The Musical Voyage of Larry 'Mo' Jackson- and friends
THE CHRYSLERS MOVEMENT PLUS: A
moment to reflect ...
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Coppins State Teacher's College Circa
Seated LF is Bert 'Rabbit' Murray- 2nd. tenor/leads; LRr
is Darnel McManus 1st tenor/leads/music arranger; LRr
standing is Randy 'The Hippie' Hammond leads/2nd
tenor/baritone/choreographer; RR seated is Larry 'Moe'
Jackson 2nd tenor/baritone/1st tenor/leads/music
RF seated is Wendell 'The Wolf' Amprey
The boys had grown into young 'supermen' (The mind-set of young, impressionable men). Thus, the Vietnam
War and the military were calling several of these
CHRYSLER'S MOVEMENT PLUS members. Soon, The Wolf
will leave to join the Army and Bert will opt for Ivy
League college. Not seen in any of the photos, are
group members not previously shown or mentioned.
Below are some of those, who had other callings:
Andre' 'Bird Seed' Towles: 1st
tenor/leads and the original 5th vocalist of the
group back in 1964. One of the chief
reasons the Chryslers got noticed by promoters,
financers, and entertainment architects.
Even today, we keep in touch. A wonderful
David Maurice Crew: leads/1st
tenor/promoter. Dave became successor to
Darnel. An unusual soft voice, that may be
comparable to the very early Al Green.
Whenever I think of Dave, I think of the
unexpected and laughs. A dedicated
showman, who loves to perform, he went on to a
solo act. While with the Chryslers, Dave
made numerous performances, offered brilliant
creative ideas, and added the functions of
self-promoting to our talents. NO MORE
Managers! Whenever our paths cross, Dave
is still offering creative ideas for an
Kenny Mc Echen: Bass/leads/baritone/1st
tenor. Another gifted vocalist and great
human being. I am still amazed how a man,
who's natural talking voice is as bassist as the
late Melvin Franklin of the Temptations, can
lead a song like "You Got Me Going in
Circles" by the Friends of
Distinction. And do it in the original
Besides being talented Kenny & Bert
were our 'conscience' ... our humanity.
"Namaste" gentlemen... I recognize
that place within you, where the Divine resides
Lamont Davis: 1st tenor/leads and Andre's
successor. A gifted voice, great character
and camaraderie. I regret no pictures are
available to honor his work, talent and
Steve Scribner: 2nd
tenor/leads, "Scrib", as Darnell often
called him brought new life and high energy to
the group at a time when personnel changes
seemed like a revolving door. I believe he
caught a military calling too!
Mike 'Droop' Fielder: Leads/2nd tenor/1st
tenor/vocal arranges. Droop was the heir
to the vacated 'Hippie' who left to pursue his
interest in Acid Rock music. Droop had
grown up idolizing the Chryslers and now was
being auditioned by them. Droop went on to
make many stage performances with the
Chryslers. He still remains a 'far flung'
Also, previously not mentioned are the bands that
accompanied the THE CHRYSLERS and in some cases wrote
and recorded with them or initially formed to join the
singers but- created their own thing. Still others
shared a camaraderie while creating music elsewhere. At this time
no pictures are available for most of these.
THE CAMEROS: Some of the musicians that
opted not- to go Jazz with the Vondells (not certain
of the name) went to form
or join other bands. Horace, a trumpeter, met
Mr John Purdie Sr and put together a pretty good
R&B band. Mr Purdy added some vocalist and
the Chryslers were now looking over their
shoulder. These guys were good! Mr Purdy
did make an offer to the Chryslers to join his
entertainment troop but- we took another path.
THE MASCALEROS: Managed by James West (not the TV
GUY!) and co-managed by the drummer- Herb, were looking
The band's name IS based on the
Mescaleros Apache Native Americans. So, why
the misspelling? Hey- that's show biz! The
Mascaleros & The Chryslers toured for several years
with many successful performances.
