EDDY MEDORA





SINGLES

CONTE CO 826 THE RENEGADE FIVE  Seventh Son / Young And Wild 3/1963 US
CHALLENGE 59227 THE SNOWMEN Ski Storm (Part I) / Ski Storm (Part II) 12/1963 US
CHALLENGE 59229 THE RANGERS Mogul Monster / Snow Skiing 1/1964 US
CHALLENGE 59239 THE RANGERS Reputation / Justine 4/1964 US
TOWER 101 THE SUNRAYS Outta Gas / Car Party 9/1964 US
TOWER 148 THE SUNRAYS I Live For The Sun / Bye Baby Bye
(a-side Billboard/pop #51)
6/1965 US
CAPITOL CL 15416 THE SUNRAYS I Live For The Sun / Bye Baby Bye 1965 UK
TOWER 191 THE SUNRAYS Andrea / You Don't Phase Me
(a-side Billboard/pop #41)
12/1965 US
CAPITOL CL 15433 THE SUNRAYS Andrea / You Don't Phase Me 1966 UK
TOWER 224 THE SUNRAYS Still / When You're Not Here
(a-side Billboard/pop #93)
2/1966 US
TOWER 256 (p/s) THE SUNRAYS  Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously / I Look Baby, I Can't See  6/1966 US
TOWER 290 THE SUNRAYS Hi, How Are You? / Just 'Round The River Bend 10/1966 US
TOWER 340 THE SUNRAYS Loaded With Love / Time (A Special Thing) 4/1967 US

Note: The Renegades on Dorset Records ("Stolen Angel" / "Keep Laughin'", #5007, 1961) and Garland Records ("I'm A Loner" / "Travelin' Through This Countryside", #2036, 196?), The Rangers on FTP Records ("Four On The Floor" / "Riders In The Sky", #404, 1961), The Sunrays on Warner Bros. Records ("Talk To Him" / "Gideon", #5253, 1962), The Snowmen on Roulette Records ("Sugar Daddy" / "My Girl Left Me", #4578, 1964), and The Renegades V on Dubonay Records ("Wine, Wine, Wine" / "Love And Fury", #982, 1965) are different groups than above. The Renegades led by Eddy Medora is also not to be confused with Birmingham-based merseybeat group The Renegades (two US releases on Congress and Karate labels in 1965-66).

In addition, The Renegades on American International A-45-536/7 ("Geronimo" / "Charge"; released 6/1959) doesn't feature Eddy Medora or any other his band mates (but instead, Richie Podolor:bs/gtr, Bruce Johnston:pno and Sandy Nelson:dms), although these sides (from the American International Picture "Ghost Of Dragstrip Hollow" a.k.a. "Haunted Hot Rod") are produced by Kim Fowley who collaborated with Medora's group on all their 1963-64 Challenge recordings, and although it's often documented that Medora's Renegades was indeed formed when he was in 8th grade (c. 1959). "Geronimo" has been reissued on compilations Wa-Chick-Ka-Nocka (Buffalo Bop BB-CD 55011, 1993 GER), Strummin' Mental, Part One (Crypt 6501, 1998 GER) & Rare Instrumentals, Vol.9 (Era Records ERA-109, 2006 CAN), and "Charge" on Killer Dillas, Vol.3 (Big Rumble LP F 102), Strummin' Mental, Part One (Crypt 6501, 1998 GER), Impossible But True - The Kim Fowley Story (Ace CDCHD 888, 2003 UK) & Strictly Instrumental, Vol.9 (Buffalo Bop BB-CD 55174, 2005 GER).

The most established Renegades/Snowmen/Rangers line-up,along with Medora (lead vocals/lead guitar/saxophone), consisted of Chris Gordon (rhythm guitar), Marty DiGiovanni (piano/keyboards), Byron Case (bass) and Dave Holt (drums). The Sunrays were Eddy Medora (lead vocals/guitar), Byron Case or Steve O'Riley (guitar/vocals), Marty DiGiovanni (piano/keyboards), Vince Hozier (bass/vocals) and Richard (Rick/Rickey) Henn (drums/vocals) sometimes added with various professional musicians such as Glen Campbell (guitar), Carol Kaye (bass) and Hal Blaine (drums) on recording sessions.




