Rock Combos of  Nashville
 
 

GROOVY SIXTIES

In the sixties bands were forming on every cul-de-sac and would soon bring the latest rock & roll music to every high school, teen center, ballroom, VFW, and nightclub in the country. The music they produced was Garage rock, a raw form of rock and roll that enjoyed its original period of wide success in the United States from 1963 to 1967. Garage bands that crept into the national charts included: The Kingsmen (Portland), Paul Revere and the Raiders (Portland) and The Gentrys (Memphis).

"Garage rock" comes from the perception that many such performers were young and often rehearsed in a family garage. Bands were mostly made up of middle-class teenagers from the suburbs. Garage rock peaked both commercially and artistically in 1966 and generally disappearing entirely by 1970.


1960's Nashville Combos included:
Allman Joys, The Exotics, The Nobles, Ronny and the Daytonas, Deltas, Prophets, The Chessmen,
Lemonade Charade, King James and the Sceptres,
Johnny Jones & The King Casuals,
Gremlins, Continentals, Kapers, Crystals, Jaguars, Remicks, Spinners, Barons, Jesters, The Citations,
The DeVilles, The Squires, The Chaparelles,  Sam Robinson and the Nashville Shadows,

The Ministers of Sound, Jerry and the Buccaneers,  The Loved Ones, The Marshmallow Mood,

 
Epidemics, Spidells, Fairlanes, Canned Soul, Johnny Jones and the King Casuals,
Anglo Saxons, Alex Harvey Band, Kenny and the Confidentials,
Silhouettes,
Glass Hammer w/ Joe Meador,
Charlie McCoy and the Escorts, Steve Davis Group, The Whole Damn Family, Counts of Nowhere,
Ugly Forest, Cavaliers, Taxmen, Feminine Complex,
We the People and hundreds more.



Typical equipment setup for the sixties.

 


Photo submitted by Jonathan Marx
Feminine Complex performing on NBC's Showcase Program in 1968
To order a compilation CD of tunes by the Feminine Complex visit Teen Beat Records
The girls formed the band in 1966 at Maplewood High in the 10th grade
and played all over Middle Tennessee.


Feminine
Complex
1969

  • Mindy Dalton (Singer, Guitarist)
  • Judi Griffith (Vocalist-Tambourine)
  • Pame Stephens (Organist)
  • Lana Napier (Drums)
  • Jean Williams (Bass Guitar)


Allman Joys
(Allman Brothers)
February 1966

  • Gregg Allman (Keyboards, Vocals)
  • Jackie Jackson (Guitar)
  • Duane Allman (Guitar, Vocals)
  • Tommy Amato (Drums)
  • Ralph Ballinger (Bass)
  • Bobby Dennis (Guitar)
  • Ronnie Wilkin (Piano)
   

RONNY AND THE DAYTONAS
John (aka Ronny) Wilkin, vocalist, songwriter, guitarist John "Bucky" Wilkin was the "brains" behind Ronny & the Daytonas; the group was comprised of mainly Bucky, but with input from Bergen White, who went on to become an extremely sought after arranger in Nashville; Buzz Cason, who filled in for Jerry Naylor as a Cricket, as well as having a hit under the name Garry Miles on "Look For a Star," and finally Bobby Russell, who composed hits such as "Sure Gonna Miss Her" (Gary Lewis & the Playboys), "Popsicle" (Jan & Dean), "The Joker Went Wild" (Brian Hyland), "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" (Vicki Lawrence --his former wife), "Honey" (Bobby Goldsboro) and "Little Green Apples" (O.C. Smith).


Lynn Williams, Drummer
Don Henderson, Bass
Lee Kraft, co-songwriter
John (aka Ronny) Wilkin, Guitar

Lee Kraft and John Wilkin met and became
best friends as classmates at
Hillsboro High School,
Nashville, Tennessee, in 1960.
Their big hit was "Little GTO".
Ronny and the Daytonas Website

   

THE REMICKS

 

The picture from left to right: Gary Jones (drums), Tommy Curtis (bass), Joe Becker (sax), Buzzy Orange (guitar), and Rick Durrett (keyboards).

Photo taken by James J. Krisgman in NYC while they were there playing at the Peppermint Lounge.
 

 

Their biggest hits was "This Little Girl of Mine" and "Night Train 65." These were both recorded in 1965. They played all over the east coast and did the old "package" shows with The Swinging Medalians, Rufus Thomas, Joey D and the Starlighters, Arthur Alexander, Ronnie Dove, and others. Their manager was the WMAK disc jockey, Frank Jolley and later Rhea Rippey.

