The CHB TIMELINE
by Ryan Marquess
1949 Cornell Hurd is born in Honolulu.
Area, California- Hurd
and Frank Roeber form Milpitas Submarine Band. After many
rehearsals and one public performance the band dives into the annals of
and Roeber, now college Freshmen, form The Ragg Brothers. Drew
Hurd joins the band. First original material is written, performed, and recorded
and Roeber relocate to Berkeley. Wish I could have seen that. The El
Rancho Cowboys are born.
trip to Nashville. El Rancho Cowboys stay strong.
Rancho Cowboys break up.
lives in Amarillo, Texas for a brief and horrifying time.
returns to Bay Area. Roeber attempts to flee but is unsuccessful. The
Original Mondo Hotpants Orchestra is created. First commercial recording
is pressed on vinyl.
Hurd and his Mondo Hotpants Orchestra, a new and larger version of the
original, records The Bicentennial Boogie. San Jose DJ Tom Mix, and
eventually Dr. Demento, spin the tune in their top ten. Hurd tinkers with fate,
of the Durned is recorded and pressed. mid-May: Mondo Hotpants ends, and
the Cornell Hurd Band begins.
1977-1979 CHB tours the Midwest,
South, Texas, and the Pacific Coast. Production of 45s and EPs.
continues to tour. LP: Doing
That Unholy Roll is released.
of live shows continues. LP wins Bay Area Music Award.
1982 Band marries and
mellows. Hurd begins path upon which lies yet untold country music material.
1983 Roeber and guitarist, Paul
Skelton, move away from Bay Area. After a brief hiatus Hurd yet again reforms the band.
1984 New material and roots influence
abound. Drew Hurd rejoins band. New gigs and new fans keep on coming.
1985 Despite popular promise, the
band's demise is imminent. Hurd's personal problems overpower his role as front
man. December 31 marks their last gig. Well, so far. Keep reading.
1986 After his divorce Hurd relocates
to Florida and meets Debra. Roeber, living 250 miles away, almost
succeeds in fleeing but his wife stops him cold. Band talk commences.
1987 With Skelton back in the fold,
Fever in the South is recorded in Missouri.
Popularity of names such as Sting, Prince, and Bono reaches peak.
Hurd and Roeber briefly consider changing names to "Oops" and
1988 Cornell and Debra are married.
Another album is recorded, but is never released because everyone is thinkin'
1989 September- The Hurds move to
Austin. November- The Roebers move to Austin.
1990 Skelton and his wife, Anne,
arrive in Austin. The Band is back. The "Live Music Capitol of the
World" has no idea for what it is in store.
Tonk Mayhem is released.
at the Broken Spoke is released.
and Unusual Punishment is released. Thursday night gigs begin at Jovita's.
Fruit Shack is released.
Large in South Austin is released.
Stagecoach Named Desire is released.
of South Austin is released. Saturday
Night in San Jose is released. Cornell
Hurd Band Day is declared in Austin. September marks six years of Thursday nights at
Jovita's. 600 Songs 290-odd shows. Very odd shows.
at Jovita's is released. All criminal charges are dropped. My
Missing Years escapes. Return to the
Village of the Durned paroled.
With only 9 months separating them, Cen-Tex
Serenade and Fanmail from the Lost
Planet are unleashed on an unsuspecting public.
The Cornell Hurd Band goes International with a trip to France. Vegas lists 3
to 1 odds that France surrenders to Danny Roy Young.
The Cornell Hurd Band returns to Europe, performing in Switzerland, at the
prestigious GSTAAD Country Night Festival, wth big-time stars Clay Walker and
Rhett Akins. Texas By Night is released.
The Academy of Western Artists votes the CHB Contemporary
Classic Country Group of the Year! On September 28, the band
celebrates ten years of Thursdays at Jovitas.