We're frequently asked how the band got its distinctive and unusual name and whether there is some connection to the 1972 Billy Paul song "Me And Mrs. Jones". The short answer? Indirectly. Here's the rest of the story:
Between the years 2000 and 2003, band founder Jeff McNeal was restoring an old British sports car, a 1968 Triumph Spitfire Mk3, very similar to his first car, a 1967 model, purchased from his older sister in 1976. Jeff transformed the car, which had been abandoned and sitting in the Arizona desert for many years, into a stunning show car. He was spending so much time in the garage during the project that his wife Kimberley, nicknamed the car "Mrs. Jones". The car itself became well known throughout the world to other Triumph enthusiasts and Jeff had even started a discussion web site and launched a web site detailing his meticulous restoration. It was his passion and hobby years before he ever tried singing.
After collecting several Best In Class First Place trophies for his work on "Mrs. Jones", Jeff realized that the real joy for him had been in restoring the car and that he wasn't enjoying keeping it dusted off nearly as much, so he sold it to a collector in November of 2007. Kim was finally glad to be rid of "her rival"...
In late 2010, a year after performing some singing impressions for the first time and receiving positive feedback from them on YouTube, Jeff decided to actively seek out an existing band to perform with, or failing that, start one on his own. When Jeff explained to his wife that he might have to "practice in the garage "once in awhile" to rehearse with the band, his wife rolled her eyes and exclaimed "Agh... Mrs. Jones' revenge".
In mid-December, 2010, Jeff had recruited four local musicians and met with them to jam and see how things went. Encouraged by their first couple of meetings, the fledgling band mates decided to come up with a name for the band. One of Jeffs contributions was "Mrs. Jones' Revenge". Out of about twenty different names under consideration, the five mucisians all cast their votes - with Mrs. Jones' Revenge receiving the unanimous nod of approval. Within six months, the original band mates drifted off for one reason or another and Jeff, determined to launch a band, sought out and added new members as needed, retaining the band name during the transition process which was completed in the summer of 2011. Four of the five core members since that time remain in the band presently. Jeff McNeal on lead vocals, Jean Bergeron on lead guitar, Terry Brown on keys and rhythm guitar and Ron Adams on bass. Original drummer Phil Hurta left the band and was replaced by Keith Boyer in October, 2014. After Keith's tragic death in February, 2017, Greg Davis was named as our newest band mate on percussion in April, 2017.
”What a night! ...Mrs. Jones Revenge is "classic rock" at it's best!
The performance by Jeff and the band brought not only outstanding vocals and stage presence, the iconic rock selections had everyone in the audience dancing or singing along! The encore performance was absolutely the best and without a doubt, moved Mrs. Jones' Revenge to the number one spot as a Temple City favorite!.”
Cathy Burroughs Director Parks and Recreation and Debbie Ingram, Administrative Coordinator, City of Temple City, CA