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The Banded Geckos collection

Identifier: MS 0681
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

This collections consists of photographs, news clippings, promotional materials, audio, and other items chronicling the musical history of The Banded Geckos.


  • Creation: 1980 - 2017
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980-2000

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from The Banded Geckos.

Biographical / Historical

The Banded Geckos formed in 1979. The original line-up consisted of Fred McDonough, Tim Taylor, and Evelyne Taylor. After McDonough left the band in 1981, Russell Fory and Gary Young joined. Over the course of 1983 into 1984, the band recorded their first album at Loma Ranch Studios in Fredericksburg, TX, entitled "The Banded Geckos."

After Gary Young moved on, Fory and the Taylors continued as a trio. With the addition of Charlie Arruda in 1988, the band recorded "Gecko Greetings," a Christmas album. They began work on "Art Gecko" in 1989, releasing it in 1990. In 1992, Arruda moved to Pennsylvania and Robert Knetsch joined the band.

In 1993, the Taylors relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico and began recording "Gecoupage" in 1994 with Russell Fory, Robert Knetsch, Grey Howell, and Pat Longmire, releasing it in 1995. In 2000, the Taylors and Grey Howell released "Gecko Canyon."

Over the years, The Banded Geckos performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Anderson Fair, Mucky Duck, Uncle Calvin's, Cactus Cafe and other venues throughout Texas, New Mexico, and beyond.


1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes, 1 map drawer)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of photographs, news clippings, promotional materials, and audio.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Evelyne Taylor in February 2017.


No additional materials are expected for this collection.

Related Materials

Please see the Rice University KTRU Radio records, UA 011.

Guide to The Banded Geckos collection, 1980-2017
Norie Guthrie
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA