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Out of Sight
 Out of Sight was together from 1965 to 1968.  Unfortunately, no professional recordings of the band were ever made. They have one reel to reel recording of a show with the recorder set up in the back of the hall, but according to Monte, “A few aren’t too bad…but not too great.”  The band played a lot of gigs and had a good following in western and west-central Montana.
The band have been reuniting for several days once a year for the last 18 years.  Roy Carpenter, who replaced Tom Anderson for a period of time, also attends their reunions. The band members live all over the country including Montana.  A few years ago, they made a recording of one of their original songs called “Cruisin’ the Drag.”
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OUT OF SIGHT BUT IN FOCUS —Five old friends have emerged from different Great Falls bands to form the combo, “Out of Sight,” which is making the “in” rounds at Electric City activities.  The five, all sporting well groomed mop tops are on the lookout for new, weird and different sounds and lighting effects in their performances.  They are, first row from left, Dennis Lippert, Tom Anderson and Jacques Bordeleau, and, top from left, Jim Clayborn and Monte Dolack.  They wish Great Falls would promote its bands more as in other cities.

Out of Sight performing at the 1967 talent show at Great Falls High School.
To promote their shows, the band designed and silkscreened these amazing posters by hand and put them up around town. Everyone in the band became a career visual artist.
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50 years ago, the UM Fieldhouse (later the Harry Adams Fieldhouse) held it’s first rock ‘n’ roll concerts.  Billed as “The Two Greatest Dances ever in Montana at the Interscholastics,” featured Paul Revere and the Raiders alongside Missoula bands The Vulcans and Mojo’s Mark IV  on Friday night, and Jack Ely and the Kingsmen on Saturday.

Glenn Berstrom took his camera and captured these slides: Paul Revere and the Raiders – UM Fieldhouse

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Paul Revere and the Raiders UM Fieldhouse 1966

Paul Revere Ticket courtesy Daniel Ley

Paul Revere & The Raiders immortalized the night’s festivities on the song “Just Seventeen,” which would appear on their 1970 album, Collage.

Just Seventeen (lyrics)

Early in the mornin’, up in Missoula
Was just about a quarter to 4
Layin’ on my bed, treatment in my head
There’d come a knock on my door
Before my eyes there was an angel
& I said “Won’t you come inside? “
She said “I’m just 17” but she looked fine
“Just 17? Come on inside”

Later in the mornin’, up in Missoula

Mornin’ sunshine comin’ through on my floor
I was feelin’ weak, ’bout to fall asleep
There’d come a knock on my door
Before my eyes there stood that angel

She said “Why don’t you be mine? “
” ‘Cause you’re just 17″ but she looks fine
“Just 17, & that’s a crime”

 

 

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The Three Young Men From Montana

The Three Young Men began as part of the campus capers in 1958 at the university when Sigma Nu brothers Dick Riddle, Bob Ruby and Pat Fox started singing together as the Sigma Nu Trio.  After serving in the Korean War, the threesome began performing professionally in 1961, performing on the Playboy Club circuit and appearing on the Tonight Show and the Perry Como Show.  They recorded two successful albums on Columbia Records, appeared on the Johnny Carson Show nine times and was a regular act on the musical variety television show “Hootenanny.”

Listen via WFMU: The Three Young Men From Montana – Walk the World Like A Man


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Oneonta Star, March 27, 1961 Three Young Men Follow Four Lads

By Dorothy

Julius Monk who some years ago discovered four young men from Canada outfitted them in plaid jackets and bow ties and called them The Four Lads is launching another group of singers at his Downstairs at the stairs These are a trio of looking fraternity brothers from the University of Montana and he calls them The Three Young Men To be more specific they’re Dick Riddle Bob Ruby and Pat Fox.

 

Singers, Period!

 

The Retort, April 24, 1964

Singers, Period!

The Montana Men Claim Big Sky Land

By James B. McGovern

The Montana Men, a singing trio formerly known as the Three Young Men From Montana, took time out to charm Eastern Montana College students March 12.

Bob Ruby, 27, and Pat Fox, 28, both originally of Hardin, appeared at an afternoon Coke ‘n Combo in the Snack Bar of Rimrock Hall. Ruby talked and joked with a student group of several hundred, while Fox added his “two-bits worth” every so often.

Afterward they chatted with former schoolmates, English Instructor Emil Ponich, Mrs. Farrell Stewart, of Public Relations, and other friends.