Gary is living in Nashville and is Senior V.P. of Essilor, Tommy is married and living in Florida, Joe Becker died around 1969 in an automobile accident, Buzzy is living in Nashville and is owner of Nashville Artist Management Exclusive (N.A.M.E.), and Rick Durrett is living in Nashville and is a producer. Manager, Rhea Rippey is also still living in Nashville and is an artist.

Buzzy, Gary, and Rick continued the band after Tommy and Joe left. They were replaced by bass player, Ken Thompson. Ken is now living in San Antonio, TX and is an artist there. This group of four Remicks stayed together until 1967 when Buzzy was drafted. They are all still very close friends and still get together occasionally to jam.

Submitted by Buzzy Orange
 

   
CHARLIE McCOY and the ESCORTS
Charlie McCoy, Vocals, Bass & Brass
Wayne Moss, Guitar
Kenny Buttrey, Drums
John Sturdivant, Baritone Sax
Bill Aikins, Piano & Trumpet
Wayne Butler, Trombone
and later Mac Gayden, Guitar
The Escorts were the busiest band in Nashville during the 60's. They played gigs in Printer's Alley, and for a while, around 1962, they even operated their own teen club, The Sack, next to East High School on Gallatin Road.
They played all the high schools and Teen Clubs and were in great demand.

They were truly a show band with great licks. Charlie McCoy would play multiple instruments at the same time and the band was as tight as it gets. Members went on to be sought after studio musicians. Charlie McCoy recorded 28 albums in the last 32 years, many albums featuring his harmonica. Guitarist Wayne Moss founded Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry in the early 70's. He currently operates Cinderella Studio in Madison, TN.

Charlie McCoy and the Escorts
Pictured above
Front row: left to right
John Sturdivant, Baritone Sax
Bill Aikins, Trumpet
Jimmy Miller, Tenor Sax

Back Row left to right
Kenny Buttrey, Drums
Charlie McCoy, Harmonica, Trumpet & Bass
Wayne Moss, Guitar
Other members included:
Mac Gayden & Quitman Dennis

 


Charlie McCoy
16 years old with his Gibson Les Paul (Fretless Wonder) Recorded for Cadence Records
Had his first hit, Cherry Berry Wine (Rock)
Please visit the:
Barefoot Jerry Website
Charlie McCoy Website
   
THE ORIGINAL FAIRLANES
There were actually TWO bands called the Fairlanes.  Tommy Allbert's band - and Danny Boone's band.  They peacefully co-existed during the timeframe 1964 to 1968.  I was in Dan Boone's group, playing bass.  Our line up in 1966-1967 was; Danny Boone, guitar; Jim Tate, drums; Lehman Keith, bass; Jack Jackson, tenor sax; Tommy Smith, trumpet; Gene Golden, organ and lead vocals.  Prior to Gene, lead singer was Robert Knight, who left the band after his regional hit written by Buzz Cason, "Everlasting Love" (later a hit by Carl Carlton and then once again a bit hit by Bono and U2).  Submitted by Lee Keith

 
L to R: Don Jackson, Ken Sanders, Doug Yoder, Dan Boone, Jack Jackson, Bill Graves (seated)

In 1970, Dan Boone decided to end the confusion that had existed by having TWO different Nashville bands that were booking as the "Fairlanes". The following line-up lasted on into the eighties and it was: Dan Boone, guitar and vocals; Jack Jackson, bass and vocals; Doug Yoder, trumpet and keyboards; Don Jackson, saxophone; Bill Graves, trombone and lead vocals: and Ken Sanders, drums and lead vocals. This immediately gained popularity performing hits by Blood, Sweet and Tears; Chicago; and other horn band oriented songs. They also backed up Robert Knight and Clifford Currey on a regular basis. For a while they called themselves Odyssey, before switching back to the Fairlanes.


Left to right:
Jimmy Miller, Tenor Sax
Tommy Allbert, Vocalist
Randy Allen, Drums
Larry Taylor, Guitar
Jimmy Mullins, Bass

 

   
THE DELTAS

The Deltas, a combo formed out of Gallatin, Tennessee in the early sixties. Dick Kent from WLAC in the 70's was a great fan of the Deltas and they played a lot of schools out parties for him. Members included: Wayne Wright, guitar, Don Lee, guitar, Larry Leath, bass and Bobby Dorris drums.

The 'RCA" shot is mid sixties with original and founding members Don and Larry, now having added Gene Large, drums, and kneeling Dan Wilson, keys and trumpet.
The five member lake shot shows the late sixties lineup and most successful era of the band, along with Larry, Don, Gene, the band now featured Milton Blackford on rhythm guitar, and Jim Vantrease, fresh from Vietnam, as keyboardist. This version of the band recorded for Warner bros, United Artists, as well as backing up top performers on the day, Gene Hughes, Dobie Gray, and Larry Gatlin. They were a top rated country club act, with superior musicianship as well as top notch vocals. Larry's four 1/2 octave vocal's (without falsetto) were the signature sound.

