Gary Usher was a songwriter and producer who gained fame through his association with the Beach Boys.
He also liked to put together studio bands. The best known was The Hondells who had a top ten hit during 1964 with the Brian Wilson song, “Little Honda” and the equally brilliant flip side, “Hot Rod High.”
Usher used studio musicians to record as the Hondells including Glen Campbell and Hal Blaine. He did assemble a touring band for a short time. The Hondells had three singles make the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart while recording for the Mercury label.
By the time they recorded “Atlanta Georgia Stray” for the Columbia label the group was about finished and Usher was about to move on to his next project.