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I don't know why it happened, I am still puzzled over this band. over 40years later, I still wonder what happened. was it bad luck , bad timing.I have the 3 vinyls, and I still play them to this day. They are still fresh. I love this group. the puzzling part is why they did not make it real big commercially. great great band. thank you.
Robert Doria <bobbyd1015@hotmail.com>
- Wednesday, March 07, 2012 at 06:48:03 (PST)
A memorable New Year's Eve at the Bitter End with John Finley. I had met him at St. Adrian's, a now defunct bar in the village and dated briefly. Fun! Memories
Dale <javelinawoman@aol.com>
- Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 21:14:30 (PST)
I met all of the band members at a bar in the village and briefly dated John Finley, going up to their house in the country one memorable New Year's Eve.
I wish all of you would have stayed together. That was a night you played The Bitter End in NY.

Dale Ann Deffer <javelinawoman@aol.com>
- Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 20:58:04 (PST)
I was a big Fan of the Group and saw them live
It was sad to see them disband after 3lps

Albert Scantleberry <alberts1948@gmail.com>
- Friday, December 30, 2011 at 19:29:00 (PST)
I caught the group at the Woodbury Ski and Raquet Club in Connecticut in the summer of 1970 and was floored by the power of the group and the guitarists amazing talent.One of my favorite bands that has never left my mind for all these years.I'm glad that they reunited and would check them out if a concert happened in my area
Michael Piccirillo <tumbaobass@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 19:22:40 (PST)
I saw the band in 69 and 70. They were one of my favorites in high school. I wish they would tour in the USA.
Russell Pepe <rpepe@ATT.net>
- Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 05:17:48 (PST)
Hope you all are well. Glad to see you guys are still playing together.
"Life is good!"
Best wishes to you all.
Sincerely, Iona

Iona Zuckerman Elliott <elliottid@aol.com>
- Friday, October 21, 2011 at 15:09:46 (PDT)
One of the best of the era. It's the same thing ohh ain't it
Jack Caviness <jackcaviness@ymail.com>
- Monday, October 10, 2011 at 23:09:27 (PDT)
Anybody know if these guys are the same group that played at Ramapo Regional High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ back in 67 or 68?
nikdangr <nik_dangr@yahoo.com>
- Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 11:59:42 (PDT)
I have followed your music since 1969, and still love it all.
I am also a music composer and musician myself

Alexander Jenkins <presage2008@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, September 07, 2011 at 12:47:18 (PDT)
So glad to find this page and relive a love that never died for this great group and all the individual contributors! A great rocking unique sound! Great energy and music. Would be fantastic if a limited tour could be arranged and promoted. Old loyal fans would come - and new ones too!!
Ed Ross <erossjr56@gmail.com>
- Monday, September 05, 2011 at 09:38:55 (PDT)
As a career drummer (Rubicon - Rick Nelson - Les Paul) I want to acknowledge the solid drumming of Billy Mundi. He, along with Buddy Miles and Pete DePoe (Redbone) could really lay it down with conviction!

Also, My favorite Rhinoceros tune, among others, was "You're My Girl"

Greg Eckler
- Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 09:24:49 (PDT)
I was a 14 yr old when the new upstart TV station CTV ran with the Rhinoceros intro to the nightly news, what a gas, then came Blackstone, thank you for the most exciting music and live shows this Canadian kid ever witnessed.
Peace man,

Rick Barber <rngbarber@xplornet.com>
- Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 18:13:55 (PDT)
Hello Doug Hastings wherever you are! You were once my brother-inlaw. Melody is my sister. Just to let you know, I had the biggest crush on you ;-) I hope that life has been fair to you after all of these years. I still have some really cute pictures of you and I.
Lisa Yumul <lisa.yumul@yahoo.com>
United States
- Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 00:32:35 (PDT)
I remember John Findley coming into Herbie Staple's history class the day after a long evening rehersal. John would be slipping into sleep-mode at his desk by mine. Herbie would slam his yard-stick down to wake John up. John would turn his face to me and roll his eyes in mock disdain. Sometimes I wasn't in much better shape, having spent long hours processing photos of performances at the Aurora Town Park bandshell and the Dr G.W. Williams Highschool dances. Now nothing remains of those highschool camera club photos. But this website sure has taken my mind back to those days and brought back my memories. Thanks!
Barry Bridgeford <canoe@algonquinadventures.com>
- Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 04:03:01 (PDT)
I saw your band at the Fillmore East a couple of times and still admire and remember you to this day. Thanks for the site.
Kevin Irvin <kevirv69@gmail.com>
- Tuesday, July 05, 2011 at 09:31:47 (PDT)
Danny Weiss and Chuck Hastings were both huge influences on my guitar playing as a teenager and Finley & Gerber on my vocals as well. Music and audio is all I have done for
47 years so thanks to John, Paul & George and the mighty Rhino

Steve Rosch <steve@roaraudio.com>
- Monday, July 04, 2011 at 18:37:41 (PDT)
Thanks so much for this site. I first heard Rhinoceros in 1968 when I was a "hippie" living in the deep south. Through all the years, their great songs, and the haunting voice of John Finley have stuck with me. Being nostalgic by nature, I happen to believe the music of "our" era was, by far, the best. I especially enjoyed the interviews, and have gone to YouTube to see some of their later musical efforts. Weis, and Finley are better than ever. Fonfara's history was unknown to me, and it was fascinating to learn his experience. Alan Gerber is such an amazing and versatile musician, and it was great to see his later performances. No wonder I was in awe of these guys, they surely were a "supergroup". Who cares about longevity when the tracks are there to hear to this day? Thanks again for the trip down memory lane, and more.
Bob DeMarco <demarco8238@roadrunner.com>
- Saturday, July 02, 2011 at 09:15:46 (PDT)
John Finley is my favorite male soul singer bar none! Hear that Roger Daltrey? Al Green? His shows at The Scene inspired the bejesus out of me!!! Danny was red hot too. Thank you, JH
John Houseman <housjon@yahoo.com>
United States
- Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 11:49:44 (PDT)
First contact was via the radio and "Apricot Brandy." We all knew Billy Munday though. In about May, 1970, I think the band played in Tallahassee, Florida at Doak Campbell Stadium at Fla. St. Univ., and like everyone else on here, my whole band went to see them. Of course they were superb. My big memory of the night was a rhythm guitar solo by one of the guitarists which just blew us all away! I mean, it is the best rhythm guitar playing we had ever heard, a massive solo of chords and chord changes, and we were all immensely impressed.
I have a question abt. Doug Hastings - Did he ever play with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels? They came through Tallahassee a couple of years or less before Rhinoceros, and a guitar player with that name was with them, and he too played impressively the whole night.
The site is really imformative and very well done.

Dan Sparkman <dhsparkman@yahoo.com>
- Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:35:03 (PDT)
Sometime in Spring, 1970, I think, I saw Rhinoceros play Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. Like everyone else here, I was in a band, and well familiar with Apricot Brandy, and had the first album. Our band went to see the concert, and it all was great, but the one thing that really stood out was one of the guitar players, and I know not which, absolutely threw down on a rhythm guitar solo that just knocked us all back. I mean a solo made completely with chords, and not single notes, and played at a blistering tempo. It was the best rhythm playing I have ever heard in my life, and we all commented on it at the time. I'd like to know which player it was. Stunning stuff! Great to see that they are back together again.
Dan Sparkman
- Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 11:59:56 (PDT)
Hello Everyone,
I am Desiree Edwards, daughter of Duke Edwards from Electra Records Super Group Rhinoceros. I am happy to report that Duke Edwards is still producing and playing music while enjoying his grand and great-grandchildren. He is the President and founder of The Louis Armstrong Foundation, Inc. located in New Orleans, LA. Follow him on You Tube at Yonge Street Rock and Roll Stories, episode 1.

Desiree Edwards <Edwards_sundaymorning@yahoo.com>
U. S. A.
- Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 15:41:46 (PDT)
I saw the band play at Ekman Center In Greenwich Ct. Many Times while in High School. They were a major influence on me as musician. As a music producer today I still refer to the Albums for their sound, arrangements, production values, and the great playing.

Jeff Bova

Jeff Bova <jeffbova@mac.com>
- Monday, April 25, 2011 at 03:44:28 (PDT)
Saw them in '68 at the Fillmore East, sharing the bill with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the Moody Blues.
I was floored... never forgot what a cool band they were. They left a lasting impression on me. Glad to see that they're still around... my hat's off to you guys...

Skip Edwards <skipeb3@sbcglobal.net>
- Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 23:34:19 (PDT)
Rhinoceros was the first professional band i ever saw when i was still in high school. They played at the Scottish Rites Cathedral in Wilmington Delaware with a Canadian group called the Collectors. Both groups were way beyond anything my young ears had heard before. That concert changed my life. All i wanted to do was play in a band. And i did for years. Check out Snakegrinder on You Tube. Rhinoceros made a big impression on me. I still remember clearly the songs. I can't remember The Collectors songs but they had a very powerful sound. Thanks for the memories. Dave Bennett
dave bennett <wiseresponse@gmail.com>
- Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 22:31:52 (PDT)
Hello, I am a producer, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Les Paul etc.,
At an early age my influence was Rhinoceros.
Always will be on my mind.
Clark Enslin
Johnny Cash "The Great Lost Performance"

Clark Enslin <clark.cme@gmx.com>
- Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 12:56:37 (PDT)
If anybody owns/knows where I can find/purchase ANY live document of this band, video or audio (expect the 2009 reunion and the Better Times 1970 live bit), please e-mail me. It is impossible that Rhino has never been recorded live. I'm dying to find out how great this band sounded in their heyday
louis <gros_biquet@hotmail.fr>
- Monday, March 14, 2011 at 03:36:09 (PDT)
I remember the first time I heard you in 1968 while in college in Kansas we were all blown away at such a great album & still play your albums today. Will never forget such a great group that influenced a music explosion of the 60's & 70's. So glad your together still & playing live concerts. Keep it up!
Ed Hornick <ejh32049@yahoo.com>
- Monday, February 28, 2011 at 18:02:48 (PST)
Used to see you guys in Toronto and Hamilton areas back in the 60's - in the Bring it down fron and Please, Please times. Wonderful shows. We had a blast, I still have my Rhinoceros LP.
Bev Sayers <bsayers@cogeco.ca>
- Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 14:58:07 (PST)
One of my all time favorite bands. I just got a signed contract of the last version of the band from Better Times. Framed and Proudly displayed on My wall. Hope they make it to the east coast Atlanta!!
Mickey <firstarrowhead@aol.com>
- Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 17:13:27 (PST)
Always hard to understand how some of the greatest works of art in history are not noted..the first album was more than spectacular..so many GREAT groups, all at the same time..while behind the corporate doors, the industry was being redrawn and erased..how many great sculptures were overlooked because there already was a Michelangelo..every following drop of rain, washing away a little more of the masterpieces of time..your art continues to fill we with awe..
Jim Lochead <bkdodger8@live.com>
- Monday, November 29, 2010 at 13:09:07 (PST)
Wow after all these of searching trying to find your first album. Here we are in 2010 and it's on itunes. I'm listening to my purchase as I write. This first LP was one of my all time Fav's, which got lost along the way, and I've been searching for another for 20+ yrs. I believe I saw you folks live in 69-70 in St Petersburg Fla. Anyway great Band for the era. would love to see you live now. Carry on. and God Bless!
David <davidgiddings@shaw.ca>
- Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 22:11:27 (PST)
Good to see you are still in music, do you remmeber the Moonstne, Cooper and the fun.
Brian Bebelman <cchief@shaw.ca>
- Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 16:21:37 (PST)
Belebukus....mmmmmmm....juicy and sweet!!!
John Bredesen <k-jb3300@msn.com>
- Monday, September 20, 2010 at 07:51:52 (PDT)
Is there a video of the complete show from the kirchener(spelling?) blues festival 2009 available?? I'm dying to find out!! You guys really influenced us in Pensacola Florida In the late 60's and Early 70's and really still do. All of the musicians I worked with back then Idolized you guys!!!
Steve Gunter <steveguitargunter@yahoo.com>
United States
- Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 21:38:12 (PDT)
You guys are great, got your first album as a present for my 16th birthday,in South Carolina. Never dreamed I would be working with your original bass player, Jerry Penrod in San Diego, for 30 years ! Keep on Rockin !
Ron White <runninthereds28@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, September 02, 2010 at 01:34:19 (PDT)
Unquestionably the unheralded supergroup. The music still swirls in my head the way it did when the really hip progressive djs started spinning it out on the airwaves in '68. Great, because it's timeless, and vice-versa.
mongster <mongster1@aol.com>
- Tuesday, August 03, 2010 at 17:50:50 (PDT)
Quick question...
I live upstate NY, in a small village called Millbrook, 12545

A buddy of mine just purchased a house here , actually a few miles from Millbrook, in Dover NY.
Dutchess County.
We've been told by quite a few of the locals, that the barn on his property was used by the band Rhinoceros years ago to rehearse in?
Just trying to confrim this rumour?

Paul O <Milbrksnd@aol.com>
- Friday, June 04, 2010 at 16:06:53 (PDT)
A GREAT web site......... brought me back to the late 60's early 70's......... sent shivers up my spine :-) Truly a great band that will NEVER be forgotten !! Thanks !!
WEN REDER <wenreder@hotmail.com>
- Friday, May 28, 2010 at 05:10:12 (PDT)
Ever since I stole 'Satin Chicken' from my dad's record collection, I was hooked. Rhinoceros should be more appreciated amoungst everyone who enjoy really cool music.
S.C. <stefanie.cosgrove@googlemail.com>
- Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 16:31:49 (PDT)
I saw them several times in the west village at the Bitter End in New York Back in the 70's, once with the original band members and then with new members, WOW! what an experience that was . . . this club was very small an intimate, it only held about 150 people and I was sitting front row, I could reach out and touch anyone of them and man the acoustics were perfect, these guys were jamming unbelievably. I heard them play all their songs from all three albums.
I'm a FAN forever! Still have the Vinyl.

Rich <ricardoandco@aol.com>
- Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 21:45:06 (PDT)
This has brought tears to my eyes...a huge sense of relief at seeing this FABULOUS group still sounding as hot and tight as ever. Rhinoceros one of my late, beloved brother, Eric's, FAVORITE bands. He introduced me to their brilliance with their album - which I still have to this day. Eric was a Vietnam Vet who, although he returned 'technically' uninjured, was wounded badly in mind and soul from the atrocities he witnessed and participated in. When he returned, music was his salvation. I treasure his album, and I treasure your music.
Barbara <Proofedit@aol.com>
- Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 16:17:05 (PDT)
my first band,with my brother Ronny bass (rip ) and my cousin Ricky guitar , and me Larry drums ,loved playing the song Apricot Brandy in our band ,civilized sound ,back in the early 70s,out of Boston,Ma.

hope you tour around mass and ri

larry <larrylagoon@yahoo.com>
- Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 00:37:32 (PDT)
I went to one of your concerts in Gettysburg,Pa, at Gettysburg College. There you shared the stage with the James Gang. I have never forgotten that concert. It wasn't the James Gang's performance as to why I remember that concert, it was your MUSIC!! Thanks...
Al Barton <abarton@sad22.us>
- Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 17:11:43 (PDT)
danny,i cannot describe how much impact the heavy album had on me i was young in los angeles..at the time, your guitar playing on that record blows away any other ib records to me, kent crawford
kent crawford <kpc64@hotmail.com>
united states
- Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 17:58:42 (PDT)
I have been a fan since the late 1960's one of my favorites albums of all times

Phil Black <huricanekick@excite.com>
united states
- Friday, April 16, 2010 at 13:51:59 (PDT)

- Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 11:06:12 (PDT)



- Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 11:00:59 (PDT)
love this Band ...have followed theuir progress since the y were the Checkmates at high school Dances in 1963 or 4 ...can't beat 'em ...worked the kitchener fest selling my T -shirts .. Webber [every] wear airbrushing so Saw them there too ...john is wearing fan til the endmy shirt in ALL the kitchener Videos ....a Rhinoceros fan til the END !!!
kenny webber
- Thursday, April 08, 2010 at 07:30:53 (PDT)
This is definitely one of the very best lesser-known groups of the 60's that didn't get the recognition and air-play they deserved. I bought their first LP "Rhinoceros" as soon as it was released.

One of my favorite Rhinoceros songs "Along Comes Tomorrow" sounds as fresh now as it did then. The fact that, almost 40 years later, I continue to play the CD version of their first LP, says a lot more about the band's talent than any words I might write.

Alas that we could of heard what they were truly capable of...

Tom Scata <thetubeguy1954@yahoo.com>
- Monday, April 05, 2010 at 15:34:03 (PDT)
Great site. It takes me back a whole lot of years. I can confirm the Jan 31st, 1969 concert at the Baltimore Civic Center. I was the local producer of that show, working for The Electric Factory out of Philadelphia. The lineup was one of the greatest Baltimore had ever seen. Rhinoceros, Blood Sweat & Tears, Nazz, Spirit, and Mother Earth. I still have vague memories of talking to Danny Weis at the after-concert party at my house on Calvert Street.
John Reynolds <jdreynol@mac.com>
- Friday, March 19, 2010 at 07:42:45 (PDT)
I was overjoyed when I found this website and then got to listen to "Apricot Brandy" again. I have been searching for years for a copy of this song. Thank goodness the internet is there to preserve one of THE best bands from the 60's - I will be back to this site many, many more times in the future. Long live ROCK!
Barbara <ba_nelsen@yahoo.com>
- Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 15:18:16 (PST)
By the time the second album happened, Satin Chickens, these guys had fell deep into it. The character of Mundi's drumming approach --quarter notes on the sock-- 8th notes on the bass drum played on the 1 + 3 + with the snare hits on 2 + 4 + was let's say moving at you real hard. As a guitar player, what you hear happening with these two telecasters primarily Weiss the way he somewhat pulls behind the beat with that plucked 16th note before the actual pitch is indigenous to country players a/k/a chicken pickin'. Of course, when you add Hammond organ everything shifts don't it? More R & B-ish. Now with Finley up there chirping with that natural soul vibe smackin your head n' heart taking ya on home--ya got to go. Look, if you study American music on the real tip what these guys did is profoundly meaningful across the nation and the world as a popular music form.
If you ever get a chance to ask John Finley about Belbuekus, he'll run the whole thing down to you real quick.

Richard Iannacone <rickiann@voicenet.com>
- Monday, March 01, 2010 at 21:47:28 (PST)
Sorry folks, when I pposted a thank you note in the visitor's book, I boo-bood on the email address.
It is... pjhodgson@rogers.blackberry.net

Thanks for checking out our site.

Peter Hodgson / Bass / Rhinoceros

Peter Hodgson <pjhodgson@rogers.blackberry.net>
- Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 20:58:07 (PST)
I've known and played with John and Mike through the eighties in Toronto, and I've learned alot about them that we never got the chance to talk about before I moved to the States. This site is great--- just like the talent that the boys in Rhinosaurus possess. Keep it going!!!
Nick Cucunato <ncucunato@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 10:47:26 (PST)
I was at the Fillmore East back in '68...to see the Moody Blues...and Rhinoceros opened that night...made me forget the Moodies....and I, along with a close buddy, Dennis, have been loyal fans and supporters of this band...ROCK ON....
Vince Dees <hatcity@comcast.net>
- Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 20:43:20 (PST)


- Thursday, February 04, 2010 at 09:00:22 (PST)
apricot brandy startled me at 10 years old and still amazes me 40 years later!
Foxon USA
- Wednesday, February 03, 2010 at 05:02:49 (PST)
The Rhinoceros debut album is one of the greatest records ever. I can't stop listening to it and it's one of the greatest groups ever...Awesome guitar and guitar duets, great organ playing.


This site is great, and it's really cool to know the members of the group had reunited and still play exellent music.

I'm trying desperately to hear a live show from 1968, or the outtakes of the first album which hadn't been released!

PLEAAAAAASE! I'll buy a hundred copies of the album!

Keep updating the website, because it's great to see that some people are interested in that (unfortunately not well known) BAND.

- Tuesday, February 02, 2010 at 16:33:25 (PST)
Fantastic site--I've visited many times, and now I'm glad I came back to find the writeup of the 2009 reunion. Had I known in August there would have been one more pilgrim on the road to Ontario. Any chance the whole 2009 set was filmed and available? Though I'm grateful for the 5 songs on Youtube.

Thanks so much for this great website -- it's a lot of work!

David Bain <bain@middlebury.edu>
- Monday, January 11, 2010 at 13:08:51 (PST)
I bought Apricot Brandy as a 45 when it was being played on CHUM in the 60's. I loved it then and love it now. Ar and want to learn that great riff. I looked on the web for the song. I had no idea Rhinoceros had re-united. What a great rush to see the band on stage at the Kitchener Blues Festival (on You Tube). Fantastic that you got back together again!!
FRANK VANDERZALM <fvanderzalm@cogeco.ca>
- Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 16:02:24 (PST)
- Saturday, January 09, 2010 at 20:55:02 (PST)
Oh you lucky ones, being able to see and hear RHINOCEROS on their reunion gig!

Please, guys, let us see a CD-release of this gig!
There are people who love good rock music here in Europe too!

Andreas <kaffeemachtkeineflecken@web.de>
- Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 13:11:29 (PST)
Wow, have not visted this site for a while. The Kitchener gig sounds great and thanks to the folks who posted vids- there was precious little out there. The boys haven't lost a step- hope they do some more gigs and get it out there - never heard about the Kitchener reunion .

Still playin my copies of all 3 vinyl albums. Even have a rare Brit pressing of Satin Chickens.

Jack <thames@skynet.ca>
London Ontario
- Friday, December 18, 2009 at 11:42:09 (PST)
Hello everyone,

Thank you for sharing you love and experiences.
We are grateful and wish to continue moving forward.
This is only possible with you being there with us.
The kitchener gig was a source of much joy.

With love and gratitude from Rhinoceros,

Peter Hodgson / Bass

peter hodgson <pjhodgson@rogers.blackberry.com>
- Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 22:08:40 (PST)
Thanks to the interweb!!!
Rhinoceros, Central Park, free concert at the Bandshell after one of those nights. Waking up in the park seeing these guys tuning up, must be some kinda novice group testing out their stuff? First the strains of some sweet organ and electric piano, sweet, but then whoa, that guitarist with long layered blond hair is great. The singer start in with the best white soul singing I have ever heard! OMG. What a tight band!
I will never forget that show, it's up there with Jimi, Ike and Tina, Sly and Fleetwood Mac shows that I saw back in the days.
Jefferson Airplane and New Riders also played great shows for free at the Bandshell, although they were great, they paled to Rhinoceros' show.

Norval Johnson <Norval2@gmail.com>
- Monday, December 14, 2009 at 14:27:03 (PST)
i came across these guys by accident: i was looking up info on vanilla fudge and under the 'suggestions' label rhinoceros popped up. i'm so glad they did; every time i hear 'when you say you're sorry' and 'i've been there' i melt.

by the way, i'm 21 and like to believe that i know when i hear good music. i'm more than sure i've found it with rhinoceros.

ps: those reunion videos are incredible

Stephen <x_cobracommander_x@yahoo.com>
- Monday, November 02, 2009 at 00:07:44 (PST)
I want to send my love to all of you and to say how proud I am of you guys, especially my father Eddie Edwards aka Papa Duke and Uncle John Finley. I just wish I was born during that time, but hey it wasn't so bad being known as the "Baby on the Levy."



United States
- Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 07:22:48 (PDT)
"Along comes tomorrow" was one of the great tunes. It got me through "The Nam" in 1970. tell me where I can find this.
Steve Rivera <sixdelveys@aol.com>
United States
- Thursday, October 08, 2009 at 20:12:19 (PDT)
I just bought a copy of Rhinoceros today at a rummage sale, great stuff!
- Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 17:04:26 (PDT)
Rhinoceros was instrumental for me becoming a performing musician. I used to see the band in and around NYC.
After viewing the reunion video, you guys haven't missed a beat!!

Kenny Charters
- Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 16:07:21 (PDT)
Thanks for linking my YouTube video's from the Kitchener Bluesfest. When I heard about the reunion taking place I knew I'd have to make the trip from beautiful downtown Brampton to the soon to be revitalized downtown Kitchener Ontario. Rhinoceros was one of my favourite albums in the late 60's and in particular the instrumental "Apricot Brandy". I've seen the ubiquitous Michael Fonfara with many different groups over the years and some of the other musicians as well. To see them together on such a fine evening (it rained for most of the rest of the festival...) was a real treat. Hopefully there will be more LIVE Rhinoceros!

Nick Harding - YouTube.com/neek49

Nick Harding
- Tuesday, September 08, 2009 at 10:34:11 (PDT)
I just played "When You Say You're Sorry" on my weekly radio show this morning. I have two copies of the debut album, one I've had since it's release - yeah, that one's unplayable, which is why I have two.

I am thrilled to find this site and even more thrilled that there was a reunion performance last month! Fantastic! Someone better have captured that concert! I want to play it on my show!

All the best,

John Dennison <john.dennison@gmail.com>
- Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 13:12:44 (PDT)
I never get tired of listening to the Rhinoceros CDs. One of the most unique and captivating sounds of the 60s. I've never heard anyone close to duplicating them and never tire of listening.

By the way, I'd like to cover "Don't Come Crying" with my band, but could use some help with the lyrics. Anyone?

