Remember The Reverbs?

Plenty of Westporters remember the Remains. Their lead singer and keyboardist were from Westport. They toured with the Beatles. They were on track to be America’s best rock ‘n’ roll band — until they broke up.

Not many Westporters — perhaps none? — remember the Reverbs. I’m pretty good with local rock trivia, but I’ve never heard of these guys.

The Reverbs’ guitarists were Larry Didona, Ken Josselyn and Bob Erisman. Fred Erisman was on drums; Gerry Lenore sang lead.

Apparently they cut a record — a big deal in those days — in November 1965. Like many local groups, they were a cover band. Among the songs: “Twist and Shout,” “Hang on Sloopy,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Money,” and (of course) “Louie Louie.”


The only way I know of the Reverbs is because alert “06880” reader Chip Stephens sent me a link to eBay.

“The Reverbs Chalk-Up” album is still available — but act now! Bidding ends on Tuesday at 9:10 p.m.

Last I saw, the highest bid — of 2 — was $10.50.

I’m sure there’s at least one Reverbs fan here who can top that.

2 responses to “Remember The Reverbs?

  1. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    Fred Cantor would know!

  2. Thanks for your confidence in me but Dan knows more than I do and Mark Smollin, Staples ’70, is the most knowledgable music aficionado of that era.

    According to Mark’s info, here are the graduation years for the band members:
    THE REVERBS 1965-1966
    Larry Didona (66), Bob Erisman (68), Fred Erisman (66), Ken Josselyn (66), Gerry Lenore (66

    That record looks like one the group paid for and did themselves as a demo probably in an attempt to ultimately get a label deal. Bill Scheft wrote a wonderful novel, “Time Won’t Let Me,” that was inspired by events that happened years later after the making of such a demo by his brother’s band back in the 1960s:

    In any event, a great find on eBay by Chip.