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Simultaneously, Dick Riddle, 27, the third member of the group, originally of Libby, gave a pep talk to the Ronan Basketball Team, then playing in the State Class B Basketball Tournament in the Physical Education Building.

The group was formed while the three attended Montana State University during 1960. Ruby said “We’re not Folk Singers, as some people think, but we’re Period Singers . . . that is singers, period.”

65 Song Repertoire

This is apparent by the variety of their approximate 65 songs “ready to go,” although they do have a definite uniqueness about their singing style.

Since the men started to sing, they have had several television appearances including those on the “Tonight Show,” the “Today Show,” and “The Week That Was.” On March 25, they appeared on a Billings TV station on “The Hootenanny.” They were seen again on the “Tonight Show” April 19.

Recorded Two Albums

They have recorded two albums and two singles. Ruby says another album will be recorded “before summer’s end.” Although the Montana Men still claim the Big Sky Country as “home,” New York City is now their home base.

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Billings Gazette –  August 2, 1963

Three Young Men Get Command

GREAT FALLS  –The Three Young Men from Montana vocal trio now playing at the State Fair here will give a command performance in Washington at the request of Mrs. Robert F Kennedy wife of the attorney general. The trio will present a minute concert for young diplomats and executives in the State Department Auditorium Sept 27. Mrs. Kennedy extended the in- to the three Montanans after seeing them appear recently on a television show The Three Young Men who formed the trio while students at Montana State University in Missoula are Pat Fox of Hardin Dick Riddle of Libby and Bob Ruby of Billings.

 

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Montana's best

Montana’s Best

Madd Hatters

By Mrs. R. C. Hurd

Special for the Gazette  – May 21st 1967

GLENDIVE      — They didn’t burn down the school to start their band, but the band did start because the school burned down.  That’s what Tom Healy and Dennis Granlie, spokesman for the Glendive teen-agers band, MADD and the HATTERS, say.

The band won an all-expense jet trip to Boston, where they will compete the week of July 4 in the national “Battle of the Bands” sponsored by Jaycees.

They won the trip by placing first in the statewide Jacee sponsored “Battle of the Bands” contest in Helena May 13th.  They competed with eight other bands, including bands from Helena and Billings.

The-six member band started when fire destroyed a portion of Dawson County High School Feb. 4, 1966.  The high school band instruments were rescued from the burning building and a place had to be found to store them.

Band members Mike Vincent, Healy, Granlie and David Aure borrowed the drums and stored them in the basement at Mike’s home.  They had time off from school until classes were rescheduled, so they held a jam session.

Aure and Granlie brought their guitars and an amplifier.  Mike played the drums.  Tom Hurning, not a band member, joined them and played the bass guitar.  Healy played the saxaphone and led the singing, using a makeshift public address system.

They liked what they heard and found they liked playing and singing together.  They practiced that way until the middle of April, when they were joined by Ray Henderson, who plays the drums.  Mike switched to the organ.

Their first engagement was a dance at Terry, April 29.  Was this winter?  It was in this case.  They had an engagement to play for the high school prom at Glasgow.  The worst snow storm of the year forced them to stop at Circle.

While they did not get much money for engagements when they started out, they are doing well now.  They have equipment of their own valued at $7,000.  They pay rent on a space in downtown Glendive where they store their instruments and practice.

They have had help and encouragement from their parents and from organizations from the beginning.  When they needed extra equipment they borrowed from two local bands, The Sands of Time and The Sounds of Eternity.  A business firm in which Tom’s father is a partner has loaned them a van for hauling their equipment.  They are sponsored by the Jaycees.

They have tried to develop a style of their own, striving for a variety in their selections.  They play English rock, rhythm and blues, soul music and popular music.  They say the “Madd” in the name suggests the style of music and showmanship.

Granlie, Aure and Healy are freshman at Dawson College.  Vincent is a freshman at MSU in Bozeman.  He manages to play with them about every three weeks.  When he does, he helps Healy with the lead vocal.  Hurning and Henderson are students at Dawson County High School.

They plan to stay together one more year.

Madd and the Hatters got a royal welcome when they returned to Glendive from the contest in Helena.  They reached Glendive at 10 p.m. and were met at the outskirts of town by 50 cars driven by Glendive residents with and escort of highway patrol officers and the local police.  The cortege wound through downtown Glendive serenading the boys with blaring auto horns.

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