Joe Grier <dotnjoe@new.rr.com>
- Monday, August 31, 2009 at 11:00:15 (PDT)
How well I recall as a 12 year old in 68, buying the first Rhino album because I liked the cover !! When I got it home I recall being totally blown away. I have listened to all the albums since , probably every month for the next forty years... It never dates, and sounds as fresh as the day it was released.... how these guys never made it really big is totally beyond me.. I remember Frank Z saying " Who remembers those guys ? " Well, I certainly do, and he must have been gutted when they moved out on their own !! A soundtrack for my life
David Rumble - England <daviderumble@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 15:35:12 (PDT)
i was a member of this band drummer played guielf memorial gardens there was a blizzard still have the telex and set list
bruce gentile <pwr1969@optonline.net>
- Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 18:57:12 (PDT)
ive loved this band since i played their first two albums on my disco in 1972 and was asked to play more .i didnt find more till afew years ago when ifound a cd with satin chickens and things can only get better on still sounds fantastic . thanks for the music guys
michael earp
- Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 08:51:09 (PDT)
The show was certainly awesome and I think you should do it again...but Mr. Johnny...why'd ya get married when ya know I been lovin' you all my life? (aka) Ms. Thang

E.Vogue <eurovogue@rocketmail.com>
- Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 11:41:56 (PDT)
Serge Bellerose,
Drummondville, Québec

- Monday, August 17, 2009 at 10:44:21 (PDT)
O.K. guys, you must have read the fantastic reviews that will probably keep coming for awhile, so, how about it? Is it a "green light", or just a "one off"?
From what I heard at the show, I'd make every effort to work toward's a goal of say (one year?, for example), to try and get the music industry interest, etc., happening. I'm a musician too, and I'm sure you've all gone on to other careers, or jobs, that some of you might not be crazy about, purely out of necessity.
But hell, you guys have got one special gift, and a unique sound and style that hasn't aged one bit! So, why not continue doing whatever it is you might "have to " do, but, at the same time, work on building up your name again, and give it a push with another album, to show that you guys mean business. and, yes, the music business can be a "mean business", but you guys are way too special to just say, "Well, that was great fun", and just stuff it back in the closet. Do it again, PLEASE!!!!

Joe Szilagy
- Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 18:35:15 (PDT)
How unfortunate Larry Leishman wasn't included in this reunion. He was, after all a member of Rhinoceros and his abscence was a loss.
lynn <newtarragon@hotmail.com>
- Monday, August 10, 2009 at 12:49:37 (PDT)
I was married to Doug Hastings brother, Bill, and, although I knew Doug played with Rhinoceros, etc, I had no idea the band had such a following. Doug was extremely humble and VERY talented! I remember going to Danny's house listening to some band members jam. I had no idea what I was listening to, but I remember thinking that they were very talented. Now, after being married to a choral director for 30+ years, I have a much greater appreciation for incredible music.

Doug's kids were my nephew and niece and I'd love to hear where they are now.

Vicki Hagen Michel <vmichel54@yahoo.com>
- Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 22:37:18 (PDT)
Wow. I don't know if I'll ever get to sleep again. I'm thrilled by the Kitchener gig, and I hope that we can do more.
Bernie LaBarge <bernie@bernielabarge.com>
- Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 20:16:25 (PDT)
I have to say first off, that the six hour round trip to Kitchener Ontario (401 construction) to see the first show Rhinoceros has played since 1973 was the best time spent to venture to a show in years if not ever.
Rhinoceros were at the top of their game on Friday night from the downbeat of Monkey Man to the end of the show. It was very hard to believe that this band is not constantly touring together or in sessions. This definitely was a celebration of a world class band reuniting and showing great passion for the music they penned and played many years ago.
This show was high energy from the get go with John and Alan harmonizing with brilliance trading off each other's style and talent. In my estimation, Mr. Finley is the best R&;B vocalist out of
Toronto, period and this duet of premier vocalists have never been matched. Having Alan Gerber at the side of John made for a magical evening of two great singer / song writers giving this crowd more than was expected or anticipated.
The guitar playing was absolutely fantastic. Danny Weis is truly one of the best players in the world and his show on this occassion was no exception. Danny played the vintage Rhinoceros tracks note for note. I have never seen such professionalism in truly staying with the original tune. Mr. Weis is one gifted musician likened by few. To compliment Danny's superb playing the crowd was very fortunate to have the one and only Bernie LaBarge taking the second guitar position. Bernie is with out a doubt Toronto's best guitar player in my humble estimation. One has to draw parallels to Booker T and the MG's guitar master Steve Cropper. Bernie is top notch playing any genre which he proves on a regular basis.
Michael Fonfara... enough said.....This cat is one of the baddest B3 players you will ever see and this show he exemplified how great he is. From the time he walked on stage you knew he was there for a good time and some very cool music. Mojo treated each tune as if it was wriiten with the B3 in mind. He respectfully filled the appropriate spots needed between superb guitar reefs while burning through every opportunity allowed to lead. A master matched by few.
Peter Hodgeson is one of the most underestimated and under glorifed bass men in the universe. The quiet guy at the side comes through every time giving solid low end to this superb band.
Lastly, way at the back of the stage is none other that Michael Sloski giving every song the exact punch, at the exact timing as if he was the original drummer. This guy plays with such passion and musical wherewithall, I am surprized other percussionists in Toronto even find work.
If you did not have the opportunity to see this show it is extremely unfortunate. If you choose not to go, you missed something exceptional that may never be repeated.
Rhinoceros has been discribed in many ways, Supergroup, R&;B, Rock, Soul, or whatever,but this band gave the world a new look at music and the Kitchener show proved to the world that their great music was not just a snap shot in time, these guys live it, breathe it, and can bring it to the masses with great style even decades after they originally played it.

Gentlemen thanks for bringing it back home to the true fans in Kitchener.

Rhinoceros lives and will remain one of the finest musical units period, let everyone figure out what genre it should be.... Rhinoceros is just great players playing great music .

Peter David Vickery <petervickery@rogers.com>
Toronto Canada
- Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 16:57:28 (PDT)
Saw John, and Rhinoseros in Kitchener a few hours ago. Sounded magnificent!
A new friend of mine (Paul Miil) who is doing an intense documentary about the music scene in the Niagara Peninsula on a whole lot of us musicians from there, (from way back when, including bandmate, Neil Peart), received an invite from John Finley, via e-mail, to see the show in Kitchener, earlier this evening.
Remembering that I had mentioned to him how much I liked John's voice, he invited me to go see them. I certainly went, and was amazed at their first gig in over thirty years!
And, of course, there was Danny Weis, who thrilled audiences in Toronto, (during the '90s), with his magnificent guitar playing, in the band, "The Lincolns."
the band was excellent, and let's hope this isn't a "one off" thing.
John's voice, range and enthusiasm is very similar to a fantastic British vocalist, by the name of Glenn Hughes.
Hopefully, the band will do a brand new album, and a live DVD.

Joe Szilagy <joe.slant@hotmail.com>
- Friday, August 07, 2009 at 23:24:32 (PDT)
Huge fan of the Checkmates, saw them "live" and was blown away. Thought those routines were theirs until I saw the Cape with James Brown on the T.A.M.I Show, lol. "Bring it Down Front", we covered it with the Blue Eyed Soul Band I played Hammond on. Still have the Jon Lee Group "45"!
Saw Rhinoceros at the Hawks Nest in Toronto and again was completely blown away, yet again. Bought the album and was wearing it out so got it converted to 8 track so I could blast it from my 68 Firebird on Sherkston Beaches Ontario that amazing Summer. Heard about the dream of putting the Band back together from the get go and followed the progression with lots of encouragement along the way. Forty years later we can all relive the Summer of 69 at the Kitchener Blues Festival with the line-up as follows :
John Finley (orig)
Danny Weis (orig)
Alan Gerber (orig)
Michael Fonfara (orig)
Peter Hodgson (orig starting w/LP#2)
Bernie LaBarge (in for orig. Doug Hastings)
Mike Sloski (Drums)

Bruce Hall <grandriverblues@gmail.com>
- Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 06:17:08 (PDT)
Am excited about the reunion gig in Kitchener next week (August 2009).

Saw Rhinoceros play in Toronto in 1969 and later caught various other bands Danny Weis and Michael Fonfara have played in since then. Thanks for maintaining the website.

Yes, it's that time of the year.

- Bob

Bob Langmaid <blangmaid@hotmail.com>
- Friday, July 31, 2009 at 12:58:47 (PDT)

John, Alan, Danny, Michael and Peter (and possibly Doug) are playing at the Kitchener Blues Festival in Ontario on 7 August with Mike Sloski on drums and Bernie LaBarge on guitar.

Please spread the news about fans!!!!!!

This could be the one and only show they play

Nick Warburton <Warchive@aol.com>
- Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 04:22:21 (PDT)
I knew Larry and Peter bfore their fame in Rock Music was realized. Who knew thy'd succeed to such Heights. Seeing them at the Kitchener Blues Festival . Hope to have a word or two with them
Wayne Eames <wayneeames@rogers.com>
- Wednesday, July 01, 2009 at 08:36:35 (PDT)
I first heard this band in 1969 at a party at my friend Zubab's basement aprtment in Columbus, Ohio. We wore the vinyl and two needles out in the summer of '69. My life went into fast forward around 1970 and I didn't get to hear these guys again until today, 6/28/09, some forty years later. Thanks again to another great friend. And the rush this time was even better than in '69 thanks to a grown up sound system! Great stuff!!! Dj
Dj Bowen <dj@musicforsight.org>
- Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 15:37:53 (PDT)
Heard them at Boston Tea Party a million years ago. Fantastic. Had 'em on vinyl, gone. Found again recently on Rhapsody. Still great.
ed hardensky <hardensky@verizon.net>
- Monday, June 15, 2009 at 18:09:32 (PDT)
kenneth webber <boybuckley@gmail.comom>
- Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 12:34:46 (PDT)
Many years ago I encountered a Rascals double album featuring Danny Weiss on lead guitar simply entitled 'Rascals' released on columbia and in fact advertised on one of their inner sleeves in 1973 around the time of the record's release. This recording is the subject of complete dilema within the UK as many know of the existence of the group featuring Danny Weiss the recordings are virtually never encountered. I would be interested to read any revelations surrounding this obscure item and the duration of this latter line-ups foray into the recording and touring world.
Ray Charles <frieslander@yahoo.com>
- Tuesday, June 02, 2009 at 02:55:49 (PDT)
I'm still listening to the band on my original vinyl LPs. They're one of my all time favorites, and the one live show I saw was incredible. I'm glad people have remembered this great band.
Eric Kjelstrom
- Monday, May 25, 2009 at 17:27:50 (PDT)
Sept 27, 1969: Rhinoceros played Wagner College In Staten Island, NY, and were great!! The opening band was a local group, The Underground Railroad (from Brooklyn). I was the lead singer of the Railroad, and this gig is one of my fondest memories, and probably the highlight of my extremely limited local music career. Long live Rhinoceros: their albums still sound great!
Allen Kupfer <allenk752@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 17:31:52 (PDT)
Awesome! Been looking for this CD for a while and picked it up on Record Store Day in GB, WI.

Thanks for the great music!

Nathan "NOOGIE" Neugebauer <noogie54201@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 20:22:25 (PDT)
Just finished the John Haeny interview. Is there anyway to coerce him into looking at those tapes?
mark lotito <mrbad80@hotmail.com>
- Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 18:37:14 (PDT)
So glad to find that Rhino is now on CD. I've worn out the LP and tapes! Great group, John Finleys vocals are razor sharp, and the band is tight. I saw them live twice, the original band at some college in upstate NY, and the reformed band with Duke at New Haven University. I'm in search of the Jon-Lee Group CDs if available, please let me know. Regards, Jim
Jim Ross <jross1@rochester.rr.com>
- Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 12:18:43 (PDT)
One of the best supergoups, what else to say? Since a reunion isn t possible, we ll just enjoy their recordings.
Paul Siegmund <psiegmun@skybest.com>
- Friday, March 06, 2009 at 17:58:02 (PST)
Rhinoceros is one of the few bands that have formed the soundtrack of my life. Bits of their songs have drifted into my consciousness at the oddest times over the past 40 years. I saw them live at Drew University, Madison, NJ as the opening act for Chuck Berry and Blood, Sweat, & Tears. I was so amazed at the sound, the rhythm, and the power of Rhinoceros that when they left the stage, the rest was a let-down. B,S,&;T only did a 45 minute set because Clayton-Thomas developed throat trouble - so much so that they didn't perform during the later second show. According to a neighbor who went to the second show, Rhinoceros and Chuck Berry both expanded their stage time to fill out the time left vacant by B,S,&;T. I felt really cheated that I hadn't seen more of Rhinoceros. What a band!!!!
louie johnson <louiejohnson1@myfairpoint.net>
- Wednesday, March 04, 2009 at 10:54:53 (PST)
Some of my best memories of shows back in the day ! I grew up in Hartford Ct. I'll never forget the show they played one summer day in the park in Hartford. What are you going to do when old age get's ya ? ROCK ON
Paul Mocarsky <mocarsky@comcast.net>
- Monday, March 02, 2009 at 12:35:17 (PST)
My teen years were greatly enhanced by the music of Jon & Lee & the Checkmates ! Many a Friday night we danced away at Club Bugaloo in Hamilton, Ontario to your fabulous band. Thanks for so many wonderful memories !
JoAnn <scarfone@bellnet.ca>
- Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 02:51:03 (PST)
I almost wore out the grooves on the first album. It's still one of my desert Island discs. Listening to it takes me back, like taking a vacation. It's one of the most 'Real' albums and at the time, amomgst all the BS in rock it stood out like a bright diamond. I could not grasp why on the strength of the record, they didn't have a stratospehric rise to stardom. It's such honest music in every possible way. No one could touch what they did them and no one even tried
James <r2jfan@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, January 08, 2009 at 18:07:48 (PST)
The past can be rich and when you guys reigned
my life was the richest. But imagine... too young
to get in to the Boston Tea Party while my older friends could...and they'd just tell me about your incredible shows. So I made up for it by drumming and singing incessantly to your albums in my practice room. Drove my parents
(and the neighbors) crazy. But what a music education to listen to you all. Thanks for the great tunes AND the education.--Denny

Dennis Mahoney <alm18@verizon.net>
- Sunday, January 04, 2009 at 16:04:50 (PST)
Danny Weis has taken a weekend residency at the Raven Grill in Blue Mountain Ontario. It's a ski resort north of Toronto near Collingwood.

Kingston, Canada
- Monday, December 15, 2008 at 09:44:38 (PST)
You guys were one of my favorite bands back in the late sixties. I never got to see you live but I still own several of your albums. I remember one time in particular when my band had a gig at the club next door to the Whisky and you were playing down the street. Unfortunately, we had to play at the same time that you guys played so I couldn't get to see you. Well, the Turtles were playing the Whisky that night and us being VERY LOUD played our set. The next thing I knew the entire Whisky crowd had come next door to see us. You guys were one of the best!
Jack Caviness <jcaviness@jycmi.net>
- Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 16:34:55 (PST)
rhinoceros is far before my time but i am a huge fan of vinyl. I was shopping for vinyl a few years back and i came upon the 3rd album at a 2nd hand store. I thought the graphics were cool and I love funk. So i took it home and listened to it. I loved it. A few years later I found the 1st album on vinyl at a collectables shop. They were such an amazing band and I am sad I missed out. But i love sharing their sound with friends who come over and want to take a gander at my record collection.
jen shugert <funkiflava@aol.com>
- Friday, October 31, 2008 at 14:55:16 (PDT)
I spoke with Michael Fonfara at the Markham (Ontario) ribfest this past summer and he mentioned that there was someone interested in backing a Rhinoceros reunion tour. Is there a chance of this really happening? If so, I've got about a dozen people lined up to buy tickets!!!
Ron Rehfeld <rmongoos@sympatico.ca>
- Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 16:19:33 (PDT)
I looked through the concert date list and did not see an appearance in Detroit, but I think that I saw Rhinoceros at the Easttown Theater. I also thought that this was the group that coordinated their play in at least one long song with a changing animation video shown on a large screen behind them! If anyone remembers anything like this, I'd love to hear from you!
Dale "Eddie" Kinnamon <dognotgone@sbcglobal.net>
- Friday, October 03, 2008 at 08:06:26 (PDT)
In 1969, I used to practically live in a record store on High St. in Morgantown, West Virginia. I can still recall seeing the first Rhinoceros album with the incredible graphics and wondering if it was good. My curiousity finally got the better of me and I bought the album. For the next several weeks, I turned all my friends on to what I considered the best rock group in America. I only wish I'd seen them play.

Jim Ankrom

Jim Ankrom <jima@rrmodelcraftsman.com>
- Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 06:19:05 (PDT)
i have all three rhinoceros lps.....and i still play them today!!! i tried to see them every time they played in the nyc area....mostly at the fillmore. for a short amount of time, my friend debbie dated michael...and she photographed the band......down in her basement in brooklyn new york. debbie, are you out there? do any of rhinoceros remember this? i wanted to hang out with her and the band while she did her phogography but she wouldn't let me. jealous i guess. lol.
anyway......i was so very happy to find this site.......i just want to say that i've always loved rhinoceros......i wish they were still playing today!!!!!!!

yvonne <agyvonne@aol.com>
- Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 22:59:24 (PDT)
Here is an interesting connection. While writing the hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Weber was basically taking a collection of well known rock and r & b hooks and weaving them in with some classic Broadway show dynamics.... now listen to the opening guitar riff in Heaven on Thier Minds and compare it to the opening riff in Apricot Brandy...

Thanks for the great music... from, Robert Warren Greene Guitar player for Jesus Christ Superstar... back in the day...

Robert Warren Greene <bgreene@topspinentertainment.net>
- Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 19:38:34 (PDT)
Here's a good story for you guys. I went with a bunch of college friends to see The Crazy World of Arthur Brown in NYC in 1969. The opening act was Rhinoceros, whom we were unfamiliar with at the time. Anyway, we loved the show. Rhinoceros was great - though not quite as great as Arthur Brown prancing about the stage with a burning candelabra on his head, all while humping his bass player and running away from the Fire Marshall- but quite exceptional. The group inspired me, and my band soon added covers of "Your My Girl" "When You Say You're Sorry", and "That Time of the Year" to our repertoire. By the way, one of my companions that night was my long-time roommate, Bill O'Reilly. Yes, the one and the same. He didn't quite "get" Rhinoceros. O'Reilly's more of a Jay and the Techniques type of guy.
Joe Rubino <JMRubino@aol.com>
- Friday, April 25, 2008 at 16:49:11 (PDT)
i was a roadie for the crazy world of arthur brown & got to know jeff cutler quite well - it was'nt long before i got to hear & meet the cats in Rhinocerous -
Danny if you read this, shoot me an email cause i can't get hold of you - i can't even get to be a buddy on yer myspace - Thanx & God bless y'all -

James Crowbear <zumbody2@gmail.com>
- Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 10:07:04 (PDT)
I saw Rhinoceros in a club called The Black Dome in Cincinnati. I got my albums out today and still love them. We went to a party after the show and I met Danny and Alan. I still tell people what a good show.
Donna <dmorsbach@aol.com>
- Monday, April 07, 2008 at 10:15:26 (PDT)
wow......a rhinoceros web site. Hard for me to believe. I just played both #1 and satin chickens on lp and it sounded fresh but did bring me back to that time. I never owned or for that matter heard the 3rd lp. Never saw the band live nor do I recall any concerts in Colorado (my home). They came and went fairly quickly. I purchased #1 lp from woolworths in 1968 or 69. Not because it had been recommended to me but because of the very cool artwork of gene szafran. Hell, I bought the first Jefferson Airplane lp for the same reason. Anyway I have always enjoyed the guitar work, funky organ and john's soulfull vocals can mix with any great old time blues, r&;b both old and new. Glad you folks touched my life even if in a small way. Regards Harry Truitt
harry truitt <ironheadxlch@msn.com>
- Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 18:44:56 (PDT)
Hi Danny:

Just saying hello and remembering wonderful Rhinoceros shows at Central Park band-shell (with Jefferson Airplane?) and Randall's Island (maybe where that film clip came from). Your playing in particular was an inspiration and, hey, what cover band _wasn't_ playing Apricot Brandy in their set back then? Funny, when you are 15, (as I was in 1969) you remember odd tid-bits, like my memory of your playing an entire solo bending one note on the fretboard... "you just can't do that!" was my reaction, but I still recall that solo like it was yesterday. Your new material sounds great.. glad to see you on the web. Best regards.

Don Wershba <dwershba@optonline.net>
- Sunday, March 09, 2008 at 17:47:53 (PDT)
"Apricot Brandy" is one of my favourite instrumentals and when I used to dj a bit, this song was pretty much the theme tune. I discovered it on a psychedelic picturs disc compilation that had a very obscure tracklisting but I always knew which side it was when "Apricot Brandy"came on. It has one of my most revered hi-hat bits EVER!!!!
Nic <haclabel@mpx.com.au>
- Friday, February 08, 2008 at 02:34:50 (PST)
I first got to hear Apricot Brany when Jeff Dexter played it at Roundhouse, Chalk Farm during the Implosion Gigs and possilby Middle Earth.

In those days that one turned us in those days, into Amphetamine Gazelles.

Bob ap Rhys ap Rhys <sameko7@blueyonder>
United Kingdom
- Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 14:46:11 (PST)
I saw Rhinoceros' first Fillmore East show (October 25, 1968?) with the Moody Blues (their first US appearance - had all sorts of problems due to the difference between US and UK voltage standards, ended up doing a brilliant set with borrowed gear) and John Mayall's Blues Breakers and was totally blown away by the group. Went right out and bought their first album and treasure it to this day. Glad to see there is still interest in the group.
Ron Rehfeld <rmongoos@sympatico.ca>
- Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 15:43:13 (PST)
When I first started playing music around that time, it was all about Rhinoceros and Mandala. I wore out 3 copies of the first Rhinoceros album - now I want all of them on CD - DO IT so I can convince all my friends and colleagues who say "who" when I mention them. Come to Ottawa
Davd 'Jake' Newman <dnewman@rogers.com>
- Saturday, December 01, 2007 at 15:30:32 (PST)
Just listening to my vinyl Rhinoceros LPs for the 1st time in ages - still stunning !!
Mike Gordon <mikegordon07@btinternet.com>
- Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 08:59:48 (PST)
I'm 25 years old now and when I was about 14 I got to go through an old storage bin of my dad's that had a few milk crates full of vinyl. The usuals were there, Beatles, Hendrix, Dylan, etc. And there was Rhinoceros. What the freak was this! Dad said it kicked ass and ass it did kick!
James Marshall Gaddis <jim_75062@peoplepc.com>
United States
- Monday, November 05, 2007 at 17:51:40 (PST)
First id like to thank the host and administor of this website for giving me the ability to look into my own family's history.Lee Jackson is my dad and its been a real treat to see some of the old photos and stuff from long before i was born.i happen to have alot of old clippings aswell as the original airing of the cbc documentary . if the website has interest i would gladly donate some of it .To keep you and anyone interested posted Lee Jackson (contrary to popular beleif haha)is alive and well and still lives in the toronto area . ive attached my email so drop us a line sometime and thanks again for the memories .
Michael Ferry(Jackson)JR <X_V_I_I@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 22:31:51 (PDT)
Too long a story to get into here, but I've just flashed back a lot of years to the best time of my life. Thanks for the memories Mouse
Janet Powell <janet.powell1@optusnet.com.au>
- Sunday, October 07, 2007 at 20:16:40 (PDT)
i live in a small town north of T.O. in this town is a small (60 seats) blues bar called the happy hog. one night in may this band id never heard of (John Finley and the Checkmates)was playing .they blew me, and everone else there, away. there couldn't have been more than thirty people. the band brought some freinds (danny weis and others) and the band was up to eight people at one piont. the stage is built for a three piece. i was worried they would bump into eachother and get hurt and stop the show. that night was awesome, and iv bugged all my freinds about them ever since. i bought their CD and listen to it all the time (like right now). they're coming back in two weeks and i can't wait to catch them again. and agian and again.

thanks for signing the cd guys

mike jones <mikejones_6@sympatico.ca>
- Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 19:38:03 (PDT)
Hello. I used to be a friend of Jerry Penrod and his wife way back in the early 70's in San Diego. I would love to write him a letter if anyone knows how I could contact the Penrods. Thank you.

(who used to be with George Gillette at the time)

Bette <BTippen2@aol.com>
- Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 08:55:16 (PDT)
I had the pleasure of jamming with Danny many years ago when we were teenagers in El Cajon,CA where I grew up. Danny came over a couple of times and played his guitar. It didn't take long for me to realize he was doing stuff that was beyond our level of music. I am so pleased to see that he went on to do what we all loved, play music, be creative and share what we have come up with... GROVE that is in the pocket! Keep on jammin"

Paco Trujillo

Frank (Paco) Trujillo
- Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 22:12:20 (PDT)
Back in the good days of music the guys on the corner and I would head down to the ex under 21 club in TO when TO was top city man was it hot where Jon And Lee played the BEST LIVE RB act EVER those nights take care all............
jack <jac22222@hotmail.com>
- Friday, August 03, 2007 at 03:56:05 (PDT)
Ah, yes. Rhinoceros is the band that got away. I LOVED their first album with its powerful twin lead vocals and all that filthy funk tucked into the upbeat grooves. being a Midwesterner, I wasn't aware of all the "supergroup" hype accompanying them...I just knew I was crazy about the sound they made together. I'd been familiar with Iron Butterfly, Daily Flash and some of the other bands from whence they came, but Rhino was different from all that had gone before as well as from anything else going on at the time. Bless you all, gentlemen; I miss you to this day!
SweetLittle16 <wholelottashakin@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 16:30:22 (PDT)
I attended the University of Hartford gig in 1969. Then a funny thing happened. I woke up and I was 52.
Wendy <newzealandwool@aol.com>
- Thursday, July 05, 2007 at 16:09:33 (PDT)
I socialized with John and Larry back in the 60's when they jammed in Larry's basement in Willowdale. Bob Hughes and I often visited Larry at his home. I often think of both of them. Both wonderful and talented. I hope all is well with both.
Linda <antonwriter@yahoo.ca>
- Thursday, July 05, 2007 at 12:53:10 (PDT)
Hey there,

I remember seeing Rhinoceros play at Aaron Russo's Kinetic Playground in...I believe 1968. You had that bass player with the HUGE mustache and hands like hams. :) I think you opened for BS&;T and I was blown away by the energy of the band and the songs! I didn't see this gig listed on your "list" for that year, so you might want to update it?

