NB3

NB3

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Remember the magic of 1965! Full Circle CD features twelve songs written during the exciting years of 1964-1966. NB3 is a story of three young teens-two brothers and a friend-who formed a basement band in the mid 1960s. The lead track When I Met You is also a book based on music of this era. Enjoy

Biography

Blame it on Feb.9, 1964. Like many baby boomers, watching the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" was a turning point in our youthful lives. The Beatles and other bands in the British Invasion gave us an immediate love for R&B and pop music. We were inspired to take up guitars and drums and sing our hearts out.
My brother Don, our friend Nic Baker and I formed a band based in Nic's Salt Lake City basement. We covered countless songs from such bands as the Kinks, Rolling Stones, the Animals, and (most of all) the Beatles. Over the next two years we started writing our own material—songs we rediscovered in 2003.

During the heady years of 1964-1966, our basement band NB3 (Nic Baker Trio) wrote more than a dozen songs. Fortunately we kept the lyrics and chord progressions (recorded for posterity by Nic, the group's designated typist) in a bright-yellow plastic binder.

On June 22, 1967, the Potter brothers left Salt Lake City, Utah. Around noon on that bright sunny day, Nic walked up the street, his dog's leash in one hand, the yellow binder in the other and gave us the song file. Somewhere deep inside me, I knew this file of Baker/Potter pop songs would someday have a profound effect on my life. Since this was the only written record of our musical odyssey, I always stored these transcripts in a safe place. I was never sure why, but I still kept them.

Throughout my years in high school, then college, then a 28-year career with an international telecommunications company, plus marriage, kids, dogs and day-to-day life, I kept the song folder in trunks or boxes that followed me from state to state. I would occasionally reflect fondly on the songs inside, while subconsciously whistling a familiar melody from long ago. Somewhere in the house (and in the back of my mind) was a treasure neatly packed away and stored in some basement or attic.

Fast forward to December 2003. My career had suddenly ended with a company-wide initiative offering generous volunteer early-retirement packages. What would I do in my spare time that had previously been dictated by a career that followed the principle that "the management clock has no hands"? Immediately, two thoughts came to mind: (1) find that old song folder, and (2) find Nic Baker.

I found the file neatly stashed away in a large box in the garage. I carefully thumbed through the lyrics, which were fast approaching their 40th year. When I told my brother Don about this rediscovery and showed him the lyrics, he commented that their antiquated state made each lyric sheet look like Papyrus.
My great memory and fertile imagination have always compensated for my feeble academic skills. As I combed through the archive of the Baker/Potter catalogue of pop songs written when we were teenagers, all the melodies and harmonies, chord progressions and drum rhythms surfaced. I asked Don if he would be willing to resurrect one of the songs and record it professionally. We'd try to recreate the sound of pop music in 1965. Don agreed, so in a long one-day session in August 2004, we recorded "When I Met You." But we agreed that only if we could achieve the sound we strived for as kids would we record the remainder of the dozen songs. What we found was, we could. As it was, the recording process required 20 months of diligent planning, performing, editing and polishing these sounds that once captured our adolescent imaginations.
The search for Nic was even more difficult. Thanks to the Internet, we found him after 18 months, discovering that he lived just a few hours from us, not halfway around the world as we had begun to believe.

To say that Nic was surprised to hear from us is an understatement. But to learn that we were revisiting all the old songs from our past was, well, shocking! Don and I recruited Nic's musical services for piano accompaniment. We had come full circle, bringing our dreams to life and completing what we had started almost 40 years earlier.

If not for that fateful handoff on June 22, 1967, this project would have never seen the light of day. And the magic of 1965 never would have been reborn.

Lyrics

When I Met You-written in 1965

Written By: Nic Baker & Don Potter

Why aren’t the things the same as when I met you?
When I saw you last night did I upset you?
I never realized that I’d be telling lies
I know this was unwise of me

And now you say you wish I’d never met you
But feeling the way I do I can’t forget you
And now I made you cry, you saw right through my lies
I know this was unwise of me

But I knew you wouldn’t understand
That I’d just have to take that chance

Cause I never really wanted to upset you
Why can’t you be the same as when I met you?
You know I love you so, please don’t ever ever go
If you don’t I’ll love you more than before

But I knew you wouldn’t understand
That I’d just have to take that chance

Cause I never really wanted to upset you
Why can’t you be the same as when I met you?
You know I love you so, please don’t ever ever go
If you don’t I’ll love you more than before

My Love For You Is Gone

Written By: Don Potter

My Love For You Is Gone by Don Potter (written in 1965 when we were 13 & 15 years young)

I’ll say goodbye and go my way
I can’t see reason to delay it any longer
There was a time when I loved you
Do anything you want me to, but now I’m – stronger

My love for you is gone
There’s no use going on any more

Take one look you must agree
It’s just not like it use to be don’t make amends
It’s not your fault nor is it mine
We’ve just wasted each other’s time, this is the end

My love for you is gone
There’s no use going on any more
instrumental
It’s true you never broke my heart
We’ve just slowly been pulled apart, through our lies
Yes I’ve two-timed and so have you
We were never very true, this was unwise

My love for you is gone
There’s no use going on any more

Discography

Full Circle - CD
1. When I Met You (1965)
2. I Cry Today (1965)
3. She's Not Coming Back To You (1965)
4. My Love For You Is Gone (1965)
5. Help Me Understand (1964)
6. Girl (1965)
7. Goodbye My Friend (1965)
8. So Close, So Far (1966)
9. Without You (1966)
10. That's My Girl (1965)
11. Times Have Gone Away (1965)
12. Full Circle (2005)

Set List

NB3 was a basement band during the unprecedentd years of 1964-1966. Today, NB3 is a story with its own soundtrack