On today’s ThrowBack Thursday blog, we feature a popular local rock band from the 1960s, one of several featured in author Randy McNutt’s homage to “The Cincinnati Sound.” * Then, in a 1965 newspaper article, we learn the band members’ opinions on the then-controversial topic of hair length for male high school students... **
One of the most popular teen bands in the mid-1960s was composed of “high school boys from Middletown” who “performed at fraternity dances and parties in Cincinnati, Oxford, and Middletown.” *
They had the talent, the hair, the matching outfits and business savvy. Proof of the latter : a manager, their own business cards * as well as their own advertisement in the back of the 1966 Middletown High School Optimist yearbook. ***
They were The Intruders.
Around 1965, the Intruders included Kent Goforth, Pete Weitzenkrone, Paul Goodwin, Dave Johnson, Terry Harrison and John Reagan, according to “The Cincinnati Sound.” *
In one photo, band members appear ready to begin the beat at any moment, donning their matching plaid jackets and light-colored trousers.*
In a 1965 Middletown Journal article, they were “shaggy-haired cutups” expressing their opinions about a recent school rule that dictated the hair length of male students.
Like many of their male counterparts, three members of the school’s “most popular combo, the Intruders,” who were “known for their shaggy hair-dos,” were having none of it. Interviewed by reporter Lynne Withey, three Intruders shared their opinions:
In the days of mop-topped Beatles, fewer crew cuts and flourishing local rock bands, the Middletown High School rule -- “all boys must have a space the width of two fingers between hair and eyebrows” -- became a contentious topic.