King's English


Bucyrus, 1965-7

A teen garage band made up of students from Crawford high school in Bucyrus. Band leader Bill Cheney became a dynamic frontman who would play lead while on his back! The King's English played locally at places like the Teen Dream and a Columbus New Years Eve show in 1966. In the spring of 1967 they recorded two songs at Magnetic and released them on a self-distributed 45, credited to The Original King's English, probably in answer to the Columbus band. Both sides are strong garage band numbers with a folk-rock feel on "You Couldn't See" and a Stones groove on "Impossible". The band also produced some custom King's English sweat shirts that supposedly used the same band logo that appears on the 45 label. In the summer of 1967 tragedy ended the band when rhythm guitarist Roger Crokie drowned at a local swimming area. Bill Cheney died in the 1970s.