The Castaways

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This article is about the garage rock band. For the short story by P. G. Wodehouse, see The Castaways (short story).
The Castaways
Origin Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Genres Garage rock, rock and roll
Years active 1965 (1965)-1968 (1968)
Members James Donna
Bob Donna
Rick Snider
Ralph Hintz
Dennis Craswell/The Original Castaway
Past members Denny Craswell
Robert Folschow
Dick Roby
Roy Hensley
Tom Husting
Dennis Libby

The Castaways are an American rock band from the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

Their first and only hit single was "Liar, Liar". Written by band leader James Donna and Denny Craswell, produced by Timothy D. Kehr and released by Soma Records, it reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965. "Liar, Liar" is featured in the films Good Morning, Vietnam and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, as well as a cover version by Debbie Harry in Married to the Mob. The Castaways performed "Liar, Liar" in the 1967 beach movie It's a Bikini World. Their followup, "Goodbye Babe", was another local hit, but did not break nationally.[1]

"Liar, Liar" is noteworthy for the scream that precedes a guitar-led instrumental segment between verses.[citation needed]

Although the group would release several more singles throughout the 1960s, it appears that they never released a full-length album, until the appearance of their 1999 Greatest Hits compilation.


The original members were James Donna on keyboards, Robert Folschow and Dick Roby on guitar, Roy Hensley on bass guitar and Dennis Craswell on drums. Folschow contributed the distinctive falsetto vocal on "Liar, Liar".

In the early 1980s two members, 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 LaRroy, played guitar and a keytar on many songs, including "Liar, Liar", which had the distinctive piano intro/riff.

Bass guitarist Hensley died on 8 June 2005[citation needed] and was buried in Fairmont, Minnesota. Original drummer Dennis Craswell never quit performing and continues today under the name "The Original Castaways" in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota with band mate Peter Dzubay.


  • "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)
  • "Lavender Popcorn" / "What Kind of Face" (1968)


  1. ^ The billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, by Joel Whitburn, ISBN 0-8230-7518-4
  2. ^ Joynson, Vernon (2007). Fuzz Acid and Flowers Revisited. Glasgow, United Kingdom: Borderline Productions. p. 154. ISBN 1-899855-14-9. 

External links[edit]

The link above (enternal links) represents one member of the Castaways band. Here is the link to the other " The Original Castaways" Band..