The Children

Children, TheFrom: San Antonio, TX, USA

Before they became the Children, this Texas-based band began as a pair of competing garage combos in 1965. The Stoics formed in the spring of ’65. William Ash (guitar) and Rufus Quillian (guitar) were upper-middle-class kids, while Al Acosta (vocals), Sam Allen (drummer), and Michel Marechal (bass) resided in the city’s predominantly Hispanic northeast side. However, the five were united by a love of the Rolling Stones and the Kinks and decided to form a band.

In early 1967, the band released the single “Hate,” before splitting in two over a disagreement. Ash was soon invited to join the Argyles, another band that had come together in the spring of 1965. The Argyles featured Stephen Perron (guitar, vocals), Louis Cabaza (organ, electric piano), Chris Holzaus (guitar), Benny Treiber (bass), and Steve Anderson (drums). The Argyles went further than the Stoics did, taking up the role as house band at the Blue Note Lounge on 1966, taking over for the Sir Douglas Quintet who had moved on to bigger things. Later in ’66, the band recorded their first single, “White Lightnin’.” They continued to touring around southern Texas until releasing a second single, a cover of the Beau Brummels’ “Still In Love With You Baby.” It was at this time that a dispute between Holzaus and the rest of the band. Holzaus left the band and Ash was recruited.

Upon joining the band, Ash brought drummer Andrew Szuch, Jr. who would replace Anderson. Cassell Webb also joined the band, and they made a dramatic change and became the Mind’s Eye. At this point, the Mind’s Eye released a single, “Help, I’m Lost,” and opened their own psychedelic club. The band began to experiment with LSD at this point. After only a couple of months, the city closed down the club due to the increasing number of drug-related incidents, so the band moved to California and the Summer of Love. Producer Mike Nesmith was initially asked to produce the band, but he was too busy with prior engagements. As a result, Davy Jones decided he would produce them. Treiber and Jones had a falling out, and Ash’s old bandmate Marechal was brought in as a replacement. The lineup was finally in place, and the band felt it appropriate to change their name. They came up with the Children.

The Children entered the studio to begin recording their debut album. Jones returned from a U.K. tour in late 1967, only to find out that his manager spent all the money he had set aside for his new record label. The band only finished three songs and were released from the label. An extremely limited-edition of the Ash-Perron composition “Picture Me” was pressed as a single and released on Laramie. However, the band’s money was yet again misused. The Children played popular venues on Sunset Boulevard, but were short on cash and taking increasing amounts of acid, so they headed back to Texas.

Once back in Texas, they signed with Cinema Records and started to record their sole LP with Leland Rogers. Rebirth was released in the summer of 1968 and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Texas psychedelia. Later in 1968, major label Atco picked up the album for national distribution. The Children were again facing internal conflicts. Perron contracted hepatitis from shooting heroin and was unable to work for more than half a year. Ash and his family moved to Japan and was replaced with Kenny Cordray. Zsuch was in a car accident, and was replaced by Jim Newhouse. The band returned to the studio in the summer of 1969 and recorded a cover of Bo Diddley’s “Pills,” which would be released as their next single. Perron and Corday also wrote and recorded “Francene,” which would later be covered by ZZ Top. The Children began to look for a new record deal that ended when Lou Adler saw them live and signed them on the spot ro Dunhill Records.

The band again moved to California to begin recording for their second album. The Children recorded under Adler’s Ode imprint, although an album was never completed. Two singles, “From The Very Street” and “Fire Ring,” were released by Ode, and the former became a minor hit. The Children moved back to Texas and Cabaza left. The rest of the band joined a disastrous B.B. King/ZZ Top tour opposed to returning to California. In 1971, the Children finally fell apart. As a result of his major drug abuse, Perron went into a mental hospital in hopes of kicking the habit. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful and died from what appeared to be an accidental overdose in 1973.

Artist information sources include: an article by Stanton Swihart at Allmusic.com

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From the 1968 album Rebirth
Rebirth

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