They didn't keep in touch, and when Rogan returned to the area, many years had passed.
Handley and Coll also played together in a band in their late teens, and then branched off in different musical directions. Coll became a Charleston music scene regular, joining well-known local bands like Big Planet Soul and The Soul Doctors. Handley spent a lot of time on the road, playing with a variety of professional musical outfits and doing construction work, which is where Chaz Humley came in.
Handley said, "I was in Dallas and using my full name Charles Alan Handley."
Handley's employer made the check out to Chaz Humley -- Chaz being short for Charles and Humley having nothing at all to do with Handley's name.
"I didn't have any ID with that name," Handley complained. "I couldn't get the check cashed."
Eventually, he returned to West Virginia for good and started playing with different local groups, including Fat Chance, an R& B band that Spence played horns in.
One evening, about three years ago, Handley called Spence and invited him to come over for a jam session with a few other friends. One of those friends was Rogan, Spence's childhood music partner.
The band took Handley's story of the Dallas check and turned it into a running joke -- and a band name.
"We really didn't need a front man," Spence said.
The music they play is, by default, the blues. It's a common thread and suited the kind of musicians they'd grown into.
"We're not here to peel ears," Coll said. "We've already done that."
Instead, the approach is laidback. With their various other musical projects and normal, busy lives, Chaz Humley and the Effects only play occasionally. Winning the Juke Joint Challenge and competing in the International Blues Challenge could change that.
The prospect of becoming more well known in the blues world is very exciting, but the band members are realistic. Getting rich playing the blues is probably not going to happen. In fact, over the next few months, the band will probably have to play shows to come up with the money to pay for the Memphis trip, but that's fine with them.
Chaz Humley and the Effects are having the times of their lives, even if, unfortunately, Chaz couldn't make it.
He never can, but that's okay. Nobody really misses him.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.