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Five Americans in 1967
|Also known as||The Mutineers|
|Origin||Durant, Oklahoma, United States|
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The Five Americans, previously known as The Mutineers, were from Durant, Oklahoma (Southeastern State College). For a short while after their hits "I See The Light", "Western Union", "Sound of Love", "Evol Not Love" and "Zipcode" were released, they toured. However, their manager, Jon Abdnor Sr., president and owner of Abnak Records and Bankers Management and Services Insurance Co., was allowed control of their finances.
After Abdnor's death in 1996, all rights to their songs should have reverted to the original group, but Sundazed Records bought the original tapes. The Five Americans had at least five singles in, or close to, the Top 40 and are receiving the sales and publishing royalties.
In a March 1967 interview that appeared in Michael Oberman's "Top Tunes" column in the Evening Star newspaper (Washington, D.C.), Norman Ezell, guitarist for the group, explained how they came up with "Western Union Man". "Mike Rabon, our lead guitar player, was just fooling around with his guitar when he came up with a unique sound," Norman said. It sort of reminded us of a telegraph key. "That's when we decided to write 'Western Union Man.'"
The Five Americans broke up in 1969 and went their separate ways.
Mike Rabon had a successful touring career afterwards, released two albums that sold well,[clarification needed] and played guitar for the Tyler, Texas, pop group Gladstone, whose "A Piece of Paper" reached No. 45 in October 1972. He later returned to college, acquiring a master's degree in public school administration, and has been in the Oklahoma school systems for 28 years.
Drummer Jimmy Wright left the music industry to become a freelance photographer. He died at Texoma Medical Center with his family at his side on January 30, 2012.
- Mike Rabon
- John Durrill
- Norm Ezell
- Jim Grant
- Jimmy Wright
- I See The Light (BB No. 136) – HBR HLP-8503 (mono) / HST-9503 (stereo) (1966)
- Western Union (BB No. 121, CB No. 66) – Abnak ABLP-1967 (mono) / ABST-2067 (stereo) (1967)
- Progressions – Abnak ABLP (mono) / ABST-2069 (stereo) (1967)
- Now and Then – Abnak ABST-2071 (1968)
b/w "Love, Love Love"
|–||–||–||ABC-Paramount 10686||Non-LP tracks|
|"Say That You Love Me"
b/w "Without You"
|"I See The Light"
b/w "The Outcast"
|-||-||-||Abnak 109||I See The Light|
|1966||"I See The Light"
b/w "The Outcast"(re-release)
b/w "Don't You Dare Blame Me" (from I See The Light)
b/w "The Losing Game" (from I See The Light)
|-||-||-||HBR 483||Non-LP tracks|
|"It's You Girl"
b/w "I'm Gonna Leave Ya"
|"I'm Feeling OK"
b/w "Slippin' and Slidin'"
|-||-||-||Abnak 114||Western Union|
|"If I Could"
b/w "Now That It's Over"
b/w "Now That It's Over"
|"Sound of Love"
b/w "Sweet Bird of Youth"
b/w "Tell Ann I Love Her" (from Western Union)
|1968||"7:30 Guided Tour"
b/w "See Saw Man" (from Western Union)
|96||-||-||Abnak 126||Now and Then|
b/w "The Rain Maker" (from Progressions)
|-||-||-||Abnak 128||Non-LP tracks|
|"Lovin' Is Livin'"
b/w "Con Man" (from Progressions)
b/w "The Source" (Non-LP track)
|-||-||-||Abnak 132||Now and Then|
b/w "Call On Me" (Non-LP track)
|"I See The Light '69"
b/w "Red Cape"
|"She's Too Good To Me"
b/w "Molly Black"
- Jim Dawson, Steve Propes (2003). 45 RPM: The History, Heroes & Villains of a Pop Music Revolution. ISBN 0-87930-757-9.
- Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed May 2010
- The petition may be found at www.petitiononline.com.