ALBUMS

TOWER T-5017 (mono)/ST-5017 (stereo) THE SUNRAYS: ANDREA  (LP)
Andrea / A Little Dog And His Boy / Have To Be Myself / I Look Baby - I Can't See / You Don't Phase Me / Still / I Live For The Sun / Jo Ann / Better Be Good To Me / Bye Baby Bye / Tears In My Eyes / Since My Findin' You
-- cd reissue: Collectables COL-0598, 1995 US --
12/1965 US
COLLECTABLES COL-8833 THE SUNRAYS: FOR COLLECTORS ONLY - VINTAGE RAYS  (3-CD)
The Renegades: Sidewinder (prev. unissued c. 4/1961 recording) / The Renegades: Renegade (prev. unissued c. 4/1961 recording) / The Renegades Five: Seventh Son / The Renegades Five: Young And Wild / The Renegades: Six Eight Blues (prev. unissued 8/1963 recording) / The Renegades: Trouble (prev. unissued 8/1963 recording) / The Dirt Riders: Wheel Stand (prev. unissued 10/1963 recording) / The Dirt Riders: Square Four (prev. unissued 10/1963 recording) / The Snowmen: Ski Storm - Pt. 1 / The Snowmen: Ski Storm - Pt. 2 / The Rangers: Snow Skiing / The Rangers: Mogul Monster / The Rangers: Reputation / The Rangers: Justine / The Renegades: Night Train (prev. unissued) / The Renegades: Surf Beat (prev. unissued) / The Sunrays: Outta Gas / Car Party / I Live For The Sun / Andrea / Little Dog And His Boy / Have To Be Myself / I Look Baby - I Can't See / You Don't Phase Me / Still / Jo Ann / Better Be Good To Me / Bye Baby Bye / Tears In My Eyes / Since My Findin' You / When You're Not Here / Goodnight Debbie, Goodnight (prev. unissued) / Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously / Just 'Round The River Bend / 'Hi, How Are You' / Loaded With Love / Time (A Special Thing) / I Live For The Sun (prev. unissued alt. version) / Andrea (prev. unissued alt. version) / Jo Ann (prev. unissued alt. version) / You Don't Phase Me (prev. unissued alt. version) / Just 'Round the River Bend (prev. unissued alt. version) / Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously (prev. unissued alt. version) / I Wanna Know (prev. unissued rehearsal demo) / Got No Time For My Baby (prev. unissued rehearsal demo) / I Was A Loser (prev. unissued rehearsal demo) / I'm On My Way (prev. unissued rehearsal demo) / Our Leader (prev. unissued Christmas gift to Murry Wilson from the Sunrays) / Tired Of You (prev. unissued rehearsal demo) / Hey Little Girl (prev. unissued rehearsal demo) / Old Man Doubt (prev. unissued rehearsal demo) / Suzuki The Fun Bike (prev. unissued commercial jingle demo) / Terry Steen Time Radio Show (prev. unissued) / Don't Ya Give Up (prev. unissued rehearsal demo) / Won't You Tell Me (8/1971 demo of a Murry Wilson song for the Beach Boys) / Colonel's Song (9/1972 demo for a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial sung by Murry Wilson) / Going Surfin' (6/1973 soundtrack recording released under the moniker Dan & Jean) / Longboards Rule '96 (12/1992 recording)
1996 US
COLLECTABLES COL-2731 THE SUNRAYS: THE TOWER RECORDINGS  (CD)
Outta Gas / Car Party / I Live For The Sun / Andrea / A Little Dog And His Boy / Have To Be Myself / I Look Baby - I Can't See / You Don't Phase Me / Still / Jo Ann / Better Be Good To Me / Bye Baby Bye / Tears In My Eyes / Since My Findin' You / When You're Not Here / Goodnight Debbie, Goodnight / Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously / Just 'Round The River Bend / Hi, How Are You / Loaded With Love / Time (A Special Thing) / I Live For The Sun (alt. version) / Andrea (alt. version) / Jo Ann (alt. version) / You Don't Phase Me (alt. version) / Just 'Round The River Bend (alt. version) / Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously (alt. version)
1999 US
CEM RECORDS # (self prod.) EDDY MEDORA: RIDE RIDE RIDE  (CD-R)
Ride Ride Ride / Marlena / Gimmie Some Love Tonite (techno) / Gimie Some Love Tonight (rock) / Sexy Eyes / Renegade / 6/6 Blues / Ski Storm / Hey Little Girl / Hellcats / Sidewinder / Wheel Stand / Square Four / Mogul Monster
200? US
CHRISED RECORDS # (self prod.) EDDY AND MARTY OF THE SUNRAYS  (CD-R)
Puzzles / Baby Don't Hurt Me / Wonderful Day / Dusty / I'm In Love With You / We Get Along / Hellcats / Ski Storm / Snow Skiing / Renegade / I Wanna Know / I'm Tired Of You
200? US




