the mid to late ‘60’s bands had weird names. Such
was the case for two Twin Cities’ bands: The
Grasshoppers and The Bananas.
Grasshoppers had a good five-year run and broke up in
1968. Singer Jiggs Lee decided to try his hand at a draft
deferment in college.
1969, The Bananas were trying to re-align the “image
thing” by making some changes. Jim Offerman and Joe
Soucheray (today, a highly-paid broadcast
professional, author, and columnist) were replaced
by Jiggs Lee on vocals and ex-Crow drummer Mike
Mlazgar. With Dave Elmeer on bass, Lloyd Forsberg on
guitar, and Al Dworsky on keyboards, The Bananas
continued to fill existing contracts with the
intention of making a change.
What to name the band? Lloyd said
“Cain”. Nobody had any objections, and so it began
After numerous teen club dates and school dances,
Cain began to stretch its base. College shows, where
audiences were more politically active, started to
garner a “heavier” reputation for the band.
always seemed to have a devil of a time keeping
drummers and keyboard players. By the time the band
broke into the Chicago scene, Mike Mlazgar had been
replaced by Tom Osfar. Cain learned about the long
hours of a working Rush Street band. Six hours per
night, seven on Saturday for two weeks straight.
During that period, Al Dworsky left to live on a
Kibbutz in Israel and was replaced by Fane Opperman
for a short time. Soon the keyboard position was filled by Jerry McGee. When Jerry went on to other things, Chas Carlson filled those duties. Chas authored “Katy”, and
other members of Cain began to pen some original