In 1964, a sextet of teenagers set out to bring the British Invasion to Chicago, establishing their own “Colony” on the northwest side in the city’s Belmont-Cragin neighborhood. “From that goal and the fact that England called America the new Colonies, we selected the moniker, New Colony Six,” said lead singer Ray Graffia. After a year of relentless gigging through the suburbs, the NC6 released their first single, “I Confess,” on their own Centar imprint which was collectively funded by the bandmates’ parents.
The up-and-coming group caught the attention of Peter Wright, a Chicago music industry titan who is most known for his Twinight Records label. Wright stepped in to manage the group and pushed “I Confess,” on the airwaves earning it a spot on the Billboard Hot 100. To capitalize on the single’s success, the NC6 rushed into Sound Studios to record a full-length follow up. A self-produced affair, Breakthrough adheres to the band’s original mission and draws heavily from British rock conventions implementing swaths of Farfisa organ, Lesley-fied guitar, and small doses of psychedelic influence.
- The New Colony Six I Confess
- The New Colony Six A Heart Is Made Of Made Of Many Things
- The New Colony Six Don't You Think It's Time You Stopped Your Cryin'
- The New Colony Six Last Nite
- The New Colony Six I And You
- The New Colony Six At The River's Edge
- The New Colony Six I Lie Awake
- The New Colony Six Dawn Is Breaking
- The New Colony Six The Time Of The Year Is Sunset
- The New Colony Six Mister You're A Better Man Than I
- The New Colony Six Some People Think I'm A Playboy
- The New Colony Six Sloopy