The Gentrys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: 60s rock garage rock frat rock american 70s oldies one hit wonder Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s
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Biography

Formed in 1963 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, the Gentrys forged their early reputation playing high school dances. The group - Larry Raspberry (vocals, guitar), Bruce Bowles (vocals), Jimmy Hart (vocals), Bobby Fisher (tenor saxophone, piano, guitar), Jimmy Johnson (trumpet, organ), Pat Neal (bass) and Larry Wall (drums) - later won the city’s ‘Battle Of The Bands’ contest and within months had secured a recording contract with the independent Youngstown label. Their first release, ‘Sometimes’, was coupled with the infectious ‘Keep On Dancing’, an R&B track that attracted more interest than the a-side. The major label MGM Records picked up the national distribution rights to the single, resulting in the single reaching number 4 in the US charts, subsequently selling in excess of one million copies. The song was later covered by the Bay City Rollers, giving them their first chart hit in 1971. The Gentrys were unable to repeat...

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