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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.

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 all intrigued with The Emeralds, The Penetrations, and The Satellites who had already been playing music for awhile. Rock n’ roll was really 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 in a very amateurish way, but Mike himself was not what anyone would call a real musician. And Tim had 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. Tim’s cousin Ron Martin had also been playing for awhile in a little rock-a-billy band and that is what seemed to spark Tim’s interest in the 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 usually got what he wanted. Tim soon managed to talk his parents into buying him a electric guitar and amp. Like Glen, Tim was an only child living with his parents and grandparents in the same house. He too was used to having nice things, but since his parents were skeptical that his guitar interest was genuine, they bought him a cheap 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 trio 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 Yardbyrds, and the Rolling Stones.  

Tim was new to guitar and basically had only learned how to strum 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 "The Edicates" 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. Jim was an awesome musician and the rest of the guys couldn’t figure out why he’d want to join their band which was basically made up of inexperienced newbies. Except for Glen, the rest of the band was pretty light on talent.

It wasn’t too long after Jim joined the band that the other's figured out why he was a free agent looking for a band to call home. 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 was then that Tim decided to turn a bad situation into a good one. He started by observing everything Jim played. 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. 

At one point Glen 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. They hired a guy that Glen knew from 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 playing two gigs with the band, 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 a fifth member who didn't play an instrument and was at best a mediocre singer. They 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 to drive yet, 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 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 sound 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 jamming. It was at Rocco Dipazio's, a drummer that Glen was acquainted with. 

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