   

GLASS HAMMER
in 1972, with the release of their single, Never Gonna Hide, Warner bros changed the name Deltas to the "GLASS HAMMER"...not to be confused with a 90's progressive Chattanooga group by the same name. In '74 and 75, they traveled with Frankie Valli as his opening act all over the east coast and Midwest, playing their hometown at the new Opry House in 1975.

The Glass Hammer pic is the official Warner bros publicity shot from 1973.
   
THE SQUIRES
The picture from left to right:
Johnny McDonald, Bass (whereabouts unknown)
Eddie Bayers Drums (Nashville Session Drummer)
Larry Apple, Tenor Sax (Jack Daniels Distillery)
Gene Golden, Keyboards and Vocals (has a recording studio in Old Hickory and a new CD available on-line)
Doug Yoder, Trumpet (lives in Georgia)
George Benham, Guitar (has an insurance agency in Nashville)
The picture above was taken on the stage at the Lion's Club in Donelson. (Don's Den and Pirates Cove) Their stage clothes were from the famous "Mr. Dee's and also York Men's Shoppe in the Arcade.



Submitted by Gene Golden

 

There was an earlier version of the Squires that featured Bobby Brinkley on Vocals, Bucky Harris on Guitar, Ronnie Crawford on Bass, Steve Furman on Drums and Gene Golden on Piano. That group recorded "Would it Matter" on the Squire Record Label which belonged to DJ Lee Dorman. He produced the record which had limited success on the R&B charts.

The picture to the right features the Squires Showband, 1969, at a Valentine's Dance.

Front, L-R: Dale Apple, Doug Yoder, Larry Apple
Rear, L-R: Jerry McEwen, R.E. Hardaway, Johnny McDonald

Squires 1969

   
THE CHESSMEN
One day they were sitting around jamming, trying to come up with a name for the group. On the TV happened to be a chess game going on between Russia and the US. And there is where the Chessmen were born. The Chessmen have been entertaining audiences since 1964 when they started as a R&B Band. In 1967, The Chessmen released a top 40 single, “How Sweet It Is.” Some controversy arose when Jackie Gleason called Woodland Studios and complained that he had the phrase “How Sweet It Is” under copy write. So the name of the single had to be changed to “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” By Tommy and The Chessmen. This single, recorded at Woodland Studios on the ABET label, charted in Billboard Magazine was number one in Chicago for ten weeks. The strength of this record helped popularize the band throughout the Southeastern United States.

During those years, the Chessmen performed for many of the local clubs—Don’s Den, the Briar Patch, Teen Town, the Dog House, and Tiger A Go-Go. They hit the college scene at Vanderbilt, UT, Sewanee and of course, Fun Night at MTSU. They did out of town gigs also at places like the Cellar in Shelbyville and hit the Military circuit at the NCO Club, Officer’s Club and Stewart Air Force Base. Those of you who frequented The Starlight Dinner Club on Dickerson Road in the 70’s may remember The Chessmen because they played there every Sunday night for six years. They backed such big names as The Platters and Brenda Lee.


Original members pictured from bottom to top:
Tommy VanAtta- Lead singer, keyboard
David Adams- Lead guitar
Michael Catalano- Saxophone
Joe Veach- Bass Guitar
Wayne Veach- Drums
Bill Vernon- Alto Saxophone
Tommy VanAtta is the only original member still with The Chessmen. He’s kept The Chessmen rockin’ for 43 years and plays every weekend throughout the Southeast. You can visit their website at www.chessmenband.com

   
THE JADES COMBO

Alan Gregory and Jan Carroll singing in the Jades Combo at one of the "Spy Dances".  The picture was taken in '68 

The Jades Combo taken at Overton High School in '69....Alan Gregory was lead singer, Sonny Johnson...bass, Keith Gregory...guitar, Steve Furman...drums, "Mac" McCracklin...sax, Bobby "packie rat" Stamps...organ!  
   
CITATIONS COMBO
Alan Gregory..singer, Lawson Keith..bass, Charlie McMahon...guitar, Lee Secrest...guitar, Don Johnson...drums.  This picture was taken at a Vanderbilt "frat" party in 1962.  

