Lansing Boys “The Woolies” Peak on the Singles Chart 53 Years Ago
It was on March 25, 1967, when East Lansing boys The Woolies hit their peak on Billboard's Singles Chart.
Their record was issued on Dunhill/ABC Records and lasted three weeks on the chart, nationally peaking at #95. The song was a remake of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love" backed with "Hey Girl", another song that got Mid-Michigan airplay.
The Woolies were Bob Baldori, Jeff Baldori, Ron English, Bee Metros, and Stormy Rice on lead vocals. Stormy split for a solo career in 1968. Later members included Jack "Zocko" Groendahl. and Maury Dean.
According to the Michigan Rock and Roll legends website, Bob Baldori claims they weren't what they seemed: “We weren’t really a garage band - everyone was a trained musician. We could play like a garage band but we could also read music”.
The Woolies were the band that Chuck Berry went to whenever he was in the area. According to Bob, “Chuck was a terrific musician. He could hold up three fingers which meant he was playing in E flat and we knew what he was talking about”.
Read more about "Boogie" Bob Baldori HERE.
Now, listen to their hit below!