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The Mosquitoes - A band of mop-top rock and roll musicians seen on episode No. 48 "Don't Bug the Mosquitoes" on the situation comedy GILLIGAN'S ISLAND/CBS/1964-67.

The Mosquitoes - Bingo, Bango, Bongo and Irving - GILLIGAN'S ISLAND

The Mosquitoes (Bingo, Bango, Bongo and Irving) were America's hottest new rock group. To escape their crazed fans they had themselves dropped on a deserted island for some rest and relaxation. Their hunt for privacy was interrupted when they discovered the island was the home of a group of shipwrecked castaways desperate to return home.

To encourage the musicians to leave the island both men and women castaways formed singing groups. The men formed a rock group called The Gnats. The female group called The Honeybees (comprised of Ginger, Mary Ann and Mrs. Howell) sang the song "You Need Us" ("like a clam needs a shell...Like a prisoner needs a cell).

Shortly after the Honeybees talented performance, The Mosquitoes  secretly left the island but not before leaving a copy of their album "The Mosquitoes Live at Carnegie Hall."

The Mosquitoes were played by Les Brown, Jr. (Bingo), George Patterson (Bango), Ed Wade (Bongo), and Kirby Johnson (Irving). Three of the Mosquitoes (excluding Bingo) were actually members of The Wellingtons, the folk singing trio that performed the theme song "The Ballad of Gilligan's Island."

TRIVIA NOTE: The voice of Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) was dubbed by singer-songwriter Carol Connor. A similar plot appeared on the western comedy F TROOP/ABC/1965-67 when Corporal Randolph Agarn (Larry Storch) quit the Cavalry to manage a frontier rock group called the "Bedbugs." To get Agarn to reenlist Sergeant Morgan O'Rourke (Forrest Tucker) formed a band called the "Termites" in hopes of discouraging Agarn in his new career.


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