   

LEMONADE CHARADE

Original Charades
Left to Right
 Allen Tanksley (Keyboards, Vocals)
 Owsley Manier (Guitar & Bass)
Drew Nixon (Drums & Vocals)
 Jerry Smith (Guitar)
Peyton Hoge (Vocals)


They  were managed by One Eyed Jacks (H. Jackson Brown) and later by Tony Moon). Their biggest hit was San Bernadino (written by Bill Davidson.)  They were signed to Epic Records, with their first single being "Yellow Brick Road".
Submitted by Peyton Hoge
 

They did shows with the Allman Joys. Later  with Hermans's Hermits, The Buckinghams, The Beau Brummels, Sam the Sham, The Swingin' Medallions, The Gentrys and The Kingsmen.



Top row,  Jerry Smith, Peyton Hoge
Middle, Jim Ragland, Owsley Manier
Bottom,  Allen Tanksley, Drew Nixon

   
THE EXOTICS

From left to right:
Bill Adair: guitar-vocals
Glenn Crowell: bass-lead vocals
Loy Hardcastle: drums-vocals
Jeff Cook: keyboards-vocals

The Exotics remember playing on tennis courts, patios, driveways, Uptight club in Goodlettsville, Willow Plunge in Franklin, gymnasiums all over, country clubs, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas and several summers in Daytona Beach and the "Safari" Motel.  There they swapped sets with the Allman Joys.  They also were the back up band for the "Spidells."  They were one of the first "Soul" music groups in Nashville.

Submitted by Loy Hardcastle

Drummer for the Exotics and the Fairlanes
Submitted by
Glenn Crowell, Bass & Vocals
 

They all live within 20 miles of Nashville.  Glenn, the bass player and lead singer, retired from the Post Office in Franklin last year after working there 32 years.  Billy, the guitar player, has his own music production company called ABS productions.  Loy, the drummer, sell real estate.  Jeff, the organ and sax player, works in sales.  All of the Exotics are still active in music and still play together today.   
 

   

KING JAMES AND THE SCEPTRES
King James and the Sceptres regularly played at fraternity and sorority parties at Vanderbilt and other college campuses. Often they played for proms and prom breakfasts. They performed at a lot of private parties, at NCO clubs at military installations, played at many clubs in and around Nashville, and promotional events for various radio stations such as WMAK and WVOL. They were an extremely popular R & B band in Nashville during the late sixties.



The members are all still in Nashville.
Nick Nixon, "King James" and the lead singer, has recorded several albums and has had a stellar career in music. He has a website jamesnicknixon.com and is playing every Tuesday night 8p-11pm at The Gibson Showcase in Opry Mills, "The Nick Nixon Blues Jam".

Jim Deal, the bass player and singer, co-owned C & M Sound Studio on 18th Ave for a number of years, worked as an engineer at the old Woodland Studio, made guitars for Gibson, and owned a television repair service before his death in 1986.

Larry Seeman, the guitar player, is a Psychologist and the Board President of The Nashville Jazz Workshop. Their website is nashvillejazz.org

Bob Forrester, the drummer, is a Mathematics Professor at Vol State in Gallatin.

Conner Walker, the organ player, was an electrical engineer for the federal government in Washington D.C. for many years, but is back in Nashville.

Submitted by Bonnie Deal

   
JOHNNY JONES AND THE KING CASUALS
Johnny Jones moved to Nashville from Chicago in the early 60’s. There he worked as a studio guitarist and formed the band the Imperial Seven and worked regularly at the renowned New Era club . The King Casuals were formed in Nashville in the early 60’s. Early members included Jimi Hendrix on guitar and Billy Cox on bass. IJohnny Jones joined the group in 1968 on guitar and vocals, but there are references to Jones and Hendrix having played together (as the house band on Night Train).

Early King Casuals with Jimi Hendrix on left

In 1968 Brunswick Records signed the King Casuals (now billed as Johnny Jones & the King Casuals). They would record a series of three 45’s for the label between the end of 1968 and the middle of 1969.
   
NASHVILLE SHADOWS
In 1964, Larry Rice, Mike Kelly, Ed Waller, and Baily “Bear” Gibson, all Glencliff High School friends, decided to start their own band. A Central High School guy named Sam Robinson joined the band and things picked up immediately. Dan Hoffman, “D J Dan” of WKDA radio, became the group’s manager in 1966 and changed the name to the “Nashville Shadows” to distinguish them from the other successful Nashville band named “The Shadows”. The “Nashville Shadows” with the additions of Larry Bell, and Dennis Carney, went on to play Vanderbilt fraternity and sorority parties, high school dances, and concerts with acts such as The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Turtles, Lou Christie, The Circle, and B. J. Thomas for the next three years.

