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In the mid-60's, twelve and thirteen year-old kids regularly recorded better music than most of what has been done since by groups of any age. Say You Love Me is such a song, featuring a tough rhythm, vocals tossed off without a care, and some wild high-pitched screams. It even has a good guitar solo! The a-side of their first 45, It's Not the Same is definitely lighter pop, but will interest some listeners. They recorded When I See You about a year later, and the band is even sharper, with a fast bass line and frantic drum playing. A local article wrote about the group: 'Billy and the Kids', five talented junior high school youngsters from East Wenatchee, Wash., make their professional debut on records with 'It's Not the Same,' b/w 'Say You Love Me." Uniquely, this group is comprised entirely of 12- and 13-year-old boys who write all their own material. This group consists of twins Bill and Bob Burns on the drums and guitar, lead singer Mike Rice, lead guitar man Bob Gourley [Gourlie], and Ken Laymance on the rhythm guitar. An attractive and vibrant 'go-go' girl, Pam Cartwright, joins the group for public appearances. 'Billy and the Kids' demonstrated exceptional poise on their first professional recording endeavor. 'They play the good hard rock as well as any group I've ever heard,' was the appraisal made by veteran Wenatchee disc jockey Don Bernier, who helped launch the professional careers of these teenagers by recording 'It's Not the Same' on the Julian label, a Bernier enterprise. The band was managed by the twins' father, Oliver 'Ollie' Burns, who was also a promoter of shows in the area. Don Bernier owned the Julian label, issuing records by Wenatchee and Chelan acts the Aztecs, the Talismen's great She Was Good (Julian 105) and I Know a Girl b/w I'll Take a Walk (Julian 110), the Chargers, Blane and the Julians, Linda Jo and the Nomads, and Judd Hamilton and the Furies. Bill and Bob Burns later started Double Image. Ken Laymance became a dj in the Ukraine. He passed away in November, 2006. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.