The Barons meet Ben Staley

Interviewed Steve Whitehead yesterday at Johnston Auditorium in the Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane. Whitehead played bass guitar for the Barons, a popular Spokane school prom and dance band in the mid ’60s, and bass player and manager of Locksley Hall, a band often seen playing at Sunday concerts in High Bridge Park. He has recordings of Locksley Hall’s LP for Epic Records and Shannondoah, the band that was formed in the early ’70s out of Locksley Hall.
The Barons: Doug Hooper, Bill Parker, Denny Langdale and Whitehead started practicing as a band in 1964. They played Northwest rock ’n’ roll: Wailers, Sonics, Don & the Good Times, Viceroys, and Kingsmen. However, Parker left after a year, and they had to find a new guitar player. The band included on their playlist the garageband version of Little Latin Lupe Lu (the Kingsmen version), and Whitehead asked a prospective guitarist to “get the record, listen to it, and show up at practice for an audition.” When the band pulled up at Langdale’s house, there on the porch was 13-year-old Ben Staley, with his guitar out and playing. “A good sign,” said Whitehead, “We went downstairs and he nailed the lead on Little Latin Lupe Lu. We were all astounded. So obviously he was our guitar player.”

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