Truth and Janey was an American rock band from Iowa.[1][2] It took its name from Jeff Beck's Truth album and member Billy Janey's last name.[3] The group was influenced by such power trios as Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The band toured with Leslie West and performed a music festival with Blue Öyster Cult. They were inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.[4][5]

Truth and Janey
OriginCedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
GenresHard rock, psychedelic rock, blues rock, acid rock, heavy metal
Years active1969–1976, 1977–1978
Past membersBillyLee Janey
Denis Bunce
Steve Bock
John Fillingsworth



The group formed in 1969 originally with drummer John Fillingsworth. In roughly one year he was replaced by Denis Bunce. In 1972 they released their debut, a 7-inch 45 rpm, "Midnight Horseman" along with a cover of The Rolling Stones song, "Under My Thumb." The following year they released "Straight Eight Pontiac" and "Around and Around" on their own Driving Wheel label. By 1976 they had recorded No Rest for the Wicked, which sold only 1,000 copies upon its original release.[4]


During the later half of the 1970s they disbanded several times. Bassist Steve Bock eventually joined a group called Nowhere Fast, BillyLee would go on to release several solo albums, and Bunce left the music business completely.[4]


  • 1976; re-issued 1997 - No Rest for the Wicked[6][7][8]
  • 1977 - Just a Little Bit of Magic[9]
  • 1988 - Live (double LP)
  • 2001 - Erupts![10]


  1. ^ (March 24, 2004). "Truth and Janey: Erupts!: Hicks from '70s sticks dig their way out of muck", The Village Voice 49 (12): C90.
  2. ^ Cullen Chapman, Cindy (November 9, 2001). "Return to simpler times: Truth and Janey connect with their past, each other", The Gazette, p. WE3.
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Truth and Janey: Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Iowa Rock'n Roll Music Association 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee...Truth & Janey". Retrieved 18 November 2009. External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Clark, Eric (September 1, 2005). "Famous sounds", The Gazette, p. WE9.
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  7. ^ Joynson, Vernon (1997). Fuzz, acid and flowers : a comprehensive guide to American garage, psychedelic and hippie rock (1964–1975). Glasgow: Borderline. p. 541. ISBN 1-899855-06-8
  8. ^ "Return to simpler times: Truth and Janey connect with their past, each other," Cedar Rapids Gazette, November 9, 2001, accessed October 8, 2009
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