Hello, The Routers are a rock and roll instrumental band that was formed in Los Angeles, California. Members included, Mike Gordon, Al Kait, Lynn Frasier, Scott Engel and Randy Viers. The Routers were formed in 1962 by Mike Gordon. Their recordings were primarily made by session musicians, with the exception of Mike Gordon.
The Routers first and biggest hit made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on November 3, 1962. The single record was one of the biggest instrumental hits of 1962, LET’S GO (PONY) on Warner Records made its way up the Hot 100, to #19 and remained on the chart for 13 weeks. Its “clap clap clap-clap-clap Let’s Go! chant became a favorite at sporting events worldwide. It is still played often in 2011 at these events and the song has appeared on many albums of top instrumental hits and sports anthems.
The Routers would have one more Hot 100 hit record. That hit made its chart debut on April 27, 1963, STING RAY on Warner Records reached #50 on the Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 10 weeks. It would be the groups last Hot 100 hit, although The Routers recordings would be issued into 1964. Leon Russell would play piano and Hal Blaine, drums, along with Mike Gordon on guitar.
The Routers had a brief run on the charts, but their vibration is still felt today in the single records and albums they recorded in the early 1960’s. The groups, all-time classic LET’S GO has remained a regular on oldies radio, and at various sporting events throughout the world.
Till the next time—Joe