Merlin was formed as a duo by David Hughes and Linda VanWaters in 1975. The couple spent many hours and days trying to decide on a name. Then while sitting in the car listening to the radio before going into a Mall in Fort Worth, TX a song was played by the Moody Blues titled "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" that was about Merlin the Magician. At that time both decided instantly that Merlin would be the duo's namesake. While performing at a talent showcase in Dallas, TX the duo was selected by an agent who booked them for an indefinite stay at the Intercontinental Hotel in Houston, TX. Merlin performed at the revolving restaurant at the top of the hotel for several months until signing with the Gerlach agency in Houston with Dave Vandiver booking the group. In 1976 Bobby King was added on drums, trombone & vocals and the group recorded their first single record. It was two songs with lyrics written by Dr. Thomas N. Corpening from Houston, TX about pet rocks to be included in his book of pet rock jokes and songs. The music was written by David Hughes and the trio recorded at Soundmasters Studio in Houston. Later in Autumn of 1976 Claude Wooley (not shown in the photo above) was added on Bass Guitar & Vocals and the group recorded their second single of original songs written by Linda VanWaters (lyrics) and David Hughes (music). The songs were titled Why? and Who Are You? and the recording was done at Robin Hood Bryans studio in Tyler, TX.
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