Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1965 The Castaways – Liar, Liar

1965 The Castaways – Liar, Liar

A group of musicians came together to play at a fraternity party in the Twin Cities in Minnesota in 1962, and the crowd reception convinced the group to stay together. The group included Jim Donna on keyboards, Dennis Craswell on drums, Robert Folschow and Roy Hensley on guitars, and Dick Roby on bass guitar and vocal. They began calling themselves The Castaways.

Jim and Dennis wrote the song Liar, Liar. The group recorded the song, and Soma Records released the single in 1965. The record peaked at #12 on the Hot 100.

A 1967 beach movie (It’s A Bikini World) included a lip-sync performance of the song by the Castaways. Their scenes focused primarily on a woman in a bikini dancing in front of their stage.

The song was later used in the soundtracks of several films, including Animal House, Good Morning, Vietnam, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

The group never had another successful recording and disbanded. Dennis joined the group Crow, who had their own one-hit-wonder with the single Evil Woman Don’t Play Your Games With Me.

In the eighties, a group billed as the Castaways formed on the West Coast. That group eventually included all the original members except Jim, but it eventually drifted apart.

Jim later reformed his own version of the group, and that group continues to perform as the Castaways in live events in the Midwest.

Dennis now has his own group and bills himself as The Original Castaway for live shows, primarily in the Minnesota area.


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