I am embarrassed to say, most of the band member's names
I cannot remember. I will list as many as I can:
Front left & right, I have forgotten there names
but I do remember interacting with them. They
were a lot of fun Front center was called 'Doc'.
He was the smallest man in the Band & Singing
Group. Doc was a real up beat guy, who kept
everyone laughing all the time. Often, he got
in trouble at performances (women loved him) and
some of us bigger guys had to 'back him up'!
Rear left is Saxophonist who's name I cannot
remember. He was talented. Along with Gary
(next to him) they designed most of the
instrumental arrangements for the band &
Gary's last name eludes me. Gary
was a talented lead guitarist with great creative
skills. I believe he would have made a great
composer. Gary was a 'happy-go-luck' guy. He was a
musician just for the fun of it! With his
appearance, Gary belonged as a lead man in a
romantic Errol Flynn type of movie. However,
when you heard him speak, his accent was that of a
Southern Gentleman right out of Gone With The
Wind! Very, very country. Gary was a
great person & friend.
Rear, 3rd from left, next to Gary is Herb.
Herb was the drummer, co-founder of the Mascaleros,
and co-manager along with James West. Herb
remained a close friend to me for several years
after my music career ended but, we have loss
contact since then. Herb was the 2nd smallest
member of the group but, quite capable of knocking
out men twice his size! An excellent
drummer. Great to work with. A serious
businessman, he & I approached entertainment
with similar attitudes. Watching Herb be a
"Big Brother" to Doc was a sight to see!
Rear, 2nd from the right was a Trombone player but
he and the far right person's names elude
me. Also, not in this photo is James
West, the Band's manager co-manager with Herb
and Senior Partner Owner. James was a good
friend when he managed the Mascaleros and remains a
good friend though we have not kept in
contact. Whenever, our paths cross, we have
trouble going our separate ways because we want to
catch-up on old times. James and his wife
Shirley will always own a fond place in my memory.
THE MONARCHS: Originally started out as a
Rock & Roll Top 40 band back in the early
60's. Chuck Weber and Mr. Winchester
facilitated bonding the Monarchs and the Chryslers
to become the 1st integrated musical performing act
to come out of Maryland. A fusion of 15
musicians several 'regular' GO-GO girls and a host
of fan clubs around the state. Eventually, the
Monarchs would transform themselves into a Rock
& Acid Rock band and have some successes.
Most of the names I have forgotten but, here are
some: Gary (base guitar?), Rick (rhythm guitar)
Fran Breznicky (keyboards), Vic (drummer), Ronnie
Breznicky (lead guitar), Pattie Breznicky (Dancer),
Mr & Mrs Breznicky (Managers), Chuck Weber
(business manager), Joe Sokolas (of WJZ TV Engineer:
Engineering/Recording Manager), Phil Kolodner (of
Kolodner Clothiers: Clothing/Wardrobe Manager).
The 2 recordings released in the mid 60's, i'M
NOT GONNA LOOSE YOU and BECAUSE I LOVE
YOU, were written, arranged and recorded by THE
CHRYSLERS and THE MONARCHS BAND.
Sound Experience: They have never been part of the
Chryslers but, we share in a parallel of fateful
When I 1st approached J. Lindsay to create a band,
I also, approached other members of my Calverton
Junior High School music alumni. They included
Steven Gail (became a music consultant to game
shows.), "Yag" Rodgers (became a Jazz
Oboist), Albert Williams (became a Gospel
keyboardist) and Melvin Miles (became music director
of Morgan State University). J. Lindsay was a talented Tenor
Saxophonist (became a successful Jazz Saxophonist in
the local area). Melvin Miles was an
exceptional Trumpeter. All of us from the same
Junior High School Band.
Miles & Lindsay were also, 2 key musicians in the
of the Sound Experience recording artists. The
Sound Experience also,
were from Baltimore, MD.