Submitted by Larry Rice, larjanrice@netzero.com
MORE PICTURES HERE

   
ANGLO SAXONS

The group performed in the late sixties at the Briar Patch, the Hullabaloo Club and all the high school and college parties. They had a strong R&B foundation, but were heavily influenced by the British Invasion sound.

They were managed by WKDA DJ Dan Hoffman and released the song Ruby on Lucky Eleven Records. The song was on it's way to becoming a hit when Kenny Rogers released his version.

1967: Drums Rob McLemore, bass guitar Jerry Williams, lead guitar Jimmy Shields, organ Freddie Birdwell and singer Bobby Neighbors

 

   
WE THE PEOPLE

PERSONNELL:
RANDY BOYTE - organ, piano A B C D E (1966-1970)
DAVID DUFF - bass A B C D E (1966-1970)
WAYNE PROCTOR - lead guitar A B
TOMMY TALTON - guitar A B C (1966-1968)
TOM WYNN - drums A (1966)
LEE FERGUSON - drums A B (1966-1967)
TERRY COX - drums C D E (1967-1970)
CARL CHAMBERS - guitar D (1968-1969)
SKIP SKINNER - guitar E (1969-1970)


We the People might be considered the ultimate in '60s garage rock. Only a few locals still remember them today, but for the kids who heard 'em on WKDA, or who caught one of their live appearances, they were something different, all right.

"They were the first longhaired group ever to come into the city," Tony Moon remembers. "Nashville, being as conservative, and as country, as it was, the rockers here all looked pre-Beatles--they all looked like they came out of '59 back in '65."

"Other bands were good," he remembers, "but they didn't have the writing capabilities of We the People. The group had two really strong writers who wrote different types of stuff--it had this kaleidoscope of texture."

Moon set up the group's first recording date not in Nashville, but in a cramped Tampa studio. The results were emblematic of the group's split personality: Guitarist Tommy Talton's "Mirror of Your Mind" was an explosive, leering come-on fueled by sizzling guitars and Moon's harmonica riffs. Proctor penned the other song, "(You Are) the Color of Love," an aching, sumptuous ballad that hinted tastefully at the dreamy psychedelia that was coming into vogue.

Although the group handled most of the instrumental chores on their recordings, Moon called on some of the city's skilled pros to fill in a few holes at recording sessions. Upon encountering the likes of multi-instrumentalist Charlie McCoy, Proctor was awestruck: "I remember listening to them play music, thinking there has to be some kind of mechanical device for them to play so good. I couldn't imagine anyone being that good."

We the People played dances, or combos, as they were called back then: "They just mesmerized these kids," Moon remembers. "Teenagers in Nashville just never saw anything like this. They'd heard about it, they'd seen The Beatles on Ed Sullivan," but it wasn't till We the People came to town that local kids saw this new breed of rock 'n' roll in the flesh.

At one gig in a shopping-center parking lot, Proctor remembers, hordes of people turned out. "It was the first time that we had girls in front of us, trying to reach out and touch us. We were totally shocked. To them, we could have been from England."

We the People 1966

Such was the lot of a band who'd arrived in a town that was a few years behind the rest of the country. Mostly, the boys hung out around the pool at their Murfreesboro Road hotel, watching the traffic go by and waiting for the sun to come up.

Even if We the People never quite made it, Proctor looks back fondly, if a little blithely, on his time in the group. "We were teenagers, somebody was paying for it, we didn't care." In the end, their story is like that of any other group: They came, they rocked, they broke up. But while they were rocking, hanging out at RCA studios and the Alamo Plaza Hotel, they showed Nashville just how exciting rock 'n' roll could be.
 
ALBUMS: Available at Amazon.com
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
(Collectables COL-CD-0532) 1993
MIRROR OF OUR MINDS
(Sundazed SC 11056) 1998
a double CD retrospective, from the master tapes, with no less than forty tracks

   
THE SPINNERS
The band members are (from left to right):
Rick Loudermilk, bass
Pat McGee, Drums
Tom McGee, rhythm guitar & lead vocals
Jim Craig, lead guitar & lead vocals
Leighton “Bubba” Cammuse, tenor sax. 
The band gigged pretty heavy from 1965 until late 1968.

They played the typical circuit of Vandy frats, the Towers, the Dog House, Don’s Den, Pirates Cove, Ryan Teen Town, and the occasional auto show, club, or private party.  The band was devoted to playing R & B but caved in later and added some of the more gutsy English Invasion stuff.  You know, Animals, Zombies and the like.  In 1967 they added a great lead singer in the form of Vandy student John Hall and a really ass-kicking B3 player also from Vandy named Rich Weinstein.  He could do anything with the B3 except haul it!
Submitted by Pat McGee

 


This photo of the band was taken in the early Fall of 1966 when they were the house band at the Tennessee State Fair. 
   
