Despite a scant recorded legacy, the Royal Chessmen were one of the more popular 60s bands of the Mid/Ohio area. Originally named for their hometown, 25 miles south of Canton, the Dover Chessmen, or simply the Chessmen, were assembled in 1965 by 15 year/old guitarist David Bird along with Dover High classmates Ken Weigand on bass, Keith Whiddon on guitar and Jeff Gintz on drums. By 1967 Rich Bellanco of rival band the Pendletones had replaced Gintz, and Dave's older brother Rodney Bird, a junior at Ohio State, was recruited on organ. As they began to pick up local gigs they added equipment manager Edward Hardesty. They also MOD/ified their moniker to the more regal Royal Chessmen.Two previously unreleased tracks have been rescued from the vaults by B/W label owner Matt Baker and are presented in this handsome gatefold sleeve.