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 Haze! I
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, "Still
Get a Chill", Dedicated
to the loving memory of our brothers and founding members Buddy
Pendergrass 1947 - 2003
Other Band members include Eric
Turner, Bobby Shea and Charlie Souza and
our 1964 original band members Wayne Guida, Ron Ferrer and Spencer
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 agreed!
Pendergrass, this is for you and Mel Dryer
Music Hall of Fame Inductee
Mel Dryer R.I.P.
is plenty of cherry
pie in Heaven Brother!