The Castaways

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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]

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 Jim Donna on keyboards, Robert Folschow and Roy Hensley on guitars, Dick Roby on bass guitar/vocal and Dennis Craswell on drums. Folschow contributed the distinctive falsetto vocal on "Liar, Liar", while Dick Roby contributed the scream.

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 LaRoy, played guitar and a keytar on many songs, including "Liar, Liar", which had the distinctive organ intro/riff.

Bass guitarist Hensley died on 8 June 2005[citation needed] and was buried in Fairmont, Minnesota. Jim Donna is currently the only original member left in the group. Original drummer Dennis Craswell went on to be a founding member of Crow (band), a Minneapolis-based rock band of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and is still performing today under the name "The Original Castaway" in and around Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.


  • "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..