Sunday, May 22, 2005

The Mile Ends well

The Mile Ends were started in 1966 when singer Mike McFadden and guitarist George Alexander started rehearsing with bassist Steve Fresener. The band's manager owned a Tempe Arizona teen club called the Fifth Estate and made The Mile Ends the house band. The band got to open for great bands like The Rascals, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Leaves & Them. The also got to open for The Doors first show outside of Los Angeles. The band also included an Australian guitarist named Richard Mickel who was a Pretty Things fan.

McFadden was only 17 years old when his manager asked him to write a song about drinking. He came up with the the great "Bottle Up And Go", which ended up on the bands sole 45 with a so-so cover of Roy Orbison's song "Candy Man" on the A-side.


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