The Five Bucks: No use in tryin’ (Afton 1701, Ann Arbor, MI, May’66)
Formed after all members converged on University of Michigan/Ann Arbor in August of ’65. Their band card was a fake $5 bill with the names of the band and dorm phone numbers in the corners.
“No Use In Trying” was their first effort, “Now You’re Gone” their second (misprinted as “Now You’re Mine).
After playing frat parties, doing Beatles song with perfect replication of the harmonies, and getting a great reception, the thing in those days was to get out a single (as your website shows). An album was a distant dream but local bands who sustained nearly always got to a single. In the spring of ’66, as their freshman year was ending, they all decided to live in the Chicago area. Their single got played on WLS a few times, got them some good gigs, but never made it.
They played a bunch of venues like the Aragon Ballroom with other bands like the Shadows of Knight, Buckinghams, the Flock, the Real McCoys and the Cryin’ Shames. The Five Bucks also opened for The Doors, fall of ’67. Morrison got booed off the stage, he was drunk and the crowd wanted to dance. The winter of ’66-’67, they recorded “I’ll Walk Alone” / “So Wrong.” Came out in the spring, was #1 in Ann Arbor and some other places. In the fall they recorded “Breath of Time” / “Without Love” on USA Records.
No Use In Trying / Now You’re Gone (erroneously printed as Now You’re Mine) (Afton 1701) May 1966
I’ll Walk Alone / So Wrong (Omnibus 1001) November 1966 (band listed as The Five Bucs)
Breath of Time / Without You (U.S.A. 882) 1967