Garrett Harris 8 a.m., Aug. 23
RIYL: The Outcasts, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, the Isley Brothers, the Drifters, the Coasters, the Continentals
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Influences: The Moonglows, the Drifters, Big Joe Turner, Sonny Knight, John Lee Hooker, the Five Royales, the El Dorados, the Flamingos, the Coasters
The Ravens was an early 1960s R&B band formed by singer/guitarist Gary Puckett, whose family to Clairemont in 1960. Featuring upwards of a dozen members including backup singers, the group frequently played band battles at the War Memorial Building in Balboa Park, as well as at local school events and private parties.
They eventually settled on a more economical lineup featuring Puckett, bassist Bobby Brown, sax player Bob Salisbury, and drummer Roger Knepple. After that version of the band split, Puckett and Brown formed a trio called the Outcasts with drummer Tommy Kendall. The Outcasts later added Ravens sax player Salisbury to their ranks.