1968

 

Feb/Mar   Despite playing a few gigs Mike and Greg were not happy with the direction the group was taking and decide to leave. Mike Cormier's Lead Guitar position was filled by Mike Gouzie and Greg's by Mike's younger Brother Billy on Bass
Guitar.  The group was already booked at St. Hyacinth Church Hall in Westbrook on May 24 so rehearsals began immediately and the band called themselves "The New Love, Inc." for the summer of 1968.

 

Mar          A key and critical event takes place this month along with Mike and Billy joining the band.  The parents of the band members have a meeting and decide to financially back the boys, signing a bank note for them to buy equipment. Also at this meeting Marc's father, Philip, agrees to become Manager and handle all of their bookings and financial affairs.  At this time he is an Accountant with his own practice in Westbrook.  His networking and contacts become increasingly important in the months ahead as the group continues to hone their craft and play more venues. The boys now only have to worry about making music. Later in 1969, Marc's mother Jane becomes their wardrobe mistress, handling their uniforms. Rehearsals for the band now take place in the basement of the Mailhot and Gouzie homes, where "Mom" Gouzie also takes good care of the boys. Having our parents give us both moral and financial support was truly a once-in-a-lifetime gift, and one we'll never forget!

Mar          Equipment purchased with the bank loan include two Fender Bandmaster cabinets and heads for Mike and Mark, a Gibson ES 335 for Mark, an Ampeg BT15C tubeless amp and a Mosrite Bass guitar for Billy. A pair of PA horns and head were also purchased along with 3 Shure microphones.  Marc continues to use his father's 1958 Slingerland drum kit.

Mar/Apr/May   Rehearsals for the Debut in May.

 

1968 Debut photos

Never before seen photos from the May 24, 1968 Debut of "the New Love, Inc."

 

May 24    The Debut at St. Hyacinth.  The group is well received.

May 30    Performance with The Untame Sound at the Sheraton Eastland Ballroom, Portland, ME.

June 8      Performance at The Palace Ballroom, Old Orchard Beach, ME. as the opening act for The Orphans, a very popular group from Boston with a Single on Epic Records.

June 14    Performance at YWCA Portland, ME.

June 29    Private Wedding, South Portland, ME.

 

Bill and his Mosrite Bass guitar...June 1968.

 

Rare photo from the summer of 1968. L to R: Marc...Mike...Billy and Mark.

 

Mark and Mike loading the van July 1968.

 

 

July 7      Performance at Lakeside Pines Campground, Bridgton, ME.

July.        Mark Swett produces the first original song for Love, Inc. "Leave Me Alone in the Morning".

Aug         Mike and Marc on a short vacation to northern Maine.

Aug 2       Performance at St. Hyacinth Hall, Westbrook, ME.

Aug 9       Performance at Gray City Hall, Gray, ME.

Aug 24     Performance at The Palace Ballroom, Old Orchard Beach, ME.

 

Love, Inc. at The Palace Ballroom August 24, 1968.

 

Sep          Wayne Sacco becomes a Roadie for the group.  Wayne passed away in 2007.

Sep          Performance at Cheverus High School, Portland, ME. Date unknown. 

Sep 6       Performance with The Untame Sound at the Sheraton Eastland Ballroom, Portland, ME. Love, Inc. closes their second show with The Beatles Hey Jude and both groups play the long ending to the amazement of the audience.

Sep 13     Performance at Morton's Pavilion, Naples, ME.

Sep 21     Performance at St. Joseph's Hall, Biddeford, ME.

Sep 27     Performance at St. Hyacinth Hall, Westbrook, ME. 

Sep 28     During the St. Hyacinth performance the night before Marc breaks yet another drum head and develops significant blistering on his hands and as a result purchases a new 1968 Ludwig Hollywood drum kit. Marc also purchases  22" and 20" Medium Ride Zildjian cymbals to add to his new kit.  In 1971 he will add an 18" Zildjian Medium Crash cymbal to his set up.   The Slingerland kit is sold later in the fall. It is the beginning of a beautiful musical relationship! Marc does a major recon job on the drums in 2007,  and continues using his original Zildjians today. His only new acquisition in almost 50 years are the 16" Zildjian New Beat Hats he bought in 1984.

Oct 4       Performance at Morton's Pavilion, Naples, ME.

Oct 5       Performance at St. John's Hall, Biddeford, ME. as the opening act for Boston's popular group, Ultimate Spinach.

Oct 11     Performance at Cheverus High School, Portland, ME.

Oct 17     The Boys and Mr. Mailhot travel to Boston to purchase new uniforms.

Oct 25     Performance at Freeport High School, Freeport, ME (Marc's Pink Flash!)

Oct 26     Performance at St. Joseph's Hall, Biddeford, ME.

Nov         Mike and Mark write "She Don't Care About Me" in 15 minutes in the Gouzie living room. It would be recorded the following April and become the group's first and most successful Single.

Nov 1      Performance at St. Hyacinth Hall, Westbrook, ME.

Nov 8      Performance at Windham High School, Windham, ME.

Nov 23    Performance at St. John's Hall, Biddeford, ME.

Nov 29    Performance at YWCA, Portland, ME.

Dec         Rick Record announces he will join Love, Inc. in January.

Dec         Mark writes "Coming Home"...his second song for the band.

Dec. 7     Love, Inc. places 2nd in the local Battle of the Bands at South Portland, ME Armory. 1st goes to The Arbitrators.

Dec 13    Performance at YWCA, Portland, ME.

Dec 14    Performance at St. Joseph's Hall, Biddeford, ME.

Dec 20    Performance with The Talisman at St. Hyacinth Hall, Westbrook, ME.

 

The boys ends the year with the 1st of their annual Christmas photos...this one taken December 25, 1968.


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