The Dynamics

the-dynamicsFrom: Seattle, WA, USA

The Dynamics were a band out of Seattle, Washington, who were active between 1959 and 1966. They later evolved into the Springfield Riffle.

The band recorded their first single in 1959, “Baby”/”Aces Up”. Both songs featured gritty saxophone solos by Jeff Afdem, in whose living room the session took place. Leader of the band, Tom Larson, soon approached Tom and Ellen Ogilvy, operators of Seafair Records, and landed the band a record deal. In 1960 the band released their second single, “Onion Salad”, which enjoyed modest radio airtime.

1961 saw some personnel changes within the band: founding members Terry Afdem (keyboard), Jeff Afdem (saxophone) and Pete Borg (bass) regrouped with Ron Woods (drums) and the Ogilvy’s son Jimmy “Hanna” (vocals). Larry Coryell (guitar) and Mark Doubleday (trumpet) were soon added rounding out the band. Coryell eventually left to pursue a career in jazz and Harry Wilson was brought in as his replacement. Gary Snyder was also brought in to take over for Borg. Both appear on the 1964 album The Dynamics with Jimmy Hanna.

After starting out playing house parties and school dances, The Dynamics later became mainstays on the teen-dance circuit promoted by KJR radio DJ Pat O’Day. The band shared gigs with the likes of the Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Bobby Freeman, Jan & Dean, the Astronauts, and Terry “Unless It’s You” Black.

Hanna left the band in 1966, fronting his own 11-piece “blues big-band”. He released several singles through 1967, before attending school in San Antonio, Texas, where today he owns a studio and is a music instructor.

The Dynamics continued on without Hanna, signing with Seattle’s Jerden Records. They later revamped themselves as the Springfield Rifle, who became highly successful with songs like 1967’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and 1968’s “That’s All I Really Need.”

Ron Woods left the band just prior to the Rifle’s formation, heading to Los Angeles to sit in on the last gigs of the Daily Flash. Woods would also play with the Buddy Miles Express, Pacific Gas & Electric, Jimi Hendrix, Barry Goldberg and D.J. Rogers, among others. Mark Doubleday went on to play with Miles’ band, the Electric Flag, and several other bands.

Artis info: Northwest Music Archives blog

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From the 1966 single Jerden 800
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