Montereys Groups

Montereys (Lamont CA) Group


Note:  There are style variations on the following Lamont CA groups

  • They all share similar vocals, and some writing credits.
  • Online sources list the Montereys gms. 


previously as Four Escorts – Don’t You Remember/ My Special Girl, ’61 (Skyla 1113)

  • Writing credits: H Aguilar/ J Cole.
  • Produced by Steven Venet.
  • It is uncertain if the Four Escorts members all became the Montereys.


Montereys – Darlin (I Love You So) [sic]/ Darlin’ Send Me A Letter, ’62 (Trans American 1000-1001)

  • A-side scan found.
  • As/ family members commenting on youtube, the lead singer is Manuel Canez.
    • The group is from Lamont, CA which is just outside of Bakersfield.
  • Another comment states that Manuel Canez wrote and sang both Trans American songs.


Montereys – (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons/ I Still Love You, ’63 (GNP Crescendo 314)

  • Writing credits for ‘I Still Love You’: Hector R Aguilar.


Montereys (Arwin Group)


Note:  Even though the writing credits on both sides are H Aguilar (same as Montereys group from Lamont CA), there is no supporting documentation that this is the same group.

  • Most sources separate the Arwin group from the others.
  • There is a change in style.


Montereys (Arwin Group) – It Hurts Me So AND It Hurts So Much/ Goodbye My Love, ’65 (Arwin 130)

  • A-side scans found for both titles: ‘It Hurts Me So.’ and ‘It Hurts So Much.’
  • B-side ‘Goodbye My Love’ is a different song than ‘Goodbye My Love’ on Saturn 1005.
    • See comment from Apesville.
  • Arwin is located in Beverly Hills CA.


Montereys (New Jersey) Group


Montereys (Vocals By The Montereys) – My Girl (Wa Wa Diddy Bop)/ With You, ‘65 (Saturn 1002)

  • No scan for B-side.


Montereys (Vocals By The Reginas)

– Teardrops In My Eyes/ One More Fool Than I, ‘65 (Saturn 1003)

  • The book dated as N/A with only the B-side listed.

– I Need You/ Why Must I Love The One, ’65 (Saturn 1004)

  • Book did not list.


Montereys – Slipping Away/ Why Does Time, ’65

  • See comment from Russ Herbstsomer.


The Reginas (Instrumentals by The Montereys) – Tear Drops In My Eyes (2:54)/ One More Fool Than I, ‘65 (Raio & Raio Music 1003) 


The Reginas (Kathy & Ann Zappi) (Instrumentals by The Montereys) – Why Must I Love The One/ I Need You, ‘65 (Raio & Raio Music 1004)

  • ‘I Need You’ has male backing vocals.


Note:  Raio is a division of Saturn Recording Studio Inc.

  • Most sources date the Reginas’ releases as 1959 which has now been confirmed as 1965.


Book error: The listing is for Goodbye My Love/ Slipping Away’ on Saturn 1005.

  • Scans for the Saturn subsidiary (Raio & Raio) credited The TalismenGood Bye My Love/ Slipping Away, ’65 (Raio & Raio Music 1005).
  • The book also erred by attributing Saturn 1005 to the Arwin group.
    • See comment from Apesville on this release.


Montereys (Brooklyn) Group


Don Dell & The Montereys – Honey Doll/ Baby I Don’t Care (Tom-Tom 102)

Don Dell w The Montereys – Make Believe Love/ I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, ’62 (Roman 2963)


Montereys – Step Right Up/ Face In The Crowd, ’63 (Blast 219)


as Monorays – Face In The Crowd/ Step Right Up, ‘66 (Astra 1018)

  • The book dated as 1963.
  • Most sources date 1966 or as ‘unknown.’


Montereys (The Other Groups)


Montereys (Harlem-New York) – Someone Like You/ Train Whistle Blues, ’56 (Nestor 15 & Teenage 1001)


Dean Barlow & The Montereys (Bronx)

– Dearest One/ Through The Years, ’57 (Onyx 513 & Relic 511, ’64)

– Angel/ Tell Me Why, ’57 (Onyx 517)


Montereys (Midwest City, Oklahoma) – You’re The Girl For Me/ Ape Shape, ’57 (Rose 109)


Montereys (NY Label) – The American Teens/ I’ll Love You Again, ’58 (East West 121)

  • Book misnumbered as #124.


Montereys (Texas) – A Crowded Room/ You Said That You Loved Me, ’59 (Major 1009)

  • The book listed separately from other Monterey groups. 


Montereys (Philadelphia) – Without A Girl/ So Deep, ’60 (Impala 213)

  • Sources locate this impala [sic] label in Philadelphia.


Montereys (Hollywood Label) – Rita/ Billy Budd, ’60 (Prince 5060)

  • Have not heard either side.


as Sandra Patrick – Broken Heart’s Prayer/ I Want Your Love, ’64 (Dominion 1008)

  • No BB is credited.

Montereys (Virginia) – First Kiss/ Just One More Kiss, ’64 (Dominion 1019)


Montereys (Rhode Island) – You Never Cared/ Blast Off {I}, ’65 (Planet 57)

  • Book listed as a Monterays group and dated as 1957.


11 thoughts on “Montereys Groups

    • Thanks for another interesting comment. It appears that the sub label (Raio) swapped the credits on #1003. The Reginas second release names the two members. One youtube playing ‘I Need You’ dates as 1964. IMO the 1964 dating is more accurate than the 1959 dating used by others.

    • There were many mixups in the book. Based on the Raio & Raio release of ‘Good Bye My Love’ by the Talismen, and listening to the other Saturn releases involving the Reginas, Saturn 1005 does not belong to the Arwin group.

  1. I wrote all the Saturn Recording and Raio & Raio songs except “Teardrops in My Eyes” as a member of the Montereys. Another member wrote “Teardrops”. I sang lead and played guitar. We were all from New Jersey and recorded all the songs in 1965. The Reginas were a girl I graduated Columbia High in Maplewood with in 1964, and her sister. Raio Sr was our manager and owner of the labels, but had nothing to do with writing the songs. Some songs show all four members as writers, but I’m “Herbstsomer” and wrote all of them alone. “Connolly” wrote “Teardrops” alone. I never met the Talismen and we recorded our own version of “Slipping Away”; backed by “Why Does Time”. I know of no existing copy of our record.

    • Hi and thanks for the comments about yourself and the Montereys. They clear up book errors, my own errors, and those made by others. The post now includes the location and the 1965 dating. The Montereys songs, as yet, are rare on youtube.

      Thanks again for setting the record straight. It was a pleasure hearing from you and learning of your involvement with the Montereys. If you still have the recordings, could you post them on youtube. I have heard only two of your songs.

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