Steve Crosse <celtic_hound@hotmail.com>
- Friday, June 29, 2007 at 17:21:12 (PDT)
I still listen 2 your first LP liked it 2 years, got ya on my web site. www.corock.ca on the classic page sorry i really never get past bands 1st lp's but there's just so many. Anyway Thanks 4 the tunes Peace.
- Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 17:34:14 (PDT)
Thanks for the checkmates truly a blast from the past to hear "bring it down front,, and porkchops" again too bad there not
being re-released I'am sure i wouldn't be the only one that would buy them hint hint ,, rock-on

joe sarino <joesa@sympatico.ca>
- Friday, June 15, 2007 at 15:53:19 (PDT)
Hi all! --discovered a couple Billy Mundi sites/discographies: eminently useful for scoring his many 'sides' [he remains my favest drummer! Long live that
'BAK-oom-BAK-oom-BAKKA-doom-BAK-oom' groove]



- Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 05:00:48 (PDT)
I had the pleasure of seeing Rhinoceros in the late 60's at the Black Dome in Cincinnati, Ohio close to the University of Cincinnati campus. They blew me away and are one of my all time favorite bands. I no longer have all my vinyl albums and am in the process of looking for a Rhinoceros CD and am enjoying reading all the comments and seeing how many others agree with me regarding this exceptional talent.
Donna Campbell <donna1a@aol.com>
United States
- Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 16:27:16 (PDT)
satin chickens was one of my favorite albums. loved "back door', "monkey man", almost every song. thanks to the internet, i can finally replace my vinyl with the combo cd
jim king
United States
- Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 13:20:18 (PDT)
Wonderful to see the band is stiil alive. I bougt the first album in 1970 in Germany when I was in the army. Great band. I hope they will ever come Europe for a convert!

Dick Allewelt <dick.allewelt@planet.nl>
- Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 10:57:38 (PDT)
I had a band in 1970 that played a few Rhinoceros songs. Apricot Brandy went over
pretty well !
Now I see that at least one other band covered Rhino. Mind boggling !
Well I love the band, esp. the first album !
Live long and prosper

ken d <guitarman_k200@yahoo.com>
- Monday, January 22, 2007 at 10:36:43 (PST)
I saw Rhinoceros at Seneca College the year they formed. As I recall, they had former Mother's drummer ? Mumy on drums.

Ken <kmphoto@insight.rr.com>
- Friday, January 12, 2007 at 10:16:16 (PST)
- Saturday, January 06, 2007 at 15:56:40 (PST)
In 1969, our band "The Bearded Clam" covered
the "Rhinoceros" album. We were immediate
devotees to their enormously creative, progressive and captivating sound. As a "circuit" opening band for "The Soul Survivors", Billy Harner, and "The Children of the Night", we developed quite a following in Atlantic City and Philadelphia area. Now 55, and still performing, I have been seeking authenic lyrics to these songs; one in particular, "When you say you're sorry". Amazingly, it can not to be found on any search engines. I have made a comprehensive search to no avail. During my life I have listened to, and seen thousands of bands; I will always identify "Rhinoceros" as having a timeless sound that will always move, touch and inspire me and those I turn onto this extraordinary ensemble. If someone could help
me with a printable version of Gerber/Rhinoceros lyrics, i will be eternally grateful. Finally, I am a recognized funk/rock/jazz/blues/reggae mandolin/guitar instrumentalist/singer songwriter. I would love to get together sometime and jam. Most recently I spent time with George Benson and Al Jarreau (sp.) when they performed at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia.

Righteous Rob <sunman305@aol.com>
- Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:50:56 (PST)
I had a band called Kimberley in New York 1967~1970, played guitar and remember hanging out one day with Danny. Rhinoceros was doing a gig that night in the park I believe, and Danny was gracious enough to let me tag along as we wondered through the city down to the Village where we met up with Janis Joplin at her hotel.

I partnered up with friends in Bangkok and have a radio station here called 98.5 Breeze FM where i do Morning Drive.

Danny, if you read this and by some chance remember any of this....that's a stretch...get in touch at

Thanks and Sawadee from The Land Of Smiles,
Richie Walker
Morning Show Host / Music Director
98.5 Breeze FM

Richie Walker <richie_walker@hotmail.com>
- Monday, December 11, 2006 at 05:24:02 (PST)
I was at that Pavillion show at Flushing meadows back in '69. It was my birthday, or the day before, and it was one of then first--and best--concerts I've ever been to. Spooky Tooth did a great opening set, and then Rhinoceros came out and blew everyone away. The really amazing thing was, after the headliner--Stepenwolf--finished their set, the crowd started calling for an encore... of Rhinoceros! And they came back out after Stepenwolf and played another set. You guys had us in the palms of your sweaty hands.
Roger Goode <roger@properpup.com>
- Monday, July 17, 2006 at 06:50:55 (PDT)
I love you guys I am glad I found this site. we danced and sang in Danbury Conn. a long time ago I'll always have that secret crush on Danny ,after Conn. I returned to long island and formed Fearless Nipples 2 chicks 8 band members with a very new sound back then!
Still my number one music Best band too bad we never made music together I was unfortunately much younger than you guys then I moved to Europe Still feeling the music however! Good Luck stay well

denise <bighoox@aol.com>
- Monday, May 22, 2006 at 18:26:11 (PDT)
Saw the Checkmates this past weekend in Toronto, Smokin band incredible show, John was celebrating a Birthday , I had to travel about 6 hours to get to the show and it was worth every second!!!!! The band covered some Rhino stuff some SoulBop All in all it was a incredible weekend !!! If you get the chance see the Checkmates or as my younger brother called them CHECKNAURSOUS LOL
DougDDoug Dandenoou
- Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 13:37:51 (PDT)
I have checked the web before for info on Rhinoceros, and today I found this. I told my son it was like reaquainting with an old friend I hadn't seen in years.

I no longer have my album though.


J Beech <mygoldenyears@hotmail.com>
- Monday, May 08, 2006 at 12:32:59 (PDT)
It's great to find this site , and find out how well everyone is doing. I have been a fan for many years, back to the days with the checkmates in Hamilton at the boogaloo, The Grange and sunday night at st. nicks. Rhinoceros is still my favorite group. Thankyou for the great music and fond memories. I wish you all well !!

thanks John

john palmer <plmrjj@sympatico.ca>
- Monday, April 03, 2006 at 07:48:39 (PDT)

A friend and I happened into a small teenage nightclub called "The Cellar" in Arlington Heights, Illinois and saw you guys (I think it was around 69'.) Your show was one of the best I had ever seen.

You, John, were absolutley remarkable - a true original talent of the highest degree. In the course of my concert going days I saw Zeppelin, the Stones, the Dead, all the biggies. You guys were one of the five best groups I saw live. I bought your album Apricot Brandy and turned others on to it. It is still a masterpiece that stands the test of time.

And you, John Finley, are still my favorite singer. I always wondered why you guys were so touchy-feely with each other on stage. I never observed a group so happy together.

Glad to see you're alive and well, AND still singing away. You're the greatest, John!


Chares <cratkins50@earthlink.net>
- Friday, March 24, 2006 at 14:54:33 (PST)
The first time I got stoned on pot, someone put on the 1st Rhino album and Apricot Brandy set me free! Since then, it's been one of my favorites and thankfully someone saw fit to put out the CD-thank you!
Thomas "T-Bone" Filip
- Friday, March 17, 2006 at 18:37:10 (PST)
For all of you who thought Danny was a killer guitar player before, go buy the Sweet Spot album!! He has outdone himself on this one! Bought it last week and haven't been able to stop listening to it. He shows all the "smooth jazz" players what they'd like to sound like. And the funk is awesome! Thanks Danny, it was worth the wait!! Now you need to start touring behind the album. Maybe NYC??
Arte O'Dell <ankhafnakhonsu@aol.com>
- Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 06:05:53 (PST)
Wow, I didn't know the first album was available on CD. I saw the group back in maybe '69 at The Filmore East. I think the lineup that night was Rhinoceros, John Mayall, and The Moody Blues.
JohnJohn <sculpey_2462@msn.com>
- Tuesday, March 07, 2006 at 16:35:51 (PST)
Like Glenn (couple of posts ago), I found myself humming "I Will Serenade You" the other day after 35 years. Found the first album a few days later on Yonge Street, and away we go. It's a masterpiece of funky precision and soul. Not a moment in it worth missing. Wow! Thanks for the wonderful interviews, history, and great site.

- Sunday, March 05, 2006 at 08:21:09 (PST)
Cool Website. One of the bands I played in did
Rhino songs-Apricot Brandy-Don't Wanna Discuss It-Don't Come Cryin.
Recently ordered the cd's/ Was surprised to find the third album.
Really enjoyed this band.

dana groff <danagroff10@aol.com>
- Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 10:56:23 (PST)
As I sit here listening to "Rhinoceros" I am instantly transported back to a time of peace and love. At 58yrs young the journey is not that far when I listen to the music. The music of the 60's is coming full circle again and boy am I happy! Bring it on Rhinoceros!!
Danny Brot <mdbassman@juno.com>
- Friday, February 03, 2006 at 07:54:59 (PST)
I woke up this morning with "I will serenade you" going round and round in my head...what-35 years after I last heard it! Playing in a soul/funk band now, I realize that the songs from the first album and a few from Satin Chickens have legs and will still move people! Thank you for developing and maintaining this site...I'll be back!
Glenn Goodwin <glenngoodwinbass@hotmail.com>
- Monday, January 30, 2006 at 06:30:44 (PST)
I Truly enjoyed my two rhinoceros albums I had in high school and college. I even had one on 8-track. I need to find an mp3 version of "In A Little Room". Since I am a deejay in Nebraska, it would be great to play it for my audience.
Greg Jackson <newsanchor49@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 19:23:18 (PST)
I was in a local Band from Greenwich, Conn. and was the warmup act for Rhinocerous at the St. Mary's gig in '79. I was blown away by these guys, and to this day, their first albumn is one of my favorites. "Your My Girl", "Chicken", "I Need Love" live found my jaw wide open. I miss this kind of magic!
Bruce <bruceltaylor@earthlink.net>
- Monday, January 16, 2006 at 09:04:37 (PST)
Saw them at the Fillmore East in 1969 Totally blew me away bought the album next day I seem to remember a big Hammond Organ on stage. Love Apricot Brandy wished there was along version or live version somewhere !!
Steve Katz
- Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 12:36:14 (PST)
I went to a private boarding school for high school. Somehow Rhinoceros got to be very popular with us kids. In the spring or summer of 1969, while on vacation in NYC, a group of us went to the Wolman Rink in Central Park and saw them. The opening act was the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. It was the first rock concert I ever went to and I still remember the joy I felt there!
Thank you for this great site!

Rick <Senseandspirit@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 12:29:04 (PST)
I saw the Checkmates perform as the opening act for Ronnie Hawkins at his farewell concert at Massey Hall in Toronto, last night Dec.17/05. The treat of the night was that John Finley was brought on as the surprise guest to perform with the Checkmates. All the memories of John & Lee and the Checkmates came flooding back. John was amazing and the band was solid. They did a set of R&;B standards and classics. Rumor has it that John is going to get together with the Checkmates to work on a future project. I sure hope that happens. It was great to see John and the Checkmates make a return to Massey Hall and at the same time sad to see Ronnie go.
Don <dwh@rogers.com>
- Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 13:06:24 (PST)
It has been great to find this site. As someone who has always been a fan this is great. I was looking at the live dates and noticed that there was not one showing for Seneca College in Toronto. I was sure I saw them there I could not give you a date. But I'm positive they were there. Maybe someone out there remebers that gig.
Paul <garlyn@msn.com>
- Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 09:06:48 (PST)
In 1969, I was a 17 year old college freshman with a on-campus one hour radio slot. My friends and I at this tiny state college radio station would grab the mail every day, knowing that there would always be several promo records from record companies, both big and independent. One Friday, the single 'Apricot Brandy' arrived, with 'When You Say You're Sorry' as the B side. Since the DJs had pretty much full reign to play whatever they wished, and since records were hardly ever screened or "OK'd" before being aired, 'Apricot Brandy' very likely had its East Coast debut on my Friday show at 4 PM. Since I always played requests, 'AB' was aired at least three times in that hour; I invariably played it once each show for the rest of the semester. I still have in my possession that 45 single, extensively scratched, but still an electrifying rocker after 30 + years.
needles <needles@twcny.rr.com>
- Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 10:23:08 (PST)
I found the first album of Rhinoceros at a used record shop...snagged it right up! Sure brings back some sweet heavy times. My Brother knew Danny Weis, Doug Hastings and Jerry Penrod. He was in the same click in LA, he saw the same struggles and lived the same disapointments. I am glad to see that some persevered on. Peace, light...further on. Robert Morgan.
In Loving Memory of Ron Morgan (West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band).

Robert Morgan <medullaarts@comcast.net>
- Monday, November 28, 2005 at 09:52:09 (PST)
To this very day, "Apricot Brandy" is still one of my all time favorite song. I've had a PC, since 2000, and I was stunned when I found your web page today. For Rhinoceros, to be remembered like this is truly an honor that is long overdue. It is so sad, that your group, along with so many other groups never get their "day in the sun." When your group followed up "Apricot Brandy", with "I Need Love", I just knew that a new supergroup had been born. That song has so much energy in it, I felt, as if, the music was coming out of the speakers, when I would hear it on the radio. Even though, Rhinoceros isn't remembered by everyone, I remember you, and I wanted to take time out to thank you, for being a pleasant part of my past that is gone, but...not forgotten. May God embrace you, with His love.
William <THEBADVEGETARIAN@aol.com>
- Sunday, November 27, 2005 at 11:25:49 (PST)
let's see..1'st road trip of my life to boston to see rhino.. at pratt institute..waiting outside b-4 soundcheck john walks by and disdainfully spits on the steps.. at the "dynamite" in brooklyn, got to talk with michael about the making of satin chickens..one of my clique goes to live with the red headed bass player in upstate n.y. at the band's house...one of the greatest bands ever, and one of the reasons i've been a musician all my life...thanks.
joel krauss <joelmusic@optonline.com>
- Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 08:23:01 (PST)
In fact...I have the three Rhinoceros lps right here by my desk, I brought them in to show someone the great cover design. I have a couple of really good stories but I'll just say that I rode up an elevator with Danny Weis a few months ago. He was playing in a band with Paul Quarrington and Rick Bell...they were great!
Dave <kidneyd@mcmaster.ca>
- Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 13:21:36 (PDT)
Just bought the second album at a used record store yesterday. Didn't know much about the band, and your site is very helpful in learning about them. A great resource. Thanks!
Jim Sadler <jcs@northcarolina.edu>
- Thursday, September 01, 2005 at 06:03:32 (PDT)

Danny Weis is the GREATEST guitar player ever!

Danny is actually my stepdad,for real,i'm not even joking.

luv ya danny

Haley <Sweet_Girl1718@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 11:59:03 (PDT)
It's June 3rd ,2005 and in a week I will turn 60 but today I feel like a young 18 year old because I am going tonight to see one of my favorite groups - John & Lee and the Checkmates at the Fox and Fiddle!

Wow-what memories! I had the fortune at that young age to fall into dance/concert promotion and hired the group many times in Burlington and Hamilton gigs. I never tired of hearing " the Harlem Shuffle " and of course " Please,Please" by 2 young white guys with the hearts and voices of the southern blues masters.

After booking groups like: Myna Byrds, Ronnie Hawkins, The Sparrow, Luke & the Apostles, Eric Burdon & the Animals, wilson Pickett, Spencer Davis, Junior Walker, The Hollies, Ike & Tina Turner to name a few - THE CHECKMATES ARE STILL AT THE TOP OF MY LIST FOR SHOWMANSHIP,TALENT AND JUST A GOOD GROUP OF GUYS TO WORK WITH.

Going to shower and pick up my OZOB buddy Henry Bokor (Guitarist) to see one of his guitar idles from 1966.

Love the web page and info-keep it up!

Steve Remen <remen@execulink.com>
- Friday, June 03, 2005 at 14:18:20 (PDT)
Seeing John and Michael perform with the other Checkmates at Hollywood on the Queensway in Toronto on May 17 brought back fond memories for me. I was a huge fan of the Checkmates and Rhinoceros.

I'll never forget one evening in late 1968 when my mother's organ teacher came to the house to give her a lesson. He looked at me with my long hippie hair and said, "Have you heard of that new super group, Rhinoceros?" When I replied yes, he said, "I taught the keyboard player, Michael Fonfara. Was I impressed! I suddenly a greater respect for my mother, too.

Living in the Toronto area most of my life, I have had the benefit and pleasure of catching Michael Fonfara on a regular basis in the various bands of which he is a member, especially over the past decade or so since he got off the road with the likes of Lou Reed. Of course, it's always a rare treat when John is in town. I'm amazed at how he and his Toronto contemporaries, such as George Olliver, Luke Gibson and Grant Smith, have maintained their extraordinary vocal skills over such a long period of time.

There'll never be another era in music like the Toronto music scene in the '60s -- a decade that, in addition to Jon and Lee and the Checkmates and Rhinoceros, spawned John Kay and the Sparrows, David Clayton Thomas and the Shays, Neil Young, Rick James, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, the Downchild Blues Band, the Mandela, Luke and the Apostles, McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Nucleus, Roy Kenner and the Associates, Grant Smith and the Power, Whiskey Howl and many others. Domenic Troiano of the Mandela and later Bush was a big inspiration for The James Gang, featuring Joe Walsh.

No wonder the city is called "Toronto the Good".

Dave Hunter <d.s.hunter@sympatico.ca>
- Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 15:16:16 (PDT)
As always, my visit to this site was extremely enjoyable. Each visit provides another tidbit of background on what I think is one of the greatest bands of all times. John Finley's vocals are simply the best. The man is Mr. Soul with a capital S.

In John's interview there is reference to a CBC documentary about the band. If anyone could provide me with information how I might track a copy of this down, please email me. It would definitely be a keepsake for my collection.

Peter "Vic" Vickery <pdv_@hotmail.com>
Toronto, Canada
- Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 10:59:34 (PDT)
John Finley and his amazing vocals has been an inspiration to me my whole life... ever since I saw Jon & Lee & The Checkmates at the Broom and Stone in Toronto, Canada in the '60's. I'm fairly certain that John had a broken leg or ankle at the time with this HUGE cast on - didn't hamper the passion of the performance though - the cast just become a prop for the show! And what a show it was!! When I heard "Bring It Down Front" at that gig I thought I'd died and gone to heaven...that was the moment I knew I had to play the Hammond till I dropped - and I'm still playin' it with that song in my head. Thanks don't cut it - but thanks anyway!
John Leiher <litljohn@mac.com>
- Monday, April 25, 2005 at 22:12:22 (PDT)
I've looked and looked over the years for updated versions of all three of the Rhinoceros records and here they are! Awesome! I cut my early guitar-playing teeth on their songs and learned early to appreciate how excellent these guys were on their instruments. Ron Stockert, former keyboardist with Rufus, turned me on to Rhinoceros when we were in a band together in Peoria, IL in 1969 (before he headed west to hook up with Chaka). He spent long times at practice trying to show me the licks these guys were playing. I think I frustrated him more than helped!

I still love their music and still greatly admire the musicianship and singing on all three albums. Really high quality stuff from some really high quality musicians! Thanks to whomever put this site together. This band deserves it!
Joe Grier <dotnjoe@new.rr.com>
- Monday, April 11, 2005 at 19:35:58 (PDT)
As a professional musician from the (rightly) famed 70's New Jersey "A Circuit" that spawned (among others) that "Born to Run" guy, I tell you that Rhinoceros was one of only a handful of bands that had the attention of the players from that rough and tumble scene. Genuine is the best way to describe Rhinoceros. The first album, like The Band's second, the first Ian Hunter solo album and Clapton's "Layla" is part of the literature of in-the-pocket rock. Musicians: play like this. Everybody else: thank God and dig it.
Mr. E. Guest
- Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 22:07:03 (PDT)
One of the best of the era--RHINO and Vanilla Fudge will always be my Fav's --rock on!!
Dave (B3) Nnatterson <music2ya@aol.com>
- Thursday, February 03, 2005 at 11:00:54 (PST)
I just got done ordering the first three albums on CD ...no in a search for Blackstone "On The Line" .....I just don't understand why this band with such talent and brilliant song writing , are complete unknowns ...it was the same with Cactus.. I just don't get it. Rhinoceros had trademark sounds and vocals that were I'd know them from the style they ...In fact "Qualified " again show the brilliance of John Finley composition.... now I need to find the album
Jack Forest <Emailio@comcast.net>
USA - Monday, January 24, 2005 at 20:31:25 (PST)
After hearing those samples from the first album, I just want to say that Rhinoceros brings back alot of old memories of Rick and Lindsay and I. I really loved to listen to Apricot Brandy. I am going to go out and buy the album, breathe some life into those old ghosts.
Regards to all,
franco Orlandi <frixotic@hotmail.com>
Canada - Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 19:06:39 (PST)
Rhinoceros tracks are timeless. They sound just as great now as when they were recorded. Every track brings back such great memories. Thanks Guys, Toronto still loves Rhinoceros and probably always will.
Peter "Vic" Vickery <pdv_@hotmail.com>
Toronto Canada - Monday, January 03, 2005 at 13:27:36 (PST)
hey hodgson
Im gonna print your pics and hang them at castro's
canada - Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 03:33:11 (PST)
I really enjoy Rhinoceros, so happy to have found this great web site.
I have had the three LPs for years, and found Danny Weis & Jerry Penrod to be an important part of the Iron Butterfly sound too. I wish that band could have gone on to do & record more, but thankfully at least we have Heavy.

I am a musician and music fan with a passion for collecting rare recordings as well as great albums.

I have never come across any live Rhinoceros recordings anywhere, and was wondering if any concert going fans, or band members have any live tapes of this terrific band??

I would so much love to get a hold of anything, no matter the quality..If anyone would be so kind as to make contact with such info, that would be wonderful. I have a lot of various recordings by many great artists to trade.

Thank you all, for contributing such excellent text.
-John Stout
John Stout <jstout@sover.net>
USA - Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 20:14:04 (PST)
Hi Danny.. Very nice site with a lot of great info. I'm looking forward to our shows in Quebec this December.
Keep on Rockin'
Bill Diel
Bill Diel <diel@surenet.net>
Canada - Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at 08:32:44 (PST)
Man, Rhinoceros Was the best rockin blue-eyed soul band ever. I learned the nastiest licks on Hammond Organ from Mike Fonfara. Im a former member of Atlanta Ga.:s Mothers Finest and Later of Blackfoot. Saw Mike play with Tycoon in Memphis in 1979. While playing at Cotton Carnival with my Band Whiteface. Now i can finally have all the jams on CD. THANKS Doug Big Daddy Bare Orlando Fla.
Doug Bare <revpp@earthlink.net>
Florida, USA - Friday, November 19, 2004 at 20:22:46 (PST)
I can't believe I finally found this. My band back in the Sixties did a nasty cover of 'Apricot Brandy' and I always kept thinking about Rhinoceros but it was like they fell off of the earth. It was great finding this site and bringing back the memories of all the Rolling Stone articles about the 'hyped supergroup'. It was pretty righteous having a white boy like Jon Finley actually give rock some much needed R&B reality (as much as I loved Electric Flag, Nick Gravenites was always straining to be a soulman) and Weis could sure enough jam!!!
Your Soul Brotha,
Bob Harrison <rmharrison007@cox.net>
USA - Tuesday, November 02, 2004 at 18:38:00 (PST)
Just got the Rhinoceros album. I'm a musician, and used to play "Belbuekus" back in the day. After all of these years, the album sounds even better than I remember. I'm still in a full-time band; only these days I play a lot of weddings! haha.
David Kirkman <fishhead722@cox.net>
USA - Saturday, October 16, 2004 at 11:26:40 (PDT)
This week I had an email from a friend, & contributor to the Toronto Blues Society Newsletter, who told me Jon, Lee and the Checkmates played there for the first time in years. Apparently Jon finley was in town from Los Angeles for some dental work, so the opportunity to treat those with long-standing memories of incredible music were amply entertained.

Sometimes these great R&B musicians & singers, who populated Toronto through the 60s & early 70s, seem to be left behind with time. It's good to know the fans remember and are glad to come out and see their favourites for old times sake.

Ruth even sent the set list, which was peppered with incredible favourites: 634-5790, Midnight Hour, Bring It Down Front, Raise Your Hand and many more! What a night of memories and great music provided by one of the seminal groups to grace the stages around town back then.
Wish I could have been there!
Barbara Ewart <wetcoast.bc@shaw.ca>
Canada - Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 08:42:09 (PDT)
Wow.... I was in a band back in the ealry 70's (garage) and we used to paly the first RHINO LP to death. Great album... great :-)
U-Dee (Uncle Dave) <dalewis@snet.mnet>
USA - Monday, October 04, 2004 at 11:08:58 (PDT)
I am writing to announce the fact that I am about half way through finishing my very first solo album on Marshmellow Records in Toronto, Canada. Finally, a Danny Weis CD comes to pass, for real. The album should be released in January, 2005. I have the very best musicians in Canada playing on it. It is being recorded at a beautiful studio called Phase One Audio Group, one of Canada's finest recording facilities. Thanks to God for the opportunity to do this. Thanks to my wife Michele for her never-ending love and support. To all who have supported me on this site, thanks from my heart. It's all R and B/ Jazz with some extremely funky tracks as well. I will keep you posted as to progress on my CD. Michael Fonfara is on it too! I am hopeful to have John Finley on one of the tracks as well. I will be seeing him shortly.

Thanks again, Danny Weis
Danny Weis
Canada - Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 02:32:52 (PDT)
I was in attendance at the Fillmore East back in 1968 when Rhinoceros opened for John Mayall and Moody Blues and I remember how they blew me away...and they made night a very groovy affair...they were the stars of the evening...
Vince DeLucia <HatCity@comcast.net>
USA - Saturday, September 18, 2004 at 16:12:03 (PDT)
I haven't been here in about a year or so and each time just overwelms me. I am fortunate to have been a part of this and thank Mike, Nick and everyone who takes the time and energy out of their lives to remember and rekindle. Hearing some of the comments reminds me of how precious those times were and , hell! I'm gonna have to get in touch with some of the guys and see about pulling out the old tunes and playing them, just even for fun (the original reason!)

