RUNABOUTS, The

Homebase: Spokane, WA
Stats: 1959-1961
Mickey Davis ~ Vocals (d. 2019)
Bobby Nichols ~ Guitar, Vocals
Ron Irwin ~ Saxophone
Paul Valsvig ~ Bass
Bud Dumas ~ Drums

Joe Cavender ~ Drums

Misc Notes: The Runabouts formed in Spokane in 1959 with original members:  Mickey Davis, Paul Valsvig, Bud Dumas, Ron Irwin and Bobby Nichols (from Cottage Grove, Oregon). They were signed by Columbia Records in 1959 and saw singles released in 1960 and 1961. [Interestingly, Paul Revere and the Raiders' management has long bragged that they made history as the very first rock 'n' roll band to be signed by Columbia - an event that took place in mid-1963].

]In 1959 the Runabouts were booked on an  East Coast dance tour. Along the way they befriended another pioneering instrumental rock band, Johnny and the Hurricanes, from Toledo, OH. At tour's end, Davis and Nichols remained while the other bandmates returned home and regrouped. In 1967 the band's second drummer, Joe Cavender, resurfaced in a new Spokane band, London Taxi.

SEE ALSO:
1.) LONDON TAXI, The

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LOCATION:
RECORDING PERSONNEL: Mickey Davis (vocals); Bobby Nichols (guitar, vocals); Ron Irwin (sax); Paul Valsvig (bass); Bud Dumas (drums).
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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 33 1/3 rpm (small hole)
DISC NOTES:

Columbia Single 33 / Columbia Single 33

Z "Lp" 55012 / Z "LP" 55013

A-SIDE MATRIX: Not Listed
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE:ZLP55012 - 1A (stamped)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: Nichols - Dumas -Davis - Irwin - Valswig
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: First Music Inc (BMI) 1961

B-SIDE MATRIX: Not Listed
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE:ZLP55013 - 1A (etched)
B-SIDE COMPOSER: Nichols - Dumas -Davis - Irwin - Valswig
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: First Music Inc (BMI) 1961

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LOCATION:
RECORDING PERSONNEL: Mickey Davis (vocals); Bobby Nichols (guitar, vocals); Ron Irwin (sax); Paul Valsvig (bass); Bud Dumas (drums).
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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
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Known Label Designs:
1.) A - B promotional disc. White label background. Red numerals and lettering.

2.) A - B retail disc. Red label background. Black numerals and lettering.

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A-SIDE COMPOSER: R. Nicholas - M. Davis - R. Irwin - P. Valswig
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B-SIDE COMPOSER: R. Nicholas - M. Davis - R. Irwin - P. Valswig
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LOCATION:
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FORMAT:disc
SIZE:7"
SPEED:45 rpm
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Known Label Designs:
1.) A - B promo label. White background. Red logo, numerals and lettering.

2.) A - B retail label. Red background. Black logo, numerals and  letting.

A-SIDE MATRIX:
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A-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
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A-SIDE COMPOSER:C. Mack - J. Johnson
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B-SIDE COMPOSER:L. Phillips
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