The Dagenites

The DagenitesFrom: Oxon Hill, MD, USA

The Dagenites formed in 1964 in Oxon Hill, Maryland, and cut two singles in their short time together. Original members were John Bardi (lead guitar), Bruce Kennet (rhythm guitar), Geoff Robinson (bass), and Roger Fallin (drums). The band’s name came from Dagenham, a working class suburb of London where Bardi’s mother grew up

The group shared a manager with Link Wray which lead to weekly booking at the 1023 Club. Kennet’s father had connections with the owner of Pixie records, helping secure the band a recording contract. The Dagenites traveled to Megacity Studio in Dayton, Ohio in the spring of 1965 to record their debut single, “I Don’t Want To Try It Again,” an original by Robinson. On the flip side is the Kennett original “Now That Summer’s Gone,” which the band would re-record for their second record. The members of the band graduated high school in 1965, at which time, the lineup changed. Robinson and Kennett left and were replaced by Bardi’s brother Julian (bass) and Jon Rowzie (guitar). Jimmy Musgrove was added as vocalist.

John Bardi on the next phase of The Dagenites: “Ron Barnett got us the contract with Heigh Ho records. There was what we were told was a nationwide talent search. My brother and I applied, Ron (a beatnik looking character probably in his mid-20’s, maybe a few years older) auditioned us and we won! He wanted to call us the “Howling Wolves” and have a trained wolf appear with us when we performed. We of course mocked the idea, but he had such an air of certainty about him, and he DID have this recording contract, that we went along. He had big ideas. I once heard that he had become a successful producer (I can believe it), but apart from that, I never heard anything about him after our short time together.”

In September, 1965, the band traveled to New York City and recorded their next single, “I’m Gonna Slide,” for Heigh-Ho. The song is credited to Barnett, who supplied the words and idea for the song. It was Bardi, however, that arranged the music.

Two other tracks were recorded at the New York sessions, “The Fugitive” and “Poison Ivy,”. These were released on Heigh Ho in early 1966. Copies of this single are extremely rare.

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From the 1965 single “I’m Gonna Slide”
I'm Gonna Slide

  • I’m Gonna Slide