The Enfields were an American garage rock and psychedelic band from Wilmington, Delaware who were active in the 1960s. They were led by guitarist and songwriter Ted Munda, and their style was highly influenced by the British Invasion and folk rock. They were considered the top group in Wilmington at the time and enjoyed several local hits, though they failed to reach a wider national audience due to poor Management. The Enfields broke up in 1967, but Munda went on to form the group the Friends of the Family. Ted was also in the Blues Magoos, wrote for various Publishing companies in LA, was siged to Columbia Records in 1973 with group" Hotspur", and co wrote "Blame It On Love" for Smokey Robinson in 1983-84 on Motown. He has several albums of unreleased produced material. In 1994 he created the Capstone Vortex Regeneration Healing Design.
The Enfields were formed in 1964 as merger between two Wilmington, Delaware bands called the Playboys and the Touchstones. Ted Munda and Gordon Berl were members in the Playboys, and John Bernard, Bill Gallery, Robin Eaton, and Charles Jenner played in the Touchstones, a surf rock band. Once the two bands merged, their lineup and roles were as follows: Charlie Berl on vocals, Ted Munda, Vocals and Guitar and John Bernard on lead guitar, Bill Gallery on bass, and Gordon Berl on drums, often with Ted Munda and Charlie Berl on harmonies. Mac Morgan and Robin Eaton were never Members of the Enfield's. (Update Ted Munda 4/15/17)) They needed a name for the band and wanted to find something decidedly English, in keeping with the popular British invasion currently in vogue, so they chose the name the Enfields in honor of the famous British rifle named after the city of Enfield.
In 1966 they cut three singles released on the Richie label, beginning with their first "In the Eyes of the World," which became a big local hit, and was followed up with an even bigger hit with the folk rock-influenced "She Already has Somebody" b/w "I'm For Things You Do," both penned by Munda By this time, the Enfields had become the most popular group in Wilmington, however their local success failed to translate into wider national recognition. Their next single featured a ballad on the A-side, "You Don't Have Very Far," b/w the harder and more compulsive "Face to Face." In 1966, Bill Gallery left the band to go to college, and John Rhoads, from the Wrecking Crew, joined on bass. In early 1967 they released their last single "Twelve Month Coming" b/w the fiery rocker "Time Card," but the single failed to chart. When Charlie Berl was drafted the group broke up.
Following the group's breakup, guitarist Ted Munda formed the Friends of the Family with John Rhoads and two musicians, Wayne Watson and Jimmy Crawford, who had played in another local outfit the Turfs. The new band had a jazzier and more progressive approach. They went into Philadelphia's Virtue Recording Studios to record six demos, which came to the attention of Kama Sutra Records, but did not result in a contract. On July 24, 1968 the Friends of the Family shared the bill with the Who, the Troggs, and Pink Floyd at JFK Stadium, but due to inclement weather the show had to be halted. The line up changed and John Rhoads was replaced by Ray Andrews and Keyboards by Lindsay Lee. This is the lineup that played all the live shows and recorded 7 songs that are lost to history.
In the intervening years since their demise, the Enfields' work has come to the attention of garage rock collectors and enthusiasts and has appeared on several compilations such as Classic Sounds of the 60s assembled by Get Hip Records. The Enfields' complete recordings have been anthologized on The Enfields/and early Friends of the Family, put out by Distortions Records.
"That Thing You Do" The Tom Hanks Movie and "I'm For Thing's You Do" The Ted Munda Song by The Enfields. The True Story: When I was out in LA in 1983-84 I worked for Producer George Tobin. That is the time period when Smokey Robinson recorded " Blame It On Love" which I co wrote with Dave DeLuca and was the title tune the that Motown Album. The other songwriting team that George had included Garry Goetsman. Garry is now the Producer for Tom Hanks PLaytone Productions. A year or so before Tom Hanks filmed" That Thing You Do"I was contacted by Garry's Secretary. She informed me that Garry was working on this film about a young rock group from the 1960s with Tome Hanks. She said he had used the Enfield's music and picture's as the example of what the group would be like. He played Tom all our music. One of the songs was" I'm For Things You Do". I always felt it was more than coincidental that the Title to the Movie and lead song was" That Thing You Do" as its pretty much a close copy of my Song Title. Garry even had me rerecord" I'm For Things You Do" when they were looking for the song" That Thing You Do" for the movie sound track. Coincidence or rip off? Seems too close to me. I think the entire inspiration for the movie came from The Enfields and" I'm For Thing's You Do". Yes, there were plenty of other 60s groups that had a similar story but I know for a fact that The Enfield's were used as the template and my song title was slightly changed and neither myself or the Enfield's were ever mentioned. Hollywood! WTF. ( By Ted Munda with the encouragement of Enfields Drummer Gordon Berl)5/16/2017
(Updated by Ted Munda 4/15/2017)
THE TRUE HISTOPY OF THE ENFIELDS AS RECALLED BY DRUMMER GORDON BERL 9/3/12
The Enfields approximate time line
1962-1963 This was our 7th grade year and the first year we met. By the end of this school year we were hanging out regularly, but I don't think that we did much musically until the following year. In the fall of this year we both turned 13.
1963-1964 8th grade- we turn 14. This is the year that you talk me into buying my first guitar in a pawn shop on Market st. and you start teaching me how to play. At some point during this year, we start playing with Rick Euphrasio, because he had a drum set and his father had a restaurant with a PA system where we would sometimes practice. We called ourselves The Playboys, and even once played on the stage at Friends School. During the summer we often spent some time down on the Elk River.
1964-1965 9th grade- we turn 15. Rick E is now gone and you put together a new band with John B.,Bill G., Charley and you asked me to switch to drums. We started to practice regularly in John-O's basement. We started getting little gig's here and there and it was now that we (or you) came up with the name "Enfields", and we got hooked up with V. Rago through my father who was his lawyer. The summer after we play some gig's and spend even more time on the Elk River. During this year, Charley and John got their driver's licenses, which was very important, since we no longer had to rely on your parents for transportation. By the end of the summer, we were starting to get pretty well known in the party scene.
1965-1966 10th grade-we turn 16. Now things start kicking into gear. We are spending a lot of time practicing very hard and becoming very well known. During the winter in Philadelphia we record "In the eyes of the world", which is released in late march/ early April. I don't know how far up the chart it got, but I do know that on 4/23/66 it was # 29 on the WAMS top 40. I remember a lot of party gig's and school dances and I think that about now is about when we started doing the Elk halls and the WAMS and WIBG hops. We were winning all of the battle of the bands, and even starting to travel around the region. In May we released "She already has somebody/ I'm for things you do" which was the WAMS pick hit on 6/4/66, and had reached # 4 by 7/9/66.
1966-1967 11th grade-we turn 17. You and I are no longer at Friends. It was this year that Bill Gallery went to boarding school and John Rhoads joined the band. The next song out was "You don't have very far/ Face to Face". I don't know the release date, but I can confirm that we reached # 19 on 11/19/66. Our next and last release was during the spring of 1967, "Twelve month coming/Time card" which was released at some point during the spring. I don't know how far this got up the charts, or even if it charted at all. I can't find any verifiable information. At the end of this school year, we knew that we were going to lose Charley to the Marine Corps, and John Rhoads to Harvard, so we just all of a sudden decided to bag it and we broke up the band.
1967-1968 12th grade- we turn 18. This is the year that you put Friends of the Family together.