The Strollers began their career as 1959 Junior High School buddies in Norfolk. The original band, composed of Chuck Asmus on drums and vocals, Pat Wead on lead guitar and vocals, Jerry Benjamin on rhythm guitar, and Bob Hupp on bass and vocals, were known for their infectious shuffle and tight vocals.The group was very popular on the Norfolk teen dance circuit in the early '60's and were a hot item at the Sunday night "Coke Time" dances where they influenced many up and coming young rockers.

In 1963, Wead joined the army and was replaced by Jim Casey on lead guitar. The group added more rhythm and blues based music and continued for another year until joining Little Joe and the Ramrods. This Stroller foursome was the basic core for the group that later became The Smoke Ring.