John Finley <finleymusic@yahoo.com>
USA - Saturday, September 18, 2004 at 01:11:09 (PDT)
Just dropped by to say hello to a couple of old friends..Jon Finlay and Pete Hodgson,whom I knew and performed in the same circuit as they did back in the good old " Toronto Sound Era " of the 60's,when they were Jon & Lee and the Checkmates..the best damn R&B band to ever come out of Toronto!!!

Jon Finlay was an inspiration to me ever since the early days when I first saw him perform at St Helen's dance hall in Toronto,and still is even today...and his cousin Pete Hodgson,whom I was fortunate enough to know through his sister Elaine and lived in the same neighborhood with..would sit in and jam with us in a dingy old basement on Fermanagh Ave,when we were first starting out..and I remember him teaching our " very green " bass player how to play Stand By Me..the only song we knew at that time!

Fortunately,with a few more jam sessions with Pete,and Jon's soulful performances as an inspiration to me..we learned a few more pieces,got better, and eventually ended up playing the same circuit,clubs and venues as Jon & Lee and the Checkmates and others who tried to eminate them...Mandala,Power,Shawn/Jay Jackson,The Associates etc. But none of us could ever match, or come close to matching, the " soulfulness" that was Jon and Lee and the Checkmates. They were undoubtably..Toronto's Kings of R&B and Soul..and will never be dethroned!

Thanks..Jon.Pete..and the rest of The Checkmates for being the inspiration and driving force behind me and all other Toronto bands back then..it has lasted a lifetime for all of us and has kept us performing all these years. We were at The Mardi Gras and Shuffle here in Toronto a little while ago where I ran into Fonfara again..plus George Olliver and Jay Jackson,and they all agree with me... You guys were number one,and nobody here in Toronto has forgotten that!

Hope to catch you back in Toronto some day,drop me a line if your coming this way at danroach@rogers.com. Until then we will all keep your legacy alive! Bobbi Lee Justice
Bobbi Lee Justice <bobbileescepters@hotmail.com>
Canada - Thursday, September 16, 2004 at 10:25:28 (PDT)
I loved the inteviews - Danny Weis in particular.
Now I am off to browse www.alangerber.org for more of the same!
Peter Potter <precious_potter@hotmail.com>
USA - Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 05:38:25 (PDT)
Hi, Great Website. I just found all 3 albums on CD, have been looking for them for years.

The first rock concert I attended was Rhinoceros.They opened for Blood, Sweat & Tears. I didn't see this show listed in the live dates section. My memory is not exact on the dates, but here's the info as I remember it.

It was either the fall of 1968 or the spring of 1969. It was an outdoor show at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Blood , Sweat, & Tears did not show up due to a David Clayton Thomas illness. All 7 members of the band played, it was the largest rock band
I had ever seen. Rhinoceros was so good that no one really missed BS&T. There was also another act at this show, I believe that it was
Chuck Berry.

I remember that it was several months before
I could find the 1st album in the record shops, so perhaps this was fall 1968.

Thanks for the info on one of my favorite bands,

Richard Earl <suesiegel@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 17:43:22 (PDT)
Only on the internet! Wow! I had the pleasure of seeing you guys in concert in New York's Central Park, probably in 1968. I went to Sam Goody's and bought your first album the same week. You put on a helluva show, and my garage band tried to to do you justice, by playing a few of your tunes! great finding you after all these years, and I don't have to tell you, those were the best times...ever...period!!!
Skip Cole
Skip Cole <skipcole44@sbcglobal.net>
USA - Friday, August 06, 2004 at 15:56:38 (PDT)
Growing up in the "psychedelic era" of the 60's, I fell in love with this hard driven, funky, blues oriented group.
I just re-discovered their 3 albums on cd and love them more than the 60's.
Hoping for a reunion tour to Mryland/DC/Va area.
Danny Brodt -bassplayer 39 years <mdbassman@juno.com>
USA - Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 04:03:46 (PDT)
I really hope u read this i know of your time spent with iron butterfly...and i have a conspiracy theory...just a theory but if its true...tell me PLEASE!!! Ron Bushy is supposed to be the original drummer for Irojn butterfly...but i beg to differ and say that it is infact (Dan Rosten)or(Danny) it is my belief that he was involved in every song in in-da-gadda-di-vida.. and not ron bushy...i have read information in http://www.gaylasgarden.com/flowers.htm that clearly states ron bushy was a member of the band when the name for in da gadda di vida was created and he took part in the conversation of putting the song together and what it would be called. also here (http://www.apex.net.au/~bill/ironbutt.html) it clearly states that in 1968 3 band members left...being replaced with Erik Braunn and Lee Dorman. unfortunatley the third replacement was not mentioned...probably to further hide the leaving of Dan rosten...also here (http://www.esientertainment.com/1site/artists/Bios/IronButt2.html) It clearly states that Ron bushy was famous for HIS solo and that he is an original band member....I know Dan rosten and have pictures of him...my next goal is to line a picture up of the band in 1966 to 67/68 highlighting Dan rosten and reveal the true original drummer,Creator the the solo that rocked america, and rightful owner to all drum beats on the albulm titles In-Da_Gadda_di_vida(albumn).

Thank u for giving me the time for this post if u (Danny weis) the only surviving member of the original Iron butterfly (notice how i dont include ron bushy) then please Email me at Codysk8tes@hotmail.com

Thank you......
Cody Hewitt <Codysk8tes@hotmail.com>
United states - Monday, July 05, 2004 at 00:24:43 (PDT)
Hello Nick Warburton,
Peter Rechter from The Tol-Puddle Martyrs writing. I read your message on the Australian 60's Appreciation Society site re Lobby & The Wild Cherries. I've been a friend of Lobby's for many years & went through Melbourne Uni with Danny Robinson. I rang Lobby to let him know about your letter & he told me you had been in contact. Lobby made mention of an album "Peculiar Hole In The Sky"... I think that's right ! He thought that the Martyrs might also be on the album with "Time Will Come". Could you please contact me & let me know.
All the best.
Peter Rechter <tolpuddlemartyrs@hotmail.com>
Australia. - Monday, June 21, 2004 at 18:16:21 (PDT)
Alexandria Roller Rink, Nov 24th. Steve Miller and V Fudge were on the bill and the power kept going out. Great show despite the power outages. Played the first two albums to a vinyl pulp. Got to get the Second album on CD. Would love to ask Danny if he listened to Roy Buchanan back in those days.

See you at the Top of the Ladder.

RD <richdys@mac.com>
- Friday, June 18, 2004 at 21:01:20 (PDT)
So glad there is finally a site with the great live bands of the late 60's- John,when are you going to put the band ( with B.Mundi) back together-You guys would be a HIT in New york !!! Everybody let your voices be heard-Git' Rhino back together again !!
Antoine Ponsot <AJM.Ponsot@verizon.net>
AMERICA - Tuesday, June 01, 2004 at 08:19:00 (PDT)
Happy Birthday Mr. Finley!!!
Giannina <giannina.brown@redstone.army.mil>
USA - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 09:09:15 (PDT)
i've the first and the second vynil lp,can i do,symply wonderful tonight! ye?
sebastiano <jormait@yahoo.it>
italia - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 05:59:47 (PDT)
We really should keep the non-Rhino stuff to a minimum, but to answer Jack's question -- yes, there was some talk of a Mainline tour with the Allman Brothers Band, but it never came to any sort of fruition. It couldn't have been Hourglass in any case, because their last lineup was in '68, at which point we had barely formed.

Mike Harrison <mikeharrison@look.ca>
Toronto Canada - Monday, April 05, 2004 at 07:36:26 (PDT)
A little non Rhino if nobody minds...if I wasn't as familiar with MMM I might have confused the two Harrisons as welll...I must say I found it amusing as both are big favs of mine-however I would never confuse gravelly voiced Mike with the bottom end of MMM. Funny to see this post this week as The Last Puff and Mainline both hit my turntable in the last few days...

On the off chance you could answer this Mike,I saw in A & T Barris's book about Canadian music that Mainline was supposed to/might have been considered for a tour with the Allmans. I think he must have meant Hourglass,which included Duane and Gregg, who were also on Liberty?? or did he mean ABB?
Jack <thames@skynet.ca>
Canada - Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 12:38:38 (PST)
I'm not sure it the previous poster "david lanik" is confusing me (see penultimate to penultimate post) with Mike Harrison of Spooky Tooth, but I must declaim any connection thereto.

I am, and remain, a Toronto muso. My English "connexion" is a(n) (albeit important) vagary of McKenna Mendelsongini Maingini Lingini. So there.


Mike Harrison <mikeharrison@look.ca>
Toronto Canada - Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 09:30:55 (PST)
I guess it really was 1969...The Fillmore was holding it's shows at the NY state pavillion @ The World's Fair. I was 14. Spooky tooth was AMAZING (the original band) and Steppenwolf was pretty good. I feel so fortunate to have seen Rhinoceros. Danny Weis' playing really got to me. A tele and (4!!) Bassmans.Talk about tone! I can still hear that. A really fine lineup overall, and really hard to top. I have very fond memories of those days, and Rhinoceros was so much a part. Hey, they were on the radio EVERY day! I must get a tele one of these days. Thank you very much boys. You gave the world classy rockin' music to groove with.
david lanik <hiwattuser1@aol.com>
yew nork USA - Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 17:35:55 (PST)
I find it very heartwarming to encounter this website! As bassist with Grant Smith and the Power, and then Mainline (circa 1966-73), I remember well the Devil's Den (the hipper-than-hip after-hours venue in the basement of the Avenue Road Club) where I cut my R&B teeth under the wry but benevolent tutelage of Peter Hodgson. The Checkmates had been the Den's house band, rushing from in-town gigs to assuage the musical needs of Toronto's late-night hipsters. We (Grant Smith and The Power) were graced with the distinction of becoming the de facto house band at the Den when the Checkmates headed to New York.

Over the years, the denizens of the Checkmates and Rhinoceros and Blackstone cadre have remained beloved compatriots with the participants and heirs of the Power and Mainline legacy. Larry Leishman, for example, joined us (Mainline) on our 1973 Australian tour, becoming (God help him!) the first and only muso to add his licks to the original four McKenna-sans.

I last encountered Danny Weis at the Abbey Road Pub in 1973; Michael Fonfara at the Silver Dollar in 1993, and Peter at Blues on Bellair in 2002. Speaking both as a fan and as a colleague, I am happy to express my appreciation of a wonderful website, and my virual grinning face at the happy memories it recalls!

Mike Harrison <mikeharrison@look.ca>
Toronto Canada - Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 15:46:25 (PST)
Visiting Canada from Okla. for 1 week - thinking of 1965-66-67 Toronto - We had some good times-fond memories - happy to hear you're still on this Planet - Musicanada - Avenue Rd. Club -my house - personal - whatever happened to Duke? I still have some 8 x 10 pics from folio for Ed Sullivan show. Leaving Can. Mar. 24th - any info after that E-mail - Island Prod. @ NEOK.COM
LYN SCOTT-moore <shirleycue2002@yahoo.com>
canada - Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 08:14:31 (PST)
I remember the old days at the Avenue rd. club
lyn scott-moore <shirleycue2002@yahoo.com>
canada - Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 08:02:34 (PST)
I always enjoyed the 1st Rhino LP a lot, and saw the band live around 1971 in Ithaca, NY -- I thinks it was in Cornell college fieldhouse, as part of a benefit for a Vietnam protester, the priest Daniel Berrigan. It was a great show except for the drummer may have had a bit too much to dream that day... anyway some nice memories.

Al Kaatz <lordkoos@hotmail.com>
USA - Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 12:32:48 (PST)
Hi Johnny

Great site...I want the CD....
Julie Gibson <jgibc547@rogers.com>
Canada - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 22:47:10 (PST)
Outstanding release of the "Collectors' Choice" new CD with "Satin Chickens" and "Better Times are Coming." My vinyl collection needed an update from years of listening. I was 15 when "Satin Chickens" hit my record store in Western New York. I already owned their first album and was probably one of a dozen people in the area who ever heard of the band. The music from that LP is fresh and timeless. What an outstanding group of musicians. I am fortunate to be part of that era! Rock on......
Greg <mrsfanatic@earthlink.net>
USA - Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 12:11:27 (PST)
Hey Rhinos! I live in the Buffalo NY area and I was a Rhino fan back in the late 60s and early 70s. I had the 1st and 3rd lps. Never got the chance to see them but they did a swell job. I am thrilled to hear Dan Weis is playing for the Lord. I hope to hear a release by him soon. See ya in heaven dude! Rock on for Jesus.
Larry Galantowicz <lawrence639@hotmail.com>
USA - Friday, February 06, 2004 at 14:12:41 (PST)
I just want to say that I think this was one of the greatest bands that ever exisited. I've been telling people about them for years though many had no idea who I was talking about. It was a very sad moment, for me, when I heard they broke up.
I have all the (vinyl) albums, but they had been worn thin. I couldn't believe it when I discovered that the had been re-issued on CD. I have the 1st (which is still my favorite) and I intend to get the 2nd & 3rd combination disc when I get a few $s.
Well enough of my love for this band. ?he real reason I'm "writting" to you is, I've been having quite a bit of trouble openinmg a few links on your site. Is it my computer or the links? If you do answer these e-mails, please answer mine. Because as fanatical as I may appear, the more I know about Rhinoceros the more pleasure I'll get from their FUNtastic music.


Liam O'Bov <lub5@cdc..gov>
USA - Monday, February 02, 2004 at 16:27:57 (PST)
It's me again, Danny, and I forgot to tell you all of something pretty amazing in my life. I am getting married! Yep, and it will be to someone I have known and loved for over 30 years now, my wife to be, Michele Finney. I wanted to tell the world, well now I have. Please send all wedding gifts to my home. God bless you all, Danny
Danny Weis <DWeisGuitar@aol.com/DWeisGuitar@yahoo.com>
- Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 16:56:39 (PST)
Hi again, It's me, Danny Weis. the guitarist mentioned here in this site. I occasionally come here and leave a post. First off, I want to thank Nick Warburton for the wonderful work he has done on this site. This site is extremely accurate and that is so refreshing for musicians like me to see. Often, in the music business, we as musicians get things written about ourselves that are quite wrong if not downright embarassing. Hats off to you Rick, and another thanks my friend. I also want to thank all of you who have either left a post about me here or written me directly. They all mean something to me. Now, I want to just let you all know that I have not fallen off the planet. I am still quite active playing my guitar in this crazy business. Currently I am still at work recording first solo CD which will, hopefully, be released soon. I said that in an earlier post but it had to be postponed as my music schedule simply got too full to finish it. The style of music it captures is definitely R&B. I mean real R&B, not what has happened to it. Funky stuff. I still will throw in the odd chicken. Recently I have been working on numeorus CD's for others, some TV, a few movies, and various concerts, mostly in the Los Angeles area. Lately, I have been doing some work in the Toronto, Ontario area of Canada with, yes, Michael Fonfara. I encourage any of you to write me at either of the 2 email addresses above. I will answer when I can. Sometimes it takes a while for me to get back to you but I do get back. That's it for now. I will check in later, Danny Weis
Danny Weis <DWeisGuitar@aol.com / DWeisGuitar@yahoo.com>
USA - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 07:25:34 (PST)
To Danny & Michael
I was thrilled to meet you guys, when you were with the Lincolns, in 1980 at the Savoy in Vancouver BC. Sorry Michael, for teasing you about wearing underwear on stage! But really, the first Rhino album continues to be one of my all time favorites. Also, thank you Billy Mundi for showing me how to play the funk. Love you guys.
Jimmy Young <pjyoung@telus.net>
Canada - Thursday, January 01, 2004 at 13:12:43 (PST)
I grew up on the first Rhinoceros LP. I've been searching for this on CD for almost 20 years. I stumbled on it at the Virgin Megastore in Time Sq NYC. It's every bit as awesome as I remember it. And now that I've been a guitar player for nearly 40 yrs, I can REALLY appreciate the playing - especially the interplay. It's a shame about the biz and the politics and the ego stuff, 'cause the music was 'there'.

After NY, I went to LA, and saw an old guitar pal. I said the trip was already a success from having found this 'gem' from my past. Did he remember Rhinoceros, I asked? He walked me up to his Wurlitzer Jukebox, punched 2 keys, and APRICOT BRANDY started blasting out! You guys are still everywhere. I do a weekly jam at a London pub now, and we will cover at least one Rhinceros tune soon!

I have a small personal connection with 2 of you - Alan and John spent Thanksgiving in NY at Aunt Liliane's - I was there with my family, and the story still comes up whenever there's good rock'n'roll around November-time...Thanks for some great music - BG
Barry Golin <baz@morebassmedia.demon.co.uk>
England - Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 16:59:24 (PST)
Back in November of 1968 I had the opportunity to see Rhinoceros in Philadelphia, at the Kaleidoscope (in the Manayunk section) opening for Blood Sweat and Tears.
(who had just begun touring with David Clayton Thomas)
I noticed that this date was missing from your archive of live performances.
Anyway the band was very funky and tight as tight could be. Danny Weis was one of the most exciting and tasteful musicians I have ever seen. His style just knocked me out, and the interplay with Doug Hastings was a treat. The rest of the band was stellar, and being a drummer, I paid particular attention to Billy Mundi. I was familiar with his work in The Mothers of Invention, pre-Rhinoceros. Although he appeared rather stoic, his precision and effortless style provided the band's pulse.
Having read the Rhinoceros story, one can only be left to wonder of what might have been for a group bursting with talent, but constricted by corporate pressure.
That said, how that wonderful interpretation of Satin Doll made it to press (let alone as the leadoff song for Satin Chickens) is testament to the limits Rhinoceros may have crossed in grand style.
Thanks for some fine music.
Randy Friter <RanDrumz1@aol.com>
USA - Monday, December 08, 2003 at 13:25:48 (PST)
I was a roady with NYRRE during this time(68-69) and caught Rhino at most of their shows in the metro area- Wore out the vinyl-and could never figure out why they were not released on CD- Awsome ( as my grandson would say) Apricot Brandy was also used in the Raceway Park radio ads for years!! Great site-It brings back sooomany memories!
Antoine Ponsot <AJM.Ponsot@verizon.net>
AMERICA - Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 14:52:51 (PST)
I'm writing this for my friend Robert Quine who along with Danny Weis played alongside Lou Reed. Robert always told Lou that Danny was the best guitarist he ever heard play with Lou. I think Quine and Danny could make a great record together as they both have very distictive styles. BTW, have any of y'all heard the Tom principato rendition of "Apricot Brandy" on his September 2003 release "House On Fire"? I swore it was Danny Weis' playing when I heard it on WBGO. Thanks for giving me this space to write my comments.

Michael Carlucci, Subterranean Records NYC, http://www.recordsnyc.com
Michael Carlucci <recordsnyc@earthlink.net>
USA - Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 18:50:41 (PST)
Like many others,I was in a few bands that played music from this awesome band. I am so happy that their music has come to the light of day again, as they were truly one of the great musical expressions of the late 60's.
chris swain <bluesharp@iwon.com>
USA - Friday, November 14, 2003 at 17:38:34 (PST)
USA - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 08:57:21 (PST)
Note to Ian Kojima- if memory is correct you are a horn player -what was the name of the band you were in at Rockhill festival in 70 or so? Remember Rockhill?- OPP 's revenge for not being able to bust all us hippies at Mosport earlier that year....Your brother went out with my sister for while. " sure stirring up some ghosts for me"
Jack <thames@skynet.ca>
- Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 07:25:17 (PST)
I was a short-term "roadie" for the boys back in the late-60's. Steve's wife Cathie and I attended Mercer Island High together, and she was pals with Candy Brown from Bellevue High, who shared a house with "Sean", Mike Russian & Patty, on Roosevelt Way in the Seattle "U" District. A lot of the guys from the West Coast Natural Gas hung out there, and Steve and Cathie came by occasionally too. Our brother John Simpson was drummer in The Bandits, Calliope, Bitteroot, and several other bands.
Rob Simpson <rsimpson@beethoven.com>
USA - Sunday, November 09, 2003 at 10:15:15 (PST)
Personal to Danny... Because I hung out with yer Bro', Steve, waaaay back in the sixties, I followed yer career as long as I could. You had a great run and I hope the music keeps growing. I was pleasantly surprised to read that you work with Lee Thornberg from time to time. He's a great talent also.
If it's not too much trouble, could you give me a holler at my e-mail there and let me know what Steve has been doing...?
Jim Robbins <snewel@yahoo.com>
USofA - Sunday, November 09, 2003 at 08:35:25 (PST)
I recall running into Mike and Danny in '71 while I was staying at the Tropicana while playing with the Great White Cane with Rick James. Ended up sitting in on a session for the Everly Bros that they were doing with Rothchild. Something about a Three-armed Poker Playing River Rat From New Orleans.
Saw them at the Rock Pile in T.O. in '69. One of the great live bands of all time. Was nice to see fellow Torontonians playing in such a high profile venue.
Ah the good old days.
Ian Kojima <iankojima@rogers.com>
Canada - Monday, November 03, 2003 at 09:42:47 (PST)
I used to go school with Peter Hodgson (Parkdale Collegiate in Toronto) back in 1963. I had always heard that some of the members had formed Rhinoceros but not confirm it. Thanks for doing so with your site. I was playing the first LP, I havn't listened to it for at least 30 years. It sounds a lot better now because my musical taste has expanded and matured. Thanks for the site!
Richard H Bornsen <awesomedick@rogers.com>
Canada - Friday, October 31, 2003 at 14:16:07 (PST)
Best regards to Ratso and many fond memories of Rhinoceros' concert in Greenwich, Ct. in February 1970. A pleasant time was had by all.
Regards also to Richie Crooks, a fine drummer.
David A. ( Watso ) Stevenson
David A. Stevenson GRI <watso@Bethel-Connecticut.com>
U.S. - Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 10:35:07 (PDT)
I remember seeing Rhinoceros play at the East Meadow High School Prom 1969 at the Garden City Hotel on Long Island!

I met John Finley when I worked at April/Blackwood Music Publishing with Helaina Bruno in NYC. His vocals are among the best in the industry. John if you are out there, email me
have I got a song for u! jaygoldmusic@aol.com
Jay Gold <jaygoldmusic@aol.com>
USA - Friday, September 26, 2003 at 13:33:25 (PDT)
I look forward to hearing this band too--but came here just to say that I'm sitting here practically in tears (of joy) at hearing Bodine. I just stumbled across this record in my hunt and I can't believe I've never heard it before. There are some amazing, heart-wrenching songs on this. Lookout, here comes another teardrop... Bless the good lord, whoever she may be, for making me a music lover rather than a money lover!
Shawn Marie Hardy <shawnmarie1961@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 13:35:06 (PDT)
It took me along time to find this site I think this is a great group and they never got the credit they deserveI loved the first album and would like to order a cd my album is all scrathed up I played it so much Thanks for putting it out on cd and where do I get it Thank you
Michael murphy <murphy51us@yahoo.com>
usa - Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 01:29:27 (PDT)
DERWYN POWELL <derwynpowell@hotmail.com>
canada - Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 18:31:35 (PDT)
The first Rhinoceros album I heard was "Better Times Are Coming" (hereafter BTAC) which I found in a used record store. I knew from the first listen it would become one of my favorite albums. And it did. I long fumed at the length of time it took for this band to make it onto disc. Well, no more! Good old CCM to the rescue. They are one of the essential reissue labels. A truly overlooked body of work, at last preserved for a few more years in the pits of digital. (?)
Mark Weaver <bogustus@webtv.net>
U.S.A - Saturday, September 06, 2003 at 08:53:15 (PDT)
I was "show director" for the Electric Circus in Toronto, and was at both the opening in Toronto and the re-opening in NYC.
(that meant I was the strongest mule on the team).

Rhino stands out in my mind as one of the better bands to play in Toronto & there were plenty;
I recall they were up from Woodstock, and great dudes to work with.

That Telecater chicken scratch was outrageous.
And Billy Mundi had awesome technique.

I was definitely there the night Zappa was there, but I was too busy keeping all the shit working to kick back. I remember Zappa coming into the sound booth with Stan Friedman, and we were all hoping they wouldn't knock a projector over or disconnect a wire!
It was dark and strobes were flashing, and the place was packed with gear.

The guys in the band won't remember me or my wife Lee who sits across the room as I write this email.
best wishes to all
Tim O'Leary <toleary@ceva.net>
USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 23:10:39 (PDT)
Hi Candy & Danny :-) This is Lisa (Teel) Rodriguez.
I hope you get this. I've sent a few Christmas cards but I'm not sure if they got to you. We've been living in Oregon for the past 3 years and love it. Please email me. I'd love to hear from you! Ottergirl2000@comcast.net
I hope you guys are doing great. God bless you, Love Lisa
Lisa Rodriguez (maiden name Teel) <ottergirl2000@comcast.net>
USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 12:00:02 (PDT)
I love this band. The first two albums contain some of the most soulful vocals to have ever come out of caucasian pipes. The last is a bit of a let-down, perhaps because they were too consciously trying to do a Buddy Miles kind of thing and had lost key members. Nevertheless, Albums 1 and 2 are the "nazz." HEY CLARK BENTON!! IF YOU'RE OUT THERE DROP ME A LINE!!
Peter Knothe <PHKnothe@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 11:40:28 (PDT)
I don't know when I sent my previous visitor email (#4 and now way down the other end!) but I'm certain that this great site ....to which so any fans have contributed over the past three or four (?) years ....must be the sole reason for Collectors Choice realising that issuing the three albums would be a good business move! Thanks to Pax and to all who brought pressure to bear!

I see a recent email from bassist Jerry Penrod, the original Atomic Rooster (never sure if that interesting story was true or not) but may be you could arrange an interview with Jerry for another angle and any memories and anecdotes from that great period?

