Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Oldies - I Didn't Realize by Jack Herbst

I know SOME stuff about this recording, but almost nothing about Jack Herbst.



This song was recorded by a group called The Nitecaps at Norman Petty's famous studio in Clovis, New Mexico back in 1963. This is the same studio where many of Buddy Holly's hits were recorded, and the same record label that published the music of Ritchie Valens during his short career. It was released on Del-Fi 4228. The flip is another cool song called Jimmy's Party.

The record was supposed to be credited to The Nitecaps, but supposedly there were some kind of contract negotiations that weren't going well. So, the record was published with Jack Herbst as the artist. It's not clear to me how Jack fit into the Nitecaps. Maybe he was the lead singer of this harmony group, which had been quite popular in that area, especially around Colorado.

So, here I go again. If you know anything about Jack Herbst, I'd love to hear from you!

8 comments:

  1. Jack is my father in law, I can send him this link.
    Ashley

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  2. Just happen to run across this post...My name is Tom Pritchard..I played bass for Jack when the band "Nightcaps" played at the "Rock Inn" in Estes Park Colo..Boy does this bring back old memories...

    I live in San Andreas Ca. 95249
    Cell--209-743-9478

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  3. Just happen to run across this post...My name is Tom Pritchard..I played bass for Jack when the band "Nightcaps" played at the "Rock Inn" in Estes Park Colo..Boy does this bring back old memories... I live in San Andreas California.

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    1. Thanks for checking in, Tom. I'd give anything to go back in time and hear you guys playing together at the Rock Inn!

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    2. I would like to contact Jack if you would have a emaqil add or phone#..The last time I had contact was when he was living in Greely Colo.. Bring back the "Nightcaps"..I'll try to check this blog more often..Thank you in advance for any info..

      Sincerely,

      Tom Pritchard
      Former base player for the "Nightcaps"

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    3. Unfortunately, I can't locate him either. Maybe someone who checks out this post can tell us where he's at these days.

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    4. Bought a tape recorder from a Jack Herbst outside of Seattle WA in 1980. I remember him mentioning playing with the Fireballs (another Norman Petty/Clovis NM-associated band). Must be the same guy - I'd never been able to corroborate his association with the Fireballs. I also seem to remember him saying that he'd c0-written "It's My Party" though that didn't check out, unless it was under a different name. Nice guy!!

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  4. Does this look like Jack? (in Colorado)
    http://gazette.com/front-end-loader-leaves-path-of-destruction-over-80-debt/article/114281

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