Touch (1960s band)

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Touch was a 1960s progressive rock band who recorded one album, 1968's eponymous and extremely rare Touch. They consisted of John Bordonaro (drums, percussion, vocals), Don Gallucci (keyboards, vocals), Bruce Hauser (bass, vocals), Jeff Hawks (vocals), and Joey Newman AKA Vern Kjellberg (guitar, vocals).


Gallucci will probably always be best known as the kid who played the keyboard riff on the Kingsmen's classic recording of the song "Louie Louie," but it was this hit that forced him to leave the group. At the age of 15 he was not old enough to tour with them and thus it was that he later founded Don and the Goodtimes with drummer Bob Holden. (An early version of the band included Jack Ely, the vocalist on "Louie Louie.") They had a No. 20 pop hit in the US with "I Could Be So Good to You," produced and arranged by the legendary Jack Nitzsche. By this time earlier Goodtimes members had been replaced by vocalist Jeff Hawks, guitarist Joey Newman and bassist/vocalist Ron "Buzz" Overman.

In his as-yet-unpublished biography, Gallucci recalls that by the end of 1967, following the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Goodtimes were beginning to feel like they were "just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic" and felt the need to move on. Accordingly he wrote what the sleevenotes to the Eclectic Discs CD reissue of the album calls the "Lysergic soaked" epic "Seventyfive," and Touch was born. Gallucci, Hawks and Newman teamed up with Hauser and Bordonaro and they set themselves up in a Moorish-style castle in the Hollywood Hills where they set to work on writing the songs for the album.

After signing with Coliseum Records, but before recording the Touch LP, the group recorded the music tracks for the Elyse Weinberg LP using the name "The Band of Thieves" after Elyse's song of the same name. Gene Shiveley engineered the sessions at Sunset Sound Recorders and the transition from those sessions to the sessions for the Touch LP was nearly seamless.

The Touch recordings took place in an almost party-like atmosphere with such musical luminaries from the world of rock and psychedelia as Mick Jagger, Grace Slick and Jimi Hendrix all attending the recordings at Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood with Gene Shiveley producing. Exactly how Shiveley and the band created some of the sounds on the album in these pre-synthesiser days is still a matter of conjecture as no one present seems to remember, but with the only unusual instrument on the album being a tone-generator it seems it was all done with the use of real instruments and ingenious production.

The band folded soon after the release of the album for personal reasons and not because of the legend "they believed that the music contained on it could never be replicated live", which resulted in them being unable to tour to promote it. This one LP has since been credited as the inspiration for the Brit progressive rock band Yes, a major influence on rock bands Kansas and Uriah Heep, and an inspiration for Genesis.


Touch released only one album, named Touch

Original LP, 1969:[1]

  1. "We Feel Fine" 4:41
  2. "Friendly Birds" 4:53
  3. "Miss Teach" 3:29
  4. "The Spiritual Death of Howard Greer" 8:52
  5. "Down at Circe's Place" 4:00
  6. "Alesha and Others" 3:05
  7. "Seventy Five" 11:12
  • Total time: 40:12

CD release in 2004, Eclectic Disks ECLCD 1005. Tracks 8-12 are bonus tracks:

  1. "We Feel Fine" 4:39
  2. "Friendly Birds" 4:51
  3. "Miss Teach" 3:29
  4. "The Spiritual Death of Howard Greer" 8:52
  5. "Down at Circe's Place" 3:59
  6. "Alesha and Others" 3:04
  7. "Seventy Five" 11:47
  8. "We Finally Met Today" (unreleased single 1968) 3:41
  9. "Alesha and Others" (live studio demo 1968) 3:14
  10. "Blue Feeling" 11:45
  11. "The Spiritual Death of Howard Greer" (live studio demo 1968) 8:07
  12. "The Second Coming of Suzanne" (film music 1973) 12:19
  • Total time: 79:22

Where are they now[edit]

According to various internet sources, Gallucci and Hawks no longer work in the music industry and are now in real estate and hairdressing, respectively. Newman still works as a musician. Bordonaro is a successful businessman and avid equestrian in Southern California, and Hauser lives a simple life in Southern Nevada.


  1. ^ "TOUCH Touch reviews and MP3". Retrieved 2014-07-23.