The music is as strong now as it ever was, especially IMHO the first album but alas time doesn't stand still and I'm not convinced that some other fan's idea of getting some of the original band back together would be a good thing artistically, even it was logistically possible.

I think I'd prefer to remember the original buzz we got from the recorded music (never lucky enough to see them live in the UK). May be another Paul A. Rothchild should commission a 'hot' tribute band to tour ....anyone have any suggestions for substitute players? I think Danny Weis and John Finlay would be especially hard guys to replace from that period. Surely the band would have to be called Satin Chickens!
Peter Catlin <petercatlin@btinternet.com>
UK - Monday, July 07, 2003 at 15:07:36 (PDT)
Well i just picked up the reissue of the first
Rhinoceros album and I'm looking forward to getting the next two. My favourite band from the 60's and I never thought I would be listening to this stuff again with such clarity. I've still got several copies of the records from the 60's that I wore out! I grew up in the Toronto area and somewhow Rhinoceros seemed to distill the essence of some great, unique music that was around in that area for a period. So I remember Jon & lee and the Checkmates too (I think they recorded too and would love to get a copy of that material - is it available?).
Wasn't there a documentary on the CBC where Jon and his family appeared - I seem to remember that but maybe I'm wrong. I also remember spending many hours trying to get as funky as Danny Weiss on guitar - well I never attained that level but I still play and love his playing. Hopefully there will be some more recorded material from him soon. I'm glad Rhinoceros is in a sense still
alive as it was a great moment in music and deserves to be preseerved so that others
who weren't so fortunate can enjoy it too.
Wonderful website - congratualtions!


Mike Evans <mevans@utstat.utoronto.ca>
Canada - Friday, July 04, 2003 at 12:49:49 (PDT)
Very great site. Greetings. Joe
Joe <tematics@hotmail.com>
USA - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 04:21:03 (PDT)
Hey, John - Remember me? The Village? You used to stay with me (and my little boy, Clay). You just might. My name wasn't Crabbe then, it was Linn. I remember being soooo insulted being called a groupie by the hangers-on and wannabes at the Electric Circus when I went with you to do a show. Looking back, could it have been true? OHMYGOD!!!!!! What was the name of the macrobiotic restaurant in the East Village where we dined on occasion. It's on the tip of my tongue - something "Paradise" maybe. XO
suellen <suellencrabbe@aol.com>
- Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 14:25:36 (PDT)
my stories are better left untold..

one of the only post beat neo hipsters surviving.
i realy love you guys....

bo diddley's boocoop buddy
frank davenport <hughport@excite.com>
u.s. of ashcroft - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 22:00:26 (PDT)
Hey, anybody know where I can find lyrics for first album??

Arte O'Dell <Ankhafnakhonsu@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 19:38:12 (PDT)
I was there 1968 1971 in Canada Toronto to be precise Young @ st clare the Rock pile. Maple leaf gardens and Jimi hendrix, Lighthouse,paul butterfield,

I am now 57 years old smoke whenever i can get it and remember the good times
Mick Vincent <mv001a5670@blueyonder.co.uk>
England - Friday, June 06, 2003 at 08:39:05 (PDT)
This is a GREAT site indeed. I always loved the first Rhinoceros LP, and thanks to this site, I got the chance to listen to some tracks from the other two albums. The 1960s and early '70s had a vibe that certainly flows in this music. KEEP ON TRUCKIN' DUDES!
Grokus <grindlemeister@yahoo.com>
USA - Sunday, June 01, 2003 at 11:23:38 (PDT)
Once you could make your own CD's, one of the first I made was all 3 Rhino albums (yep got all 3, two of the first one due to wear)! I listen to this CD for years and periodically looked on the web for news of Rhino and especially Danny who in my opinion brought chickin' pickin' to the masses (he may not have invented it but IMHO he certainly popularized it). I mean I saw Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton both "steal" his signature riffs within a year of seeing the band for the first time. I got to see them a whole bunch of time in good old NYC including some great late night jamming at Steve Paul's (thanks Danny for taking the time to talk to me about your unique guitar set up, still remember that moment in time). A great band that still sounds good today. They understood the word "funky" before it was even a word! Great site - thanks for the site, thanks for the memories and the great interviews and information.
DANNY! Finish that solo album will ya'. It's been way too long.
P.S. If anyone has Danny Gatton's version of Apricot Brandy I've got lots of great D.G. stuff to trade.
Stan Silberman <stans06@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 17:15:38 (PDT)
Great Site. I saw Rhinoceros at University of Hartford April 19, 1969 - I still remember the drum kit walking forward on the first of many powerful whacks!! A great show.

Danny Weiss is one of my inspirations on guitar. Best chicken picking I have ever heard.

I still have a copy of the first album (my second copy) and I had the 3rd which disappeared. I will get the CD!!!!
Steve Dube <Steved@snet.net>
USA - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 10:28:33 (PDT)
Had all three discs on vinyl after nicking the first one off my brother in the seventies! Have bought the first one now on CD - fantastic - what memories! Thank goodnes for the web and CDs - all those re-issues of CLASSIC stuff. Great news about Satin Chickens and Better Times - can't wait until they're available. Great site - thanks. With best wishes.
Paul <drillfielder@aol.com>
England - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 14:41:35 (PDT)
busted the band ! Byte was playing in the area, bragging they know all the best music from our era. But they didn't know you.

just ordered on cd, old vinyl will go in the vault.

so glad to find you, i lost my ..... to apricot brandy
willow <sweirich@cn-bank.com>
usa - Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 13:53:26 (PDT)
John, sorry I haven't gotten back to you, but I travelled with the guys in Downchild for a couple of weeks in their swing through Florida. We had a ball. Your pal Michael Fonfara and I had a great time as always. He gave me a copy of "Saved" which I love. If you could get back to me it would be great. Also I'm thinking of going out to California this summer and would love to hook up. I'll talk to you soon, but once again I want to compliment you and all the guys from John Lee to Rhinoceros to Blackstone, your website is awesome and I wouldn't expect any less from one of Canada's true legends.
Arthur Thomas <Awoosoul@AOL.com>
United States - Friday, May 02, 2003 at 13:12:40 (PDT)
My brother-in-law told me about this site and
am grateful to see the response....
Brings back lots of memories .....
Billy and I, Danny, John, Alan, Michael, Doug...
I was only on the first album and glad for the association with such a fine group of musicians and friends......
I'm the guy on the bottom of the pile.....
thanks again, Jerry Penrod
Jerry Penrod <Jnjbear@aol.com>
San Diego - Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 22:21:27 (PDT)
At last found Rhinoceros available on CD. The original vinyl can be stored. Good site
Mike Hawkins <mikeyuk01@tiscali.co.uk>
UK - Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 01:25:58 (PDT)
Now I'm happy, finally get to hear John Finley again - what a treat! I was booking acts out of Detroit for D.M.A. when I first got a taste for rhinoceros. And what a taste it was. If you guys remember, I booked a couple of dates at the old Wonderland Gardens in London. I was under a lot of pressure to book the Detroit acts, but my heart was still in Toronto. I had lived in the village and was a regular at the John and Lee and the Checkmates shows. They were fabulous. I never thought of any competition between the bands that made up the Toronto sound back then . But, I can tell you those Checkmate shows left you emotionally exhausted. That will always be one of the highlights of my life. John, if you're out there - HI - I see Michael Fonfara with Downchild in Florida (where I live six months a year) and we always get around to talking about you. You are a great inspiration and I need to hear as much of your music as possible. Oh yea, I did pick up "Saved" and you're sounding as soulful as ever. For all the band members - be proud of your accomplishments. Your legendary status is well earned and much deserved. Great SITE.
arthur thomas <Awoosoul@AOL.com>
United States - Saturday, April 05, 2003 at 17:38:00 (PST)
Note to Jack. I too have all three, including an Australian third LP (with no gatefold). Note to all, John Finley sings a couple of songs on the CD "Saved", which is up for a Juno (Canadian Grammy) award in the gospel category. For more info, see the label site: www.northernblues.com.
Bill M <bmunson_at_itac.ca>
- Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 07:57:59 (PST)
Welcome home, Billy Mundi. You are the cat who knows the rule.
bdag <BarbaraDaggett@msn.com>
USA - Saturday, March 15, 2003 at 10:55:03 (PST)
OUTSTANDING site! I heard Apricot Brandy as the background music on a local radio station commercial today and it was instant flashback to the late 60's Jersey Shore, sitting on the Belmar boardwalk, buzzed and listening to Rhinosceros on the Alison Steele "Nightbird" show on WNEW FM. Those were the days, man and these guys rocked!! OOORAH!!!!

Ed D.
Ed Dorflinger <eddorf@optonline.net>
USA - Friday, March 14, 2003 at 18:32:08 (PST)
To echo Dave,I thought I was the only man on the planet with all 3 albums( doubles of the first two including a rare import Satin Chickens) Did a google search after reading some comments about John Finley's singing in Gritz magazine and ended up here.Amazing band,shoulda been big...Oh ya, I rememnber Jon And Lee and the Checkmates from growing up in Toronto during the 60's.
Jack <thames@skynet.ca>
Canada - Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 13:10:37 (PST)
Oh my GAWD! I thought I was the only old fart that even REMEMBERED Rhinoceros!

I stumbled on to this website quite by accident, and it is fantastic. I'm going to order the CD reissue of the first Rhino album and hope the response is enough to convince Collector's Records that the rest should be reissued, too.
Dave Tarr <david.tarr@ssa.gov>
USA - Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 06:00:08 (PST)
What a long strange trip it's been fellow freaks!!! Rhinoceros... Man!!!!! I have been trying to find any of these albums for the last 25 years. the search has finally ended. My favorite band of that era.. THANKS!! Hey everybody, we're old and it's okay!! :)
Marianne <Irish2122@AOL>
USA - Friday, February 07, 2003 at 19:47:35 (PST)
I've been looking for this band's music for years! Thank you!

Ana Lopez <ana_lalinde@hotmail.com>
USA - Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 15:10:20 (PST)
Will the other 2 albums(Satin Chickens & Better Times) be released on CD?
Is there a sheet music collection available for the 1st album-Rhinoceros?
JIm Kane
Jim Kane <rollerkane@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 18:53:06 (PST)
Good to remember.
P.R. - Monday, January 20, 2003 at 09:01:29 (PST)
January 15, 2003 To Billy Mundi and Patty and to those who know and love them: From Frank, 40 yrs back, until today... either jamming with us in someone's living room or you out there being very professional and crazy.. still doing it. Knowing you is a very reassuring feeling. Thank you for carrying on. Get Well Soon. We all need you and love you. Barbara bdag
Barbara Daggett <BarbaraDaggett@msn.com>
USA - Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 19:01:57 (PST)
U.S.A. - Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 18:48:51 (PST)
I was at the sept 24, 1968 Central Park concert with Spooky Tooth, Wind in the Willows, Elizebeth, et al. I just got the re-issue,and it still sounds great to me. The good stuff ages well.
J. Fitzgerald
usa - Friday, January 10, 2003 at 18:42:09 (PST)
Great band......looked for the CD with Old Age on it a few years back but I couldn't find it...gave up until I found this site while teaching my students how do do Web research today. Great site and what memories...I think the 1st time I saw Rhinoceros was summer of 1970 in Asbury Park, NJ......they opened for either 10 Years After or Iron Butterfly.......I think the song "Old Age" was getting some play on NY stations at the time. For those rock historians.... here is a great site about the Fillmore East in NYC http://www.fillmore-east.com/ Thanks for the memories Rick
Rick G <mrhst1@hotmail.com>
New Jersey USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2003 at 11:18:20 (PST)
I got turned onto Rhinoceros back in 1969 by another musician who used to hang at Steve Paul Scene after hours. He told me they were amazing and he was absolutely right. I've been hooked ever since! Guys, put this band back together and give us all a chance to see the most talented bunch of musicians to play together in the 60's once again. With the current state of music, we need to see and hear real talent again!! RHINOCEROS IN 2003!!!
Arte O'Dell <Ankhafnakhonsu@aol.com>
USA - Monday, January 06, 2003 at 18:16:09 (PST)
SOMEBODY has got to get this band back together for the greatest comeback ever. John, Danny, you know who to contact and try to make this fly...... It would be a wonderful experience for soooooo many people who adore your music. A loving fan from the beginning! Babe in Bama
Giannina <gia52@yahoo.com>
USA - Monday, January 06, 2003 at 12:40:13 (PST)
Thank you for this information on the group have been looking for something for a longtime...to Larry would love to hear from you..
Isabel Willey <bob&isabel@telus.net >
Canada - Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 23:10:19 (PST)
Hee guys, i bought your fantastic album. When will your other albums be released? We cannot wait.
Hans van Vugt <j.vanvugt2@chello.nl>
Netherlands - Sunday, December 29, 2002 at 13:27:45 (PST)
Just visiting, as I do periodically, to catch up on news of one of the all time greatest bands. Cool John Finley interview! I revisit (in my mind) the August, 1969 Pavillion show at Flushing Meadows on occasion, and remember the tremendous, lasting impression that they left with me, and many others. John is right on the money about the impact on the audience, as the memories are still vivid in my mind. They literally blew everyone else off the stage, no easy feat...they were just more entertaining. This was in the days before inept soundmen, with subwoffers to play with, mixed the kick drum louder than the bass, and almost everything else! That Pavillion show is how I remember great music sounding. John says in the interview that the band was inconsistent live. I know from experience, that they probably sounded great even on the gigs they felt weren't quite up to par. I wish I would have seen them more back then. A reunion of the band would be truly amazing, and I'll bet they would play their asses off! I just hope the gigs are close enough for me to attend! I love the site, and to the members of Rhinocerous that may be reading this, I love you guys, and thanks for the influence on my lifelong love of playing bass...your contribution to music, in my opinion, is immeasurable.
Dave Edwards <dave_e15@yahoo.com>
U.S.A. - Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 02:38:44 (PST)
For all of you who are interested, I got the first rhinoceros album from a great website called cd now. I ordered the cd and when it came to the house I put it on the stereo immediately.It sounded as great as it did in 1969 . I took that album to every party I went to . The guitar parts were so great as was everything else . They sure don't make bands like that anymore. Any chance of of some more shows? You would surely have a huge turn out.
Norm Roberts
usa - Thursday, November 28, 2002 at 21:02:03 (PST)
Wow, I like your site. I had just ordered the newly released Rhinoceros CD. I hope they come out with the rest of them. I did my part contacting Rhino about re-releasing their music. Keep up the good work, Your site is very informative. Have a good day, Jon
Jon Royston
USA - Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 09:00:50 (PST)
11-9-02 Dear rhinoceros-group.com, I am so glad I found you. More so, that I located their first LP on CD. I do hope that Collector's Choice Music sees fit to release their 2nd and 3rd LP's on CD as well. I wonder if it would help to light a match under them if I was to make a request on their website?
ThirdBase <Belbeukus6870@yahoo.com>
USofA - Saturday, November 09, 2002 at 00:13:05 (PST)
Here's a note from John Donabie, which appeared recently at the Band website: http://theband.hiof.no. A message courtesy John Donabie: "Attention Toronto R&B Lovers ... "This Sunday Night at Touchdown's Bar & Sports Grill in Port Credit. Legendary Toronto soul legend, John Finley....ex lead singer of Rhinoceros and Jon-Lee & The Checkmates ... will reunite with Michael Fonfara, Larry Leishman and Peter Hodgson. Jon Finley and the Checkmates 9:30 pm at Touchdowns 1900 Lakeshore W between Clarkson and Southdown roads."
Bill Munson
Canada - Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 12:44:08 (PDT)
Rhino (the original) forever! The BEST, supergroup from a ying/yang time, but timeless and a classic. Please get together again for another groove. Maybe a Rhino/Zep tour in the very near future - what a blast!!! Love ya! Paul
Paul H. Siegmund <ps121912@hotmail.com>
United States - Monday, October 21, 2002 at 18:31:18 (PDT)
Just damn excellent music. I hate all the "super group" crap because those labels just usually mean an L.A. ad guy was hungover and couldn't do his job in a creative way. But yea, they ARE a super group because 30 years later I remember every melody, half the lyrics, and it sounds just as good as it always did. I tip my horn to each of you Rhinos, thanks.
Clark Benton <monorial49@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 14:20:59 (PDT)
as i sit here listening to "when you say your sorry"off the first rhino cd,it brings me back to my bedroom in canarsie brooklyn when i was 15. at that time, i was obsessed with music(still am) and practicing drums as much as possible. rhinoceros were and are as important to me as jimi,cream,the who etc.... i'd just like to throw a quick thanks to danny weiss for his playing. the vibe of the band was so great. rockin r&b!!!!!! i went on to play w/ d.bowie,john waite,julian lennon,countless recording sessions and i'm still on tour. thanks rhinoceros.you are always in my soul. all the best alan childs
alan childs <alsticks@aol.com>
u.s.a. - Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 14:57:12 (PDT)
Hi again, it's me, DANNY WEIS. I thought I would check in and say thank you to all who have posted the very kind comments about my playing. Rhinoceros brings back so many fond memories. I will attempt to get back to recording my first solo CD as soon as I can. I had a recent personal tragedy and it is taking a while for me to bounce back. Thanks to God Almighty, I will make it.

I am still working in the music industry and playing around the Los Angeles area. My recent guitar addition, well actually for the last 3 years, is my Tom Anderson Hollow T. What a truly amazing instrument it is. To any guitarists: if you haven't tried one, do it! There are not a lot of them around though and they are usually ordered. I believe they make the finest electric guitars in the world. If you go to my interview on this site, it's the one I am playing in the first picture and the very last one.

I have been approached recently by "someone related to Rhinoceros" about putting the band back together. Sounds like a "Blues Brothers" movie huh? Well, one never knows. It was great to read Alan Gerber's recent interview. Ahh, what fond memories. We stay in touch with one another. I also stay in touch with Michael Fonfara, John Finley, and, occasionally, Billi Mundi and Peter Hodgeson. John is local for me, so he was singing with one of my bands and still sings his ass off. He is one of the finest singers on the planet. I would love to hear from Jerry so, Jerry, if you read this, email me!

