Early Bands

The Teachers in the tuxedoes.

TEACHERS

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45 RPM Recordings

PTA 101 Love Walked In / The Sound Of Music
PTA 1001 Bye-Bye Blues / Somewhere
ABC-Paramount 45-10727 Summer’s Over / We Ain’t At War
ABC-Paramount 45-10746 Little Raindrop / Wanderin’
Parkway 899:  She Loves You / Love Me Do

The PTA singles are pop standards done in a rock style similar to what the Happenings would have success with a little later. The ABC sides are folk. As “The Haircuts”, the band issued two Beatles covers with a picture sleeve. The Haircuts were actually the Teachers.

Long-playing Records

WOOFERS — LP Wyncote W/SW-9011 Dragsville 65
SCRAMBLERS — LP Wyncote W/SW-9048 Little Honda 65

With the exceptions of two songs. the Woofer and Scrambler albums are the same. At least some of the tracks are by the Teachers. With so many songs recorded and so much time gone by, it’s proving impossible to confirm all of the “supermarket” albums they appeared on, even after reviewing some of the songs with a couple former members of the band. The Liverpools listed in the first edition of Sounds may not be the Teachers after all, at least not all of the recordings. Singles by the Emblems on Cameo and the Haircuts on Parkway are the Teachers. The Scramblers on the Crown and Diplomat labels are not the Teachers. They might be the Tweeters on Wyncote.

About The Teachers

Yes. they really were teachers. You may not have heard of them but you no doubt heard some of the records they helped make successful.

These young and talented musicians joined forces when all were attending West Chester University. Upon graduation in 1960, they decided to remain together as a band, playing weekends as the Four Men while holding down teaching jobs during the week. In the beginning their sound was in a style similar to that of the Four Freshmen, but with the rising popularity of rock music, they decided it would be to their benefit to switch to the up-and-coming sound.

The Teachers in a close portrait.After one of their earlier recording sessions, the producer couldn’t recall the name of the band. Knowing they were all teachers, he labeled the tapes as by the Teachers and the name stuck.

All of the members were well schooled in music and could play a multitude of instruments among them as well as sing. When word of their music abilities reached Philadelphia music men Roy Straigis and Billy Jackson. they brought the Teachers into the Cameo / Parkway music family to provide instrumentation and background vocals to countless recordings by the Tymes, Orlons, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, and other artists on the Cameo / Parkway roster.

The Teachers also recorded countless numbers of songs in styles that capitalized on the musical trend of the day. Recordings in the style of surf, hot rod, Jan and Dean, early Beatles, and Beach Boys eventually made it to viny under various pseudonyms. Some were issued as singles, while most surfaced on budget priced albums on the Wyncote label. The band never played live under these aliases.

Television appearances included a performance on the Tonight Show. Numerous appearances on the Mike Douglas Show led to many offers to take their act on the road. With a couple members raising families at that time, life on the road didn’t sound like a good idea, but they decided to give it a try. It was agreed upon in advance if things didn’t work out, there would be an amicable parting of ways.

Eventually, family responsibilities and lack of studio time became a strain. Group member Bob Fanelli was the first to leave and formed a band called The Graduates. About a year later, The Teachers called it quits as a band with former members all moving on to various other projects. The Graduates had one 45rpm recording, Malvern 500, “You Better Go Now / Wendy, Wendy Go Away”.

Excerpted from “Sounds From The Woods: Pennsylvania Rock Bands on Record, 1964-1970”, Second Edition, by Mike Kuzmin, Jr.