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the Run-A-Bouts

Columbus, 1962-4


L-R: Gene Farington, Kevin Leary, Danny Bourne, Jolly Watson, Gene McKahan

The Run-A-Bouts were a Columbus band who recorded a good rock-n-roll instrumental 45 in 1963. Bass player Gene McKahan tells about his band...

"The Run-A-Bouts were a 4 piece band circa 1962-4. The members were

Gene Farington - lead guitar, from Linden McKinley HS

Danny Bourne - drummer, from North HS

Kevin Leary - rhythm guitar, from Brookhaven HS

Gene McKahan - bass guitar, from Whetstone HS

Jolly Watson - singer, OSU HS"

"The band played mostly instrumentals at orivate house parties, pool parties, union dances, OSU and Dennison University fraternity and sorority parties. For a few gigs we added Jolly Watson, a girl singer"

"We played at several of Jerry Razor's school 'sock hops' and teen dances. Most memorable one was in Grove City, OH when I met Gidget Farrell, who had just won the Miss Grove City title. Three yeasr later she became my wife."

"Also memorable was playing at Fisher Body Union Hall in Hamilton, OH when our record was being played on the radio."

"We played live on the Jerry Razor Dance Party show WCMH TV with the first Miss BBF, Donna Marsh, Linden-McKinley HS"


"Notice Gene Farington (2nd from right) with dust on his knees from when he went down on his knees while leaning back playing a hot lead, Johnny B. Goode"


Wild Fire / Hi Hat - Kay-Gee no # (RCA masters P5KM-4817/8)

Thanks to Gene McKahan