The Five Americans, previously known as The Mutineers--was a 60s band out of Durant,Oklahoma ( Southeastern State College). For a short while after their hits "I See The Light", "Western Union" "Sound of Love" "Evol Not Love and " Zipcode," they enjoyed the high life, touring and making money. However, their manager, Jon Abdnor Senior, president and owner of Abnak Records and Bankers management and services insurance co, was allowed complete control of the money. After Abdnor's death in 1996, all rights to their songs should have reverted to the original group, but Sundazed records bought the original tapes. The Five Americans had at least five chart records in or close to the top 40 and are now receiving the sales and publishing royalties they so richly deserve.
The Five Americans did see money from at Abnak as royalties in the form of a monthly check which was a "draw" against future income. Although the money was not paid the correct and traditional way, in royalties, it was paid anyway.
The Five Americans broke up in 1969 and went their separate ways. Mike Rabon had a successful touring career afterwards and released two albums that sold well. He later returned to college and acquired a master's degree in public school administration and has been in the Oklahoma school systems for 28 years. John Durrill, the keyboardist, wrote "Dark Lady" for Cher and "Misery and Gin" for Merle Haggard and was also a member of the touring band The Ventures. He now lives in Los Angeles. Norman Ezell (guitar and harmonica) is a teacher and minister in northern California. Jim Grant, bassist for the group, died November 29, 2004. Jimmy Wright (drummer) is living in Ohio and is a Videographer for Breakthrough Ministries.
As of July 2008, there is an online petition to induct Mike Rabon and the Five Americans into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The petition currently contains nearly four hundred signatures.
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