THE SPIDELLS
formed in 1962 at then Tennessee A&I State University, now known as Tennessee State University. The group consisted of one senior and four freshmen. The picture to the right shows the original group holding their first recorded record in titled "Find Out What's Happening" on Monza Records ( song was later recorded by Elvis Presley and Louise Mandrell). The members from left to right are: James Earl Smith (senior-2nd Lead/1st tenor) Nathaniel Shelton (freshman/ tenor) Lee Roy Cunningham (freshman/baritone/tenor), William Lockridge (freshman/Lead/2nd tenor), and Michael Young (Bass/baritone). The group's back up band was "The Exotics". Some of the songs recorded by the group included, "Once more with feeling", That'll make my heart break", "Uncle Willie good time", and Don't forget that you are still my baby".  

 

   

LIBIDO
submitted by James Richards

The band called “Libido" played from Memphis to Knoxville and down south to Birmingham and even further south to Montevallo College in Alabama.  We played at many Vandy Frat parties in Nashville, and at private high school dances at various homes around Belle Meade and other parts of Nashville.  We played at one school dance in a parking lot of a restaurant in Green Hills behind Hillsboro High School, and for other events in Nashville.  We were the first band to play at the WMAK "shower of stars" on the day Jeannie C. Riley performed.  We played at "The Lion's Den" in West End one week after Otis Redding had been there.  We were a heavy Rhythm and Blues band.  We were booked by King Zabornic and Corrine Pittinger (Talent, Inc.)  We spent many years playing at clubs on the Alabama border and in Tennessee.  We played for a couple of years at the NCO club on the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

 



Members included:  Barry Jackson, Jimmy Lambert, Danny Meyer (fronted in a band for Z Z Top & Rare Earth), Sam John Passarella, Danny Cross, Charlie Parson (recorded at Quin Ivy's studio in Muscle Shoals, Broadway Studio, and played with Betty Swan. Eddie Floyd, Russell Smith, Wayne Perkins, Johnny Wyker, Donnie Fritts, Roger Hawkins), Charles O’Connor, Randy Cross (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Literature for editing T. S. Stribling's autobiography), and James Richards (played with Wayne Perkins, Clayton Ivy, Junior Lowe, Harrison Calloway, Jesse Boyce, Aaron Varnell, Ronnie Eades, Harvey Thompson, and Freemon Brown before being drafted into the army)
SOUL SEARCHERS
Soul Searchers Combo around 1966 and 1967 from the Donelson area.
Bob White - guitar; Joe Ingram – bass; Mike Jackson – sax; Jerry Griffin – trumpet; Mike Griffin –trombone; R.E. Hardaway – drums, vocals; Julian Thompson – vocals; Mark Robertson – keyboards
THE JAGUARS
Jim Tate, Drums
Robert Owens, Guitar
Leo Seidner, Vocals
Lehman Keith, Bass
Howard Harlan, Organ

This photo of The Jaguars was taken at the Jewish Community Center probably around 1964.
Submitted by Lehman Keith


 

   


Tom Crain, Lead Guitar
Barney Evers, Bass Guitar
Bart Graves, Hammond B3
Chip Curley, Vocals
Tom Groover, Sax
Richard Cannon, Trumpet

Several drummers listed below
Manager: One Eyed Jacks

THE SHADOWS

Vandy Frat Party


Bart Graves on Hammond B3


Barney Evers, Bass
 & Tommy Crain, Guitar


Tom Crain went on to tour and record with the Charlie Daniels Band for 15 years. He won a grammy for co-writing The Devil Went Down to Georgia.  Barney and Bart played with local groups for the past 30 years including the group "1969". Chip retired from music in 1970 and went on to raise a family and build this website. Tom Groover lives in Houston. Phil Maxwell lives in Green Hills and is a home builder. Many of the others are currently M.I.A.
 


Vandy frat house


Phil Maxwell, drummer for the Shadows, Fairlanes, King James and the Sceptors, Chessmen, Continentals and Canned Soul,
& Julie Goldstein


Tommy Crain and Judy Baum


Phil Maxwell, Drums


Chip Curley, Vocals


Chip (left) & Tommy (right)
working on echoplex


Pete Zimmerman, Drums


Bill Davidson, Drums


Kinny Cosner, Drums


Vandy Poster


Tom Groover on sax
Chip Curley, Vocals (right)
Hillsboro High Dance 1968

 

   


Chip Curley, Vocals & Bass Guitar
Richard Brown, Lead Guitar
Bart Graves, Organ
Gerry O'Donnell, Rhythm Guitar
Chuck Pomy, Drums
Ken Nash, Sax
Manager, John Reale

THE SANDS COMBO

   
   

Green Hills Saturday Night
was Teen Town at
Calvary United Methodist Church


Cully Wilcoxen & Pam Hawkins
Glenn Hammonds on Bass Guitar

Cully Wilcoxen, Marilyn Hawkins, David Schroeder & Wardlaw Steele

Hugh CunninghamTeen Town at Calvary United Methodist Church was started in the 60's by Rosemary Brown and assisted by Hugh Cunningham who booked the bands and was the drummer for The Castaways and the Exiles, and lead singer for The Mystic Blues and The New Republic.

