Chance Eden and The Moonlight Marauders
Port Angeles, Washington
About 1958 - 1966


Bill Ackerhausen ~ Drums
Alan Brunstad ~ Saxophone
Larry Fish ~ Saxophone
Dick Gunnell ~ Guitar
Art Hamilton ~ Guitar
Ken Hamilton ~ Bass
Pat Hamilton ~ Guitar
Lee Holcomb ~ Guitar
Tommy Kitsalman ~ Drums
Jim (Chance Eden) Neske ~ Vocals

In Memory of

Dick Gunnell (d: 1999)
Lee Holcomb
Tommy Kitsalman
Jim Neske

Chance Eden - Photo Courtesy of Gary Kerr
Jim Neske, who recorded under the name Chance Eden, passed away on January 7, 1992. Jim was born and raised in Port Angeles, WA and worked in the timber industry as he pursued a career in music. Jim was under contract by Roulette Records and his producer was Artie Kornfield who wrote songs and also produced most of the hits for John Sebastian and the Lovin' Spoonful. Jim's musical conductor was guitarist and orchestra leader Trade Martin. Jim's vocal style leaned toward Elvis Presley and he appreciated Roy Orbison's work. Jim's first recordings were produced at Birthstone Records in Tacoma, WA and one of his early supporters was disk jockey Danny Holiday who worked at KPUG in Bellingham. Holiday later went on to achieve music prominence at major AM radio stations KOL and KBSG in Seattle.

While under contract with Roulette, Jim toured periodically as the opening performer for Tommy James and the Shondells. In 1965 Jim's first Roulette single, "You'd Better Go Now" achieved significant playtime in Kentucky and the Carolinas. The record company went on to release five singles by him.

Jim Neske was truly a rare and unique individual. He will always be missed by his family and friends.

Gary Kerr, 11 April 2003

Also released was "You Better Go", Roulette Record #R-4592

Jim Grayson, March 2011

Lee Holcomb - Photo courtesy of Jeannie (Holcomb) Harper

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Last Update:  24 January 2012
Credits: Darryl Riffero, Gary Kerr, Jeannie (Holcomb) Harper, Pat Holcomb, Jim Grayson
Band # 832