The Nightcaps

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s

Biography

The Nightcaps, one of the first widely known white blues bands, were formed by high school friends Billy Joe Shine (vocals), David Swartz (guitar), Jack Allday (drums), Mario Daboub (bass) and Gene Haufler (rhythm guitar) in 1958. Over the next three years they became fixtures on their local Dallas, Texas blues scene, greatly influencing the blues and R&B acts that subsequently prospered in the region. As well as performing blues standards such as Muddy Waters’ ‘I’ve Got My Mojo Working’ and Junior Parker’s ‘Next Time You See Me’, the Nightcaps wrote several affecting originals. The most noteworthy of these were the singles ‘Thunderbird’ and ‘Wine, Wine, Wine’. ‘Thunderbird’ was later covered by devotees ZZ Top early in their career. In their own lifetime, ‘Wine, Wine, Wine’ became a popular hit in Texas, selling over 10, 000 copies. An album of the same title was issued in 1960 after...

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