60's Teen Clubs included : Hullabaloo on Dickerson Road, Upbeat Club in Tusculum Shopping Center, The Dog House located in the old gym at DuPont High School in Old Hickory, Pirates’ Cove at Two Rivers, Don’s Den at Donelson High, Teen Town at Ryan, Skateland on Thompson Lane (aka The Salt Mines because they threw salt on the concrete so you could dance), Chicken Coop out on Hwy 70 , Tiger A-Go-Go out Charlotte near River Road, Nowhere Club in Hendersonville and The Sack on Gallatin Road.

 

 
 

THE BARONS

The played the usual Nashville gigs for high school musicians, Vanderbilt frats; Overton, Hillwood after game dances/ prom breakfasts; high school frat/sorority "combos", Peabody Dem school; all the country clubs and the Chicken Coop. Where are they today? Richard Cannon is MD in Maryland. Carl Cooper is sales manager in San Jose CA, earned music degree. Tom Groover is EE in Houston, TX  Lee Suffrage ? Kinny Cosner earned J.D. and Phd., teaches at V.U. Susan Neuhoff married Carl Cooper in mid 80's works at San Jose State U. Paul Worley reached presidency of Sony Nashville, produces Dixie Chicks and many others.

1st row L-R Richard Cannon (trumpet), Carl Cooper (bass), Tom Groover (sax)
2nd row L-R Lee Suffrage (vocals), Kinny Cosner (drums),
Susan Neuhoff (organ), Paul Worley (guitar)
Submitted by Tom Groover

 

THE VICARS

The group started out in 1963 under the name of Tony and the Playboys. After some re-organization in the line up the name was changed to The Vicars. The band played the hotel circuit, Vandy frat parties, Fun night at MTSU, all of the nco clubs, officers clubs at Fort Campbell, Smyrna, and Arnold AFB as well as most of the country clubs and Moose Lodges in the Middle Tennessee/North Alabama area from 1963 until1967. We were also a regular with a lot of the Middle Tennessee High School proms and sub deb dances. The lead singer, Tony Gregory passed away some fifteen to twenty years ago. Don Baker, the bass player, became a building contractor in Shelbyville Tn. Don passed away four or five years ago. Jerry Woodward, the lead guitar player, still resides in Shelbyville Tn and is retired. Mark Tate, the drummer, owns an insurance agency in Dalton Ga. Gary Petty, the organ player,  worked for many years with Ray Stevens at his production company. He resides in Murfresboro Tn. Our managers, Mr and Mrs. Travis Petty, Still reside In Shelbyville Tn. Mrs. Petty still operates a beauty shop in Shelbyville. What a time!!!!

 

THE NIGHTCAPS

The Nightcaps hailed from Columbia, Tennessee, and made a splash in Nashville from 1965-1970. They played gigs at Willow Plunge, Vanderbilt Fraternities, The Holiday Inn on Murfreesboro Road, lots of parties at MTSU, in Columbia, The Cellar in Shelbyville, and backed up B.J Thomas, Brian Hyland, and Ronnie Dove at The Auto Show in the Municipal Auditorium. They appeared with The Charades, The Exotics, and other Nashville-based groups at Battles of the Bands at skating rinks and other venues. They were also on Channel 5’s Saturday Dance Party, a la American Bandstand. When the ‘Caps hit the big time and were represented by Talent, etc., as an agent, their name changed to MANN. MANN recorded “Born St. Louis” for Capitol, and went on the road, touring the Southeast states in concerts in Knoxville, Charlotte, Nashville, Crossville, Huntsville, Atlanta, and MTSU’s arena.


Original members: In front, Blake Pennington Bass guitar. Middle row from left Jimmy Kelley guitar, Bobby Carpenter keyboards and trumpet, Ray Journey guitar, and Ron Bass guitar. In back is Al Notgrass Clark drums.

