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Band of Oz

In the mid sixties the group known as Band of Oz had its humble beginnings in eastern North Carolina (Grifton) . It was a bunch of grammar and junior high school guys ( because no one was old enough to drive) being hauled around in Ray Houston’s Chevy station wagon pulling a little red trailer. The group at that time was called The Avengers.

As the mid sixties would have it the band was a guitar and keyboard group playing the sock hops at area schools, private parties and an occasional club whenever the owner would risk having them. The later part of the sixties saw the group bring in a horn section which brought a big change in the music. Freddy Tripp (Band of Oz, Dynamic Upsetters, Embers, Shakers, Breeze Band etc.) and Jimmy Smith were the first horn players. Until the name change around 1970 three members of the group had remained the same Johnnie Byrd, Buddy Johnson and Keith Houston.

As area available players (school mates of members) ran out, the band got its first player from the Greenville, NC Chuck French on trumpet. When the name was changed to the Band of Oz in 1970 most of the group was from the Greenville area, Chuck French / Trumpet, Gary Warren/sax, Randy Hignite/Keyboards , Jim Heidenreich/drums, all of Greenville and Johnnie Byrd/bass, Buddy Johnson/vocals and Keith Houston /guitar. Around 1971 another long time member Billy Bazemore replaced Buddy Johnson on vocals. Through the early seventies they continued playing the Frat parties private functions and clubs in the southeast.

In late 1976 the band now comprised of members from Raleigh to Greenville decided to try it as a full time band. Members were Chuck French /trumpet, Bob Lynch/sax, Ronnie Forbes/keyboards, Shep Fields/bass, Freddy Tripp (returning)Trumpet, Billy Bazemore/vocals, David Hicks /drums and Keith Houston /guitar. They hit the road traveling extensively in the Southeast playing the club circuit.

In the late seventies the band decided to try and cut back on some of the traveling and concentrate more on the Carolinas. They recorded and released their first single ìShaggin’ written by Billy Bazemore and Keith Houston in 1978. The radio airplay and promotion seemed to catapult the group to another level. In 1979 they recorded their second single “Star of My Life” written by Chuck French.

The next big personnel change came in 1980 when John Thompson ( Monzas, Embers) and Butch Barnes (Songbird) joined the group. John’s baritone vocal gave the group a new facet and Butch’s sax and stage presence only enhanced the show. In 1982 (now working Mike Branch) the group recorded Ocean Boulevard written and produced by General Johnson and Warren Moise. Ocean Boulevard went on to be voted Beach Music song of the year and the group won Best New Group at the BMA show. Their first album (real vinyl) “Keep Keepin’ It Up” ( title track written by Tommy Red of Nantucket) was released on Surfside Records. In October of ë83 David Franks Replaced Mickey Hardy on keyboards.

In 1985 Butch Barnes and Billy Bazemore left the group and were replaced by Chris Keaton (High and Mighty The Kings) on sax and Doug Adams (Entertainers, Bill Deal, Fat Ammon’s Band) . Doug left and was replaced by Gary Brown. The group started working their second album containing ” Over the Rainbow ” which was arranged by Chris. The album ” One More Step ” was completed and released on Metro Records in 19 . It was one of first regional projects released on CD.

After the release of ” One More Step ” the group continued performing 200 to 300 shows per year.

In 1991 after being gone since 1985 Butch Barnes returned . Work on their third CD began in the early 90′s this project was handled by the group themselves and recorded at CMC in Zebulon, NC, then released on Ripete Records in 1995. This CD ” Let It Roll ” contains “Shama Lama Ding Dong” the People’s Choice Song of the Year at the Cammy Awards in 1995. It is still one of the most requested beach songs of all time.

1996 brought on big changes when John Thompson decided to get off the road. Jerry West was brought in as his replacement. The change actually expanded the versatlity of the group by adding a high tenor lead voice that was able to cover more and different types of material. Once the transition was made, the guys started working on a third CD. Work on this project was stopped mid stream when Jerry decided to leave for Nashville. Rick Strickland (ShagTime) from Columbia, SC replaced Jerry on bass and vocal. Within a year and a half Jerry was back. The lineup at that time was David Hicks /drums, Chuck French /trumpet, Butch Barnes /sax, Keith Houston /keys and guitar, Rick Strickland /bass and Jerry West /guitar. Within months of the release of ” Dancing in the Streets ” Rick Strickland left. At this time David Franks rejoined the group on keyboards.

