Hi, The Jiants were an Indiana rock & roll band that recorded between 1957 and 1961. Members included…Russ “Andy” Anderson-vocals…Jerry Hedges-guitar…Bill Lee Balsbaugh-piano…Ron Wolfe-drums and…Ray Unbarger-bass. The group was from Marion, Indiana. In 1959 they had a local hit with their recording of TORNADO on Claudra Records. The flip side was SHE’S MY WOMAN.
The song received global popularity in the 1980’s when it was released in the UK on the Northwood record label. TORNADO is today a rock and roll classic for the pioneering use of the “Kalamazoo” by the groups guitarist, Jerry Hedges. The original single is a much sought after collector’s item and can fetch a hefty price to a collector.
Till the next time—Joe
PS: For my friend, Jerry.