 

RUBBER BAND


Hillwood High's Great Pumpkin Ball 1967
 
Left-to-right: Dan Bulla, Ted Davis, Rogers Morrison,
Wardlaw Steele, Jere Ellis, David Schroeder.
Picture submitted by
Wardlaw Steele

 

 

STEVE DAVIS GROUP


Steve Davis, Vocals & Guitar
Tom Crain, Guitar
Dan Bulla, Bass
Peter Keeble, Drums

 

THE MAJESTICS


The Majestics - this photo was taken in the basement of
the Masonic Temple (Broadway & 7th Ave. North). The date
was 6/16/65 and the occasion was a dance for the Rainbow Girls.
 Front row (left to right): Larry (Lance) Reid,  Alan Gregory, Eddie Lunn.
The drummer was either Mike Martin or Don Johnson.


This picture was taken at Antioch High in 1966
The Majestics played mostly rhythm & blues for dances at
high schools, college fraternities (go Deke House!), city
community centers, Don's Den, the Starlight Club, Donelson
American Legion Post 88 and other venues too numerous to mention.

Submitted by Lance Reid
 

 

MINISTERS OF SOUND


This is at a rehearsal of The Ministers of Sound .
(L to R) Frank Feinstein, Patrice Goblet (not a member of the band - an
exchange student from France), Larry (Lance) Reid, Gary
Dobbins, Ron O'Riley and Tommy Becker on drums. Circa 1967.

 

 




Early version of the Sensational Sands with Larry Lusky on vocals
July 1966


THE COUNTS OF NOWHERE

The Counts of Nowhere were the house band for the Nowhere Club in Hendersonville, Tennessee in the late 1960's. The members of the group: Jerry Meador - lead singer; Randy L. Mabe - bass; Toby Rennie - organ; Ted Reynolds - horns; John McKee - lead guitar; Paul Slate - drums; John Correll - drums (black hair); Mary Ann Spain - back-up singer; Beverly Pursell - back-up singer and Fred 'Fat Albert' Rennie - Manager. They were helped by D.J. Dan Hoffman of WKDA and Joe Melson helped us with The Nowhere Club (he wrote hits for Roy Orbison and the Newbeats). They were privileged to share the War Memorial Auditorium stage with The Feminine Complex. They all went to Hendersonville High School.


THE KNIGHT RYDER'S

1965 -1969

MIKE CARTER - RANDALL "RANDY" MARTIN - DAVID MCBRIDE - CECIL BRAGG -
DON "DONNIE" BUCKLEY......PICTURE TAKEN 1967
They played mostly in Goodlettsville and Madison at the HIgh Schools, Hullabaloo, Madison Skate Lane , SPY (Several of the Nashville community centers,)
Seward Air Force Base, East Nashville YMCA Teen Town and surrounding areas, such at the Cellar in Shelbyville, Dickson & Waverly. They won first place at one of the famous, ( Battle of the Bands,) The prize was a recording time At Globe Studio’s, resulting in a record with two original songs.

top: Cecil Bragg - right: David McBride
bottom: Mike Carter - left middle: Randy Martin

More information and pics on their website.
Submitted by Don Buckley

 

 


THE TAXMEN

1966-1967

Myron Bryant, Drums
Mark Clifton, Guitar
Billy Anderson, Organ
Danny Andrews, Vocals
R. Stevie Moore, Bass
They played sockhops, parties, skating rinks and clubs in the
Madison and Nashville area.

More information is available on their website.
Submitted by R. Stevie Moore

 

 


PEPPERMINT SPADES


The Peppermint Spades, were photographed at the Two Rivers High School Valentines Dance in 1968. Left to Right, they are Randy Randall (The cute one), Larry Campbell (The other one), and Kevin Brown (The smart one). Missing were Scotty Roberts and Paul Allen, the leaders of the band.

 


THE SENATORS

The lineup (left to right) is:
Frank Feinstein - guitar and vocals
Tommy Becker - drums and vocals
Ronnie Robinson - guitar and vocals
They played private parties, swimming pools and Central
State Mental Hospital (no...really!).
Submitted by Larry (Lance) Reid & Frank Feinstein
 

 


GORMEKS
February 1967
VFW in Gallatin, Tennessee
L to R Guitar Hill Snyder, Vocals Gary Muller,
Vocals Carlos Thompson, Drums Chico Fuller,
Bass Philip Smith

 


MAGIC
1968
Drums Chico Fuller, Bass Philip Smith,
Guitar Mark Watson

 

PAGAN V COMBO
Pictures below taken at Harvey's Loft July 1967
Chip Curley, Vocals
Bob Tigert, Vox Continental Organ
Peter Keeble, Drums
Jeff Katz, Guitar
Tommy Smith, Bass


Chip Curley
Garage Band Artist?

 

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