Tim Grobaty: The Circle's Cinnamon Ci...

Tim Grobaty: The Circle's Cinnamon Cinder

There are 72 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Feb 18, 2008, titled Tim Grobaty: The Circle's Cinnamon Cinder. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

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Fred

Pasadena, CA

#1 Feb 19, 2008
I thought this piece of history was very interesting to read about. It provides some information as to what my long time Long Beach friends are talking about when they tal about their high school days in the 60's.
slwv

Wilmington, NC

#2 Mar 22, 2008
No one believes me when I tell about seeing Jerry lee Lewis at the CC in 1966 (aboutSept/Oct). Can anyone confirm
jduffy

Corvallis, OR

#3 Mar 24, 2008
Very interesting - but I was hoping to see what group sang the "C-C-Cinnamon Cinder" ("it's a very nice dance) song. Does anyone know?
Susan Engstrom

Azle, TX

#4 Apr 15, 2008
This article brought back many fine meories for me. My brother performed with the band playing at the Cinnamon Cinder - "The Vibrants." All the guys, Jesse Johnston (my brother), Casey Van Beek, Bob Young, Larry Brittain and Armand Frank were terrific. I guess I was an exception to getting into the club because I was 15 and managed to dance there (remember "The Slauson?"). Okay, I'm dating myself. Thanks for bringing back some terrific memories.
Susan Engstrom

Azle, TX

#5 Apr 15, 2008
P.S. Jduffy...in answer to your question about who sang ...."C C Cinnamon Cinder (it's a very nice dance...)" The group was The Pastel Six....I believe in 1963 or 1964.
Roy LeQuire

Torrance, CA

#6 May 19, 2008
This article brought back many fine meories for me. My brother performed with the band playing at the Cinnamon Cinder - "The Vibrants." All the guys, Jesse Johnston (my brother), Casey Van Beek, Bob Young, Larry Brittain and Armand Frank were terrific. I guess I was an exception to getting into the club because I was 15 and managed to dance there (remember "The Slauson?"). Okay, I'm dating myself. Thanks for bringing back some terrific memories. "Roy LeQuire" Larry Brittain was a great friend of mine and I went to the CC frequently. The Vibrants were a great local band. I saw many great shows and if anyone would like more detail I can be contacted at my email [email protected] By the way, how is Jesse and does anyone have contact with anyone in the group?
Pat Collins

Bakersfield, CA

#7 Jun 4, 2008
I was at cc everynight it was open 1964 Met my first husband there. Saw Little Stevie Wonder and The Rightious Brothers! Good times!!!
Bob Evilsizer

Austin, TX

#8 Jun 16, 2008
The Vibrants would play Beatles songs before the even hit the radio stations like KFWB, KRLA & KHJ They were a kick ass band. Saw the Coasters at the CC in Long Beach. Ah those were the days!!
Roy LeQuire

Torrance, CA

#9 Jul 15, 2008
Larry Brittain was a great friend of mine. We lived close together in Artesia. I went to the CC frequently. The Vibrants were a great local band. I saw many great shows including the Righteous Brothers (when they were getting started), Dick & DeeDee, Ike & Tina Turner, The Coasters, and many more.
If you want to hear several of the songs the guys played, find a Freddy King CD with Hide Away, San-Ho-Zay, Sen-Say-Shun and The Stumble.
I think Casey is in Texas or Oklahoma with a country band called The Tractors. Has anyone heard where and how the others are? I would like to get in contact just to see how they are doing. I can be contacted at [email protected]
Susan Engstrom

Azle, TX

#10 Jul 16, 2008
In response to Roy LeQuire's question about how other members of the Vibrants are doing. My brother, Jesse Johnston (lead guitar/vocals) passed away peacefully in his sleep in April 1997.
Roy LeQuire

Torrance, CA

#11 Jul 17, 2008
Susan, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. If you want to hear some of Jesse's music, get the Freddy King CD. Jesse played lead for the Vibrants on a couple of the songs, as I remember, San-Ho-Zay and the Stumble.
Response to Roy

Azle, TX

#12 Sep 25, 2008
Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. Thank you so much for telling me about Freddy King's CD. I had no idea my brother performed on this CD. What a treasure if I could fine this! Thanks, Roy!
Roy LeQuire

Ontario, CA

#13 Sep 29, 2008
Susan, there is a misunderstanding. Jesse played lead on several of those songs for the Vibrants. Larry also played lead on several. The band loved to play Freddy King music. If you can find the CD you will recognize the songs.
Sorry for the misunderstanding
Response to Roy

Azle, TX

#14 Oct 4, 2008
Thanks for the clarification, Roy. Yes, I remember how much Jess loved to play Freddy King songs. I can remember when he'd patiently try to introduce me to music by B.B. King and Freddy during a time I thought the only music in the world was being played by the Beatles. I didn't appreciate the blues when I was 15. Seems like yesterday. Thanks for helping me reminisce.
Phil Chesley

Littleton, CO

#15 Nov 11, 2008
Great memories folks...that was my neighborhood...googled the CC per a conversation etc...Robert Hall'; the Drive-In;...wow!
Jan

Long Beach, CA

#16 Nov 18, 2008
Thanks Tim!(Sorry I didn't see this until now.) Like out times. I too saw The Coasters and Righteous Brothers. We didn't drink and we didn't miss it; it was just a great place with great music!
Glen

Cleveland, OH

#17 Feb 9, 2009
I lived in Long Beach and went to Wilson. Can anyone confirm the Buffalo Springfield playing there after performing on the Queen Mary prior to them breaking up? Some friends and I hung out on the lawn outside the wall and listened then went down to the Marina Palace (anyone else remember that dump lol). Although saw Strawberry Alarmclock and Music Machine there. Many times to the old Golden Bear in Huntington. Great memories.
Bob from Fresno Ca

Fresno, CA

#18 Mar 16, 2009
What a trip.....the Cinnamon Cinder came up in a family coversation this weekend and all of the memories came back. I played in a band there in 1969/70 called "Heritage". Lead singer was named John Wright who was the front man, played the conga drums..David Crumrine on Hammond B3 and Geoff Morgan on Drums. I remember the backing the Coasters once and The Association playing across from us on the opposite stage on a Saturday night. Don't remember the dates.
Irene

Garden Grove, CA

#19 Mar 16, 2009
Their was a band called "Cotton Candy" At least 6 of us girls would go on Wednesday's night (we were only 16). We love to dance in the front row. We had so much fun back then. Ike and Tina Turner were their all the time.
Carol

Lakewood, CA

#20 Mar 17, 2009
When I was in 11th grade my girlfriends and I would drive from San Pedro to the Cinnamon Cinder every Weds. & Sat. nite. We saw so many great shows but for some reason I remember they had Pat ? The Hip Hypnotist on Weds. I can remember doing the Jerk to The Boy From New York City and Something Tells Me I'm Into Something good. OMG I have so many crazy memories going through my head right now! I remember buying a car record player that fit under the dashboard of my car from one of the best dancers there. Those were the days and I'll always have these special memories! When we got into the 12th grade we stopped going to the Cinnamon Cinder and went to Harvey's Broiler on Sat. nite to cruise....more fun times!!

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