1964 promotional poster for the Alpine, Texas band called the "Believers" in Phantom Productions' vintage recording collection

T h e   B E L I E V E R S

Believers poster page 1, page 2

The Believers 1964 Audio Track

"Motor Mouth"

work track   

1964 promotional poster for the Alpine, Texas band called the "Believers" in Phantom Productions' vintage recording collection
1964 photo of the Alpine, Texas band called the "Believers" in Phantom Productions' vintage recording collection

 

"The Believers"

Photos from the Junior/Senior High School Prom, Alpine, Texas May, 1964

Songs from Believers 1964 (not the AHS prom)

Song 1Song 2Song 3Song 4Song 5Song 6

Song 7Song 8 Song 9Song 10Song 11Song 12

Song 13Song 14Song 15Song 16Song 17

Song 18Song 19

When the Believers (poster page 1, page 2) played at the AHS Junior Senior prom in 1964, Martin asked for a copy of the tape recording made on their Roberts recorder (seen above) by their manager Bill Spears. The Believers were a group of Sul Ross State College (now University) students. After the prom the band members headed for their homes for the Summer of '64.

1964 photo of the Alpine, Texas band called the "Believers" in Phantom Productions' vintage recording collection
picture of Grainger Hunt singing at the Alpine, Texas Junior Senior Prom in May, 1964

The Lead Singer, Grainger Hunt (seen in the middle of the photo above and right) stayed in Alpine with his family. Knowing Martin had a copy of the tape, he called and asked to hear it. Just the month before, for high school graduation, Martin's parents bought him the Webcor (below) which enabled "sound with/on sound." Grainger asked if Martin would help him develop and record some new songs. The rest of the Summer was spent in numerous ("fun & learning") sessions and the "draft" recording of new material for the Believers, including the development of their new song "Motor Mouth." The Believers then went to San Angelo and recorded"Motor Mouth" at Ron Newdoll's Accurate Sound Company.  The studio had a #1 hit with "Last Kiss" by the Cavaliers.

Martin recorded a few more things for the Believers. The relationship with Ron Newdoll and Martin's pursuit of a recording career were the result of this first work with Grainger & Peyton helping in their music development.

Accurate Sound building in San Angelo in 2003

Accurate Sound studio building in 2006

 

picture of Ron Newdoll's business card for Accurate Sound in San Angelo

Ron Newdoll (left) of Accurate Sound Company - 1964

 

Here are some brief "fun" clips of Grainger Hunt's at Highland Sound Co. (Phantom Productions, Inc.), Alpine, Texas in the Summer of 1964

Chances Are

Play

 Fever 

Play

Saints

Play

Twilight Time

Play

Along Came Jones
Grainger and Peyton

Play

On Saints, Grainger harmonizes with himself.  The ability for the Webcor to record "sound with sound" and "Sound on sound" enabled the singer to better develop a song, or performance.

 

 

1964 photo of Grainger Hunt the lead singer in the Alpine, Texas band called the "Believers" in Phantom Productions' vintage recording collection

 

1964 photo of Grainger Hunt the lead singer and Peyton Starr the lead guitarist in the Alpine, Texas band called the "Believers" in Phantom Productions' vintage recording collection 

Grainger & Peyton

Believers playing

 

Believers playing for Big Bend visit of Lady Bird Johnson

Believers playing at Sul Ross dances and for Lady Bird Johnson in the Big Bend

 
1968 Sul Ross Annual photos
 

 

 

   

 

picture of Martin in Alpine studio 1965

Alpine studio 1965   

picture of Martin and Grainger in April, 2004 (40 years later)

Martin and Grainger April, 2004 (40 years later)

Webcor Statesman in background

 

Grainger's old home in Alpine

Phantom's 1969 recording of John Schweers in Alpine, Texas using the Sony TC-630 tape recorder for John's Nashville demo  

Phantom's 1969 recording of John Schweers in Alpine, Texas using the Sony TC-630 tape recorder for John's Nashville demo

On May 13, 1969 Martin recorded the last Alpine, Texas recording which was for one of the believers.  John Schweers asked Martin to record a Nashville demo for him.  Martin used his Sony TC-630 reel tape recorder.

Phantom's 1969 recording of John Schweers in Alpine, Texas using the Sony TC-630 tape recorder for John's Nashville demo

"During his 35 year career, Schweers has had over 200 cuts, written 16 top-10 songs, had 13 No. 1 records, and received over 20 awards from ASCAP and BMI, including the Triple Play Award for having three number one records in one year." 2008 - Guest Speaker Night at the Nashville workshop with guest John Schweers

 

In August 2014, Peyton Starr told Martin that while John Schweers was in the Believers he wrote some songs and the band recommended he might look into doing something else.  Luckily John persevered.

John Schweers, a native of San Antonio, Texas, moved to Nashville in 1972. That same year, Tom Collins signed him to a publishing deal with Pi-Gem and Chess Music. Within eighteen months, Schweers had three No. 1 records: "Don’t Fight The Feelings Of Love" and "Amazing Love" on Charley Pride and "Day Dreams About Night Things" on Ronnie Milsap. Other songs on Ronnie Milsap include: "What Goes On When The Sun Goes Down," "Let My Love Be Your Pillow," and "Silent Night After The Fight." Schweers also wrote "She’s Just An Old Love Turned Memory," by Charley Pride; "Looking Out My Window Through The Pain," by Mel Street; "Your Memory," by Steve Wariner; "Do Me With Love," by Janie Frickie; "Golden Tears," by Dave and Sugar; "No On Mends A Broken Heart Like You," by Barbara Mandrell; "It’s A Be Together Night," by Frizzell and West; "Born Country," by Alabama; and his latest, "I Left Something Turned On At Home," by Trace Adkins. Schweers resides near Nashville with his wife, Jane and has a daughter, Ashley.

 

   

Peyton Starr


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