The Rugbys were a rock band from Louisville, Kentucky formed in 1965 that was made up of former members of another local band known as The Oxfords, with some personnel changes. By the time they became famous nationally, The Rugbys had become a quartet consisting of Mike Hoerni (bass), Glen Howerton (drums), Steve McNicol (lead guitar), and keyboardist Eddy Vernon (August 12, 1948 - January 4, 2012). McNicol also served as the band's main songwriter.
The Rugbys made their debut on the Pop/Rock charts in 1969 with the frenetic "You, I," a powerhouse rocker with lead vocals by McNicol featuring fuzz guitar and a wah wah pedal. This smash hit, which peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the band's signature song, was followed later that year by the lesser-known psychedelic gem, "Wendegahi The Warlock," which was the only other entry on the national charts for The Rugbys. Other songs for which The Rugbys are remembered include "Stay With Me," the B-side of the "You, I" single, and the Doug Sahm-penned "Walking The Streets Tonight." Both songs were frequently played on Louisville radio stations WAKY and WKLO.
The Rugbys released one album, "Hot Cargo" (1969), which includes most of the band's best known songs. This album was later re-released on CD, first as part of a double album titled "The Rugbys Meet Lazarus" and later as a stand-alone album. The Rugbys spent their final years touring before disbanding in 1970.
- This page provides a history of The Rugbys with comments and feedback from Steve McNicol.
- Friends and family members remember Eddy Vernon on legacy.com.
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- You, I 1969
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