Among the wave of punk bands originating in the Los Angeles, California area in the late 1970s. The band was notable for recording an early hardcore punk single on the Dangerhouse label. Members Mark R. Malone, Larry Parrot, Tim Carhart were with the band throughout its tenure. Original singer Dave Bratton died in an auto accident in April, 1980, after which his younger brother Joel Bratton took on the role of vocalist and sang on their self-titled LP. Later Jason Scharback took over as vocalist. Rhino 39 was known for its good musicianship and anger-free, light-hearted showmanship. Rhino 39 disbanded in the mid-1990s.