The Castaways were an American garage rock band from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Their first and only hit single, “Liar Liar, written by band leader James Donna, reached #12 in 1965. ‘Liar Liar’ was featured in the films ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ and ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ and became influential in developing the psychedelic music scene.
The original members were James Donna on keyboard, Robert Folschow on guitar, Roy Hensley on bass and Dennis Craswell on drums. Folschow contributed the distinctive falsetto vocal on “Liar Liar.” According to the Liar, Liar Songfacts, The Castaways were originally thrown together to play at a fraternity party. They got popular, and their popularity grew, based on just this song. Eventually they signed to Soma Records. Their popularity grew even more to the point where they appeared in the campy 1967 film ’It’s a Bikini World’.
The Castaways are an American frat/garage rock band from the Twin Cities in Minnesota.
Their first and only hit single was "Liar, Liar". Written by band leader James Donna and Denny Craswell, produced by Timothy D. Kehr and released by Soma Records, it reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965. "Liar, Liar" is featured in the films Good Morning, Vietnam and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The Castaways performed "Liar, Liar" in the 1967 beach movie It's a Bikini World. Their followup, "Goodbye Babe," was another local hit, but did not break nationally.
"Liar, Liar" is noteworthy for the scream that precedes a guitar-led instrumental segment between verses.
The original members were James Donna on keyboards, Robert Folschow and Dick Roby on guitar, Roy Hensley on bass guitar and Dennis Craswell on drums. Folschow contributed the distinctive falsetto vocal on "Liar, Liar".
In the early 1980s two members, Folschow and Craswell, led a west coast version of the band under the name The Castaways in Pismo Beach, California. Folschow, who was using the stage name of Bob Leroy, played guitar and a keytar on many songs, including "Liar, Liar", which had the distinctive piano intro/riff. The two had local musicians such as B3 organist Dennis Hayes providing additional keyboard and bass backup.
Bass guitarist Hensley died on 8 June 2005 and was buried in Fairmont, Minnesota. The Castaways continue to perform today, although according to their website (http://www.thecastawaysrock.com/), Donna is the only founding member still in the line-up.