In 1960, the Silver Strands were a group of United States Navy personnel serving on the USS Ticonderoga (AR-8) based in San Diego, California. They recruited John Gummoe, and left the Navy to become The Thundernotes.
The Cascades continued to record, producing an album and several further singles, including the follow-up "The Last Leaf", but none matched the charm or success of their big hit. The group did continue to receive major radio airplay in their hometown, San Diego. The Cascades' cover version of Bob Lind's "Truly Julie's Blues" received spins on KCBQ and KGB in 1966, and their song "Maybe The Rain Will Fall" did fairly well on San Diego radio charts in the summer of 1969. The group stayed active for some years, playing local San Diego clubs like The Cinnamon Cinder, and at other times, touring widely. John Gummoe left the group in 1967 to pursue a solo career and later formed the band Kentucky Express. A compilationCD of the Cascades’ best moments was issued in 1999. One key player in the band, Dr. Ron Lynch, is now working as a drama director and teacher at The Bear Creek School in Redmond, Washington. Szabo and Snyder continued on in music