Peppermint Trolley Company
The Peppermint Trolley Company
|Origin||Redlands, California, United States|
|Labels||Acta, Valiant, Cherry Red|
|Associated acts||Bones, The Faragher Brothers, The Mark Five (Mark V)|
|Past members||Danny Faragher|
Mack Patrick McClure
The Peppermint Trolley Company was an American sunshine pop band known for their 1968 single "Baby You Come Rollin' 'Cross My Mind" as well as their performances on Mannix, The Beverly Hillbillies and their arrangement and performance of The Brady Bunch original theme song.
Peppermint Trolley Company released one album and five singles on the Acta label, a subsidiary of Dot Records. The original line-up included Jimmy Faragher (vocals, bass, guitar), Danny Faragher (vocals, keyboards), Casey Cunningham (drums) and Patrick McClure (guitar, vocals). McClure was later replaced by Greg Tornquist. In 1969, Jimmy and Danny Faragher, Cunningham and Tornquist left their recording contract with Acta to form the rock/soul group, Bones.
The Peppermint Trolley Company was formed in Redlands, California in 1966, when the band the Mark V, consisting of members Danny Faragher, Jimmy Faragher, Steve Hauser, Dave Kelliher, Brad Madson and Dick Owens, teamed up with producer Dan Dalton, who urged the band to change its name. The Peppermint Trolley Company's name was originally proposed by Jimmy Faragher and chosen by a committee of the Mark V band members. The single "Lollipop Train" was released (with B-side "Bored to Tears") on Valiant Records.
In January 1967 the band broke up, leaving brothers Danny and Jimmy Faragher as the sole members. Recording continued and a deal was signed with Acta Records. The single "She's the Kind of Girl" was released in the spring of 1967. Casey Cunningham (drums) joined the band that June. The single "It's a Lazy Summer Day" was released the same month. Patrick McClure (guitar) joined shortly thereafter.
In the fall of 1967, Patrick McClure left the band and was replaced by Greg Tornquist (guitar). In November, recording began for "Baby You Come Rollin' Across My Mind", which was subsequently released in January 1968 and peaked at #59 on the Billboard 100 chart that summer.
The single "Trust", written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols, was released in September 1968, and the self-titled album The Peppermint Trolley Company was released that same month. While the album failed to chart, according to the liner notes of the 2009 reissue, "it sold well in many markets and can be easily found 40 years later, implying good distribution and multiple pressings."
The Brady Bunch Theme
The Peppermint Trolley Company is credited with arranging and singing The Brady Bunch theme song for the show's pilot. After the band left Acta Records, the vocals were rerecorded and sung by studio singers Paul Parish, John Beland and Lois Fletcher, leaving the original music intact.
In 2009, the Peppermint Trolley Company's self-titled album was re-released on Now Sounds, a division of Cherry Red. Produced for reissue by Steve Stanley, Beautiful Sun contained all 11 of the original album's tracks as well as 16 bonus tracks, including many B-sides and singles from The Mark V.
- 1968: The Peppermint Trolley Company
- 2009: Beautiful Sun
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