1965-12-30 St. Joseph's School, Keyport, NJ

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One show, a CYO-sponsored 'battle-of-the bands' event held in the school auditorium, with 16 groups competing for a $200 First Prize and the right to be crowned 'Best Teenage Band of 1965' in the area. A crowd of over 1,200 watched the contest and the winner was chosen by three people working in the music industry, including a representative of Brian Epstein. Each band played a couple of songs. The 1st Place winner was Red Bank-based 'The Clique', with Long Branch-based 'The Inmates' in 2nd place and Keyport-based 'The Cascades' coming in 3rd. Also on the bill were 'The Rising Suns (whose line-up included future Castiles' organist Bob Alfano). It was long-thought that The Castiles played at this show; Emile Talarico, drummer and co-vocalist for The Clique, has jokingly commented "That's my claim to fame. We beat Bruce Springsteen in a battle of the bands." However, new evidence, taken from the Red Bank Register, suggests that The Castiles never took part in this Battle of the Bands. The obvious explanation for the confusion is that they have been mixed up with similarly-named The Cascades.



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