COMPILATIONS

PRIORITY CDL-9702 V/A: THE BEST OF 60S SURF  (CD)
The Sunrays: I Live For The Sun
1987 US 
DCC COMPACT CLASSICS/DUNHILL DZS-030 V/A: BEACH CLASSICS  (CD)
The Sunrays: I Live For The Sun
1988 US
DECAL LIK 39 V/A: SURFER'S STOMP - 20 SURFIN' SOUVENIRS  (LP)
The Snowmen: Ski Storm - Part I
1988
RHINO R1-70087/R2-70087 V/A: SUMMER & SUN  (LP/CD)
The Sunrays: I Live For The Sun
1989 US
TIME LIFE 29 V/A: CLASSIC ROCK - BUBBLEGUM, GARAGE AND POP NUGGETS  (CD)
The Sunrays: I Live For The Sun
1991 US
CAPITOL C2-96861 V/A: MONSTER SUMMER HITS - WILD SURF  (CD)
The Sunrays: I Live For The Sun
1991 US
ACE CDCHD 533 V/A: MUSCLE BUSTLE - CLASSIC TRACKS FROM CHALLENGE SURF 'N DRAG  (CD)
The Snowmen: Ski Storm - Part I
1995 UK
JCI JC-3106-CD V/A: SURFIN' SIXTIES  (CD)
The Sunrays: I Live For The Sun
1995 US
RHINO/WEA 72418 V/A: COWABUNGA! THE SURF BOX  (4-CD)
The Snowmen: Ski Storm - Part I / The Sunrays: I Live For The Sun
1996 US
VLADIMIR TWIST VTR 6909 V/A: LIKE NOTHING YOUR EARS HAVE EVER HEARD, VOL.9  (LP)
The Rangers: Justine
1996
EMI-CAPITOL/CEMA SPECIAL MARKETS 19469  V/A: MUSIC FOR A SUMMER BARBECUE  (CD)
The Sunrays: I Live For The Sun
1998 US
PLATINUM DISC 7762 V/A: ENDLESS SUMMER LEGENDS  (3-CD)
The Sunrays: I Live For The Sun
1999
DELTA 24756 V/A: THE BEST OF SURF ROCK  (2-CD)
The Sunrays: I Live For The Sun
1999
SILVERLINE CD 288036/DVA 92302 V/A: INSIDE THE MUSIC - SURF'S UP  (CD/DVD-AUDIO)
The Sunrays: I Live For The Sun
2001 US
ACE CDCHD 888 V/A: IMPOSSIBLE BUT TRUE - THE KIM FOWLEY STORY  (CD)
The Rangers: Justine / The Rangers: Reputation / The Snowmen: Ski Storm (Part 1)
2003 UK
PLAYME PA-4515 CD V/A: RARE INSTRUMENTALS, VOL.15  (CD)
The Snowmen: Ski Storm - Part I / The Snowmen: Ski Storm - Part II
2007 HOL
SURF S 94009 V/A: SURF GUITAR RUMBLE, VOL.3  (CD)
The Rangers: Mogul Monster
2007
RPM RETRO 837 V/A: SHIVERIN' AND SHAKIN' - HOP ROCKERS & SLEAZY INSTROS, CHALLENGE RECORDS PART ONE : 1958-1965  (CD) 
The Snowmen: Ski Storm - Part I / The Rangers: Reputation / The Rangers: Mogul Monster
2008 UK
RARE RECORDS UNLIMITED RI-4523A CD  V/A: RARE INSTRUMENTALS, VOL.23  (CD)
The Rangers: Mogul Monster
2008 HOL

In addition, Rick Henn (of the Sunrays) is also featured on the following 2-LP compilations: "A Sea For Yourself By Hal Jepsen" (Rural RR 002, 1973 US/Interfusion ITFL-425/6, 1973 AUS) & "California, U.S.A." (Columbia C237412, 1981 US).



                                                      

© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Published sources: Goldmine Price Guide To 45 Rpm Records (Tim Neely, 2003) | Rare Record Price Guide 2004 (Record Collector, 2002) | Billboard Top 100 Singles (Joel Whitburn, 1994)

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