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Rabon was born in Port Arthur, Texas, in April 1943 but moved to southeastern Oklahoma in the first year of his life. His father and mother, both Oklahoma natives, taught school in a tiny community in Oklahoma called Spencerville with a population of about 300. It was there that Rabon taught himself to play guitar. By 12 he had joined a local group called The Buckaroos.
The Five Americans
In college, he formed the beginnings of The Five Americans. The band was originally named The Muntineers but was later changed to The Five Americans to combat the rock and roll British influx in the mid-1960s. The group became successful charting 5 records: "I See The Light", "Evol Not Love", "Sound of Love", "ZipCode", and "Western Union", the last covered by The Ventures, The Strangers (Australia), and The Searchers (England), and also used in the film Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise.
Mike Rabon had a successful touring career afterwards, released two albums that sold well, and played guitar for the Tyler, Texas, pop group, Gladstone, whose "A Piece of Paper" reached No. 45 in October 1972. Rabon later formed a group called Michael Rabon and Choctaw which also included former Five Americans drummer Jimmy Wright. One album was released by Uni in the early 1970s to good reviews but was mostly overlooked by the label due to promotional and legal difficulties.
After 10 years in the music business, Rabon went back to college and obtained his master's degree in administration. Rabon is currently involved in education technology in his hometown of Hugo, Oklahoma.