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The Red Crayola

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The Red Crayola have spent most of their long and varied history as the Red Krayola. Under their original spelling, they were a Houston-based trio organized by Mayo Thompson in September of 1966, with Steve Cunningham on bass and Rick Barthelme on drums. They were signed to Lelan Rogers' International Artists label in 1967 and cut their first LP early that year, assisted by guests such as Roky Erickson (on organ), and Tommy Smith replacing Barthelme. The group's sound was one of the bolder, less obviously commercial psychedelic incarnations of the era, which was precisely what Thompson had in mind and began the process of building him his multi-generational audience and history as the Red Krayola. ~ Bruce Eder

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1966 in Houston, TX

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'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s