Tim Fleischer - Keyboards and Vocals
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The Edicates -- (part 1)


First version of The Edicates taken at The Arlington Arms 1965. (L to R Glen, Jim, Mike, Tim)





The guy in the middle was a lead vocalist they used on two gigs. Reynoldsburg Skating Rink. 






Add Mike Finks on organ. Taken at The Sugar Shack in Chillicothe. (L to R Glen, Mike, Jim, Tim, Mike Finks)





Not only is Jim Fox gone, this photo at a Dave Logan record hop at Beula Park also shows the band with some much needed new gear.





The "post Jim Fox" band winning the Rollerland Battle Of The Bands in 1966. (L to R Tim, Mike Finks, Mike Fitzgerald, Glen)





Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival Parade Float





Edicates first truck. Owner Joe Dodge.



 


Edicates second truck. Owner Tim Fleischer.





The Edicates at the YWCA


It was the old south side of Columbus Ohio and the year was 1965. There wasn’t much going on at the time, and as the summer was winding down the days became long and boring as three childhood cronies kicked around the idea of starting a rock n’ roll band. Tim Fleischer, Glen Cataline and Mike Fitzgerald had been to many a block party and pool party that summer and were intrigued with The Emeralds, The Penetrations, and The Satellites who had already been playin music for awhile. Rock n’ roll was hitting its stride with Elvis, The Ventures, The Beach Boys, and the whole British Invasion thing flooding the airwaves. WCOL AM was the radio station to listen to.

None of the three really had much if any musical background. Glen did however play baritone horn at school and was starting to take some interest in the drums. Mike’s family was a little bit musical but in a very amateurish way. And Tim had just purchased a cheap acoustic guitar off a friend a few months earlier and was trying to teach himself how to play it. He enlisted the help of an old Ventures album entitled “Learn to Play Guitar with The Ventures”. It taught basic chords and notes and the "student" could play along with the album as they progressed. This was as close as he ever came to a music lesson. Tim’s cousin Ronnie Martin had also been playing guitar for awhile in a little rock-a-billy band and that seemed to spark Tim’s interest in the electric guitar.

Glen’s parents eventually bought him a set of drums. They were a nice set of champaign sparkled Ludwigs. Glen lived in a big house on the corner of 22nd and Columbus Streets with his parents and grandparents. He was an only child and his parents encouraged him to play music. Tim soon managed to talk his parents into buying him an electric guitar and amp. Like Glen, Tim was also an only child living with his parents and grandparents in one big old house. Though his parents didn't discourage this new venture they were skeptical that this new interest in playing the guitar was genuine. They eventually bought him a cheap Japanese electric guitar and amp from a “Radio Shack’ish” kind of place called Olsen’s Electronics. It was a red Sorento guitar and a little Kent amplifier. Mike Fitzgerald came from a slightly larger family and the best he could do was to borrow an old Fender six string that he planned to use as a bass guitar. 

The three practiced almost daily at Glen’s house and they managed to learn and be able to play a few three and four chord cover songs by groups like The Kingsmen, The Yardbirds, The Animals and the Rolling Stones.  Tim was new to guitar and basically had only learned how to strum some common chords. On bass, Mike was also “learning as he went along". And to make matters worse Mike was using a six-string guitar that wasn’t meant to be played like a bass. Glen however, was taking lessons from a great teacher named Rags Anderson and was actually becoming a pretty good drummer. It was soon discovered too that he had a great voice and was coordinated enough to play drums and sing at the same time. Another local band called The Emeralds used this same kind of 'drummer/singer' configuration. 


The "band" had gone about as far as it could with what they had, and it was very apparent that if they wanted to play some gigs they’d need to take some further action. The three did however manage to agree on calling the band “The Edicates”. They all thought that “Etiquettes” was spelled "E-D-I-C-A-T-E-S", and after Glen’s girlfriend had painted it that way in Old English lettering across his bass drum head, it was too late to go back and correct things. So the band’s name remained “The Edicates”. 

They determined that a lead guitar player was absolutely necessary, as Tim’s role thus far was that of a rhythm guitarist. It became the bands number one priority. After exhausting all their local contacts they happened upon a guy by the name of Jim Fox who was a lead guitar player from the west side of Columbus. Jim was an awesome musician and the rest of the guys couldn’t figure out why in the world he would want to join their band which was basically made up of inexperienced newbies. It wasn’t too long after Jim joined the band that the other's figured out the reason why. Tim, Glen and Mike had a very difficult time getting along with Jim. First of all Jim was very good, and he really knew it. He was also very stubborn and difficult to get along with. The rest of the guys oftentimes would just bite their tongues and give Jim his way. They were convinced that they weren’t going to find anyone else with Jim’s talent to join their "inexperience" band. It wasn't too long before Tim decided to turn a bad situation into a good one. He started by observing everything that Jim played and how he played it. Studying his technique, his chords, his lead riffs, Tim took advantage of Jim’s experience by learning as much as he could from him. It was as close as he ever got to a real music lesson, and it eventually paid off down the road. 


It was tough on Glen to be the Drummer and lead vocalist for the band and at one point he thought that if the band had a dedicated lead vocalist he could devote more time to drumming and ultimately become a better drummer. In theory that seemed like a good plan. Glen knew a guy from high school named Carlos. He was a fair singer but had a voice nowhere close to Glen's. Glen had a strong voice with a very commercial quality to it. Carlos ended up singing on two gigs; one at the Air Haven at Lockbourne Air Force Base and the other at Reynoldsburg Skating Rink. After the second job they decided it didn't make any sense to have the fifth member who didn't even play an instrument and was at best, a mediocre singer. They all decided to let Carlos go.

Jim would only rehearse with the other guys on rare occasions because it was hard for him to get to the south end from the west side. No one was old enough yet to drive, but Tim was getting close. The other three guys oftentimes would get together to jam without Jim. Tim's family had recently moved into a new house about two miles from the old 22nd street neighborhood. Both of his parents worked during the day so having the house to himself made it a great place for the band to practice. On a hot summer afternoon following one such jam session they headed down to the local hamburger joint to get some lunch. On their way, they heard a band playing in the distance. This wasn’t uncommon in those days; there seemed to be a new start-up band on just about every block. They followed the music and began hearing the faint sounds of a Farfisa organ as part of the bands mix. Organ and electric piano players were scarce in the late 60’s and the band was anxious to check out who this was. They eventually made it to the house where the band was rehearsing. It was at Rocco Dipazio's, a drummer that Glen was acquainted with. 

                                                                
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