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InnaGaddaDaVida

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Classics IV
« on: July 18, 2017, 08:17:30 PM »
The Classics IV is a band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, United States, in 1965. The band is often credited for establishing the "soft southern rock" sound. The band, led by singer Dennis Yost, is known mainly for the hits "Spooky", "Stormy" and "Traces", released 1967 to 1969, which have become cover standards.

The Classics IV is a band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, United States, in 1965. The band is often credited for establishing the "soft southern rock" sound. The band, led by singer Dennis Yost, is known mainly for the hits "Spooky", "Stormy" and "Traces", released 1967 to 1969, which have become cover standards.

In 1975 Yost began performing solely under his own name, and eventually he lost the rights to the Classics IV name. During the 1990s, without the trademark, he used many backup bands including Steve "Stevie G" Guettler (guitar, vocals), Jeff "JT" Strickler (bass guitar, vocals), Steve Farrell (guitar, vocals), Mike Wilson (keyboards, vocals) and Wes Armstrong (drums, vocals) of the Atlanta-based group The Rockerz. He also used Nashville-based Steve Jarrell and The Sons of the Beach Band, as well as the Hitts out of Virginia Beach, Virginia, with Ed Hutchison (guitar, backing vocals) Ramon Gonzalez (keyboards, backing vocals) Andy Crosswell (drums) and David Voss.

In 2001 Yost underwent successful throat surgery for a condition that had severely impaired his singing voice. He also won a trademark dispute which gave him exclusive rights to the name The Classics IV for both performing and recording purposes.

On July 11, 2006, Yost fell down a flight of stairs and suffered serious brain trauma. To assist Yost and his wife with their medical bills, a benefit concert was held on March 25, 2007, at Rhino's Live in Cincinnati, Ohio. The benefit was hosted by Yost's close friend Jon "Bowser" Bauman, former vocalist with Sha Na Na. Many musical entertainers and some surprise guests from the 1950s through the 1970s performed some of their biggest chart-topping hits in tribute to Yost. Some of the artists performing that day were Denny Laine (the Moody Blues and Wings), Chuck Negron (previously of Three Dog Night), Ian Mitchell (Bay City Rollers), Pat Upton (Spiral Starecase), "Diamond" Dave Somerville, the Skyliners, Buzz Cason, Carl Dobkins Jr., Mark Volman (the Turtles), & The Robby Campbell Trio. The concert did not significantly benefit Yost or his wife financially, as was hoped; expenses far exceeded the money raised, leaving the event in the red. However, it was a huge boost for Yost to visit with so many old friends.

After Yost's accident, he chose Tom Garrett to replace him as lead singer for the Classics IV. The plan was for Yost to make a few yearly "special appearances", and gradually have Garrett take over as the leader of the band. However, Yost was able to perform with them for only one appearance in 2008. Garrett and Yost worked closely together to develop the current lineup. He chose Garrett to help him keep the Classics IV music going in the Classics IV tradition. Yost would listen to the band on recorded CDs, and during that time Garrett and Yost became close friends. The band Yost chose in 2007 to continue his legacy with the Classics IV trademark consisted of Garrett as lead vocalist, Kevin Lloyd on bass, Tim Ridgeway on drums, Joe Sadler on guitar, Garard Montague III on flute and saxophone, and James Yoder on keyboards. In early 2012, due to health issues Montague was replaced on saxophone and flute by Paul Weddle.

Yost died at the age of 65 from respiratory failure on December 7, 2008, the 40th anniversary of the entrance of "Stormy" into the Hot 100's top 10.[4]

Since Yost's death, the current Classics IV lineup is Tom Garrett (vocals), Kevin Lloyd (bass), James Yoder (keyboards), Paul Weddle (sax and flute), John Kerner (guitar) and Shawn White (drums).

Here is some of their work:

Classics IV-Everyday With You Girl    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG4DPXnPqNA&list=PLpubWPv-L2S_JuFoA2_oZCQ0yLil7BV3V

The Classics IV - Pollyanna (1966)      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFKHwsjrmI8

What Am I Crying For     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYdLFoYMGDg

Classics IV - Change of heart      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM9yEgcKndg

CLASSICS IV - MIDNIGHT    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQEo1xEu9C4

The Classics Ⅳ / Something I'll Remember      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33GkmWGP6OQ

The Classics Ⅳ / Traffic Jam      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UokepTgkpMg

Classics IV - Stormy    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18Sua_QTDs0

Classics IV - Spooky     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4SoXILDOI4

Classics IV - Traces      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyxpQO0YYQo

Dennis Yost (Classics IV) - Stormy (Live)     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-FlfXhV0TY&list=PLD23ABBE6A986B0CE

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Re: Classics IV
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2017, 02:12:07 PM »
That guy had a good voice. I remember having a few of those back to back hits 45 rpm records back in grade school of Spooky, Stormy, Traces and Everyday with You Girl  8) all four of those we're great songs. never remembered who sang them. I remember those four got a lot of airplay though on the old AM stations back then. 
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