11 a.m., Oct. 17
RIYL: Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, the Ravens, Hard Times, Five Pound Grin
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Influences: The Platters, the Drifters, the Coasters, the Four Tops, the Temptations
The Outcasts were a 1960s pop/R&B band featuring future Union Gap frontman Gary Puckett, whose family moved to Clairemont in 1960. After quitting college to play in local bands like the Ravens, Puckett recruited Ravens bassist Bobby Brown and local drummer Tommy Kendall to form the Outcasts, who went on to become the house band at the Quad Room in Clairemont for around two years.
Not to be confused with same-named vintage garage bands the Outcasts from San Antonio, Texas or the Outcasts from Manhasset, New York, San Diego's Outcasts released two singles, “I Can’t Get Through to You” (1965) and “Runaway” (1966), later adding bassist Bob Salisbury (the Ravens) and drummer Willie Kellogg (Five Pound Grin) to the lineup.
The group split, with Puckett forming Gary and the Remarkables, which evolved into Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.