(NOTE: Pictures are watermarked)
Doug Rymerson, Fred Brescher, Monty Baker,
Phil Head, and Richard Gonzales
As I mentioned in the last post
Monty Baker and his family gave his collection of Trolls, New World
Blues Dictionary, and Jade memorabilia to me, to keep his memory alive. I
truly didn't know where to start, as I have been entrusted with
pictures, videos, and reel-to-reels of never-before-seen pieces of
Southern Colorado music history. The gift is truly overwhelming.
when I met with Monty, shortly before he passed away, he couldn't
recollect much about these images. He remembered that they were shot in
and around Pueblo, in the summer and fall 1965, but that's it.
thought the first picture might have been taken at a school dance. The
Trolls were regulars at the Pueblo nightclubs The Honeybucket, The
Columbine, and Jerry's. He thought the other two pictures originated
from one of those locales.
Monty Baker, Fred Brescher, Phil Head,
Richard Gonzales, and Doug Rymerson
Photos above were taken during a photo shoot for a gig poster (below).
As noted in the 2011 profile piece
, Monty recollected the photo shoot for the band's one and only picture sleeve for "I Don't Recall"/ "Stupid Girl":
“Freddie wasn’t in the picture. Two nights before we took that shot, he
touched his amp with one hand, while he played the organ with the
other, resulting in a violent jerk of his arms, collapsing his lungs,
and he ended up in the hospital."
Alternative picture sleeve photo for "I Don't Recall" / "Stupid Girl."
above photo was deemed "too serious" for the picture sleeve, so the
group (minus Fred) headed over to Mineral Palace Park, for a more
"Our manager, Tony Spicola took that picture (of the sleeve)," Baker said, in 2011. "He wanted us eating ice
cream. When he took the shot, Phil’s ice cream came out of his cone.”
Below is an "after the fall" shot (note ice cream residue on table and both Richard's and Doug's ice cream has been consumed).
My sincerest thanks to Monty and his family. Stay tuned to the blog for more posts from the Monty Baker archives.