Formed in 1967-in fiery rock 'n' roll hotbed St. Joseph, Missouri- the Fantastics(Tom Little and Monte Yager on guitar on guitar, plus Tony Guardado on bass) had been known as The Quiet. They joined up with drummer Bobby Meeks, a man with both a plan and a set of matching sparkle-laden jackets. Meeks ushered the group into Cavern for one purpose: to cut a demo to send to Happening '68, a Dick Clark production hosted by Paul Revere & the Raiders' Mark Lindsay. That demo hit the spot for Lindsay, and the group made the 1500-mile trek west to Hollywood for a May 4, 1968, lip-synched taping of "Tobacco Road," a hit for the Nashville Teens back in '64. But the Fantastics' iteration didn't jibe with guest judge Brenton Wood, and the group returned home to play a series of uninspiring gigs at various strip clubs, most notably Chez Don's "Distinctly Different" Cocktail Lounge before breaking up shortly thereafter.