O.B. James 1 p.m., March 7
Jeri & the Jerritones
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Inception: San Diego, 1964
Singer/bassist Kerry Chater (later of the Outcasts, which evolved into Gary Puckett & the Union Gap) used to play in two earlier local San Diego bands with Doug Ingle and Danny Weis (later of Iron Butterfly): Jeri & the Jerritones and the Palace Pages (formerly known as the Progressives).
Jack Pinney and Greg Willis (later to become Iron Butterfly’s first rhythm section) played with Danny Weis in the Palace Pages. Pinney was 18. At the time, Willis and Pinney (both had grown up in El Cajon) and Weis were still in the Pages, the house band at the long-defunct Palace, an all-ages club that once stood on the ground now occupied by the Home Depot near the Sports Arena.
By 1966, the Pages were in turmoil: the older members wanted to style and play lounges. The younger members, including Pinney, Willis, and Weis, wanted to grow their hair long and play harder rock. The Pages split. The older guys (including Kerry Chater) went with Gary Puckett and started the band that became the Union Gap, and the younger guys formed Iron Butterfly.