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The year is 1982. The Bings were a popular New Wave and Power Pop band from Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. Their recording of their songs, “Please Please Please” and “Oh No!”, “Close Your Eyes”, and “Hold On” were played on radio stations like KROQ and KLOS. I happened to be The Bings’ rhythm guitarist.

The Bings were formed in 1980 with Mark Randle on bass guitar, Don Salman on lead guitar, and Paul Chaffee on drums. This is the line-up that became the most popular. But, as with so many successful bands – the pressures of growing popularity and industry interest caused the band to come apart at the seems. Don and Paul exited the band in early 1982, so, Mark brought in his kid brother on rhythm guitar. I shifted over to lead guitar – and we found a new drummer, Chris Ralles when he answered our ad in the Recycler (sort of the Craigslist of its day). This is the lineup you see here.

From Left to Right: Chris Ralles, David Chrenko (me), Mark Randle, Quint Randle.

Bings - Photo 1982 (O1)

The band picked up where it left off, and it sounded great. But, the chemistry was gone. Don and Paul gave The Bings a lot of its “sparkle” – and we realized it real quick – once they were gone.

A Note On The Photo: Our drummer here, Chris Ralles is currently in the Pat Benatar band. He’s also played in the Kenny Loggins band, Christopher Cross, and even did a tour as Madonna’s drum technician. So, it’s been fun following his music career over the years.

At American Photo Colorizing, our goal is to shred the black & white veil that separates us from the exciting, vibrant lives of those who came before us. It’s time to “Go Color” with your vintage and antique family photos.

Bings - Photo 1982 (RC-BEST 540)


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