The Alexander Rabbit

Galaxies IVFrom: New Jersey, USA

The Alexander Rabbit were a band who were unfortunately neglected in the music business. Forming in 1962 as the Galaxies IV, the original lineup consisted of Lee Demski (bass), J. Alan Fowler (drums/percussion), Charles Brody (organ), and Chris Holmes (guitar). The Galaxies IV won the World Rock N’ Roll Championship in the mid-1960s, beating out hundreds of bands. By winning the championship, the Galaxies IV were able to play on the same bill with acts like Vanilla Fudge, the Union Gap, the Righteous Brothers, the Isley Brothers, Tommy James and the Shondells, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Jay and the Americans. The Galaxies IV first hit was “Don’t Lose Your Mind.”

Alexander Rabbit

In 1967, Steve Shierer (vocals) joined the band, which resulted in a change in the name of the group. Alexander Rabbit was born. Alexander Rabbit are most remembered for their live performance of the Spanish piece Malaguainia. The band released an album in 1970 entitled The Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Bells Were My Friends). The content is very melodic psych, similar to the sound of Gandalf. The album was recorded at Associated Recording Studios in New York, and was co-produced by Irving Spice and Max Ellen. The songs on the album show an honest effort and in general the sound is quite respectable.

Artist information sources include: Fuzz, Acid & Flowers by Vernon Joyson and an article provided to us by J. Alan Fowler

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1969 single A&M 1101

  • I Didn’t Even Thank Her
  • Malaguainia

From the 1970 album The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • Dreams Of My Life
  • She Don’t Come Around