After working on their last project for over a year the Band of Oz released their latest CD ” Over the Rainbow ” They feel it is one of, if not their best work ever.

In March 2005, Band of Oz owners Keith Houston and David Hicks decided to bring a new, youthful sound to the band after Butch Barnes announced that he would be leaving in April 2005. At that time, Scott Fine /Vocals and Trombone, Tim Morris /Vocals and Trumpet, and Daniel Morris /Saxophone and Vocals joined the Band of Oz to bring a new youth and a BIG new sound to the band.


Band of Gold

JIM SHAFER – (bass guitar and vocals) – performing in touring stage bands since the age of fourteen and behind the microphone at radio stations all over the country for many years has given Jim much experience to bring to the Band of Gold. He has shared the stage with countless national recording acts, and loves the classic Motown sound.  Jims’ career has been in broadcasting, and he is an in-demand commercial voice and on camera talent for many businesses.  Jim also hosts the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon in Charlotte, and is involved in many different charitable causes.

.ROCCO CEFALO- (keyboards and vocals)  This talented musician hails from South Jersey and brings with him a big dose of Northern Soul! As the Band Of Golds’ music director, Rocco arranges all the songs and puts the show together…… You’ll love the great sounds of the Hammond organ under Rocco’s hands and his great vocal ability and sparkling stage personality make Rocco a crowd favorite!!!!

BO BAITY –(lead guitar and vocals) – This multi-talented musician from Cherryville, NC brings a great guitar sound and a fine singing voice to the group……from country to soul ,  Bo can sing and play it all!  An accomplished record producer and arranger, he has many successful albums on his resume’, and has appeared with many national acts.

LYNN SAMPLES –(Drums and vocals) This road tour veteran brings a great resume’ with him… the foundation for legendary Carolina group Sugarcreek in the 80’s, then drumming for the great variety band Too Much Sylvia in the 90’s, Lynn has a ton of experience, including being on StarSearch, 5 albums and many national tours.  His musicianship extends far beyond the drum kit, with a great singing voice, and lots of input in the arrangement of the songs in the groups’ setlist.

DOUG DAVIS – ( vocals, guitar and percussion) This Orlando, Florida native cut his performing chops in church, then with a 14 piece variety showband that performed at corporate functions and venues throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, Australia, Canada, South America and all 50 states!  He also has much experience in tv and event production, and many hours behind a mixing board as a producer of numerous recording projects.  Doug brings a great lead voice to the band and with a wireless mike, he’ll be out in the crowd all night long!!!!

Partial Songlist:

I’ll be around – The Spinners

Gimme Three Steps – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Some kind of wonderful – Grand Funk RR

Forget You – Ceelo Green

Word Up – Cameo         

Torn Down – Eric Clapton

HickTown  – Jason Aldean

Mama’s Drinking liquor Again – Coastline


What does it take – Jr. Walker & the Allstars

With This Ring – The Platters

When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge

Stand by me/There goes my baby – The Drifters

Celebration –  Kool and the Gang

My Girl – Temptations

Purple Rain – Prince

1-2-3 Kind Of Love – The Band Of Gold

Keep Playin? That Rock and Roll – Edgar Winter

Too late to turn back now – Cornelius Bros & Sister Rose

Don’t let the green grass fool you – Wilson Pickett

 Sweet HomeChicago– Blues brothers

Have I told you lately – Rod Stewart

Sweet HomeAlabama– Lynyrd Skynyrd

Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters

Shut up and Shag – Band Of Oz

Get down on it – Kool and the Gang

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Hold on / Soul Man – Sam and Dave

Brick House – Commodores

 Da Butt – E. U.

Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd/Amie Stewart

Twistin the night away – Sam, Cooke










Boogie Shoes – K.C. & The Sunshine Band

Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger

Takin care of business – Bachman Turner OD

Play that funky music  – Wild Cherry

Messin with the kid – Jr. wells/Blues Brothers

That will never do – Little Milton                                                

Drift Away – Dobie Gray/Uncle Kracker

I Feel Good – James Brown & the Famous Flames

Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry

Shake Your Body Down 2 the Ground – Michael Jackson

Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughn

Slow Down – The Beatles

Jump – Van Halen

R.O.C.K in theUSA– John Mellencamp

What I Like About You – The Romantics

That’s The Way I like It – KC & Sunshine Band

Shake Your BOOTY – k.c. & Sunshine Band

Jenny Jenny 867-5309 – Tommy Tutone

Dance To The Music – Sly & Family Stone

I Want to take you higher – Sly & family Stone

Pink Houses – John Mellencamp

Easy – Commodores/Lionel Richie   

Fame – David Bowie

I Just Want To Stop – Gino Vanelli

 And many  more!!!!!!



Atlantic Groove

Mr. Webster tells us the following:

1 a
 : of, relating to, or found in, on, or near the Atlantic Ocean
1b : of, relating to, or found on or near the east coast of the United States
2 : of or relating to the nations that border the Atlantic Ocean <the Atlantic community>

 : top form <a great talker when he is in the groove>
2 : the middle of the strike zone in baseball where a pitch is most easily hit <a fastball right in the groove>
3 : an enjoyable or exciting experience
4 : a pronounced enjoyable rhythm

Atlantic Groove Bio:

Atlantic Groove, based out of Salisbury, North Carolina is comprised of musicians with a combined average of 33 years professional experience.  The Band features 5 vocalists from the six members on stage to also include a 2 piece horn section.  Atlantic Groove is fortunate to have a wide variety of music in the most popular genres, to included; Carolina Beach, R&B, Rock, Funk, Disco and Country.  The band and each member professionally adapts to any venue whether it be a formal “black tie” event, business casual event, festival, clubs, or just a party.  Atlantic Groove continually is passionate to meet all the needs and special request from their clients and to make each and every guest felt, as if they were a part of the Atlantic Groove show.

Partial Song List:

I Got To Change / Tommy Castro
My Lady Soul / The Temptations
Street Corner Serenade / Wet Willie
Round & Round / Jack Mack & the Heart Attack
Groovy Little Summer Song / James Otto
Movin’ On – Bad Company
Givin’ It Up For Your Love / Delbert McClinton
That’s The Way / KC & the Sunshine Band
Tender Years / John Cafferty
Hurts So Good / John Mellencamp
Brickhouse / The Commodores
Back In Black / AC/DC
Play That Funky Music / Wild Cherry
Standing On Shaky Ground / Delbert McClinton
Ladies Night / Kool & the Gang
Brown Eyed Girl / Van Morrison
Baby Give It Up / KC & the Sunshine Band
Soul Man / Sam & Dave
Love Train / O’JaysHold Back the Night / The Trammps
Easy Coming Out / William Bell
Summer Times Calling Me / Catalinas
Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool Ya / Wilson Picket
Ten Ways of Loving You / Lennie Williams
Get Ready / Rare Earth Version
Hold On I’m Coming / Sam & Dave
With This Ring / The Platters
Carolina Girls / Chairman of the Board
She Use to Be My Girl / The OJay’s
Roll the Dice / Delbert McClinton
Back to Louisiana / Delbert McClinton
Monkey Around / Delbert McClinton
Domino / Van Morrison
Hot Legs / Rod Stewart
Back In Love / LTD
Easy / Commodores
Sarah Smiles / Hall & Oats
Shining Star / The Manhattans
All Summer Long / Kid Rock
Give Just a Little More Time / Chairman of the Board
Going Going Gone / Brian White
Real Good Feeling / Jack Mack
James Brown Medley / James Brown
Take Me to the River / Talking Heads
Get Down Tonight / KC & the Sunshine Band
Boogie Shoes / KC & the Sunshine Band
Shake Your Booty / KC & the Sunshine Band
Higher and Higher / Jackie Wilson
Stubborn Kind of Fellow / Tams Version
Old Weakness / Delbert McClinton
Bring It Down to Jelly Roll / John Fogerty
Get Down On It / Kool & the Gang
Hollywood Swingin / Kool & the Gang
Celebration / Kool & the Gang
Hold on to Your Promise / Rickey Godfrey
Let’s Get it On / Marvin Gaye
She Wants to Dance With Me / Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges
Kiss and Say Goodbye / Manhattans