The Castaways

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The Castaways
OriginMinneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
GenresGarage rock
Years active1963 (1963)–1968 (1968)
MembersJim Donna
Bob Donna
Rick Snider
Ralph Hintz
Past membersDennis Craswell
Robert Folschow
Dick Roby
Roy Hensley
Tom Husting
Dennis Libby

The Castaways are an American rock band from the Twin Cities in Minnesota, United States.[1] They were formed in 1963.

The band's only hit single was "Liar, Liar".[1] Written by band leader Jim Donna and drummer (and band co-founder) Dennis Craswell, the song was produced by Timothy D. Kehr and released by Soma Records, reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965. "Liar, Liar" was later featured in the films Good Morning, Vietnam[1] and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and was covered by Debbie Harry in Married to the Mob. The Castaways performed "Liar, Liar" in the 1967 beach movie, It's a Bikini World. Their follow up, "Goodbye Babe", was another local hit, but did not break nationally.[2]

Although the group released several more singles throughout the 1960s, they never released an album, until the appearance of their 1999 Greatest Hits compilation.


The original members were Jim Donna on keyboards, Robert Folschow and Roy Hensley on guitars, Dick Roby on bass guitar and vocal, and Dennis Craswell on drums.[1] Folschow sang the distinctive falsetto vocal on "Liar, Liar", and Dick Roby contributed the scream.

In 1966 Jim Donna left the band. Bob Folschow ended up being drafted into the army. The band ended up breaking up 2 years after this in 1968. Jim Donna restarted The Castaways in the 1970s with new members.[3]

Following the dissolution of the band, original drummer Dennis Craswell (co-author of the song "Liar Liar"), went on to join Crow, a Minneapolis-based rock band of the late 1960s and early 1970s.[1] and now plays under the name: The Original Castaways (summers) and plays under the name: The Castaway in the Rio Grande Valley playing dances in the 55+ parks, and on South Padre Island (winters).[citation needed]

In the early 1980s, Folschow and Craswell led a West Coast version of the band under the name The Castaways in Pismo Beach, California. Folschow, who was using the stage name of Bob LaRoy, played guitar and a keytar on many songs, including "Liar, Liar". At some point, this lineup also included fellow original members Roby and Hensley, leaving Donna as the only original member not participating.[4][5]

Rhythm guitarist Roy Hensley (born on 31 December 1947) died on 8 June 2005, at the age of 57, and was buried in Lewisville, Minnesota.[6]

In 2006, all five members of the classic Castaways lineup were inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with the group's former producer, Timothy B. Kehr accepting the award on behalf of posthumous inductee Hensley.[4]

The Castaways, with original band leader Jim Donna, continue to perform for fairs, festivals, and private events in the upper Midwest. The modern line up consists of Bob Donna on Guitar, Rick Snider on the drums, Ralph Hintz on bass guitar and lead vocals and Jim Donna on the keyboards.[7] In 2022 Jim Donna wrote a book about The Castaways called, ''Liar, Liar From Garage Band to Rockstars, the Story of Minnesota's Castaways in the 1960's''.[8]


  • "Liar, Liar" / "Sam" (1965)
  • "Goodbye Babe" / "A Man's Gotta Be a Man" (1965)
  • "She's a Girl in Love" / "Why This Should Happen to Me" (1967)
  • "I Feel So Fine" / "Hit the Road Jack" (1967)
  • "Walking in Different Circles" / "Just on High" (1968)
  • "Bad Hair Day" Dennis Craswell and Roy Hensley.
  • "Lavender Popcorn" / "What Kind of Face" (1968)[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 240. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  2. ^ The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, by Joel Whitburn, ISBN 0-8230-7518-4
  3. ^ Breznikar, Klemen (11 February 2023). "The Castaways | Interview | "Liar, liar, pants on fire"". It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  4. ^ a b "The Castaways Liar Liar...(2006) video taken in 2006". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2019 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "The Castaways Liar Liar Some Years by Sheila". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2019 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "Roy Hensley | Actor, Soundtrack". IMDb. Retrieved 21 October 2023.
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  8. ^ Donna, James J. (2022). Liar, Liar: From Garage Band to Rockstars, the Story of Minnesota's Castaways in the 1960's. Castaway Publications. ISBN 978-0-578-36400-1.
  9. ^ Joynson, Vernon (2007). Fuzz Acid and Flowers Revisited. Glasgow, United Kingdom: Borderline Productions. p. 154. ISBN 1-899855-14-9.

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