May 292012

Guess who -- and no, it's not the Guess Who

Today we initiate a new chapter in the ongoing RTH series “Scavenger Hunt.” As you know, the basic idea here is to use the awesome rock-nerd brainpower of the Hall to find images or other relevant media on the Internet that enlighten and entertain, according to the whim of the contest quizmaster, i.e., me. I set the category within which one must search, and today, it’s that old chestnut: unusually excellent and otherwise noteworthy photos or videos of famous rockers before they were famous. You may either identify the artist you’ve re-discovered by name, or add to the fun by asking the Hall to chime in with an ID. I’ll start the proceedings off with the band featured above, which I choose not to identify.

I look forward to your responses.


PS – Remember this helpful hint by tonyola, if you want to post a photo from a site that includes the artist’s name in the URL:

If you want to hide the url, download the picture then upload it to


  355 Responses to “Scavenger Hunt: Before They Were Famous”

  1. diskojoe

    That’s the Band from the 50s-early 60s. I recognize Garth Hudson & Robbie Robinson at the end.

  2. hrrundivbakshi

    You are correct, sir!

  3. BigSteve

    Levon & the Hawks to be precise. That’s Levon with the blond hair in the middle. The guy on the far left, whose name escapes me right now, was an additional horn player they had in this period.

    I just finished reading Levon’s memoir last week. As other’s have found, his bitterness towards Robbie Robertson in the last chapters is somewhat unpleasant, but I still recommend the book highly.

  4. alexmagic

    Aw, I was hoping the guy on the left was Moulty, and he was standing that way to hide his hook.

  5. misterioso

    Can we add to Dylan’s resume–on this his 71st birthday–that he saved these guys from an at best dubious fate?

  6. HVB, in terms of the guessing game aspect I’m not sure all know how to or are even able to post images within a comment. We can post links, but the URLs may give away the identity of the artist. I think this is a good excursion, but we’ll have to see how to best make it work. Thanks.

  7. cherguevara

    Here’s a video I ran across recently:

    Also, I had posted an early photo of the Scorpions here a while back:

  8. hrrundivbakshi

    Is that Jimmy Page?

  9. How about this go-getter?

  10. hrrundivbakshi

    Gary Busey as a young Buddy Holly!

  11. cliff sovinsanity

    Little Jimmie Morrison

  12. cherguevara

    Lou Reed?

  13. tonyola

    Who is this serious-looking guy?

  14. tonyola

    Frank Zappa!

  15. hrrundivbakshi

    That’s Roy Wood!

  16. tonyola

    Oh, good one. Looks different without the facial hair, doesn’t he?

  17. Our Minister of Fun and Games, hrrundivbakshi, has asked that I post this photo. The guy in the middle is the one we need to identify.

  18. Yes, I was afraid no one could guess that. I should have known the folks we’re dealing with.

  19. cherguevara

    Ok try this one:

  20. cherguevara

    Bryan Ferry?

  21. Wow, that makes sense…but innnncorrect!

  22. cherguevara

    No, but good guess. Lemme know when you need a hint.

  23. ladymisskirroyale

    That smells English.

  24. This kid’s middle school yearbook must have read, “Most likely to grow up an Undertone.”

  25. cherguevara

    Eric Burdon?

  26. trigmogigmo

    Pete Townshend?

  27. Can’t be with that modest nose. Pete has an imposing honker.

  28. Who’s the guy on the right?

  29. I don’t think color photography had been invented when Eric was that young.

  30. Man, that face is so familiar. I’m going to kick myself if someone else gets it…

  31. tonyola

    Nope, not him.

  32. No, but he is British. His career, as you know it, began in the late-1960s.

  33. cherguevara

    I actually looked up the history of color photography before I made my guess, which has no bearing on the likeliness of my being incorrect anyway!

  34. Clapton? I think it’s someone who’s done time in the presence of Ray Cooper. Was Clapton ever capable of smiling so enthusiastically?

  35. This kid’s really bugging me. He looks like a kid I would have been friends with, like a kid who’s mom would have packed him extra orange wedges and peanut butter crackers, which he would share with other boys. But Joey Woodward never became a rock star, as far as I know.

  36. How about this adorable boy?
    Beautiful Boy

  37. hrrundivbakshi

    Hamish Stuart!

  38. hrrundivbakshi

    That’s hilarious!

  39. Another courtesy of HVB:

  40. hrrundivbakshi

    This comment may come back to haunt you.

  41. I know, I fear it’s going to be Angus Young or, worse yet, one of your heroes from ZZ Top. Serves me right!

  42. hrrundivbakshi

    Not Eric Burdon — but I can see the resemblance. This kid is one of those “of COURSE that’s who that is” subjects.

  43. hrrundivbakshi

    This one should be easy, I think. He looked a lot like this all growed up, too.

  44. tonyola

    Interesting guess, but it’s someone a little better known to rock fans.

  45. Is it little Jimmy Page?

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