These small rock & roll groups later emerged into the Beat combos in the style of the Beatles and were the basics for the latter. I selected three bands today that also recorded some singles, one of them had limited success, the other two remained in obscurity.
The Skipper Hunt Combo was a Nashville based Rock & Roll group that played in the late 1950s and early 1960s, appearing in Nashville clubs. In 1959, the group made one single for the Hammond, Indiana, based label Glenn Records, a subsidiary of Mar-Vel'. "What Am I Gonna Do" b/w "Scalded" seems to be the only recording of this group. Members included Skipper Hunt (guitar/vocals), Joe Gleaves (bass), Roy Hepburn (drums), Bill Akins (piano) and an unidentified sax player.
The Nightbeats were a local group from Arizona, recording two singles for the local, tiny Zoom label. In the spring of 1959, their first release, "Lonesome Road Rock" b/w "Nightbeat", appeared. "Nightbeat" was an instrumental much in the style I descriped above. Their second single followed in the fall of that same year, featuring "Cryin' All Night" backed by "Doreen". There was also one unissued track called "Sea of Love". Members included the brother of Linda Ronstadt, Pete Ronstadt, on vocals. Pete also wrote much of the material for the band. There was also another group of the same name, calling themselves "The Nitebeats", which included Razzy Bailey and which recorded one single on Peach.
The Rock-a-Tunes were a band from Canada that had one chart success with "Danny", which reached the charts in Canada I think. They were based in Edmonton, Alberta, and recorded their first singles on Hank Smith's Rock-a-Tune label, including "Danny". After the success came, the Rock-a-Tunes switched to Columbia. Their first release there was "Tomorrow" b/w "Girls Nowadays". They kept on recordings but eventually members left. Before the group dispanded, they toured as the "New Fendermen" with original Fendermen member Phil Humprey. Members included Hank Smith and/or Butch McGillis on vocals, Al Ginard and Gordie Gray.