The Skeptics were one of Oklahoma's most famous rock bands. They started playing as a band sometime in either 1964 or 1965 and hailed from the town of Bartlesville, about 80 miles north of Tulsa. Jerry Waugh, their lead singer, a principle songwriter , had his first known recording with “It's A New Thing To Me” b/w “Not Another Cloudy Day” which was released in early 1965.
“Not Another Cloudy Day” featured the female vocals of Nedra Price, who had an earlier hit “Let’s Have A Party” with the Moonglows in 1964 on the Ponca label with b/w “Sugar Booger”. Bobby Shivel played bass for Nedra on this recording, thus the connection to The Skeptics.
The Skeptics first release as a band came in 1965 with “For My Own” w/b “I Told Her Goodbye” on the Trush label with a great picture sleeve. Original members included Jerry Waugh on Vocals and Harp, Bobby Shivel on Bass, Gary Shivel on Organ, Luis Biggerstaff on Lead Guitar, and Garry Mars on Drums.
The group enlisted the songwriting service of Wayne Carson Thompson for their final two 45’s. Thompson had enjoyed some earlier success with such hits as “Always On My Mind”, “The Letter” and “Somebody Like Me”. This line up continued on until 1969 when Jerry Waugh left the band and the group moved towards for more of the funky, horn driven sounds of the early 70’s.
They formally disbanded in 1974. Rumor has it that their manager released an unauthorized LP in 1969 which contained all their 45’s but a copy of it has yet to turn up with collectors.
by Roger Maglio, April 2012
1. It's A New Thing To Me (Jerry Waugh) - 2:03
2. Not Another Cloudy Day (Maynard Helmuth) - 2:54
3. For My Own (Jerry Waugh) - 2:42
4. I Told Her Goodbye (Jerry Waugh) - 2:15
5. Ride Child (Jerry Waugh) - 2:15
6. Apple Candy (Original Version) (Jerry Waugh) - 2:56
7. Apple Candy (Alternate Version) (Jerry Waugh) - 3:01
8. Stripes (Jerry Waugh) - 3:09
9. Certain Kind Of Girl (Jerry Waugh) - 2:46
10.Bit O' Honey (Wayne Carson Thompson) - 2:14
11.East Side Tenement House (Wayne Carson Thompson) -2:39
12.Turn It On (Wayne Carson Thompson) - 2:24
13.She's A Gas (Wayne Carson Thompson) - 2:25
14.Down To the Bone (The Skeptics) - 2:53
*Jerry Waugh - Vocals, Harp
*Bobby Shivel - Bass
*Gary Shivel - Organ
*Luis Biggerstaff - Lead Guitar
*Garry Mars - Drums
*Nedra Price - Vocals
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