The Lafayettes

The popular 1960's band from Baltimore, including five Towson High alumni.  Their hit song 'Life's Too Short' was featured in the original John Water's film 'Hairspray" (1988).  In May 2017 they were inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Back Row: Ben Proctor (THS), Steve Taylor (THS), Frank Bonarrigo (THS), Jamie Hess(THS)
Front Row: Dick Svehla (City), Bob Kirshner(Forest Park), Lee Bonner (THS)
Additional photos can be seen by visiting the links below.

The Band

Towson High Alumni band members included:
Ben Proctor '59  (Drums)
Jamie Hess '59 (Piano)
G. Lee Bonner '61 (Guitar)
Tom Carson '61 (Singer)
Frank Bonarrigo '62 (Lead Vocals)
Steve Taylor '62 (Guitar)
Chip Costa '63 (Trombone)
Mike Foreman '64 (Keyboards)
Doug Bull '64 (Trumpet)
Also in the band:
Dick Svehla (Alto Saxophone) from City.
Bob Kirschner (Tenor Saxophone) from Forest Park.
Girls mentioned in song "Life's Too Short":
Mary Alice Turner Bonner '62
Sally Myers Fobes '62

The Lafayettes' Songs on YouTube

Listen to their biggest hit  'Life's to Short'.

Listen to 'Nobody But You'.

Listen to 'Caravan of a Lonely Man'.

Listen to 'I Still Do'.

Newspaper Articles and Photos

Visit the following sites to see old photos, memorabilia and Sunpapers articles!

Baltimore Jam, Baltimore Bands (click on all of the yellow links)