Friday, April 1, 2011

Soul Tymes Now

The Creative Side
by Rhonda Baldwin
Photos courtesy of
Rhonda Baldwin & Don Knight

More than 40 years ago an amazing sound was created when two local bands joined forces.
Shades of MidKnight and The Barons became Soul Tymes Nine in January of 1968 and quickly became a fan favorite for a generation.

The band decided on their name due to the fact there were nine members and they all shared a passion of playing soul music. They included Greg Dawdy, Donnie Knight, Randy Gann, Bob Landers, Tom Ziglar Jr., Harold Bonner, Dan Peek , Larry Ward and Larry Dollar.

The band members practiced almost every day in an old barn in Roanoke. On Friday nights, following home football games, the group often played its music at the former National Guard Armory in Roanoke.

Soon, the band exploded in popularity. Bob Landers acted as manager for the group and after contracting with the Gerald Cox booking agency in Atlanta, their destiny as a much sought-after band was confirmed. Soon, they were playing on college campuses such as the University of Alabama, Auburn University, and in Mobile, Alabama. They were booked for major colleges in Georgia, such as Emory University and Georgia Tech, and colleges in Mississippi, as well. Soon, the Rodgers Agency of Atlanta took over the bookings and the band became even more successful. Rodgers also booked for The Platters, The Lettermen, and The Shirelles.

The group traveled most every weekend which usually included at least two performances. Concerts were booked as far north as Washington D.C. and as far south as Miami, Florida. Additional musicians, Mike Adcock, Barry Cole, and David Stevenson also joined the band.
Over the years Soul Tymes Nine life got in the way and the members of the band drifted apart at least musically speaking…

However, that all changed in August of 2010 when the members have gathered in the same old barn in Roanoke, tuned their instruments, shared a lot of laughs and memories, and played music. They soon decided that a reunion concert might be a great deal of fun for their hometown friends, former classmates, and anyone else who enjoys the music of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In January, a dozen musicians that once played as Soul Tymes Nine took the stage at the old National Guard Armory in Roanoke for a standing-room only crowd. The event was said to have been attended by close to 700 people that danced and sang the night away to some old favorites like I’ve Been Hurt; Baby, I Need Your Lovin; Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying; Something’s Wrong With My Baby; and Brown-Eyed Girl.

The night was so well-received, the band continues to practice for another show this summer sponsored by the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce.
“Roanoke After Dark” a fund-raising event for the chamber will be June 4, 2011 following its annual Summer on Main festival.

It will also be the highlight of the Handley High School Generations Reunion. It will be a day of reminiscing with friends and family as well as creating new memories as the band plays at least one more time.

For sponsorship information on the Roanoke After Dark concert and Summer on Main festival, please contact Kelly Caldwell at 256. 276.7959 (or by email at news@lakewedoweelife.com) or Dorothy Tidwell at the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce 334.863.1402 or 334.863.6612 (or by email at rancococ@teleclipse.net).
For information regarding the Handley High School Generations Reunion, contact Rhonda Baldwin  at 706.957.3263 (or by email:  bobbielee5@hotmail.com). 


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