The Arkay IV is the best known "unknown" band in the history of Rock and Roll. Their recordings have been a hot items with collectors for more than 30 years. The 1996 Tom Hank's movie That Thing You Do! set in Erie, PA during the early 1960's is loosely based on the Arkay IV.
The group was started in Erie, PA in 1963 by Skip Niebauer, Bill Arnold & John Nicotra. After graduating from High School Bill left for military service and was replaced by Bob Sustak who was soon drafted into the army and was replaced by Dave Massello and Tom Brocki. This formed the core of the group from 1964 to 1969.
The group went through several personal changes due primarily to the military draft for the Vietnam War. Besides those mentioned above the players included: Bill Adleff, Mark Fainstein, Vil Stomers, Bill Kirby, Jon Ims, Mike Redicliff and Doug Phillips.
During the 1960's the Arkay IV was one of the top regional acts in the Cleveland-Buffalo-Pittsburgh triangle.
The original Arkay IV broke up in 1971.
The group released and charted three singles between 1966 and 1969. They also released an all original album called For Internal Use Only. It has been reissued twice - once on vinyl as The Mod Sound of the Arkay IV and once as a CD titled Battle of the Bands ! the Outcasts vs the Arkay IV. An original copy of For Internal Use Only recently set a record on E-Bay. A second CD of mostly original material titled When We Was Younger - Younger Than Yesterday was released in 1996. Arkay IV recordings have appeared on several compilation CDs - most recently on Garage Beat '66.
Skip Niebauer together with Sam Hyman and Tim Ely formed the Arkay IV Revival in 1984 and played and recorded under that name for several years. The Arkay IV Revival released two CDs: one called Studio & Demo and the other, a hot live recording, titled Live at the P.I.
Personnel from the Arkay IV continue to write and perform under various names including the Weigaltown Elemental Band, the Lakeland Rangers, the Sam Hyman Band, the Loose Change Band, Tom Brocki, Carl P. Austin, Tim Ely and Jon Ims.
On June 25th, 2001 the Arkay IV performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2010 the band completed it's first new recording in over 40 years.
All the original members of the band plus three members of the 1980's revival version of the band play on this recording.
Playin' That Rock 'n' Roll was released in 2015.
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