In 1967, four 8th grade girls from a small town in western Illinois (Aledo) went into a recording studio in the Quad Cities and recorded Bobby Goldsboro's "See The Funny Little Clown" and Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour."
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Kathy Talkin (drums and vocals) Nellie Hastings (lead guitar and vocals) Barbara Stutsman (bass guitar) Alice Appleton (organ) The group was managed by drummer Kathy Talkin's father Robert "Tab" Talkin.
"Funny Little Clown" & "Midnight Hour" was the first of just two singles the group would self-release in the late 1960's. The group returned to Fredlo Recording Studios in Davenport, Iowa in 1968 and recorded two original tunes written by guitarist Nellie Hastings: "Open Up Your Mind" & "Puppet."
In early 1969, the group would fly to Hollywood and perform "Midnight Hour" on the rock variety show Happening, an ABC-TV program hosted by Paul Revere and the Raiders.
The group continued to perform live around western Illinois and eastern Iowa until the summer of 1970 before breaking up.