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This music by The Gentlemen was recorded live at various venues in the late sixties and early seventies on consumer reel to reel tape decks at slow lower quality speeds with microphones placed in front of the PA speakers and no one monitoring the recorder or PA system for balance or volume levels. Please excuse the lower quality but these are the only live recordings available to Merlin Productions for these groups.
The Gentlemen (later Angus) 1967 - 1971
A Rock and Soul show band that performed in DFW and Houston areas as well as tours in the Northeast, Midwest and Southern United States and California.
Members were Gary Boyd - bass guitar, James Miller - saxophone & flute, James (Smiley) Williams - drums, Steve Hunter - organ, Jimmy Fuller - singer, David Hughes - trumpet & guitar and Keith McElvain - trombone. Also Tommy Abshire was added on trumpet for a few months appearing in the picture with yellow shirts.
The original 1960's group named Little Joe and the Gentlemen consisted of Joe Phaff, lead singer later replaced by Bobby Albin on piano and vocals when Joe was drafted, Bob King on Drums, Gary Boyd on bass, Jamie Kendrick on guitar and Dickey Rhiney on guitar. They recorded a single record with Stagger Lee on side two and an original song by Joe and Jamie titled This Land on side one.
The group reformed in the summer of 1967 with Bobby Albin as lead singer, Jamie Kendrick (organizer & leader) on guitar, Steve Hunter on organ, Bobby King on drums, Gary Boyd on bass, James Miller on saxophone and David Hughes on trumpet & guitar. The group rented a closed Dairy Queen building in White Settlement, TX, cleaned it up and used it for rehearsals. Their first gig was at Omar Khayam's club on Jacksboro Hwy. in Fort Worth, TX and that club became a frequent venue for them. Later James (Smiley) Williams replaced Bobby King on the Drums, Jamie Kendrick left the group and Jimmy Fuller replaced Bobby Albin on lead vocals when he left. Tommy Abshire was then added in late 1970 on trumpet and Keith McElvain was added on the trombone forming The Gentlemen pictured above with yellow shirts and brown vests. After the member changes the band played at many DFW sorority and fraternity parties, Cox's fashion shows, and the Nutcracker and Place Across the Street clubs in Dallas before touring the northeast and mid-west USA. They signed with Hollywood producer Jerry Fuller, making a single record in Los Angeles, CA. that was released by him on the Bell record label.