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Roger Stafford

Roger Stafford, lead singer with the popular 1960's television and recording surf band, The Royale Monarchs.

Stafford, the handsome, vivacious and driving front man was a real showman on stage and became popular at the Cinnamon Cinder night clubs and developed a large following from the TV show appearances in the Los Angeles area. He and the Monarchs sat front row center when The Beatles first played the Hollywood Bowl, which Bob Eubanks had placed his home up as collateral to bring the English mob head group to Los Angeles, producing the event.

The Royale Monarchs were a Southern California surf band of the late 1960s, signed by radio personality Bob Eubanks as house band at his Cinnamon Cinder night clubs, regulars on his “Hollywood Dance Time” and “The Cinnamon Cinder” television shows.

The original group included founder, Dan Anthony, vocals & lead guitar, Roger Stafford lead vocal & rhythm guitar, Wilson Smith later replaced by George Haraksin on drums with Jack Schaeffer on tenor sax and Ed Loewe rounding out the group on bass.

While playing the “sock hops” they often performed as backup band for touring recording artist, Jan and Dean, The Hondells or The Honeys. While at the Cinnamon Cinder they backed up weekly such acts as Jackie DeShannon, Dick and Dede, The Ronettes, Little Stevie Wonder, The Coasters, The Rivingtons and Chuck Berry.

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Album Surfs Up by Roger Stafford

Surfs Up

Decca Music Group
1964

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