Well, I wanted to let you all know that I didn't disappear. My last post talked about my upcoming CD and then, it would appear that nothing happened. Soon, I will be back to finishing it. It's people like you who give me the inspiration to do it. I thank you from my heart. God bless you all ------- Danny Weis
Danny Weis <DWeisGuitar@aol.com>
- Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 17:58:32 (PDT)
I didn't know anything about Rhinoceros until some time ago I found this website. I downloaded tracks like Belbuecus and others and found I'm addicted to this music. I'm so glad one of their albums is available on CD now. In Germany it's virtually impossible to find the vinyl albums second hand. I just hope all Rhinoceros albums will be available on CD one day. Michael
Michael Cluse <blue4quo@yahoo.com>
Germany - Saturday, October 05, 2002 at 08:09:41 (PDT)
Does ANYONE know how I can find GRANT SMITH of Grant Smith and The Power?? My mother told me he is my true father and I need to see if I can fiind him. I was born in 1967 in Thunder Bay ONT. Last I heard he was in London ONT. I would greatly appreciate any assistance you can provide. ~Peace and Pleasures~
Russell <miislander@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 21:57:50 (PDT)
Hi Guys, I hope you remember me. I met you in youngstown,ohio in the late 60,s.then traveled with you to canada ,then to new york when we lived in the "gray manse" and at "steve paul,s. I am so glad I found your site. I have been in orlando fla. since the early 70,s.If you ever are down this way please stop by. "LAN"
"LAN" <billegee@msn.com>
U.S.A. - Monday, September 16, 2002 at 16:46:05 (PDT)
The October issue of the UK magazine Mojo briefly mentions the release of the Collector's Choice CD in its collections section. Let's hope there's more to come!
Nick Warburton <Warchive@aol.com>
UK - Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 11:50:55 (PDT)
Did we have some fun or what?! The Gray Manse. Wow. Time traveling at this website. Still love Apricot Brandy and chickens. :) BIG hugs from me after all these years.
Ellen Feldman <efeldman2001@hotmail.com>
US - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 12:47:17 (PDT)
YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!! Yesterday as I was digging through an old box of cassettes in the garage I came across a little cartridge of gold... A TDK cassette with the name "Rhinoceros" written in faded black marker on it!!! This cassette was bounced back and forth between all of my close friends at one time, and I was sure that I would never hear it again!! This tape was so well loved that it must of been spliced after being eaten in the cassette player in my car at least 50 times. Well, I am sooooo glad that there are other fanz out there. Would really like to get a cleaner copy of "BETTER TIMES ARE COMING" , perhaps on MP3, after all this cassette has been through I really cant CRANK IT LIKE I WANT TO. additionally, and i'm not proud of this, I made this cassette by holding a boom box up to the speakers of my phonograph!! It doesnt sound that bad, though. Anyway, please e-mail & let me know. Signed, A long time faithful fan... Jscherrer@americanstg.com
John Scherrer <Jscherrer@americanstg.com>
US of A - Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 14:00:51 (PDT)
It's so great to be able to get Rhinoceros on CD. I've been searching Morpheus, Napster, KaZaa and all the rest looking for this but only have been able to download Apricot Brandy. It's heaven to listen to "You're My Girl" again. I saw Rhinoceros at The Boston Pop Festival ('68.....'69?) with The Chambers Brothers, Mountain, God, I can't even remember who else because all I wanted to see was Rhinoceros! And when they played "Apricot Brandy" I jumped on the stage and was never thrown off (I don't think so, anyway) the psychedelics were kicking in! God...if there ever was a chance for a reunion........
Mike Flanagin <mikeflanagin@hotmail.com>
USA - Saturday, August 17, 2002 at 14:03:48 (PDT)
Man this is just too cool. I stumble across the CD and then this website. the 60's were the best. To be a teenager in the 60's was the best! the best music ever...just magic. I still remember the joy of listeneing to Quicksilver, Love, Buffalo Springfield and then Neil Young, the 1st Steve Miller albums, Moby Grape. I gotta stop!! Incredible music - but none better than Rhinoceros. I loved the guitar work in Iron Butterfly's 'Heavy', but Danny's playing on Rhinoceros was even more impressive. Who did not know every note on 'Apricot Brandy"? Joe Walsh with the James Gang amd DW with Rhinoceros were the inventors of rock-funk. An amazing album to this day. And now we have it on CD! And a too cool website with the too cool artwork. Somebody pinch me. Does Al Kooper know about this?!?!?!?
Bruce Johnson <EZFlier99@aol.com>
Coronado, CA USA - Friday, August 16, 2002 at 22:48:19 (PDT)
It has been delightful in knowing that there are sooooo many people in the WORLD who have fun and fond memories of ONE OF THE GREATEST GROUPS OF ALL TIME!!! Glad to hear that there is still alot of interest. Billy is wonderful...and still "the drummers'drummer!!! Keep on pushing for MORE from the band....it could happen If the band got together again...how many of you would REALLY show up? Great sight...keep up the good work
Patti...Mrs. Billy Mundi <patsalas@cncnet.com>
USA - Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 15:56:27 (PDT)
i first heard Rhinoceros on L.A. FM underground radio. I believe Apricot Brandy got quite a bit of airplay. Loved them instantly. Also bought the Iron Butterfly's Heavy album, which had some great fuzztone guitar on a song called Unconscious Power. Naturally, I was crushed when I went to see them at the Hollywood Bowl, (after Danny left) and they pretty much sucked. REALLY GLAD THE FIRST RHINO ALBUM HAS BEEEN RE-ISSUED ON DISC
- Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 15:30:01 (PDT)
I was at the show at the New York State Pavilion that Steve O'Shaughnessy (earlier post) was at. The other band might have been Stepenwolf. I hung around the back rooms with the band.
Hoodlock Gibbon <hoodlock1@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 07:10:12 (PDT)
I wore out two copies of the first Rhino album trying to steal Danny Weis' licks and tone. What a pleasure it is, then, to get my hands on a CD version of an old favorite! It's time to pull the telecaster out of the closet and learn those licks all over again. Thank you, Danny and Co. for all those great tunes.
David Siar <dsiar@triad.rr.com>
US - Monday, August 12, 2002 at 14:29:14 (PDT)
A total blast from the past apricot brandyandbelbuekus still 'JUICY AND SWEET" as ever. Please , please , please release the other two disks!!!!!!
jonas mayer <whaleman1@attbi.com>
usa - Friday, August 09, 2002 at 08:23:59 (PDT)
Thank you all for remembering, caring and appreciating. Nick, Mike and all of you add this wonderful experience to what was an amazing one back in those times.
John Finley <finleymusic@yahoo.com>
USA - Monday, August 05, 2002 at 22:33:24 (PDT)
Imagine the groovy surprise I found when I stumbled to your site after doing a search for trains in bed...funny! www.hollywooddiaries.com - 1970's Hollywood & Rock n Roll
usa - Monday, August 05, 2002 at 19:40:51 (PDT)
Wow, what a delight it was discovering your site. Fascinating to realize how many others loved those Rhinoceros albums. We did their songs (Better times and Apricot Brandy) in my high school band and my best friends and I thought they were great! Very cool slice of the sixties.
Dave Gullo <djgullo@aol.com>
USA - Monday, July 29, 2002 at 15:06:57 (PDT)
Just found this web site. Great stuff! I'm happy as a pig in shit to see that the 1st album is on CD. I hope that Satin Chicken comes out on CD too. I've been looking for both of them for a long time. Rhinoceros is on my top 10 rock band list of all time. Thank you Rhinoceros
Frank Chapman <fkc1210@optonline>
USA - Saturday, July 20, 2002 at 13:55:58 (PDT)
USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 11:25:26 (PDT)
I've been looking for the first album for the last 10 years or so. Glad to see that a CD version is now available. I haven't bought it yet, but intend to very soon. It will bring back a lot of memories.
Jim Dent <Wireman@cox.net>
USA - Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 07:11:53 (PDT)
Until a friend recently informed me that Rhinoceros' first album was out on CD, they were a group that was fading from my 1960's memory. What memories these guys bring back. I think the band I was in did at least half the songs from that album, and I'd bet that most of the people that danced to those songs still don't know about Rhinoceros. That's okay though. They danced. Thanks Rhinoceros!
Flamboyant Hairdryer <ddp-brp@juno.com>
USA - Monday, July 15, 2002 at 22:41:52 (PDT)
We bought all 3 albums at once in our local TANDY store in the mid-seventies. We've been addicted to this music ever since. I think the magic was was not confined to that initial album. Therefore, I would be delighted to see satin chickens and better times are coming on CD. I'm so glad to know that there's so many people out there who cherish these 3 treasures.
Vansteenkiste Jürgen <mursey@pandora.be>
Belgium - Wednesday, July 03, 2002 at 00:34:36 (PDT)
Gave a great show at my prom, East Meadow High School, Class of 1969. Show took place at the Garden City Hotel.
Gary Marck <gjmarck@mindspring.com>
USA - Monday, July 01, 2002 at 09:33:49 (PDT)
I was just out of High School when Rhinoceros arrived. What a tight band! Over in NAM I picked up their second album on 7" reel tape and it still sounds great. I just received the released CD of their first album and I'm like Snoopy , dancing with joy. Great Web site thanks for the gift.
Brian H. Kelsey <galactic@pcez.com>
USA - Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 11:34:34 (PDT)
I was bugging Collector's Choice for over a year to release the 1st LP. I've always like it. I'm glad they released it and I brought two copies. I grew up in Carmel, NY which is next to Mahopac and I knew back then the band was living there. I even saw them at Mahopac H.S. I think one of the members settled in near by Brewster, N.Y. for a while. Well, if I helped get this CD released I glad. I think the band really had something for a little while with a lot of class. Best of Luck. JGould
Jim Gould <zots@warwick.net>
USA - Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 09:02:09 (PDT)
I just want to say that this was a very informative website about the band. My uncle is Jerry (the Bear) Penrod, and I honestly had no idea how big his musical past was. Anyway, I think this website is great... same with the Iron Butterfly one. -Rock on Rhinoceros-
Chase Kemp <AnFbaseballplyr7@aol.com>
Temecula, CA, USA - Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 18:33:50 (PDT)
This album is as important in my musical life as Jimi, the Beatles, and The Mandala.
Bernie LaBarge <berniedexter@sympatico.ca>
Canada - Monday, June 10, 2002 at 21:03:18 (PDT)
I really enjoyed learning about the history about Rhinoceros. My Brother-in-law is Jerry Penrod aka BEAR. He has shared some stories from his days with Iron Butterfly and Rhinoceros, but this was real interesting to learn more about his time in the group. I happy to say Bear is doing well and enjoying being a Grandpa to Cody, Renisha, Damon aka Scooby-doo, Evan and his Nephew Chase Kemp. The same love he put into his music he puts into FAMILY. He is looking forward to retirement from driving buses. I proud to call him my Brother-in-law. Thanks again! P.S. I'm proud to say Jerry has been clean and sober for many years. So now the only bad trips are when he gets stuck in traffic on his route.
Leonard Kemp <basbolfan@aol.com>
USA - Monday, June 10, 2002 at 11:07:37 (PDT)
i saw these guys at the Boston Tea Party-the old Tea Party on Berkley St...............what a show !!!!!! finally the first album on cd................ i'm back in the sixties again...................................TOO COOL!
Dave <daverdavef@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, June 08, 2002 at 03:23:53 (PDT)
One of the finest this country had to offer. Thanks for the great site!
David Lanik
NYC, USA - Friday, June 07, 2002 at 13:26:29 (PDT)
Well, finally, Collector's Choice is going to re-issue the debut on June 17, and it is already #1 on their website. Hooray!!!!!!!
steve r <syogusr@earthlink.net>
usa - Friday, June 07, 2002 at 05:30:53 (PDT)
Hooray! C-Deification of Rhinoceros at last!
nyc - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 13:03:20 (PDT)
The funkiest band around at a time when MUSIC meant something.The first and third lp where totally out of sight...Rhinoceros where full of pure R&B and heavy sounds!!! They meant and still mean a great deal to me and my friends of the 60's...Come on and get the jams out for us and the young folk,cause your music will always remain fresh and hard...Love the website...I will definetly be getting all three cds...The first album disappeared from my collection,but i still have Better Times...There are so many people that need to be turned on to Rhino-jams...So let's get it on...Love,Peace,and MUSICA...Luis 10/25/52 NY,NY
Luis M Diaz <mauiluido@aol.com>
NYS...USA - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 18:47:31 (PDT)
Does anybody know where John Finlay is? It's been 33 years since I've seen him. Getting older and wanted to know how he is after all this time. Thanks, Giannina
Giannina Brown <gia52@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 09:10:05 (PDT)
I used to go and see Jon & Lee and The Checkmates in the 60's when I was learning guitar, as they frequently played The Muskokas in the summer. Never did see Rhinoceros, but did have the albums ... long since gone! Last night (Apr 27/02) Michael Fonfara was playing with Lance Anderson and Mike Sloski at the Orillia (Ont) Blues Festival. This was the first time I had seen Michael since the mid 60's, and what a nice player he is! He told me about the rhinoceros web site, and I was thrilled to find out about it. I can finally hear again some of those old tunes that I knew so well. Great site all around ... brings back a lot of memories from "the good old days".
Bob Sieber <bob@afsigroup.com>
Canada - Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 08:11:10 (PDT)
Well, I'm visiting the site once again, glad to see new fans out there! I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Danny Weis! He's one of the all time great guitarists, a terrific guy, and a continuing inspiration to musicians like myself. Rhinoceros was and continues to be a very strong influence on me, I listen to the albums frequently. It is truly a testament to the greatness of this band, that after 34 years, the music never sounds dated. Even with all the modern recording technology of today, I rarely hear any music from bands now that have the soul, fire, technical ability or sheer musicality that Rhinoceros had. In addition, if you were lucky enough to have caught them live, you know that as good as the records are, they were far superior in concert. The experience of their live performances showed me the real difference between musicians, and musicians that could entertain! Maybe the people that have the masters will release the cd's someday, until then, we'll have our limited supply of downloaded tracks, and old, cherished vynil. Rhinoceros was the best!
Dave Edwards <Dave-edwards@att.net>
U.S.A. - Friday, April 26, 2002 at 02:12:22 (PDT)
Stumbled across you page via, your listed high in google. Cool Stuff!
USA - Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 22:56:21 (PDT)
I finally found it ...Rhino lovers website. I had albums like this when all of my friends played Stones, Who, Hendrix. These guys synth-R&B style captured the Bar-band sound way better than the Rascals. I'm bookmarkin right now. Andy
Andy Guthrie <aguthrie@ctdi.com>
USA-Delaware - Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 05:50:49 (PDT)
We used to play Apricot Brandy in our band - Grapes of Wrath. Usually at a drunken Stanford and SJSU frat party on a Friday night in the sixties. I would certainly like to add the CDs to my library should they be released by the bureaucracy at Rhino-Hand Made. I've sent my opinion to them. Come On!!! COME ON! Ed
Ed Madden <DJM4mfg@AOL.com>
USA - Monday, April 22, 2002 at 16:25:34 (PDT)
From San Diego. Remember old "Palace Pages" days. Believe I went to high school w/ Steve weis who claimed to be Danny's brother. Still listen to "Heavy" and Rhino.
Tim Hardy <recoveringslowly@yahoo.com>
usa - Friday, April 19, 2002 at 15:27:01 (PDT)
I loved this music as a teenager. Has it really been 34 years since I heard the first album? I couldn't believe that I found a Rhinoceros website! There are obviously a lot of fans who will buy a CD release, hope you go for it!!
Kevin Morrison <kevin.morrison@shaw.ca>
Canada - Sunday, April 07, 2002 at 12:24:32 (PDT)
Oh the memories. I saw Rhino a number of times at the Fillmore East and remember them getting considerable airplay on New York FM radio at the time. It would be great to hear them again on CD. Take care.
harvey rubin <hrubin101@msn.com>
usa - Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 20:21:53 (PST)
I love Rhino's
william nelson <mnelson40@hotmail.com>
toledo, oh usa - Thursday, March 07, 2002 at 09:48:41 (PST)
Great group - saw them in concert twice and listened to their first album over and over again.
steve <stbandfl@aol.com>
usa - Thursday, March 07, 2002 at 08:39:07 (PST)
What a memory thinking back to that first album. Although the days were filled the lingering effects of the nights before them, some things were never forgotten from the 60's. That first album was one of them. I've gone though many copies of it over the years and my current is older than most people in my neighborhood. Ahhh - to only have a nice timeless CD of it. The album cover itself was one many things that adorned the walls of what we referred to as "The Room". A nice little back room in my parents house that we explored the land of mind altering states. Rhinoceros always travelled with us... You've presented a great site to us old fans! Great job. Answered a lot of questions for me.
Pat Powers <powers@cienega32.com>
US of A - Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 00:12:30 (PST)
Cool Site. "Keep on Keeping on." (Cheech & Chong.)
Catherine Lake
USA - Sunday, February 24, 2002 at 00:09:01 (PST)
all hail to dangerous danny weis,the greatest player in town ! iron butterfly RULES ! --rick gagnon/biographer-iron butterfly
Rick Gagnon <rickgagnon2@juno.com>
America - Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 09:00:07 (PST)
Thank YOU to whomever keeps this site up! This is TOO COOL. I still have one vinyl of Rhinoceros. I have no idea why I did a search on the internet - but I am soo glad I did. The best memory I have of Rhinoceros is a concert I went to at Fillmore East probably 1968 - Steppenwolf Rhinoceros Seals & Crofts I think the billing was in that order - but we were there SOLELY to see Rhinoceros, close our eyes shut, and absorb Monkee Man - and all those awesome guitar licks. Gotta go buy some Rhinoceros on CD - hope I can find them! PEACE
Ray B <raymarad@yahoo.com>
USA - Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 06:33:08 (PST)
After all this time, I still love this band. I keep emailing Rhino records, but to no avail. I guess we'll all keep trying. I have gone through 3 copies of the 1st album and I'm running out of places to get new copies of the album.
USA - Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 16:55:36 (PST)
Hey,Guys.Great to see you have a web site.I saw the band in Trenton,Ontario in 1966,In an airplane hanger!!It left a lasting impression. All the best Dave.......
Dave <Deanandbuf@aol.com>
Canada - Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 22:10:55 (PST)
Il Love Rhinocerous. I never saw them live (Idid meet Danny, Michael and Alan at a N.Y. club. tripping my brains out, right after they broke up!) I,ve made friends with John Finley through the mail, and he sent me some recent music. I've also collected some great photos. They did have a special chemistry and great songs(the rarest commodity of all) I used to cover "Top of the ladder" off 2nd L.P. Hard to get that feel. I love heavy music too and Iron butterfly theme is heavier than Heavy Metal. Some guy wote you that Danny was "Fashion Challenged" I hope that he didn't mean then...He had the best clothes and hair in U.S in '70
Randy Pratt <Genius @ optonline.net>
USA - Friday, February 15, 2002 at 23:04:40 (PST)
a few memories. stumbling on to the iron butterfly playing at Bido Lido's in hollywood, playing 'play with fire'. weis on mosrite and echoplex, ib theme etc. chilling! seeing rhino at aquarius theater and whiskey. truly powerfull as a rhino. to all weis freaks, get first ib album 'heavy'. forget the rest. drivel. then in 1993? my friend roban says i think weis is in this band funk attack, let's go i said . a little club on lankershim. i expected to see weis with a small entourage about him. then i realized that was him sitting on the floor near the stage stringing his guitar. tee-shirt and cheap tennis shoes. alas the guitar genuis is fashion challenged. but boy, did he lay down some funk with some stank on it. just guitar,bass drums,horn and vocals. the man has soul! and so does finley. still have all the vinyl, nary a scratch. will we be able to say the same for cds in 30 years? old is good. so glad to see interest in one of the best bands i ever saw. looking forward to danny's new cd. craig in vegas.
craig welton <xxxwelton@netscape.net>
usa - Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 22:04:54 (PST)
great to see an interview with the great mr.weis.you really should pick up a copy of the lincolns to hear his fine r&b/chops.peace larry smith/the fabricators
larry smith <larrysmith@bcit.ca>
canada - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 14:45:37 (PST)
Here is a follow up on my persistent emails for Dr. Rhino at Rhino Records to release the Rhinoceros albums on CD. It's not pretty...it was a cut and dry type response thanking me for my request but that they have no plans to release anything. I say let's send them an email request everyday, then twice a day, then every hour...well you get the point. What is it going to take to make Rhino(you'd think they would love to release albums by RHINOceros)see that there are old and new fans of this group that would buy these cds? Don't give up!!! gb
greg buckler <four2tn@att.net>
usa - Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 15:35:37 (PST)
I have been searching the net for any Information on this very underated and overlooked band. I have the first 3 Rhinoceros albums and they are nearly worn out. When are they gonna' release these on CD ? At least release the first two. I am so glad to see that so many others share my love for this great band. Any info on the release of the CD's would be great. Also, thanks for the great MP3's on this site.
Dominick <d_orlando@cisnational.com>
U.S. - Tuesday, February 05, 2002 at 11:05:26 (PST)
Alas, my vinyle is gone and I 've ben looking for this stuff for some time. I hope , (with everyones and help and insistance) all three albums will be on CD , in the not distant future ( with origianl art work , liner notes , etc) . Really does bring back a by gone era. Gone but not forgotten. The music , however, does stand up to the test of time. It's not just nostalgia , but good tunes, good playing and a great sound.
Jack <jack@entermail.net>
usa - Sunday, February 03, 2002 at 10:49:23 (PST)
I love seeing all of the positive feedback on Rhinocerus. I have been looking for a site for this group for sometime and you guys have done an amazing job. I still have all three original albums on vinyl and am lucky they are still in decent shape to listen too. Rhinoceros are one of the best groups ever and their music still holds up strong today and would sell to a whole new generation of fans if they ever put them out on CD. I have sent numerous emails to Dr.Rhino requesting the CD releases but have gotten no reponses. (everyone...don't be afraid to send those emails...send one a day until they release em)I reminded them that many of the big name MP3 sites constantly have/had Rhinoceros tracks downloaded because they can't be purchased on CD. I have all of the tracks from the first two albums and a couple of tracks from the third but would love to BUY them on CD. I will let ya'll know what if anything that I hear back from Dr. Rhino. Thanks for keeping one of the best groups of all time alive!!! gb
Greg Buckler <four2tn@att.net>
USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 11:00:11 (PST)
I know I wasn't even thought of when the first album came out, but my dad turned me on to this WICKED AWESOME band (waaayyy back when I was in 7th grade in 1988). I don't have any stories about where/when I saw Alan Gerber and the rest of the group, but I would LOVE to be able to purchase the albums on CD, instead of listening to my dad's old, scratched and warped vinal *lol*
Michele Wiener <michele_wiener@yahoo.com>
USA - Sunday, January 20, 2002 at 22:43:08 (PST)
Thanks for the great site, and thanks to the guys for all of the audio memories for 30+ years. I found the first Rhinoceros album while living in central IL and drumming while going to college. Thought it was one of the best 'finds' since gold in CA. Billi is the drummer's drummer, and one of the most stylistic of all. I really tried to integrate many of the great back-beat/counter-rythms into my style and still love hearing him. I have always put this album up with Quicksilver and a few others as the very best first albums.
Bob Mareing <r.mareing@att.net>
USA - Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 20:12:55 (PST)
Well I'll be dipped ! Rhinoceros on the 'net.. first album still goes with me to " stranded on a desert island with..." Saw in Boston , late 60's with The Guess Who.. How true what others say - CD release would be increased revenues for the " bottom line" people -just think of all the younger musicians and fans that would be interested in, and purchasing !!!! hel - loooow ! I have found copies ( vinyl albums ) in very good condition at record collector shows - they are out there - amazing how listening to the " old stuff", Rhinoceros included, can transport one back in time..
Nick Abbott <krsabbot@aol.com>
USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 20:50:38 (PST)
Saw the band at Central Park, NYC with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Fillmore East.......I'm an old Hammond organist who admired Felix Cavaliere, Mark Stein, Brian Auger......Mike Fonfara I learned a lot from. Loved how the rhythm section drove the band like a locomotive....great guitar & Hammond work......'Apricot Brandy' one of the ten greatest rock instrumentals ever recorded....I sent Rhino my request for release of the CDs.....lets hope they listen to all of us & feel it'll be profitable for them(it's all about the money isn't it?) Great site.
Alan Epstein <alepstein@aol.com>
US - Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 21:18:50 (PST)
Does anyone know if "Yer Album" by Alan Gerber was ever released on CD? I worked on this album with Alan at Electric Lady Studios back in the day and being a Rhinoceros fan, I was surprised when he included a remake of " Along Comes Tomorrow" on his debut solo album! I still have the vinyl but would love it on CD. "Lucinda" was a great cut of the album as well. Please contact me if you know where Ican get a copy on CD.
Richie Meli <rmeli@djmpost.tv>
USA - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 11:25:38 (PST)
this is just awesome. absolutely amazing stuff 30+ years later. Have the first album and 90% of the second downloaded from napster before they shut it down. Would love to trade with anyone who has other stuff on cd. RHINO RECORDS YOU ARE CLUELESS!!!!!!!!!
JIMMY <james.desantis@gecapital.com>
usa - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 11:00:45 (PST)
Richie Meli <rmeli@djmpost.tv>
USA - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 10:18:13 (PST)
Wow! A Rhinoceros website. I AM NOT WORTHY! Saw you guys for free in Central Park a Million years ago, my current band "Back To The FIllmore" still jams with Apricot Brandy and we've ben doing "When You Say You're Sorry" for years! WHERE THE HELL ARE THE CD'S! My friends and I have downloaded all the tracks from the first album from Napster or somewhere months ago and have burned our own CD's that we gave to each other but WE WANT THE REAL THING,with out takes and Live stuff. THIS SHOULD BE A NO BRAINER FOR RHINO HAND MADE OR RHINO ITSELD AS THEY HAVE THE ELEKTRA CATALOG. Great to know there are other people out there who appreciate this awesome band. ROCK ON!
Richie Meli <rmeli@djmpost.tv>
USA - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 10:15:59 (PST)
I love the instrumental you recorded in 1968. I was going to school at the time in New York City and I worked part time at Manny's Music on 47th street. I hope you re-release your albums. You are all very talented muscians.
Jay Sanet <wizard22@stis.net>
USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 08:17:27 (PST)
I was a roadie for the group in '67 and '68. Hi, everyone.
Dan Hannagan <djhannagan@fedex.com>
USA - Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 08:14:20 (PST)
I am Danny Weis, yes, the original guitarist from Rhinocerios. First, I want to thank Nick and Mike for creating a wondferful site, and very accurate about what WE did. I want the world to know that I, Danny Weis, have never stopped in the music industry. I am still quite active, working on my CD, and, uhhh sorry, still Funky and then some. I will soon have my website up and running, dannyweis.com and dannyweis.net. All, feel free to contact me, as I am looking to promote what I am doing, what I always have been doing. The interview I did on this site has been edited very well, and many thanks, once again, to Mike and Nick for making me sound like I know the English language. Hahaha. To all, be on the lookout for one funky album by me, coming soon, and, God bless! ---------- Danny Weis
Danny Weis <dweisguitar@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 18:57:41 (PST)
Coolness... (yeah, its me)
Ellen Sander <databirds@aol.com>
Venice CA USA - Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 01:21:37 (PST)
It was just a coincidence, a couple of years a go. A friend gave me this Hallucinations-record with only two Rhinoceros-songs (I need love and Apricot brandy). Two great songs. Later, I got the three records. And although I'm a breakbeat/drum n bass-dj, this is the real thing for me.
Rob Minten <robminten@home.nl>
The Netherlands - Sunday, November 04, 2001 at 00:56:58 (PST)
A ridiculously good band. Rhino hand made should give up the goods.
mark lotito <mr-bad@msn.com>
usa - Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at 16:13:41 (PST)
Hey everyone! I'll be seeing Billy Mundi this wednesday on Halloween cause he'll be performing in Irving Plaza in NYC. He sparked my interest into this band because he's my Uncle..I can't wait!
Billy N <Brinkerz7@aol.com>
US - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 16:12:04 (PST)
too good
hannahprem <hannahprem@rediff.com>
india - Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 04:26:14 (PST)
I've been looking for years! Any information on a CD release. I have a friend who's also been searching for their CD's. At least I found this site. Thanks for posting the info! Gary
Gary Godby <signz@citizen.infi.net>
USA - Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 17:48:58 (PDT)
Shameless Plug Dept:

The Grandmothers (former Zappa alumni Don Preston, Roy Estrada, Bunk Gardner, and BILLY MUNDI are out & about:
10/31/01 Irving Plaza NYC w/Project Object
11/01/01 Alexandria VA Zig's
11/02/01 Providence RI The Met Cafe @ Lupo's
11/03/01 Boston MA Johnny D's
11/04/01 Northampton MA Iron Horse Music Hall

