Releases on Julian:
- J-111 Just Wishing b/w People Ask Me
- J-114 They Don’t Pick Cotton in Chicago b/w Sailor’s Lament
Frank Cook & the Night Raiders were a Pacific Northwest touring group, active from the early ’60s to the mid ’90s.
The group played nightly (6 nights a week) in the Kiltie Room in Wenatchee, WA’s Columbia Hotel. During this period, Frank recruited Jerry Coots and Bobby Simmons on drums and guitar, respectively. In the mid ’70s Jerry Coots was replaced by Jimmy Cook and Bobby Simmons was replaced by Steve Barone (of the Chargers). Rick Cooper (an early member of the Talismen) and Jim Highfill (of Linda Jo & the Nomads) also performed as the Night Raiders for some time! Rick Cooper added.. “Wenatchee bands were like family.”
In later years the group went on to play the Wagon Wheel Bar, and fairs in Orville and Ferry County.
Frank passed away in June of 2012. The Wenatchee World wrote a piece on his passing, which can be read here.
Thanks to Rick Cooper, Steve Barone, Seafair Bolo Records, Frank Cook & his family for making this page possible!
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