Mercury
13 Things I'd Like To Say 2 Audio 1968 Mercury
14 Long Time To Be Alone 2 Audio 1971 Sunlight Records (3)
15 Best Of The New Colony Six 22 Audio 1996-04-10 Mercury
16 Revelations 11 Audio 1968 Mercury
17 Things I'd Like To Say / Come And Give Your Love To Me 2 Audio 1968 Mercury
18 At The River's Edge 2 Audio 1966 Centaur
19 I Want You To Know 2 Audio 1969 Mercury
20 People And Me 2 Audio 1970
21 I Will Always Think About You 2 Audio Collectables
22 People And Me / Ride The Wicked Wind 2 Audio 1970 Mercury
23 Breakthrough 12 Audio 1966 Sentar
24 I'm Just Waitin' (Anticipatin' For Her To Show Up) / Hello Lonely 2 Audio 1967 Sentar
25 Barbara, I Love You / Prairie Grey 2 Audio 1969 Mercury
26 I Confess / I Could Never Lie To You 2 Audio Collectables
27 I Will Always Think About You / Hold Me With Your Eyes 2 Audio 1968 Mercury
28 You're Gonna Be Mine / Woman 2 Audio 1967 Sentar
29 Treat Her Groovy / Rap-A-Tap 2 Audio 1967 Mercury
30 I Will Always Think About You / Hold Me With Your Eyes 2 Audio 1968 Mercury
31 I Confess / Dawn Is Breaking 2 Audio 1966 London American Recordings
32 Someone, Sometime 2 Audio 1972 Sunlight Records (3)
33 At The River's Edge 14 Audio 1993 Sundazed Music
34 I Will Always Think About You / Hold Me With Your Eyes 2 Audio 1968 Mercury
35 The Power Of Love / Wingbat Marmaduke 2 Audio 1967 Sentar
36 Long Time To Be Alone 2 Audio 1971 Sunlight Records (3)
37 Love You So Much / Let Me Love You 2 Audio 1967 Sentar


The New Colony Six is an American soft rock band whose height of popularity was from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. From Chicago, the group placed ten singles on the Hot 100 between 1966 and 1971. Original members were Ray Graffia (vocals), Chick James (drums), Pat McBride (harmonica), Craig Kemp (organ), Wally Kemp (bass), and Gerry Van Kollenburg (guitar). Ronnie Rice (vocals, keyboards, guitar) joined in 1966, replacing Craig Kemp. There were numerous changes in the lineup over the years. The band's two biggest hits, which peaked on WLS months before they peaked nationally, were Rice's "I Will Always Think About You" (WLS #1 on 25 March 1968) (Hot 100 #22 on 1 June 1968) (#14 RPM Canada) and "Things I'd Like to Say" (WLS #2 on 30 December 1968) (Hot 100 #16 on 22–29 March 1969) (#6 Canada). In Canada they also hit the charts with an earlier song "Love You So Much" (WLS #2 on 27 January 1967) (Hot 100 #61 on 25 March 1967) (#49 Canada) and the later "I Could Never Lie To You" (WLS #7 on 26 May - 2 June 1969) (Hot 100 #50 on 14 June 1969) (#38 Canada).

Formed in 1965,[1] New Colony Six scored their first major local hit in Chicago with "I Confess" (WLS #2 on 4 February 1966), featured on their debut album, Breakthrough. Their sound was characterized by Richie Unterberger as "a poppier American Them with their prominent organ, wobbly Lesley-fied guitar amplifications and rave-up tempos", later devolving into "a cabaret-ish band with minor national hits to their credit by the end of the 1960s."[2] Like Paul Revere & the Raiders, they wore colonial outfits on stage.[3]

Ellery Temple briefly joined in 1967, replacing Wally Kemp, and was replaced by Les Kummel (who died in a severe auto accident in Chicago on 18 December 1978 at age 33). Billy Herman (vocals, drums) replaced James in 1969. Graffia left in 1969 and Bruce Gordon (bass) and Chuck Jobes (keyboards) joined the band. Skip Griparis was playing guitar and singing lead vocals in 1972, until the band's demise at the end of 1974.

In 1988, the band played a reunion show at Chicago's Park West. As of 2010, the band continued to perform with founding member Graffia and Bruce Mattey in the lineup. New Colony Six was inducted into the Iowa Rock n' Roll Music Association Hall of Fame in 2002.


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