Wassup w/Rhino Hand Made? What have they got in their hand?
Wish they'd let us have some RHINOcerous!!!
Bob M. <rmohr02@snet.net>
USA - Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 15:54:33 (PDT)
Just came in from the Downchild Blues Band website. Michael Fonfara is their keyboardist. Fell in love with this monster of a band the first time I heard Apricot Brandy on KIMN in Denver. I've still got all three of their albums, and they are even listenable. Amazing how good old vinyl still sounds better than the cold sterile CD, but that's an argument for the Stereophile site. This is the band that made me search out Duke Ellington after hearing Satin Doll on the second album. Just for that, I'm eternally in their debt. I encourage all of you to go to the Rhino Records web site and plea for the release of this band's music!
Jim Gross <getgross@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 20:29:29 (PDT)
I grew up on both Jon & Lee and the Checkmates and Rhinoceros. I had the good fortune to be in LA when the Rhinoceros project was coming together and it was a tremendous experience. I've stayed in touch loosely with most of the Checkmates, except Lee, and continue to think that John Finley is one the finest singers I've heard ever. I'd adored the Checkmates and there's a wonderful CD floating around featuring Murray Campbell of the Avenue Road Club on it. I recently discovered miny viyl copies of Rhincoeros first album so I'm happy. Great site taking me back to the days when I first starting writing and covring the Toronto scene. Currently, I am Canadian editor of Billboard. Larry LeBlanc
Larry LeBlanc <LJLE@aol.com>
Canada - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 18:29:02 (PDT)
Looking for help -- In a long ago time my friend had the Satin Chicken album (although at the time we didn't know if that or Rhinoceros was the band name). We marvelled at the sounds within, and almost as much at the Rhinoceros typeface graphic. Well, the album got all used up and was sorely missed, but years later something strange happened. He came into possession of a piece of clothing, a t-shirt if I remember, and beside the washing instructions and size description, the label carried that same graphic. Unbelievable! He was unable to track down the company (seems the distributor had gone out of biz), but it still floats in his mind to this day. If anyone has any information relating to this, please write to me at timko1@hotmail.com, and ease my friend's ceaseless curiosity. Thank you in advance.
Mark <timko1@hotmail.com>
Canada - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 16:33:07 (PDT)
I never witnessed this great bunch of musicians in person-I have the first album - "Rhinoceros",and its so scratchy now, I hope a cd of this album comes out, I'd buy it in a "second". When my mom went out and my buddies came over with a couple of illegal six-packs(late 60's), I'd be the dj at the helm of me mum's component stereo system. Cream,Jimi,Janis,and Jim, Mother Earth, of course-Beatles forever, and Rhinoceros would be blasting out of the speakers. Rhinoceros was truly a rock,yet full of soul,funk,R and B and bluesy too. They epitomized GROOVY back then. A fan
Richard Dalli <lynnenrichie@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 14:27:48 (PDT)
J.H. Carr- email me please. Craig Webb
Craig Webb <c.awebb@home.com>
Canada - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 07:07:39 (PDT)
I heard Rhinoceros live at the Boston Tea Party at least twice, probably in late 1969. They were so expressive, soulful, and truly funky. They had great singing, good tunes, and wonderful guitar work. Their unique Poor-Boy Soul sound was a good antidote to all the Blue Cheer-type heaviness on the scene. A year or two later I caught them in a nearly empty Providence, R.I. Bar near India Point. I had taken all my band-mates. We were blown AWAY. They really rocked!!! This band needs to be heard again.
USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 16:03:06 (PDT)
One of the absolute best rock concerts I've ever witnessed, was at The Pavillion, Flushing meadows, on the site of the '64-'65 New York Worlds' fair. It was August 1st. or 2nd., 1969, and the bill was my then favorite band, Steppenwolf, with Spooky Tooth, and Rhinocerous. Spooky Tooth went on first, and played great! Then, WOW! Rhinoceros went on, I'll never forget the first song, and the power of that band! It was "I Need Love" and had some great chord changes. I noticed that right away, being a young bassist. I have never seen a frontman as good with an audience that show as John Finley, and I've seen a lot of them! The set was great, and it ended withn Billy Mundi knocking over both of his cymbal stands! Unfortunately, Steppenwolf had a nightmare of a gig. Goldy McJohn, the organist, was sick, and didn't play, and then, Nick St. Nicholas blew up the Rickenbacker bass amplifier he was using, and had to borrow one of the Fender Dual Showmans from Rhinoceros! The next day, I went to the Alexander's department store in Queens, and bought the first Rhinoceros album. I learned every song on that album, and played it until it was played out. I then bought another copy, a few years later, at a record store that had some old stock. I also bought "Satin Chickens" at that time. I can't wait to get the CD's when they become available, I only have the first two albums, I love Satin Chickens, and I think that it is more representative of what I remember the band sounding like live, especially the sound of Mike Fonfara's Hammond. I saw the band one other time, at the 1970 Randalls' Island concert in New York City, the band had different personnel, Edwards on drums, sounded great, but not quite the same band. I'll never forget that concert at the Pavillion, and how much great music Rhinoceros made in a relatively short time. PLEASE RELEASE THE CD'S!!!!
Dave Edwards <dave_e15@yahoo.com>
Reno, Nevada - Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 04:57:50 (PDT)
Great job on the site! I *loved* Rhinoceros from start to (premature) finish. I am an organist, and Michael Fonfara is one of my idols! I dig the original lineup - it had its unique flavor - as well as the Duke Edwards reinvention with its spirit, soul, bottom throbbing beneath the filigrees and subtleties of Larry and Danny, in turn encouraged and sometimes pushed on by Michael's chords and chops. I personally know a *lot* of folks who would run, swim, fly, crawl to purchase a well-mastered Rhinoceros box set (mayhap including some well-chosen Blackstone/Jon&Lee tracks) KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK ON THIS SITE!!!
Bill Piekarski <billpiekarski@hotmail,com>
USA - Friday, August 10, 2001 at 20:27:24 (PDT)
July 27, 2001 Would like to answer the question posed that someone must know where the artist/illustrator Gene Szafran is and what happened to him. Unfortunately, Gene was diagnosed with Multiple Schlerosis in his mid-thirties when he was at the peak of his career. The original of the art work probably was bought along with the publishing rights by the Record Company. There are a few color posters still in existence. The original piece of art was a collage/assemblage of beads, ink and I believe it was in a wooden frame which was then 'shot' for the cover. I believe Gene was nominated for a grammy for the artwork for this album cover. You may email me at the above address. Marilyn
Marilyn Despres <liyaturner17@yahoo.com>
USA - Friday, July 27, 2001 at 17:46:45 (PDT)
Loved Rhinoceros when I was in high school. "In A Little Room" I think from SATIN CHICKENS was my favorite. Wish I still had the first two albums on vinyl. Unfortunately they were too scratched to keep.
Greg <greg@klin.com>
USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 09:56:01 (PDT)
great lps...c'mon!! Rhino..re-release them soon.....please.
bruce anthon <panthon@bigpond.net.au>
australia - Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 06:12:23 (PDT)
This band was so far ahead of the others. The guitar work is graceful and the percussions are perfect! Rhino really does need to release all their material on CD soon.!!!! Excellent Band. Thanks, Doc
Doc <c_deprima@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 12:51:39 (PDT)
Andrew <aa@krcrme.dp.ua>
Ukraine - Friday, April 27, 2001 at 09:47:11 (PDT)
I saw Rhinoceros, live, in August, 1969 at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ. They were opening for Vanilla Fudge. It was V.F.'s Farewell Tour and Rhinoceros was awesome! Thunderously loud and clear. Billy Mundi was/is a drummers drummer! I had the privlege of meeting him in 1970 as he ascorted a fellow classmate of mine to our Senior Prom. Yes, Billy Mundi was at MY Senior Prom! What a hoot!!! I own all three (original, still in shrink-wrap, Rhinoceros LPs. Of course they have been played!) I couldn't stop playing them the first time I saw them. Rhinoceros 'live' is a memory I will carry with me forever! I have contacted Rhino-Records, repeatedly, through-out the years. I do NOT know who is holding these CD's back but, I am only one person and I cannot storm the walls of Rhino Records myself. With the help of fellow 'Rhinoceri'(?) maybe, just MAYBE, we can get through to those folks and release three fabulous LP's on CD. Hell, if I can down-load them, they would make more money producing the CDs and selling them out-right! What a concept! Rhino Records selling 'Rhinoceros' CDs! The mind boggles!!
Dan Panella <dtpanella@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 16:22:33 (PDT)
I remember Big G Walters playing Apricot Brandy before the top-of-the-hour newscast. The song got stuck in my head and I had to go out and find the record at Sam The Record Man on Yonge Street for two dollars and ninety nine cents. I had about five albums at the time so I now have that first Rhinoceros album tattooed in my brain. Satin Chickens has some great stuff on it too, particularily Monkee Man and Funk Butt. The third one wasn't quite as good but it had its moments and is certainly worth having. I still have all three and they are in my semi-regular rotation. I even burned them to disc for my own amusement. This is a great site...especially the Blackstone cut....very cool.
David L Gordon <blues.hound@home.com>
Vancouver Island - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 18:39:11 (PDT)
Always an excellent band - now an excellent web site. Love the photo of the band on stage 1968. Thanks Billy! Have you any more? "Qualified" is also great, though you say that the rest of the album is erratic. Come on Elektra how about releasing those demo's, out-takes etc. There IS a market for it. Please pass on my thanks to any band members that you are in contact with - thanks for the music, guys!
Martin Butterworth <Martin@butterworth01.fsnet.co.uk >
England - Saturday, April 07, 2001 at 05:00:11 (PDT)
I still have the first two albums on vinyl but they are just about played out.Please release them on cd.Thank you
Robert Naysmith
- Friday, April 06, 2001 at 00:14:14 (PDT)
If it's possible to MP3 all the debut album, will we see the balance of Satin Chickens, Better Times and the Blackstome album available soon on this site? If anyone's interested, a guy called Craig Webb in Canada who I was able to get in contact with via this page managed to cut me extremely good quality copies of all 3 Rhinoceros albums.
Chris <cherylz@ozemail.com.au>
Australia - Monday, March 12, 2001 at 20:22:14 (PST)
sorry-got cut off-anyway thanks for the awesome site and for the chance to listen and download the music that I have missed for a lot of years-I have e-mailed Rhino-let's hope for the best!!!!!
Jim Hart <bagheera@worldpath.net>
usa - Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 18:06:05 (PST)
I was so happy to find this web site-Way back, I was one of very few that I knew to have a thing for Rhinoceros-and the records were not all that readily available. I'm also happy to see that I wasn't alone in my appreciation-the web site is a huge indication of this and it is a well done site as well. Thanks and
Jim Hart <bagheera@worldpath.net>
usa - Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 18:02:06 (PST)
Well here's to all concerned. I'm an old friend of Michael Fonfara's from when we were teenager's in Toronto Canada. I saw Rhino in concert numerous times and they were beyond a doubt excellent. You know it's really too bad that WEA records has the master tapes and that for some reason won't release them so Rhinoceros's music can be heard on cd's. It all seems kind of selfish to me. I really believe that they would sell a lot of cd's so WEA release the tapes and have a little faith, there are a lot of people out here who will certainly buy them and you will be smiling all the way to the bank.
Steve Maskell <smaskell@rcn.com>
U.S.A. - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 22:52:06 (PST)
Thanks a lot for providing this music. I've missed it since I wore the album out (Rhinoceros). I also hope that they are re-released.
Joe Luesse <joe@luesse.com>
USA - Saturday, March 03, 2001 at 21:56:46 (PST)
Thanks so much for the MP3s. I loved this band. That their albums have not been re-issued on CD is a MAJOR oversight.
Dale Vig <dale.vig@juno.com>
USA - Saturday, March 03, 2001 at 16:14:59 (PST)
Dear Nick I'm really enjoying all the updates on the Rhinoceros site, especially, the John Haeny interview that you did. I also really appreciated the new pic of the band on stage, that Billy Mundi sent in. Fans will want to note that the new album by Willie "Big Eyes" Smith album features Michael Fonfara. It's called "Blues From The Heart" and, it's great Chicago blues. Willie was Muddy Waters' drummist for 14 years. Michael Fonfara plays piano throughout and, helped with the writing on a couple of tunes. Guitarist Jack deKeyzer and I wrote a song for the album called "Big Wig Woman" - the album has a sense of humour to it! Fans can order the CD from Willie's web site, which is http://www.interlog.com/~musican/ All the best, John Mars
John Mars <john.mars@home.com>
Toronto, Canada - Thursday, February 22, 2001 at 16:00:37 (PST)
I have been a fan of Rhinoceros for years, and as lead guitarist in a group in Minnesota, I am looking forward to playing some the old Rhinoceros hits. I would love to see a video of a Rhinoceros concert, and maybe a reunion tour. Thanks to all the members of the group for the great music and for inspiring musicians around the world. Rick Doten Lead Guitar The Connection
Rick Doten <Dotenr@msn.com>
USA - Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 11:50:06 (PST)
Long on my CD wish list, other than the odd anthology cut, I haven't heard the first album since I put the stereo in the attic. It's really encouraging (and appropriate) that Rhino has the rights. It will be released. When? The site is great. I saw them a couple of times at the Fillmore East ('69 with Canned Heat and '70 with Procol Harum). My favorite show had to be the Schaefer Music Festival in NYC with Crazy World of Arthur Brown ('69?). That is one strange double bill. They also played the odd prom and dance in CT where i grew up. Their no-nonsense approach, superior musicianship and blue-eyed soul placed them somewhere between the Band and the Rascals in my mind and that ain't a bad place to be. Why is the Rhinoceros song called "You're my Girl" while it's "I Don't Want to Discuss It" when Delaney and Bonnie did it ( a great version)? Danny Gatton's "Apricot Brandy" is killer, too.
william <bnollman@reachmarketing.com>
USA - Monday, February 12, 2001 at 09:06:42 (PST)
Love your site. I used to have the 1st LP, but my friend wanted it back. Since then, I've sold my record colletion and have been trying to replace it on CD. Rhinoceros is definitaly on my wish list. May they be re-released soon.
Bernie Everett <everettb@mb.sympatico.ca>
Canada - Friday, February 09, 2001 at 15:52:23 (PST)
Rhinceros was the 2nd "rock" concert I ever went to see.. IT was a bill of Spooky Tooth Rhinceros and Steppenwolf.. The show was at the Worlds Fair Grounds in new York City (this was after the fair was long and one of the buildings was uesd for concerts during the summer.. Ill never forget that show!!!!!! All 3 groups put on a great show!!!! and I became a big fan of Rhinceros for years... Always looked for any info or recordings for their albums on cd... Thanks for putting the songs on this web site !!!!! made an old fan very happy Tom
tom <carnco@banet.net>
USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2001 at 17:22:11 (PST)
Love the web site Mike, nice to see such a lot of interest in Rhinoceros. The music still gives me a buzz after all these years.
Lenny <LGDP31@aol.com>
uk - Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 13:11:57 (PST)
I have all three original albums. I saw the band live at Haverford College in Haverford, PA sometime in between their second and third albums. A great memory!!
Barron Chandler <bchandle@lanier.com>
USA - Monday, January 29, 2001 at 10:16:47 (PST)
I, like obviously hundreds of other fans, were left with the feeling that it was like beating your head against a wall, when it came to trying to find music by this fabulous band....I have spend endless hours trying to locate anything by this band, and it wasn't until recently, that I was in the Timelife web sight, that i noticed a cd for sale called: Lost hits of the 60's, and one of the songs was, Apricot Brandy, one of my favourites...Then I found this page, and wow, it's nice to know I,m not alone....Any help finding music(cd or tape), from someone out there would be very helpful.....Brian
Brian Donaghey <briand@autobahn.mb.ca>
Canada - Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 11:08:23 (PST)
Now there are at least three UK entries! In 1968 when I was 14 the first album appeared. I remember initially being drawn to the cover, and yes I admit it, buying before I'd ever heard a note! I was not to be disappointed. After buying the next two albums, I continue to be hooked to this day. Soulful, moving, shiver down the spine stuff. I wonder how many members of the band really believe that this stuff is still being played in peoples cars and homes 30 years on !. I remember the late great Frank Zappa saying in an interview, "Who remembers Rhinoceros ?" Well me for one, and a lot of my peer group also. Let's just hope we can get a release on CD. Regards David p.s. Yes of course Iv'e emailed the record company !
David <daviderumble@yahoo.com>
UK - Thursday, January 25, 2001 at 13:05:27 (PST)
I haven't been into this site for a while, but I'm pleased to see there's so many interesting stories about the mighty Rhinoceros here... fantastic! Thanks for what has become a truly great site for one of the greatest forgotten (by some) bands. I'm still awaiting news of the CD releases... hopefully it'll be soon.
Dave Geren <davidgeren@hotmail.com>
USA - Thursday, January 25, 2001 at 12:36:40 (PST)
Toronto was the place to be, in Canada, during the 60's. As someone who grew up with John Lee & the Checkmates (some of whom joined Rhinoceros)and so many other excellent bands out of Toronto at the time, we got to see the best entertainment as House Bands in the local Hotels and Clubs. I wouldn't trade the memories of seeing these guys and so many others for anything! Nice to see a website carrying the memory forward 30 years on!
Barbara Ewart
Vancouver, Canada - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 02:20:43 (PST)
rob napoli <bilbo28@aol.com>
usa - Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 16:28:06 (PST)
The music of Rhinoceros has a groove and feel that makes it some of the greatest stuff ever recorded...The interaction among the group is magical...I listen to this stuff today and it's just as fresh and inspiring to me as it was 30 years ago when I first heard it...
Joe Mingori <jandcm@home.com>
USA - Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at 21:27:27 (PST)
Hey CRaze, its Mike Flora, email me at flolb16@aol.com
MIke Flora <flolb16@aol.com>
U.S. - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 20:35:06 (PST)
Rhinoceros is one of the sadly overlooked bands of the 60's. Particularly, the first two albums. John Finley was an absolute killer vocalist. Two of the funkiest guitarist around at the time. I own several copies of each album and still buy sealed copies when I find them. Any chance of CDs??
Velpo Robertson <velpo@lobe.com>
USA - Thursday, January 04, 2001 at 07:02:24 (PST)
-I can't believe that there is a website for these guys!! Somebody help me out - I've spent ten years just trying to hear this music again!!!!
Edgar Brimer <www.atlantacracker@truckingmail.com>
USA - Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 17:23:32 (PST)
if anybody knows where i can buy any of there cds or anything email me thanks kyle
kyle <joe55@yqi.com>
USA - Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 12:56:34 (PDT)
Hey, I just want to say thanks, again, for even having this, this is so very, very, cool, I love rhinoceros, esp. John Finley, I am so glad to know that people still remember them, and like them, unreal!!!!!! I am 47 now, and, well, was going to see them in concerts, etc. when I was , well, in my early teens, and I have never forgot about them, I had every album!!! I had a fire, and now am left with nothing, if anyone has anything, please e mail me, please, for this was the greatest part of my life, we need to know more about what they are doing. peace, debbie
debbie <msdn1@hotmail.com>
usa - Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 18:19:21 (PDT)
I just want to say that I am so happy that there is even anything on the computer re. RHINOCEROS, I am totally thrilled, I was, and am still a big fan of theirs, I was young then, and had all of their albums, and went to every concert I was able to go to, I had a fire in my home years ago, and all their photos got , well, . I no longer have them, and I no longer have any of their photos, I am so glad that I have found a way to express that, well, they were loved a great deal, and they were very very unique, and so was their music, I had the chance to meet them and get to know them, and that will always be a very fond part of my past, I truly hope that it will be easier to get their old albums, and I hope their music will be on c.d. , if anyone has any photos of them, or anything, please, please, e mail me, thanks, peace
msd <msdn1@hotmail.com>
us -
Saw them @ the Filmore East - great, great band - it took me years to find their music again. Thank you for this information.
Rick & Flair Wilkins <Zigzgiler@aol.com>
i hope that the Rhinoceros albums will be available for us fans Because it's a shame that such fantastic music is not heard and i am shure that a lot of young people will enjoy it to, tired of all that top 40 house music I wish you all the best A big fan from Holland
Hans van Vugt
Holland -
hey, way back in the day, I used to know RHINOCEROUS, I met them first when I went to a concert in nj at, i think it was at seaton hall university, in s. orange, and they were the back up band for led zep, well i was totally amazed, as a new groupie, how kind all the guys were, esp. John Finley, for I am 47 now, and i still love them, and their music, hey, where can I get their old albums, or anything?
deb <msdn1@hotmail.com>
us -
It was amazing coming across this website, via one through Iron Butterfly. I have had the first 2 LPs, Rhinoceros & Satin Chickens, since they were released. I saw them during my first semester in college, sometime in the Fall of 1969 at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY. I can't remember too much about the show, other than it was held in the gymnasium(great acoustics no doubt) and they were amazing. So when will Elektra or Rhino or somebody release at least the 1st lp on CD? H.P.Lovecraft, Beacon Street Union, the Remains, even Eden's Children have made it onto compact disc. So let's get with the program! Someone? Anyways, This is a great site with a lot of information in one place on one of the lost bands of the late 60's. I'm starting to listen to the tracks now, and man, it's awesome listening to a non scratchy version.
Jonathan Porter <jwoodporter@home.com>
Thank you for this wonderful site and the great information for keeping Rhinoceros alive. I hope for re-release of their 3 albums in CD and have informed DrRhino@rhino.com of my wishes. Keep up the great work, Carol aka Flame
Carol <Flame336@yahoo.com>
I own all three rhino albums. THE first is a masterpiece. I saw the band give a free concert in Central park back in the late sixties. Might have been 1969. Though not a big fan of the second and third albums, I believe the first album belongs on CD - remastered. It's one of my favorite rock albums of all time.
don miranda <runda808@compuserve.com>
Is there any way of getting "you're my girl" into an MP3 download? It would likely be my favourite song (with I will serenade you) from the first album. I have the first two albums, but like you would like to see them on CD.

gord ross

You're right, it's one of the best.. I've added it to the site.
"The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication; for youth is sweet and they are growing." (Aristotle)

I first saw Jon and Lee and The Checkmates in 1965 at the old Eaton’s department store in downtown Toronto, where they were performing for the store’s Salute to Youth Week during Easter school break. I was 14 and I’d never heard rhythm and blues before. I thought the music, and their performance, was amazing. I also thought the guys were pretty amazing, too — seeing the band had helped to kick-start my hormones. I felt as if I’d been hit by a tree!

I came back to the store several times that week to see the band, and I met three other girls, Judy, Janet and Verna, who also liked the band.

That summer, my new friends and I started going to dances to hear The Checkmates. We discovered that they rehearsed at the Avenue Road Club in Toronto’s Yorkville Village, a bohemian area that was soon to become the local hippie village. My girlfriends and I started hanging out there, in the parking lot behind the club and the restaurant next door, hoping to catch a glimpse of them. We did see the guys often, but our conversations were usually limited to hardly more than "hi, how are you." Their obvious lack of interest in us, however, didn’t bother any of us as the guys were always polite and smiling. So we continued in our pursuit of The Checkmates.

Throughout the next school year (1965-66), our obsession with The Checkmates continued as we followed the band around to wherever they played in Toronto — under-21 clubs (the Hawk’s Nest, the Gogue Inn, the Club 888 among others), high schools and sports arenas. They did songs by Otis Redding, the Temptations, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd, Rufas Thomas and Wilson Picket, and performed wearing matching, bright, blue satin suits. Later on, the guys got bright, green satin suits, which we liked a lot. The high point of The Checkmate show was Jon’s electrifying, sweat-soaked version of James Brown’s "Please, Please, Please." I stopped doing homework and my school grades took a nosedive, but I had never had so much fun in my life before.

The next school year (1966-67) found my friends and I still going to see the Checkmates as often as we could and hanging out in front of Charlie Brown’s coffee house, the band’s new rehearsal spot, after school. But persistence finally paid off, and we were invited in to hear them rehearse a couple of times.

During one of those thrilling, intense times in Charlie Brown’s, Duke Edwards was on stage with the band during a break. We were standing nearby, and Duke, a warm and outgoing man, started gesturing toward Judy, Janet, Verna and myself, speaking to one of us. I looked around, wondering who he was addressing, and, low and behold, realized it was me. He was saying I was special, that I had something special. I had no clue why he had singled me out and I was embarrassed. But I did appreciate the compliment.

In 1967, The Checkmates were away from Toronto often, recording in the United States — New York and L.A. Sometime that spring they left for the States for what seemed like a longer trip than usual. Meanwhile, I finished high school and got an office job, and Verna, Judy and Janet began following another r ‘n’ b group, Grant Smith and The Power. I decided it was time to drop out of fandom.

The Checkmates finally returned to Toronto, for an appearance at the Hawk’s Nest. I wasn’t expecting everything to be the same as it had been a few months back — this was a time of enormous change — and I was right. Still, I was surprised when I saw the guys had traded in their satin suits for hippie gear — army jackets, jeans and capes — and their hair was much longer. The music wasn’t the same, either; they were doing rock ‘n’ roll, performing what I guessed were original compositions. Musically, they lost me; I wanted to hear the old stuff I loved so much.

I saw The Checkmates again at The Strawberry Patch in Yorkville, this time without Lee. They were playing their own psychedelic, rock ‘n’ roll songs again. While the band was on stage, one of my friends was making a fuss at our table, indicating that she was not enjoying the music. Outside, during the band’s break, Jeff Cutler, the drummer, scowled at us, because my friend had disturbed the band while they were performing. The connection between the fans and the band had been broken.

I saw the group as Rhinoceros, after the release of Satin Chickens, at The Rock Pile (formerly The Club 888). The new sound that The Checkmates had been working on in Toronto had undergone considerable refinement and improvement. It had become exhilarating soulful, funky rock. The concert was a well-attended, exciting event. Too bad Rhinoceros didn’t capture that sound on Satin Chickens!

The Duke Edwards group, The Young Ones, was also around Toronto. In 1969, I went to see Janis Joplin at the O’Keefe Centre, not knowing who was opening for her. The opening act turned out to be Duke and his group, doing a combination of blues/r ‘n’ b/jazz. I enjoyed the band, both their music and Duke’s vocals.

I listened to Better Times Are Coming recently. Years later, Duke’s powerful bluesy vocals are a pleasure to hear, as are Jon’s. The band was in good form and the songwriting is strong. The recording is certainly a document of its times. The cheerful, hippie-dippy anthem "It’s A Groovy World" and the optimism of "Better Times Are Coming" are a good contrast with the searing Vietnam song, "Rain Child," and the bleak outlook of "Lady of Fortune." "Old Age" is a gem, too,.

It’s a shame there wasn’t room for more material by Jon on Better Times Are Coming. John is a talented songwriter — as he proved with "I Will Serenade You."

If Rhino Records does decide to re-release some Rhinoceros material, why not release a single "Best of" CD. That way, the weaker material can be eliminated and the price can be kept down. I’ll e-mail Rhino with the suggestion.

The Web site is great. Thanks very much! The band history filled in many gaps for me. How members of Jon and Lee and The Checkmates made the giant leap from small, local venues to the big time, and then suddenly back to where they started, was a mystery to me until now. The band history is a good read, and very well researched. John Haeny’s account of the factors that hampered the success of the first Rhinoceros album is fascinating.

I hope the Web site continues to grow and flourish.
Ruth Schweitzer <ruth@stclairgroup.com>
Canada -
I have always been a RHINOCEROS fan and also have already done the RHINO HAND MADE request, I have met MIKE FONFARA of DOWNCHILD fame a few times ,a truly great musician and super person, he has been around having played in rhinoceros and ELECTRIC FLAG, plus a lot of other projects..HOPE RHINO RECORDS puts out the RHINOCEROS MUSIC ,one of these days...TAKE CARE....ROBERT...HAPPY TRAILS
ROBERT E. DAOUST <rob_daoust@hotmail.com>
Back in the 60's I bought a 4 track (yes four track) tape It was RHINOCEROS It was the only 4 track tape the store had for 4 track was replaced by the popular 8 track. I really loved the album and played it constantly. When the tape broke a few years later, I figured someday I'll get the album. Well the album was nowhere to be found. I was at a used record store and ordered it but it was in pretty poor shape. This morning I was driving around and the lead-in to the news was playing APRICOT BRANDY! I was determined via the internet to hear some more RHINOCEROS. I am so very happy to here these great songs again
Robert J Purcell <robpurcell@worldnet.att.net>
U.S.A -
Boy did reading all of these threads bring back memorys ! Rhinoceros was a very important musikal event in my life. a fellow by the name of Jeff Cutler, who had played w: Johnny + Lee + the Checkmates replaced the Drummer in " the Crazy World of Arthur Brown" during their 2nd US tour. Being a Roadie for Arthur, i got to know Jeff well. I knew who Rabbit,J Finley,P Hodgson,L Leishman + Duke were before i had even heard Rhinocerous. While on tour w: Arthur we got to see Rhinoceros in LA when they got started.(Thanx to Jeff Cutler !) Once Arthurs Tour over, i went back to NYC and stayed w: Jeff quite a lot. Rhinoceros was living outside of NY ,right off a lake( i can't recall the area/NY or Conn)where Jeff + i had been. Remember the short lived English band: Atomic Rooster ? Vincent Crane, Arthur Browns Organ player started that band. Peter Hodgson was THE ATOMIC ROOSTER ! he had been comitted to an asylum 4 that ! Rhinoceros ended up being an NY attraction + playin all kinds of gigs ! "You're my Girl" was also very popular. the band went through changes when Billy,Doug,+ Alan left. thats when Duke Edwards, + Larry Leishman came on. the "Better Times" were at hand and they were GOOD! i was pickin up Guitbox in those days + i loved hearin' Dannys Tele ! he got me on to the right track ! Did Dannys Dad play Pedal Steel Guitar ? Anyway i moved on to different skies in 72 and loss track of Jeff Cutler + Rhinocerous. We were so much younger then... ThanX to them, they oppened my appetite for that kind of Sound. I still play Guitbox + PSG. BTW i forgot Xpress my Love of Johns singin. Why Fret, let it Slide (wink 4 Sarah Jory)
CrowBear <jean-marie@eezee.com>
France -
Thanks for this great site! I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the record companies haven't released any of the Rhinoceros albums, it took the record companies almost 35 years before they finally re-released the early Spirt albums. We baby boomers will probably be long gone before they re-release the Rhinoceros albums. That is why I like Napster so much, it allows us to exchange music that the record companies don't consider worth re-releasing. The bottom line is all they care about.

I first heard Rhinoceros in 1968, when I was in high-school. I borrowed a friends Rhinoceros(the first one) and the first Spirt album, and had a little place make a custom 4-track tape for me. (4-track was around a lot longer than 8-track, and sounded much better.) My custom tape didn't fall apart, the 4-track tape decks became obsolete. When my deck broke, I couldn't play the tape anymore, because you couldn't find the 4-track tape decks. I took the tape and spooled it onto my 4-track real to real, the only problem was, I could only play one side, because the other side of the tape played backwards. (All 4-track tapes were recorded in one direction, you didn't flip them over to play the other side, you just flip the head up or down.)

