The Trolls

The Trolls

The Trolls

 

The Trolls

The Trolls

 

Chicago’s Trolls charged out of the gate with a classic debut, “Every Day and Every Night”; a rocking reworking of the “Gloria” (as in G-L-O-R-I-A) formula. Signed to ABC Records, the guitar-heavy number was produced oddly enough by the label’s famed R&B arranger Johnny Pate. It even briefly entered Billboard’s “Hot 100” (at #96) in October ‘66. Over the next year, ABC issued three more Trolls singles, though none garnering the same level of interest as the debut.
According to the obscure ‘Early Chicago’ compilation LP (Happy Tiger Records; a peer collection to Lenny Kaye’s groundbreaking ‘Nuggets’), the Trolls next single was recorded at Chess Records’ Ter Mar Studios on February 26th, 1968. Produced by Jim Golden and Bob Monaco, “I Got to Have Ya” was a highly infectious, upbeat pop offering. Released on USA Records, it managed to catch on locally and “bubbled under” at #126 nationally. The song was written by Trolls organist Richard Clark. The group was filled-out by Rick Gallagher (guitar), Max Jordan (bass) and Ken Cortese (drums). Clark, Gallagher and Jordan all contributed vocals.
With Golden and Monaco’s defection from USA to Bill Traut’s Dunwich Productions, the Trolls next resurfaced under the truncated ‘The Troll’ on a Dunwich-produced, Mercury Records-distributed psychedelic curio; the album, ‘Animated Music’ (Smash Records, ’68). With track titles like “Werewolf and Witchbreath” and “Professor Pott’s Pornographic Projector”, the group had clearly come a long way in the few months since “Got to Have Ya.”