The Zoo

Band members                             Related acts

  line up 1 (1966-68)

- Murphy Carfagna - rhythm guitar 
- Mike Flicker - drums, percussion
- Terry Gottlieb - bass 
- Howard Leese - lead guitar
- Ira Welsley - vocals 



- Heart (Mike Flicker and Howard Leese)


Genre: psych

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  The Zoo Presents Chocolate Moose

Company: Sunburst

Catalog: 7500

Year: 1969

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG/+VG+

Comments: minor ring and edge wear; small drill hole through middle of LP; vinyl fine

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 15755

Price: $150.00


Yeah - another one I simply don't know much about ... 

With a lineup consisting of rhythm guitarist Murphy Carfagna, drummer Mike Flicker, bassist Terry Gottlieb, lead guitarist Howard Leese, and singer Ira Wesley these guys apparently formed in the mid-'60s kicking around the club scene for a couple of years. 1966 saw them release a pair of instantly obscure singles::




- 1966's 'Gonna Miss Me' b/w 'Sometimes' (PKC catalog number PKC 1013)

- 1966's '(Standing On) The Sunset Strip' b/w 'One Night Man' (Sunburst catalog number 775) 


There's another 45 credited to The Zoo, but I'm not sure it's the same outfit:

- 1967's  'She Said She Said Goodbye Sunshine' b/w 'Where Have All the Good Times Gone' (Cameo/Parkway catalog number 147).

Under the tutelage of Mike Cobb, 1968 found the band signed to Cobb's own Sunburst label. A single "Subset Strip" b/w "One Night Man" (catalog number )did little commercially, but attracted the attention of Bell Records which subsequently agreed to finance an LP. Produced by Cobb (who also contributed several songs), 1968's "The Zoo Presents Chocolate Moose" served as an interesting debut. With all five members contributing material, the set was musically pretty varied. Straddling genres,'Chocolate Moose' offered up a distinctive garage influence; 'Get Some Beads' and 'From a Camel's Hump' found the band taking a stab at lightweight psych, while 'Soul Drippin's' showcased a penchant for blue-eyed soul . While you couldn't really consider them artistic innovators, the collection was still enjoyable andl worth hearing. The collection sold poorly and the band subsequently calling it quits. 

"The Zoo Presents Chocolate Moose" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Chocolate Moose (Murphy Carfagna - Mike Flicker - Terry Gottlieb - Howard Leese - Ira Welsley) - 2:36
2.) Written On the Wind (Ed Cobb)- 2:17
3.) I've Been Waiting Too Long (Mike Flicker - Howard Leese) - 2:19
4.) Soul Drippin's (Dick Monda) - 1:51
5.) Get Some Beads (Joey Levine - M. Bellack - E. Kahn) - 1:59

(side 2)

1.) Ain't Nobody (Carolyn Franklin) - 2:07
2.) Try Me (Joey Levine) - 2:09
3.) Love Machine (J. Griffin - M. Gordon) - 2:25
4.) Have You Been Sleepin' (Mike Flicker - Howard Leese) - 2:20
5.) From a Camel's Hump (Mike Flicker - Howard Leese) - 2:50

(Always liked the Bob Zoel designed cover.) (In 1993 the English Big Beat label reissued the set - catalog number WIKM-123.)


In the mid-'80s Flicker and Leese reappeared as members of Heart.  Flicker subsequently turned his attention to production.