Texas Garage Bands of the Sixties: Chevelle V

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From left to right: Jimmy Bearden, Bobby Vannoy, Charlie Taylor, Joe Baccus and Jack Chisholm

Chevelle V were formed in 1963 and consisted of musicians drawn from a number of different Abilene, Texas based garage bands. The band were first formed as The Chevelles and originally started with Joe Baccus on lead vocals, Jack Chisholm on lead guitar and vocals, Bobby Vannoy on rhythm guitar and vocals, Jimmy Bearden on bass guitar and vocals and Charlie Taylor on drums. The band was active from 1963 to 1969 and had different line-ups over the years. They were one of the most active bands in the Texas area and played in many college dances and stage shows. And at some point playing simultaneously in different sections of a music hall with The Sparkles (one of best in the Texas Scene). Soon after The Chevelles changed their name to Chevellve V as there was another band of the same name in Austin.

In 1965 with the departure of Baccus and Bearden, Don Nicholas (to be lead singer), and Tommy Nixon (as bass payer) were recruited from The Coachmen. With the new members, Chevelle V continued playing all around Texas and recorded several songs including “Come Back Bird”, a highly collectable 45 these days. In 1966, after Don Nicholas was replaced by Tommy Swindle, the band entered a battle of bands competition which included almost 600 bands and Chevelle V were the winner. The Prize was a record deal and a recording session at the Dot Record Company studio in Los Angeles where the band cut their single “Dangling Little Friends” b/w “Stone and Steel Man” on the Titan label. One year later Jack Chisholm was replaced by Stan Smith from The Sparkles and then drummer Charlie Taylor was replaced by Rick Cobb from The Bloodrock. Not long after, in 1969, the band was disbanded.

If you want to read about the whole long story as the band member remembers, please see Charlie Taylor’s post on the “1960s Garage Bands” website.

I will leave you with their single “Come Back Bird”. Cheers!

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La fille qui danse avec le soleil, elle aime les sixties.

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  • i was raised in baird played organ for the silencers 5 from 1963 to 1967. at cisco jr college joined a group the lost generation. while in high school did a battle of bands at old abilene town cant re call if the chevelle 5 were there. meet my future wife of now 51 years married she was drummer of another band the bitter ends from breckenridge. not for sure it seemed like in abilene one day 1964 or 5 came across the chevelle 5 at a house practing in garage stopped for a little bit and watched them play. again not sure of band or the year but they were very good. back at cjc we were able to tour with the box tops big song was THE LETTER. meet them in corpus christi was the opening act for them again the best i remember. somewhere i have a copy of come back bird. glad i found this site bob sims breckenridge tx.

    • Thank you for your comment on our song “Dangling Little Friends” . Tommy Nixon and I wrote the words and music for that piece and yes it was a little unusal at the time. Thanks again for your input. I like the song too. Jack Chisholm lead guitar Chevelle V.

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