RIYL: Framework, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Rosie & the Originals, the Other Four, Five Pound Grin
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Influences: Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, the Association, the Box Tops
The Centaurs were a mid-1960s pop rock band whose members attended Coronado High School, eventually becoming the house band at North Island's Downwind Club. After touring and playing clubs on the Sunset Strip and elsewhere, they split around 1968.
Members of the Centaurs then joined with two former members of the Orfuns (Carl Spiron and Jerry McCann) to launch a new five-piece band called Framework which recorded two songs, “Iron Door” and “Funny Kind Of Sunshine,” that were only released via radio station acetates. Framework soon paired down to a trio minus any former Centaurs.
Centaurs frontman Cliff Lenz later co-hosted a TV talk show called Seattle Today, as well as earning an Emmy for composing the theme song for a Phil Donahue TV special. Bassist Ken Brown, whose family operated M.J. Brown’s fashion shop in Coronado, became a concert promoter who worked with the Doors, Ike and Tina Turner, and others.
Guitarist Danny Orlino became a well-known singer-songwriter in his adopted home of Guam, while drummer Bill Lamden (who has also labored as a dentist and real estate broker) plays with area bands to this day.
The Centaurs reunited in 2014 (minus their late sax player Rick Thomas) to play the CHS 50th Reunion, Class Of 1964.