the summer of 65, we were young and so alive, Rockin'
at the Surfer's Club, What a magical time it was! We were
dancin' in the sand, playin' in a rock & roll band,
singin' "I Want More", and "I Wanna Hold
Your Hand"! And I still get a chill, thinkin' about
those days! I still get a chill! New York and the Purple
still get a chill!
1966 The Tropics
won The International Battle of the Bands held at the famous
McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The Band took first place over
more than 450 other bands, which included such names as Chicago
and Tommy James & The Shondells. Out of that win came a
recording contract with Columbia Records and the single "Take
the Time" produced by Teo Macero, which made it to the
top of the charts and got a "92" on Dick Clark's American
30-year reunion for the Tropics took place On May 7, 1999!
The Tropics played at the St. Petersburg, Florida, Coliseum.
It was a benefit for All Children's Hospital. (As seen on
"Good Day Tampa Bay" FOX 13) This was the time
to get back in the studio and re-record some of their favorite
tunes, some of these recordings are available on this CD.
The reunion was a tremendous success and many good friends
were reunited in a free-spirited, fun-filled nostalgic evening,
reliving the innocence of those wonderful times. "It
was Fabulous" says Margie Sexton, the band's former
manager and owner of the famous "SURFER'S CLUB,"
a Madeira Beach, Florida teen-age night club in the late
60's. This 7 song CD contains a song written for the occasion,
Get a Chill", Dedicated
to the loving memory of our brothers and founding members
Pendergrass 1947 -
Other Band members include Eric
Turner, Bobby Shea and Charlie Souza and
our 1964 original band members Wayne Guida, Ron Ferrer and
Order The Anthology
this 17 song CD The Tropics Anthology 1965 - 1969,
you'll find most all of the origional recordings of
the records made by the band, some on Major labels
like Columbia and Malaco Records, some on local Florida
labels such as Thames and Laurie Records in NewYork.
All songs on this CD are the Remastered ORIGINAL RECORDINGS
of Florida's #1 Show Band 1965-1969. (Manager
Margie Sexton proudly inserted the word fabulous into
the bands name!
In the mid 60's Charlie,
a Florida native, was a part of the The Tropics,
achieving a national level of success. And when
the group reunited in 1999 for a 30 year reunion
at the St. Petersburg Coliseum, the immortality
of the music they played was evident!
Who would remember all of the joy that was generated
by the music and all of the people who helped make
it happen? The next day, Charlie was looking out
at the white sand of St. Pete Beach from a hotel
balcony and got an idea. He said to his band mate,
Buddy, hey! there should be a Florida Music Hall
of Fame so that we can keep the memory of all
of us alive along with those who came before us
right up to the present, and those in the future!
Buddy Pendergrass, this is for you and Mel Dryer
Music Hall of Fame
is plenty of cherry
pie in Heaven Brother!