The Ancestors Sell Out
In 1968, Allen rejoined
the band and, despite maintaining much of its quirkiness, the unit was
temporarily welcomed back into the fold of listenable and tolerable bands
-- at least by Dublin standards. Through the addition of a more traditional
repertoire, and due in no small part to Allen's friendship with one Randy
Stinson, a very popular guy who never tired of promoting the band, The
Ancestors began their peak period of commercial success, sometimes earning
as much as $30-$40 each from one show.
Left photo: The proper way to hold a spear gun.
Center photo: Randy Stinson's first brush with an Ancestors founding member
is documented in this rare photograph of one of Randy's early birthday
parties. That's Tom Patterson at left holding a toy frog, and Randy
in the center in cowboy garb. Allen Tindol was Randy's next door neighbor
at this time, and was once bitten by Randy's dog (with justification, I'm
Right photo: Stunt driving in the Buick.
|From right to left, Randy, Edward, and Allen indulge in their usual "zany" antics, circa
1972. Note Phi Kappa Tau sweatshirt: signature apparel for
Allen left again in
1968 and was replaced by singing bassist Johnny Fountain. The Ancestors
added a new keyboardist, Mike Harrell, who knew nothing about anything
other than the music of "Steppenwolf." Allen later rejoined the band for
a third time, from 1969 until its demise in 1970, as a featured vocalist,
along with Johnny Fountain's cousin, Bobby Fountain. The band played songs
by Spirit, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Three Dog Night, The Hollies, Wilson
Pickett, The Beatles, and Rolling Stones during this final era.