From the Ensley Highlands section of Birmingham, Robert Alexander (bass), Ned Bibb (vocals and guitar), and Bobby Marlin (drums) started playing in high school in 1962, rehearsing in Robert Alexander's basement.
The band added Eddie Rice on guitar in 1966 and switched to the Malcolm Z. Dirge label for their next release, "Thank You John", which reached the charts on WSGN in town. On the flip they recorded a fine version of the Rascals' oft-covered "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore".
In '67 the Distortions added Roy Alexander on saxophone. Henry Lavoy took over on drums during the late 1960's.
(pics and info courtesy garagehangover)