Hi, I noticed that there were inquiries on the late 60s band, the Swampseeds. One of my friends was a founding member of the band. Since I was also a big fan of the group I found out some information that some may find interesting. The Swampseeds were a northern N.J. rock/r&b band. The original members were Dennis Ferrante - vocals and percussion, Jack Santoro - lead guitar and vocals, Tommy Brannick - drums and Richard LePage - organ. After two rehearsals they invited Eddie Leonetti from N.Y. state to join the group as their bass player. Because the members of the Swamps had enjoyed previous success in former groups, this band came together like a house on fire and quickly gained a massive local following. Within a short period of time they landed a recording contract on Epic Records in NYC. The staff writers that were assigned to the group were Lindzer and Randall. L&R had stacked up many hits with the Four Seasons, the Toys, Bob Crewe, etc. Although they were definitely hit makers, the main rub from the beginning is that the live Swampseeds sound was positively different than the recording sound. The band was known for a really raw, funky, thick soul sound something on the order of the Vagrants, the Rascals and the Vanilla Fudge. Their very first recording was a cover of Wilson Pickett's "Don't Fight It" which very, very few people know about. The toured the USA with the Righteous Brothers, American Breed, the Outsiders, Bob Seeger and others. Jack Santoro, guitarist for the Swamps and Bob Seeger almost looked like twin brothers! As I understand it, the group was promised that if they did the initial songs that were handed to them they would eventually be able to record their own material and do an album. That promise continued to be put off until the band grew restless in waiting and eventually lost a few of the founding members who went on to other groups. The Swampseeds had an incredible live act and were probably one of the best and most creative of the late 60s northeastern groups. They even did a pilot something on the order of the Monkeys series as they were not only multi-talented but extremely, naturally funny on and off stage. Richard LePage had worked as an engineer at Les Paul studios in Mahwah, NJ and was a fine pianist. From what I understand he eventually went back to the studio which he loved working at. Jack Santoro, although lead guitarist with the group, played quite a few instruments and recorded entire albums by himself doing all vocals, instruments as well as the production work. He was a superb Hammond organist somewhat in the vein of Jimmy McGriff. He had over 3 dozen B-3 organs which he customized and later sold to gospel churches which was his first love in music. Tommy Brannick was one of the hardest working drummers on stage and played a dual set of drums. At one time he was going to be a boxer but decided it was easier beating the drums since they didn't hit back. Dennis Ferrante went on to be a top flight engineer and has been responsible for remixing most of the Elvis Presley recordings. I believe he has also done some stand up comedy. Eddie Leonetti left to join The Soul Survivors group and also produced bands in the 70s and 80s. I'm sorry, but I am unaware of the groups at this time. When Leonetti dropped out of the Swamps, fellow N.J. neighbor Tim Bogart of the Vanilla Fudge would sit in with the Swamps when he was not on the road with the Fudge. Eventually Eddie Leonetti's his best friend Jack Douglas took over bass duties. Jack later went on to work with John Lennon and produce Aerosmith. I hope this fills in some of the void about a very great group the Swampseeds.