The Human Beingz actually began in 1964, when the original members - Mel Pachuta, Gary Coates, Dick Belley and Ting Markulin - all from the Youngstown, Ohio area, ended up in the same group known as "The Premiers."  We played mostly late fifties and early sixties music, with a few tunes from the British Rock bands thrown in. From late 1964 through to the spring of 1966, we gained popularity by dropping the fifties and early sixties music and going strictly with the current music of the time.  We still had short hair and still called ourselves "The Premiers." 

A local bowling alley was going to open a night club in their basement and the manager, Jim MacMurray asked us to open the club for him.  We agreed to do it but, the manager had a condition or wouldn't use us.  He told us our name and look was outdated and if we wanted to get real popular, we needed to change our name and image to fit the music. 

Dick and I came up with "The Human Beings," and Mel said to put a "z" on the end instead of an "s".  We agreed with Mel and changed our name to "The Human Beingz!" 

We started to let our hair grow and wore wigs until our hair was long enough.  The manager of that bowling alley was right!  We became the most popular band in our area almost overnight. 

During this time, Gary Coates, our drummer, was going to be drafted, so he joined the National Guard.  He was going to be away for six months, so, we found Mike Tatman to sit in for him until he returned.  Gary returned in six months, but we had grown with Mike and it was clicking.  We felt bad for Gary, but he wasn't there to grow with us.  Gary was a good person... it was never anything personal.  That's how bands are.  He knew it.  We knew it. 

Now the Human Beingz were Mel Pachuta - Bass guitar & vocals, Dick Belley - Lead guitar & lead vocals, Mike Tatman - Drums, and Ting Markulin - Rhythm guitar & vocals. 

We were a phenomenon in our area.  All the clubs wanted us and we played every night of the week in the winter, and nine times a week in the summer. 

We had a friend, George Rousher, who worked at a record store and he kept telling the Capitol record sales rep to come and hear us.  George called me one day and said the sales rep was there and for me to get over there right away.  I got there just as he was leaving and talked him into coming to see us one night.  He came, saw and heard us, and he called Capitol Records the next day to send a talent scout out to hear us.  He came, he listened and watched, and told us we would be signed on Capitol Records. 

When our contracts arrived, it said "The Human Beinz" and we were upset.  We were told the name would be changed when the contracts went back to Capitol.  We recorded "Nobody But Me" in June of 1967 and waited for a release date.  In September, they sent us a copy of "Nobody But Me" by "The Human Beinz."  PISSED is not a strong enough word to describe how we felt!  We told them to change it!  They said it was too late, because of all the pressings they already ran.  Capitol then told us, if this record is not a hit, we'll change the spelling on the next release.  "Nobody But Me" was a hit and we were stuck with a name we couldn't stand.  We played with many of the top names of that time, and did a wonderful tour opening for the Beach Boys for a month.  We toured Japan in the spring of 1969 and they treated us like royalty.  We had been disagreeing over things for awhile and had actually broken up before we did Japan.  We had to do Japan, or we would have been sued, so we did the Japan tour.  When the tour was over, we got off the plane and it was over.

-Ting Markulin-