I've been looking for the first Rhinoceros album for almost 35 years now. I want to thank the band members for their great work: JOHN FINLEY - Vocals; ALAN GERBER - Vocals. Piano; DANNY WEIS - Guitar, Piano; DOUG HASTINGS - guitar; MICHAEL FONFARA - Organ, Piano; JERRY PENROD - Bass; BILLY MUNDI - Drums, Percussion.

"I WILL SERENDADE YOU", John Finley, is one song that I can't get off my mind, thanks for a great song!

I filled out a request form on Rhino Records web page, asking them to re-release the Rhinoceros albums. Until their albums are re-released, we will need to keep them alive by exchanging their music with each other. Even if Napster goes away, there are lots of other peer to peer music servers on the Internet.
Mike <bearflag@altavista.com>
U.S.A. -
My name is Joe Vetere and I had the great pleasure of being the opening act as a member of The Jones Family for Rhinoceros. I had to look up the dates in my journal, but the memories are as fresh in my mind, as if they occured yesterday. The occasions were both High School Proms. We played 6 Proms in 5 weeks, the first date was May 15 1970 at Stamford Conn, we opened for Willie and the Magnificence. May 22,Deer Park N.Y. H.S.Prom opening for The Chiffons. May 29, West Hempstead H.S. Prom at The Capri Beach Club, opening for The Great Gardino and The Bellevedeers. The next night was the Greatest thrill for myself, May 30 Maphem H.S. Prom at Malibu Beach Club opening for The James Gang, of course on Guitar was Joe Walsh but friendliness of Joe Vitale on drums made the date unforgetable. I know I was writing you about the underated group Rhinoceros. The last 2 Proms were opening for them the first was at Valley Stream N.Y. at The Hunington Town House on June 5 and the last one was on June 19 1970 for Garden City H.S. Prom where Rhinoceros blew me away,the only word to describe the evening is UNBELEVEABLE. Thanks for a memory that I will never forget.
Joe Vetere <crazy_elephant_2001@yahoo.com>
I stumbled across this website today after reading the Iron Butterfly info on another website. In 1968 I was doing a radio show on WNTH FM (Winnetka, IL). Rock music on the FM band in Chicagoland at the time was virtually nonexistent, except for a simulcast of WVON (a low powered "soul" station from Chicago's south side). Consequentially, my show was noticed by many at the time, including Aaron Russo, owner of the Electric Theatre. He was planning to lease time on a Chicago station to play rock, but mainly to promote his club. This situation allowed me to get into the Electric Theatre insiders circle. I was to do a show on his "station" ( which was a foreign language format then). One of the bands I was priviliged to hear and talk with was Rhinoceros. I already knew about Danny Weis and liked his playing from the 1st Iron Butterfly LP. I had the album already and was looking forward to hearing them play. They were incredibly tight and well rehearsed, much more so than the majority of bands that I had seen at Aaron's club. I went nuts over Apricot Brandy, which was played a bit faster than the studio version. It was an exciting show, and being a musician, I focused in on listening to individual players as well. Great musicianship! I have recollections of seeing and talking with many artists at The Electric Theatre (which later changed its name to "The Kinetic Playground"). It was a great time for music.
Scott Miner <gort@sccoast.net>
Always looking for music of the era, looked up the Indian of the Group (touring this summer!! - check it out), then Billy Mundi, which led me to this "outta" site.

Went with carloads of fans to New Haven at the Stone Balloon, a very intimate club with tables, drinks and food served. The band was so up close & personal, I have never seen any other pro act that close up except for Cream & Havens at Cafe Wha?

Got all 3 Lps, actually had an 8-track of the first, and always blew out the widows with a car player.
Also saw that Jeff Beck show at Woolsey Hall (Rod Stewart on vocals) but can't remember Rhinoceros opening.
Carly was right when she sang "these are the good old days"! Rhinohandmade has been issuing limited quantities of "suddenly available" music of other artists. Maybe at least Rhinoceros could go that route. Yeah, my wife, my brother-in-law and his wife sure remember the Stone Balloon shows. Had to be winter 68/69. Remember the announcement "coming next week - Jethro Tull"! when their first LP was just getting airplay at WHCN.
robert mohr <rmohr02@snet.net>
I learned of Rhinoceros in the 1960's from an excellent article about them in Harper's Magazine that Sara Davidson wrote. That article might be available from Harper's Magazine, an American magazine that is still being published monthly in the year 2000.
Lee <leedrummer@aol.com>
United States -
wow,just happened to stumble on to this site and it feels just like a shrine to me. I have many great memories of this group.I have 2 of their 3 albums and seemed to have lost or perhaps had stolen from me,the 3rd albums "better times...".I remain hopeful the rhino records can strike up a deal to re-master the complete 3 albums on cd sometime in my remaining liftime. yours truly and still a fan. bill de
billy de <bdesantis@scottprint.com>
nyc usa -
Extremely funky band - deserves major credit for adding a new voice to the Tele sound - Hastings/Weiss two - too talented - not nearly enough material from these guys - Doug Hastings is a monster - underknown and under-appreciated for all of his skills. J Finley ...the perfect counterpart to all that was going on in this band. Some great sounding records - listen to the bottom on
Bruce <Bruce.Solomon@juno.com>
So where is Danny and his brother Steve? Toronto, Los Angeles? Aloha, Leonard
Leonard Wilson <lwilson@hawaii.rr.com>
I saw Rhinoceros play at my high school prom 31 years ago. Brien McMahon High School, June 1969, South Norwalk Ct. My date for the evening is now my wife and we have been married 27 years. Thinking back to that evening I remember very well dancing in the gym to "Apricot Brandy" and "I Will Serenade You". Rhinoceros was a great band and they had a lot of fun with us that night. I remember having a cigarette outside with Billy Mundi and Danny Weiss. We enjoyed this group and they are a great memory for me to this day.
Ed Jennings <edje@msn.com>
I'm interested in the recording the made with David Clayton-Thomas. Anyone know where to find them, or have them. I'm interested in a copy.
Jorgen Andersson <jorgen.andersson@pulsen.se>
Sweden -
Rhinoceros fans will be interested to know that Michael Fonfara just played on the sessions for a new album by ex-Muddy Waters drummer Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and, appeared with him on Open Mike With Mike Bullard (Canadian TV). Also on the session was guitarist Jack de Keyzer and, bassist Alec Fraser. Willie recorded a new song "Big Wig Woman", which was written by John Mars and Jack de Keyzer. Fonfara, Fraser and deKeyzer all appear also on the new cd by our artist, John Mars ("Whasup?").
Cheers, Scott
For info go to:http://members.aol.com/bluestar55/johnmars.html
SCOTT HARVEY MANAGEMENT <mrscottharvey@netscape.net>
Canada -
Finally, something on Rhinoceros. I thought it was jusy myself and a small group of friends that know about this super group. I'm in support all the way.
Bob Stonehouse <rstoneh857@aol.com>
I've been a fan since the first album was released. If anyone hears of a CD being released, please let me know!
Richard Lanzilotti <rlanzilotti@erols.com>
I've been looking for "I Will Serenade You" for a long time. I didn't even know who did it! Thanks!
Matthew <greenbeetles@hotmail.com>
Canada -
Nice to find like minded people online, i have several copies of the ist and 2nd albums in good shape you might want to check out 2B3 toronto sessions they cover apricot brandy and Michael Fonfara plays on the cd great stuff. If anyone wants to say he e mail away , I also have a very large selection of CAnadian Music of this era Hey lets talk! YTDD
Doug Dandeno <ddandeno@isys.ca>
canada -
ray wadsworth <ray.cd@virgin.net>
england uk -
Back in 1970 someone brought the Rhinoceros album to band rehersal to do "Apricot Brandy". We wound up doing most of the album. Not too long ago I thought about picking up some Rhinoceros on CD, sure that there would be one because of all the "retro" re-releases (some great, some shit). (Rhinoceros would put in the great category of course.) When I realized this just did not exist I tried the internet. And tried, and tried. I was so glad to find this site. I will definetely buy and CD's that may surface in the future. In the meantime, I just got a copy of "Satin Chickens" and I'm very interested in locating "Rhinoceros". If anyone is interested I got "Satin Chickens" at houseofmusic.com for 7 bucks in good condition. They seem to have more. Thanks so much for being there.
Gene McGarry <starwares@aol.com>
US -
Great site! I hope you're successful in your effort to get Rhino to release the Rhinoceros albums.
Dave Rogers <dav629r@aol.com>
usa -
Rhinoceros fans will want to check out the new web site listed above for John Mars. His new album features the keyboards of Michael Fonfara, who was a founder/member of Rhinoceros and, who was Lou Reed's bandleader for 8 years. Rhinoceros fans will not be disappointed by the type of Rock'n'Roll and Soul music on the new John Mars cd entitled, "Whasup?". It will be right up their alley. The web site includes sound clips/extensive bio and images/ordering information. http://members.aol.com/bluestar55/johnmars.html
Scott Harvey Management <mrscottharvey@netscape.net>
Canada -
HOLY HELL! 14 March 2000: I just saw an ad for the movie "Best Actress" and I think they had a snippet of Apricot Brandy in it.
PatronAnejo <patron1@aol.com>
Whoa...finally. I had just about given up searching, having plugged "Rhinoceros" and "Apricot Brandy" into every search engine since 1996. With nothing new on the net, I was down to searching for Rhinoceros once a month (imagine all the permutations of Belbuekus I've invented along the way). Danny Gatton does a great version of "Apricot Brandy," by the way, which I've picked up in my search for anything Rhinoceros. It really does justice to the original, but I've gotten so tired of being returned hits that are really either him, Phish, or Smashing Pumpkins.... I didn't discover Rhinoceros until 1984, if you can believe that. Found it by accident at the Oak Ridge Public Library in Tennessee. Somebody dumped a bunch of hippie vinyl there: Workingman's Dead, Cream's Wheels of Steel, Buffalo Springfield Retrospective.... Anyway, the vinyl there was alphabetized front-to-back, and the R's (Rhinoceros) were right next to the A's (Herb Alpert--remember the Whipped Cream and Other Delights cover? Still my favorite of all time). That was half my life ago. Whoa...suddenly, I've got more important things to do than sit and watch an MP3 downloading.
PatronAnejo <Patron1@aol.com>
I'd been looking to replace my very worn Rhinoceros LPs (1 & 2) when I came upon this site yesterday. What a great piece of work. I also enjoyed reading Nick's article. I always wondered what happened to them. I played in a rock group in Saint John, New Brunswick, in the late 60s and we covered a couple of their tunes as did at least one other local band. Now I can't seem to find anyone who knows of them but a few remember Apricot Brandy. I believe it to be one of the greatest rock instrumentals ever. I listened to and bought a lot of music back in the 60s and Rhinoceros is a band I go back to often. It's a shame their music's never been released on CD. I emailed Rhino Records yesterday and told them I want to buy Rhinoceros on CD. Perhaps if they get enough requests they'll comply. - Bob (Ottawa, ON, Canada / Feb. 28, 2000)
Bob Lanctot <rmlanctot@capitalnet.com>
Canada -
Does anybody know where their albums can be purchased on CD
Barry <barrymurph@lycosmail.com>
Ireland -
Winter 68/9 I saw Rhino. + Vanilla Fudge as I recall...in Alexandria, Virginia armory. -R. a super live band, who like BS&Tears, sounded exactly the same/as good live as on record! (This was important to me/us at the time! but aint now, cos I never go to live shows!, but buy a cd a day however, average... -A toast to Billy Mundi!!!!! The greatest drummer ever!!!! (BAK-oom BAK-oom BAK-oom/ snare-kick grooves rule!!) I can listen to his honed/well-thot-out playing constantly.
usa -
Loved the band the moment I came across them (by mistake). Got the 3 albums, but the vinyl is getting really worn. Surely someone has the clout to get the albums re-released on CD. Help this guy from "down-under" update his music collection before the needle cuts right through the remaining vinyl!!!
Chris <cherylz@ozemail.com.au>
Australia -
I remember buying the first Rhinoceros album in late 1968 or early 1969. At that point, the only song I heard by the group was Apricot Brandy, which was a regular on WYSL-FM, a Buffalo, New York underground station. This album was fantastic in the 1960's and sounds great today. Music this good is timeless. I hope the original tapes are found and remastered on CD, with perhaps some bonus tracks if available.
Greg <mrsfanatic@earthlink.net>
WOW! Really cool to see something about this band on the web! I came across their first LP a while ago and I like a quite a number of songs on there. Although unlike some other bands you hear so much of, I really had no background information on this group, so I am really excited to read the articles etc. on this web site. Thanks again!
Roger Houdaille <RHoudaille@aol.com>
I have the 3 Rhinoceros albums on Vinyl and have been dying to find them (especially the 1st 2) on CD. Thanks soooooo much for the Belbeukus mp3 WOW (haven't listened yet but, it has to beat vinyl!)I would love to hear from anyone who finds that these albums or any collection etc, is being realeased on CD. I am sending a note to DrRhino@rhino.com and urge any true fan of this wonderful band to do the same! See Ya! BTW, Would love to get the lyrics to Belbeukus!! Any help out there??
Chas Kimbrell <Chask@iname.com>
As a young musician in the 60's, Rhino was a great influence. We did so many of their songs we were almost a Rhino cover band! They played at my high school around the time the third album came out and they were fantastic. I think it was the first concert I ever saw. I've been looking for their albums on CD for years and hope someday they will be released.
Joe R
U.S.A. -
How wonderful to find a site with others that have enjoyed Rhinoceros for so many years. I've been hooked ever since my big brother took me to the New York State pavilion on the 1964 World's Fair grounds during the late 60's to see some groups that included Rhinoceros. Can't quite remember who the other bands were (maybe Procol Harem?). I too would love for the Rhinoceros albums to be released on CD. I've been nursing my multiple copies of the albums for years, and have tried digitally restoring them, but would love to find better copies. If former band members access this site, my congratulations on producing some excellent music.
Steve O'Shaughnessy <steveos@compuserve.com>
US -
"Bonjour", Sorry for my very poor English ! I've been a total fan of Rhinoceros as I was teen-ager, and it's a sincere pleasure for me to find others connoisseurs of my favorite pop group on the Web. Waiting for some other news. Kind regards.
Maurice de Rochefort <moko@wanadoo.fr>
France -
I have been listening to these albums since the late 60's. I would love to see them out on CD. They were the first white soul band i ever heard. Never got to see them. Is there any live recording or even Film on these guys ? That would be fantastic ! They had to have played some festival or venue where someone was filming. Someone in theis site mentioned a show with Chuck Berry at the summer garden in Port Denver, Ontario 1970. Did the local TV stations film any of it ? Who is the local tv station in that area ? I was listening to the first album at around the same time Taj Mahal came out with his 1st solo album Natural Blues. Both are way too soulful. Please email me if anyone has any new news. jim c
Jim Carney <jcarney@tax.state.ny.us>
usa -
Growing up in Toronto I became aware of 3 of the members of Rhinoceros, John Finley, Peter Hodgeson and Michael "Rabbit Fonfara at a young age. First as part of Jon & Lee & The Checkmates, they literally changed my views on music and hooked me for life on R&B and Soul. Then as part of the group Blackstone Rangers or Blackstone as their Lp calls them they continued on the road to the Toronto R&B Hall of Fame in my mind. There simply was noone with the electricity in their performance that came with John, not to mention the ballsyist gospel drenched voice that i have idolized for some 30+ years. As Rhinoceros they went to anew level incorporating a rock element with their native soul gospel approach. John still led the way in my mind although he shared the vocals more than I would have liked to see. Not a shot at Alan Gerber, just John is THE man from Toronto in my opinion. Later years brought the unhearlded but fantastic Bill King Lp "Homestead" where John is featured throughout. King, ex pianist for Full Tilt Boogie of Janis Joplin fame, wrote some quality stuff here including the gospel edged "Every Living Thing Has A Place In God's Heart" on which John sings his heart out including an "Otis Redding, straight from the Baptist church gospel ending where he echoes the combined voices of a powerful backing choir. Just exquisite soul and power from a short little keg of dynamite. i swear he must be all lungs!

Peter Hodgeson went on to play with many other groups including the famous Toronto group Rough Trade and continues to be just about my favourite bassist.

Rabbit Fonfara's resume looks like an allstar reunion. He's played with just about everyone and is tremendously active still in Toronto especially with Canada's longest running blues band, Downchild. Toronto's contribution to Rhinoceros cannot be understated and that's the point of my note. Craig
Craig Webb <webb@conestoga.net>
Guelph, Canada -
Great to see this site up and running. As is the case with your first Guest Book contributor, I saw Jon Finley when I was a teenager in Toronto at the CNE, as well as later at the Broom and Stone out in Scarborough. As I recall (and I DO recall, the Jon-Lee Group were a fave of mine--I have a(the?) single they made, "Bring it Down Front" b/w an instrumental entitled "Porkchops" which they used to bring the singers, Jon and Lee, on during the live shows I think). Finley couldn't make the second set the day I saw them at the CNE because he was suffering from heat prostration and exhaustion. Boy were they a GREAT band.

Anyhow, here's another piece for the puzzle. Danny Weiss and Michael Fonfara were in the Lincolns, a band with Prakash John, and Steve Ambrose up here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, back in the mid-80s when many of these guys came home to settle and have some kind of family life etc. etc. Damned if I can remember who the drummer was right this minute. I saw the Lincolns many, many times during this period, and have the one studio album I am aware that they made. They were the house band at the New Club Bluenote for a while during this period. Steve Ambrose also deserves a mention here; he was the vocalist and a really fine, unique, r&b voice.

As far as vocalists go, though, Jon Finley was a riveting performer anytime I ever saw him. He also came up and did a guest shot at the Bluenote during this 80s stretch. I was really reassured to hear that he had not lost a step, in fact was probably a better vocalist than I remembered, which is something because he was magical to me when I was a kid.

Oh, may as well make this topical too.I have copies of each of the Rhinoceros albums (two of a couple of them I think). The music made sense to me, having grown up on bands like the Jon-Lee Group, RK and the Associates (early Roy Kenner), Mandala, Bush, and of course, George Oliver, the blue-eyed Prince of Soul, amongst many, many others. These bands were my heroes because they were the first groups I saw live; what a great intro to live music! Long live R&B music, and the legendary old Toronto scene.
David A. Sage <dsage@continuum.org>
Guelph, ON, Canada -
One of the greatest bands ever. I listen to a taped copy of the 1st album in my car at least once a month and have been looking for Rhinoceros on the web and on CD for the past several years. The songs and arrangements still burn and sound as good today as they did when 1st released. All great players. The guitar solos, exchanges and harmonies are amazing. Unfortunately, I did not see the band perform live but remember watching Jon / Lee and the Checkmates as a ten year old at the Canadian National Exhibition in the mid 60's and attending a Blackstone concert in Oshawa Ont. in the early 70's - I still have the Blackstone album.
Peter Grady <brenda.grady@sympatico.ca>
Canada -
we... limbophonic have just finished a dance track using a sample from the instrumental track "apricot brandy "
George Cassidy <quadra@tesco.net>
UK -
Thank you very much for remembering; quite accurate and heartwarming for me.
John Finley <vicransom@yahoo.com>
U.S.A. -
Its nice to know there are other people who remember this group besides me. I still have the original album from 1968 and would love to see it released on CD. I'll write to Rhino.
Greg Henderson <elfmale@home.com>
Found your site whilst trying to find Rhinoceros on CD. Very good site. I have all three UK albums, fired by a chance hearing of Apricot Brandy. I also was into Electra albums of that era generally, Butterfield, Clear Light, Love, Doors etc. Pity that the R. albums haven't been released on cd.
Richard Turner <richardturner@bigfoot.com>
england -
I always liked RHINOCEROS and have been talking back and forth with Nick Warburton about them.I too am frustrated that their music has not been released on c.d. and will e-mail Rhino records. I tried contacting Electra Records art dept. a few years ago in an attempt to purchase the original art work for their debut l.p..I spoke with people in both L.A. and New York but noone had any knowledge on something from that far in the past.Someone has to know how to contact the artist Gene Szafran and or someone has to know where the art work is or what became of it. I'm glad to see this web page devoted to them and hope that by combining knowledge we can get some much deserved attention for this under appreciated group.
Dennis Kelley <djk49@aol.com>
U.S.A. -
What a joy to see that people are still interested in Rhinoceros. As a vocalist, I have worked with Michael Fonfara since the mid 80's and he is still in the Toronto area playing with The Downchild Blues Band. John Finley is living in Los Angeles, singing and working on some new material. He wrote "Let Me Serenade You", recorded by Three Dog Night. He still is the best R&B singer around.Good luck at having the albums released on CD. It would be wonderful......
Heather <frogpond@ora.auracom.com>
Canada -
Hi again, Does anyone have a copy of the first Rhinoceros album in good condition for a reasonable price? I have (what I think) is a pretty decent copy of the Satin Chickens CD I could trade. There are only tiny static "flecks" here and there. You can't notice it to much except for In A Little Room. Dean
Dean Mueller <damuelr@aol.com>
great to read some new info, keep up the good work. still keeping my eyes open for some old vinyl to play on the radio show RTRFM 92.1 downunder. thanks for the e-mail address,I'll pass it on to the rest of the team.
deep purple pete.
australia -
I'm glad somebody remembers. There's still some talk of a "new" CD project with most of the original members.Thanks for the memories.
Barry Friedman <frazier@pucksfarm.com>
Canada -
Good one Pax - I must nab a copy off you - I can't remember seeing any of their records in the shops at the time let alone since. Keith (Hi there Pete)
Keith Poulter <kap@globalnet.co.uk>
U.K. -
Rhinoceros, The Cellar, Arlington Heights, IL, circa 1969 (maybe '68, it's kinda fuzzy; if you remember the '60's, you weren't really there!); WHAT A SHOW! John Finley on vocals & cowbell & they were ROCKIN' THE HOUSE! This was "home turf" of the Shadows of Knight, another killer '60's group (remember Gloria?). RELEASE THIS (1st) CD NOW; this music demands to be heard! "Apricot Brandy" is 1 of the best rock instrumentals of all time!
T-Bone <s2gesfan@yahoo.com>
If you're taking time to read this, you must have some interest in Rhinoceros. YOU CAN HELP get their music released on cd! Elektra has entered into a long-term deal with Rhino Records to re-release their classic albums and compilation sets. If you would buy Rhinoceros music (if it was available), you need to take time now to send Rhino Records an e-mail requesting that they re-release this music on cd. Send it to DrRhino@rhino.com Thanks for your help!
Bob Halverson <bob_halverson@prodigy.net>
- U.S.A.
A great band that seems to have been forgotten with time. There was a lot of talent in that band. Some of the R&B influence with "Say your Sorry" and "I need love" was fantastic. I came across the first two albums and tried to clean them up digitally but to no avail. I'm a keyboardist, so I have to say I was tuned in especially to the Hammond sound and of course the lead vocals.
Dean Mueller <damuelr@aol.com>
On Friday nite, June 1968, My brother, three great friends and I, had the distinct pleasure of seeing/hearing rhinoceros open for jeff beck w/rod up front at woolsey hall in new haven Ct. A small auditorium on the Yale Campus. Rhino, put on a better show, however Beck was great too. I'm searching for a tape of the first album. I've never heard the 3rd, didn't even know they made a 3rd. Hope you can help me out. Keep on Rockin HDRIDR
HDRIDR <dridr@erols.com>
Alan Gerber has a home page on the Web. Found it using Yahoo. He has a couple CDs released, '94 and '97 I believe. He also had a solo album out in early 70's on Shelter Records, with Danny Weis and Michael Fonfara playing on it. Haven't been able to locate any info regarding other members. I did see John Finley at a jam night in '76 at a Studio City pizza joint. He was singing and playing piano for one tune.
Michael Brebes <antlerprod@aol.com>
Without luck of seeing anything available on CD, I have had to resort to taking the three albums onto the cmptr, cleaning them up and burning my own CDs. Telecaster playing at its best. "Apricot Brandy" is available on Rhino's Instrumental Hits of the 70's. Still looking for the release of other songs on CD from the original tapes.
Michael Brebes <antlerprod@aol.com>
great to finially read something on this band, was hoping to find a c.d or two. currently part of a radio show, 'woodstock rock' wednesday 7 - 9 pm on r.t.r fm. 92.1 or we can be heard on real audio at rtrfm.ii.net keep up the great work,i'll keep in touch in case elektra has a change of mind. regards 'deep purple pete'.
pete greenwood
perth/australia -
Thanks for your page. I wish the first Rhinoceros album would get released on CD!!! (with extra tracks, all remastered, great liner notes, original art, etc.)
Jim Bates <Jim.Bates@gems3.gov.bc.ca>
Well done matey and thanks again for the CDs! I don't know if it was you who told me this story but apparently the UK band Atomic Rooster chose their name after reading that one time bassist with Rhinoceros Jerry Penrod was committed to a mental asylum on the grounds that he thought he was an 'atomic rooster'. Great site for a great band. Where are they all now ...especially Gerber and Finlay? I think I've seen Danny Weiss credited with the production on some reasonably recent albums.
Peter Catlin <peter.catlin@virgin.net>
UK -
Good site,I have always loved their albums, shame they have never been released on CD, here's hoping!
David Geren <geren@yahoo.com>
Nice Page !!
Jontte <jokrvi00@otol.fi>
Nice page so far. A few things that might be of interest to you: Original bassist Jerry Penrod was also in the Iron Butterfly at the same time as Danny Weis. They both appear on the first IB album, Heavy. Guitarist Doug Hastings was a short-lived member of both the Mothers of Invention and Buffalo Springfield (where he replaced Neil Young). Michael Fonfara and Danny Weis play on Lou Reed's Coney Island Baby album (released 1976). Hope this helps, and good luck!
Jeff Troutman <acidbath@fuse.net>
Welcome to the Rhinoceros Visitors Book, please leave comments, interesting stories, information, or anything about this great band.
Mike Paxman
UK -