October 26, 2017

JAVA MEN (Stratford, CT)

Wake up with the Java Men! From left: Edward Montagnino, Dave Harrison, Chris Kost and Jules Toraya. All photos courtesy of Jules Toraya.

The Java Men were a caffeinated crew of Bunnell High School (Stratford, Conn.) students led by Cordovox accordian-weilding Jules Toraya. Band members included Jules Toraya on Cordovox accordian and lead vocals; Edward Montagnino on lead guitar; Dave Harrison on rhythm guitar; and Chris Kost on drums. The Java Men started out in 1965 and recorded their sole 45 in April 1967 — a double-sided espresso jolt of original material.

Their most memorable performance was on a float in a 4th of July parade in 1966, complete with caged go-go dancers! According to a Bridgeport Post newspaper account:
“The Java Men,” a combo of Bunnell high school students in Stratford, will “Rock ’N Roll” in the Barnum Festival parade July 4 on one of the many floats, which have been entered in the colorful cavalcade. 
With two “Go Go” girls dancing in cages on the float, “The Java Men” will provide the “beat” for them; “Music Makes The World GO GO.”

The Bridgeport Post, June 29, 1966.
The Bridgeport Post, Nov. 28, 1966 (top); and July 5, 1966

Just Being With You / Don't Lead Me On
(1001/1002 • 4-25-67)
April 1967

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