"Sugar and Spice"


The Cryan' Shames are an American garage rock band from Hinsdale, Illinois. They originally formed as The Travelers with founding members Tom Doody ("Toad"), Gerry Stone ("Stonehenge"), Dave Purple ("Grape") of The Prowlers, Denny Conroy from Possum River, and Jim Fairs from The Roosters, Jim Pilster ("J.C. Hooke", so named because he was born without a left hand and wore a hook), and Bill Hughes. The band's most successful moment came with their cover of The Searchers song, "Sugar and Spice".

In 1966, upon learning that another band already had the name Tommy and the “Travelers”, they needed to find another name; J.C. Hooke being familiar with Tommy asked him if he would be interested in becoming their still needed lead guitarist but after learning “Tommy Krein” (Last name pronounced Cryan) would not be available, JC having fun with his last name remarked that it was "a cryan' shame," and thus named the band.[2] After signing with Bob Monaco, the promotion manager for Destination Music, their first single was supposed to be George Harrison's song, "If I Needed Someone", but was not released in the US (but included on their debut album) due to publication issues. It was soon followed by "Sugar and Spice," a Tony Hatch song that was a hit in 1963 (everywhere but in the US) for the English group The Searchers. The Shames' version reached number 49 in the USA (while reaching number four on local radio WLS). Another single was released just before the end of 1966 called "I Wanna Meet You" b/w "We Could Be Happy". That record made it to number one in Chicago and number 85 nationally. Both songs on the single were Jim Fairs compositions and further spotlighted the harmony capabilities of the band's singers.

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Mick Taylor

The founding member of "Saints N Sinners"(1963-1972). Saints N Sinners went from playing in a garage to playing many venues all thru the mid-west, including Dex Card's Wild Goose. The band opened for many of the most well known bands of the time including The Cryin' Shames, The Buckinghams, The American Breed, Steppenwolf, and many others. Mick re-started the Saints N Sinners in 2013 . 

Rhythm Guitar and Backup Vocals. 

Jim Camerano

Jim has been part of the Chicago music scene since the 70's.  Toured with "The Friends" band as well as many others.  His versatility as a lead guitar player and lead vocalist crosses many genres including R & B, soul, 80's rock, arena rock and classic rock.   His stage presence will light up a room.

Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals, Backup Vocals

Tommy Irons

Classically trained pianist since age 8.   Tom got involved with bands at age 18.  Played with Ezra Stone and Blazer from Cicero/Berwyn area.  Backed up Survivor and Off Broadway.  Composed and recorded the sound track for the movie "The Psychotronic Man". Heavily influenced by Deep Purple, The Moody Blues, Allman Brothers and Steely Dan. Took some time off to raise a family and then got back into the music business a few years ago.  Love performing at live shows. 

Keys, backup, and lead vocals.

Frankie Ricci

Joined Saints N Sinners in 2014 auditioning for lead singer. Frankie became the front-man for the six piece group and what a front man he is! Frankie has many talents besides his voice, including picking up the guitar and adding his own personality to the music. He also is known to pick up a bass guitar when needed. His real talent shows in his ability to get people out on the dance floor and getting the audience involved!  The energy that Frankie brings to the show is something you just have to see to believe.

Lead Vocals, Guitar.

Bill Ambrosini

 Bill played drums in grade school band through high school and received two scholarships in music . 
In the late 60's  he was the house drummer of a very well known country bar called "The Lake N Park Inn" Bill played with some of Country Music Biggest Stars, Mel Tillis, Dolly Parton, Barbra Mandrel, Crystal Gail, Lorreta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson just to name a few.
Bill has been with the Saints N Sinners for the past three years and says he enjoys every minute of it with these guys. Saints N Sinners is a family and I am blessed to have so many friends.  

Drums, Percussion and Backup Vocals.


Bob "Tynker" Stewart  

Bob (aka Tynker) started playing bass in 1968, at the age of 13.  Drawn to the music from Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Animals, Deep Purple, and Bloodrock. Played in various local bands into the mid 70's before taking a hiatus until being called to audition for Saints N Sinners late December 2013. Still playing his favorite bass, a 1970 Fender Jazz bass, at many performances, Tynker says "I feel lucky to have gotten join this great group of guys and the talent is just amazing!"

Bass, Lead Vocals, Backup Vocals