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Remembering Lake Minnetonka Band, “The Litter”

February 23, 2017

The Litter was an American psychedelic and garage rock band formed in 1966 in Minnetonka, Minnesota. They are best remembered for their 1967 debut single, “Action Woman”. The group recorded three albums in the late 1960s before disbanding, but would re-unite in 1990, 1992, and again in 1998, when they recorded a new studio album consisting of both old and new material. All of their Minneapolis recorded material was produced by Warren Kendrick, who owned the Scotty and Warick and Hexagon labels.

Four members of the original lineup, Jim Kane, Bill Strandlof, Denny Waite, and Dan Rinaldi, formed from the remains of two popular local bands, The Victors and The Tabs, in 1966. Tom Murray joined as a result of a successful band audition. Their group name was presented by Jim Kane and accepted over other suggestions like “The Mustys”

Heavily influenced by the bands of the British Invasion, the group recorded their debut single “Action Woman/”A Legal Matter” in late 1966. “Action Woman” proved to be their most impactful single and became a garage rock classic. Bill Strandlof, lead guitarist for the single, was replaced by Tom Caplan just before their debut album Distortions was released in the summer of 1967. Distortions leaned on cover songs, but became a classic that would be re-released when garage rock was revived.

By 1968, the band had shifted to the psychedelic rock scene. Their second album, $100 Fine, included original input from the band and British-influenced cover material. Although the album did not chart nationally, it did chart at number 10 in the Twin Cities.

For the full band bio visit Wikipedia: The Litter

Neal Bond lives in the Lake Minnetonka area and runs the Twentieth Century Minnesota Music Channel.  For his Minnesota band playlist, click here: Neal Bond’s Minnesota Music Channel

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