Coma’s first rock band, the Citizens, performed it’s first concert in front of the local Elks lodge in 1952.
The band, which sang primarily about the commendable accomplishments of local public servants, was a local example of the brief respectful stage of rock and roll.
In their biggest hit, “Resolved,” the Citizens extolled the virtues of a retiring Coma fireman.
A sample of their “hep” lyrics:
WHEREAS, his retirement follows 25 years of faithful and dedicated service to the town and its citizens;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Commission of the Town of Coma, and all members elected thereto concurring:
In recognition and appreciation of the public service of James D. Grieling as Fireman and ambulance driver with the Fire Department,
this Commission tenders its unanimous and respectful tribute by this Resolution.
The five members of Citizen, Bill “the librarian” Simmons, Russell “taxman” Crowe, Zeke “park ranger” Wallbanger, George “zoning administrator” Timmons, and Henry “dirty tongue” Jones left Coma on a 1953 world tour organized by Jones and were never seen again.