"The Heeey Baby Days Of Beach Music"
by Greg Haynes
Greg Haynes w/ wife Nora Marion
- (Left Photo ©2004 - Right Photo ©1966)
Guitar appears courtesy of Sonny Long, In-Men Ltd.
After spending over thirty five years
reminiscing about those few years he had as a band promoter, Greg
decided in late 2001 that he would memorialize a few of the
interesting and fun events that happened in the mid to late 60’s when
the bands of the Southeast were making parties in auditoriums,
national guard armories, fraternity houses, and other venues. The
original intent was to primarily focus on only the bands and
performers that he had a direct connection with in the 60’s either as
a promoter, booking agent, or party participate. Curiosity and
interest segued into learning more about some of the other bands and
groups that made the music and party of the 60’s so special in the
southeast. Soul Music was the music of choice and groups that offered
a strong play list of such in those days were sought out. It turned
into a bottomless pit. A nice pit, but larger than ever expected. Bands that featured large horn sections like the Swingin’ Medallions,
Bill Deal & the Rhondels, the In-Men Ltd., The Pieces of Eight, King
David & the Slaves, the Jesters, the Men of Distinction,
Epics, Tyn Tymes, the Attractions and others were the groups that were
thought to be the primary players but it was quickly realized that
other bands could also make that great music using genuine instruments
other than horns and were quite revered at the 60’s party scene. They
included groups from all over the southeast such as Bob Collins & the
Fabulous Five, the Monzas, the Georgia Prophets, the
Gilbraltars, Mouse, the Boys & Brass and the pit deepens. Then a
credibility issue arose with the use of the “Beach Music” in the title
of the book. How possibility could one use such nomenclature without
spotlighting the bands and groups that have made the genre such a
significant music form such as the Embers, the Catalinas,
Bob Meyer &
the Riverias, the Spontanes, and three hundred other bands
in North Carolina alone?
It occurred to me the most
important two words in the book would be “and others.” The book was
essentially finished in the spring in 2003. However, after meeting
Julian Fowler, of Florence, S.C. “and others,” I realized the
book would not be finished until he “and others” are satisfied all the bands and groups that made the party music some call
Music and the Carolinas are totally identified.
One of the reasons the book has
grown to such proportions is the result of our initial research back
in 2001. It concerned us when we tried to find information on the
internet about groups like Bob Collins & the Fabulous Five and
David & The Slaves, we got very little. While we do not expect the book will be a complete anthology of the party bands of the south
in the 60’s, we think it will be a start.
Baby Days of Beach Music” is the first book written by Greg Haynes.
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