Cliff Nash and the Rockaways / Cliff Nash


Columbus, c.1958-mid 60s

Singer Cliff Nash and some Columbus high school classmates formed the Rockaways in the wake of the original rock and rollers like Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. In the late 50s, the band recorded a bunch of songs (not sure where) and released three 45s on their own Nash label. The band added piano player Vic Wolfe and recorded a few more sides down in the Music City and had them released on the Do-Ra-Me label.

In the early 60s, Cliff started working with fellow Columbus early rocker Chuck Howard and released one 45 that leans in the Nashville country sound of the time. This seems to be the last recording for Cliff. We're not sure what happened to him, but other members of his band continued to play locally. Vic Wolfe recorded a 45 at Musicol in 1968. The record is a country-pop sound with a strong conservative political message.

Discography:
Jennie Lou / Rampage (Nash 600) C. 1959
Cincinnati Rock / Normee (Nash 601) C. 1959
Tell Me Baby / Band Stand (Nash 602) C. 1959
No Time For Sisters / I'll Never Know (Do-Ra-Me 5027) c. 1961
Jennie Lou / I Love You Darling (Do-Ra-Me 5028) c. 1961
This Little Boy's Gone Looking / Bad With The Good (Kim 1048) 1962