The Loved Ones were a Soul Cover band that toured around the midwest and were based out of Davenport, Iowa. Ty Kindell which is his birth name gained greatest fame as the Guitarist Billy Zoom for the LA Punk Band X in the Los Angeles, CA. X of course was part of the first way of Punk bands that played the famous Hollywood Punk club the Masque.
After the Loved Ones he moved to Los Angeles and played with Art Wheeler & the Brothers Love (69 - 72), backed up soul legends like Etta James, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Bobby Day, Johnny Taylor and others. Also in the early 70s he played with Rock-a-billie Legend Gene Vincent.
In 1972 he cut his hippy hair off dyed it white and began to play with a roots band called the Alligators (72 -73). Then started his own Rock-A-Billie band called the Billy Zoom Band. The BZ band went on to record a record for the Rock-a-billy revival Label Rolling Rock Records. RRR also put out the first Blasters record and recorded the likes of Johnny Legend, Chuck E. Weiss, Ray Campi, Jackie Lee Cochran and Mac Curtis.
Zoom after seeing a Ramones show in 1976 placed an ad in the Recycler and the first response was John Doe and X was born.
I got this e-mail a few months back from someone asking about a lot of early Iowa bands and I brought up the Love Ones and he responded with this e-mail - "I e-mailed Billy Zoom and this is what he said about the Loved Ones:"
1st email: Billy Zoom- "Yes.....in '67/'68. I was the sax player, but I also doubled on guitar..."
2nd email: my question: " Did the band ever release anything?" Billy Zoom - "No. We were extremely popular in the area, but we didn't have a label deal . In those days, a four track recorder and a twelve channel board cost more than most people made in a year and a half, so there was no such thing as a budget recording studio or making your own record. We did manage to make more money than X ever did though."
In a bit more in the whole X - Iowa connection the song 'The Have Nots' from 'Under the Big Black Sun' was written at the Tall Corn Hotel in Davenport, Ia. From Unclogged, (CO 1985 Infidelity Records 10812-2) - Exene Cervenka - "OK here's a song that , A song we wrote a long time ago when we were stranded in a motel in Davenport, Iowa. Were we stranded there then? Or was it a time we were stranded there just passing through being stranded? It was Tall Corn Motel." John Doe - "Ear where the Cornel stays."
Billy Zoom's Web Site http://www.billyzoom.com/
X's Web Site http://www.xtheband.com/index.html