Cinnamon Cinder chain

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Cinnamon Cinder
OwnerBob Eubanks, Mickey Brown, Stan Bannister, Roy Bannister
Genre(s)Rock and roll, Rock music

The Cinnamon Cinder chain was a chain of nightclubs owned by Bob Eubanks. Acts that appeared in the clubs included The Coasters, The Drifters, Sonny & Cher, Buffalo Springfield, Ike & Tina Turner, and The Shirelles.


The Cinnamon Cinder came about to fill a need for teenagers who were either too young or couldn't afford the entry to regular night clubs.[1] The clubs were located in Southern California. Bob Eubanks, the chains owner was a Los Angeles disc jockey and game host. He hosted The Newlywed Game.[2] He had partners and one of them was former L.A. policeman Mickey Brown and Van Nuys skating rink owners, Stan Bannister and Roy Bannister.[3][4]

Acts like The Righteous Brothers and Stevie Wonder were booked for the clubs at North Hollywood and Long Beach.[5] A television show called The Cinnamon Cinder Show originated from the clubs. There was also a hit record called "Cinnamon Cinder" which was recorded by The Pastel Six and The Cinders.[6][7] It was also recorded by a band called The Hartung Sounds.[8][9]

There were strict rules for the customers. The dress code discouraged the wearing of blue jeans, capri's or shorts. Alcohol wasn't permitted, and if a person showed signs of being under the influence, they would be turned away. Any adults such as parents that came in to check on their children would have to be accompanied by a member of the opposite sex. This was to stop older men coming in with the intention of preying on younger girls.[10]

House bands[edit]

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy consisted of former Vibrants drummer Bob Young and other members, Joey Cooper on guitar, Don Preston on guitar and John Gallee an organist and bassist. It was set up by Casey Van Beek who was with The Vibrants.[11] Preston, Cooper and Gallee would later end up writing for singer Johnny Halliday.[12]

Don and the Deacons

Don and the Deacons were the house band at the club and started around November 1964.[13] Preston would also play in Cotton Candy.[14]

The Roosters

Among the house bands that played at the San Diego venue was The Roosters who were formed around 1965. The group's leader was multi-instrumentalist Richard "Dick" Purchase. He played bass, guitar, and keyboards. He was also an accomplished trumpet player. The rest of the band members were guitarists Joe Gonzalez and Bobby Hijer. The drummer was Sid Smith. In 1967 Smith left the band and was replaced by Jack Pinney.[15] Pinney would later go on to become the drummer for Iron Butterfly.[16] Later after a good part of a decade at the venue, they were let go by the club. They were possibly fired because of a later member Jerry Raney.[17]

The Vibrants

The house band for the Traffic Circle Cinnamon club was The Vibrants.[18][19] They backed The Scuzzies on the Suzie Cappetta composed 1965, local top 40 hit "Dave Hull The Hullabalooer".[20][21] The group had consisted of Cassey Van Beek (a.k.a. Casey Van Beek), Armond Frank, Bob Young, Jessy Johnston and Larry Britain.[22] By December 1966, the band which was led by Van Beek had been at the club for five years.[23] Around September 1967, the group broke up with some of its members returning to college. Van Beek who by this time was 23, set up another house band called Cotton Candy.[24]


Studio City[edit]

The original Cinnamon Cinder club was located at 11345 Ventura Blvd. It was famously the location of a press conference by The Beatles before the band's Hollywood Bowl concert in 1964.[25]

Long Beach[edit]

One popular club was at Traffic Circle, 4401 Pacific Coast Highway.[26] Surf band The Pyramids appeared there in the 1960s.[27]

San Diego[edit]

The most southern location of the chain was located at 7578 El Cajon Blvd., not far from San Diego State University.[28]

Other Locations[edit]

In his autobiography "It's in the Book, Bob!", Bob Eubanks states that there were also Cinnamon Cinder clubs in Fresno and San Bernardino. Drummer in the Fresno band was Vince Tempesta 1964-65 -I got to play for Doby Grey-Righteous Brothers Sonny and Cher-and other artist a fun club tp play music also in 1965 I opened for the Rolling Stones and the Byrds at Radcliff stadium in Fresno Vince also was with The REVELS 1962 and the Roy Obrbison show and backed up Bobby Pickett "Monster Mash" Oct 30 1962 #1 song that month-He went on to play for quite a few artist in 70s-.


  1. ^ Ocala Star Banner Jul 29, 1963 Page 7 Young Adults Trip Light Fantastic At Own Clubs by David Farmer
  2. ^ The San Diego Troubadour July 2015 International Festival, a Logical Successor to La Mesa’s Musical Past by Steve Thorn
  3. ^ Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963 by By James B. Murphy Page 254 Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963
  4. ^ The Jan & Dean Record: A Chronology of Studio Sessions, Live Performances and Chart Positions By Mark A. Moore Page 107 April 23, April 18-21 * Concert * Cinnamon Cinder Grand Opening. Fresno, California
  5. ^ Ventura County Star Entertainment, How a summer night at Dodger Stadium turned 'nasty' for The Beatles and Bob Eubanks
  6. ^ From Small Screen to Vinyl: A Guide to Television Stars Who Made Records, 1950-2000 - Bob Leszczak Page 108 Bob Eubanks
  7. ^ Discogs The Cinders – The Cinnamon Cinder
  8. ^ Encyclopedie van Drenthe, Volume 1 Page 383 Hartung Sounds, The
  9. ^ Discogs The Hartung Sounds – The Cinnamon Cinder
  10. ^ Ocala Star Banner Jul 29, 1963 Page 7 Young Adults Trip Light Fantastic At Own Clubs by David Farmer
  11. ^ Long Beach Independent October 12, 1967 Page 38 So he turned the other ear by Tedd Thomey
  12. ^ Billboard January 15, 1972 Page 40 Midem 1972, Creiterion to Midem in Full Strength
  13. ^ KRLA Beat November 18, 1964 Page 2
  14. ^ Long Beach Independent October 12, 1967 Page 38 So he turned the other ear by Tedd Thomey
  15. ^ San Diego Reader The Roosters, Synoposis -- Written by Bart Mendoza for San Diego Troubadour
  16. ^ San Diego Reader June 27, 2012 The Only Jack in the Jacks by Dave Good
  17. ^ San Diego Reader The Roosters, Synopsis -- Written by Bart Mendoza for San Diego Troubadour
  18. ^ Long Beach Independent December 13, 1963 Kerplunk! He Got Stuck in Mud By Tedd Thomey
  19. ^ KRLA Beat 01-12-2010 We're not much on fancy words...
  20. ^ Discogs The Scuzzies with The Vibrants (6) – Dave Hull The Hullabalooer
  21. ^ Las Solanas The Scuzzies With The Vibrants — Dave Hull The Hullabalooer
  22. ^ Long Beach Independent December 13, 1963 Kerplunk! He Got Stuck in Mud By Tedd Thomey
  23. ^ Long Beach Independent December 23, 1966 Page 12 Mickey Says 'Shave!' --Sideburns Vanish By Tedd Thomey
  24. ^ Long Beach Indepenant October 12, 1967 Page 38 So he turned the other ear by Tedd Thomey
  25. ^ Video from Beatles press conference
  26. ^ Long Beach Press Telegram 02/17/08 Tim Grobaty: The Circle's Cinnamon Cinder
  27. ^ Long Beach Post January 29, 2016 Stompin' with The Pyramids, Long Beach's Legendary Surf Band: Guitarist Will Glover Remembers by Matt Cohn
  28. ^ Dearly Departed - San Diego Union-Tribune