Question: In 1967, when there were only three major television networks and the “Ed Sullivan Show” on CBS Sunday nights had a huge share, a band called “Spanky & Our Gang” came out and were so successful that they were all invited back for what to a huge round of applause at a legendary Bloomington pub. Do you know why?
Answers: Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane was the lead singer of “Spanky & Our Gang” (later The Mamas and the Papas). A 1960 graduate of Trinity (now Central Catholic) High School, she was the foster daughter of the late, great John Baldini, a founder of the Lucca Grill Downtown. McFarlane, now 80, lives in California and appeared at the Coliseum Downtown in 2007 as the opening act for comedian Don Rickles.
Photos: Old-Time Music Jam in downtown Bloomington