The Ides of March are an American rock band that had a major US and minor UK hit with the song “Vehicle” in 1970. After going on hiatus in 1973, the band returned with their original line-up in 1990 and has been active since then.
The Ides of March began in Berwyn, Illinois (a near western suburb of Chicago) on October 16, 1964, as a four-piece band called “The Shon-Dels.” Their first record, “Like It Or Lump It,” was released on their own “Epitome” record label in 1965.
In 1966, after changing their name to The Ides of March (a name suggested by bassist Bob Bergland after reading Shakespeare‘s Julius Caesar in high school), the band released their first single on Parrot Records, “You Wouldn’t Listen.” The song reached #7 on WLS Chicago in spring 1966 and #42 on the Hot 100 in summer 1966. This record and its follow-ups (all pre-“Vehicle”) have been re-released on the Sundazed Records CD Ideology. By the end of the 1960s, the band added a brass section, although Bergland often doubled up on tenor saxophone.