Friday, August 15, 2008

Return of the Hi-Boys Combo

Now somebody from Germany has been googling the Hi-Boys Combo. Any excuse to repost this record is good enough for me:

The Hi-Boys Combo were a trio (maybe) that had been playing since the early 60's and were probably Huntsville's first garage band. The band was Curtis Bolden on guitar and vocals, Bobby Glenn on bass, and Ray Sanderson on drums. Terry Barkley also drummed for the band.

This 45 in was released on Gold Master Records, probably in 1965 or early '66. Gold Master was owned by Sonny Limbaugh, a local dee-jay that could guarantee airplay and shows. Both songs were written by Curtis Bolden.

The Beatles-ish "Some Man (Other Than Me)" was probably the A-Side and played to get the kids dancing at the teen clubs. "Why (Must I Love You So)" is the song they played after the lights got turned down low.

This is the only copy that I've ever seen. I found it at a WLRH record sale in 1993. Somebody must have donated a collection of local records to the sale because the the box that I found this in also had records by two other local bands: The Shandells and The Rocks. None of then are available on any garage comps.

4 Comments:

Blogger Floyd said...

Hey Old Road Hog, KS,.....

I'm from the Hi-Boys era and Bobby is the only one of the original members that I had the pleasure to pick with. In later years Bobby loved Chicago & Badfinger, so did I. So we had common music ground as it was. He and I played together at the River Club in the mid 80's, and I can state for a fact that the only reason that I played there during that timeframe was to enjoy playing with Bobby. He and I would just pick a Badfinger song out of the air and we would go right into it. The best version of "Colour My World" that I have ever been associated with was with Bobby playing bass.

With that said, why don't you post some of the songs by the Hi-Boys, Shandells, and the Rocks (from the WLRH record sale). I would love to hear some of those "oldies"!

Thanks

The Boogertown Bluesman

27/5/10 12:43 PM  
Blogger Floyd said...

By the way, the Hi-Boys were always 4 members. Wendell Haygood was the other guitarist. While onstage, none of the members were tremendously flashy (even though they all could have been), but solid as a rock as a unit. They were very comfortable with each other.

The first time I heard the band was at the Bolden home on Larry Street (close to Westlawn School). Curtis liked to sit on his front porch and pick, so did Wendell (on 15th Street).

Anyway, I struggle to remember the exact year they started playing together, but seems like they were playing together when I returned from Chicago the second time (1961). I remember rehersals when Randy McElyea, Roger Henson, Wayne Hicks, or Ray Brand were with me.

I lived on 8th avenue so I attended lots of the battle of the bands at the Center Theater on Saturday nights. That was the first time saw the guys in a public appearance. If I remember correctly, they won on their first attempt.

Floyd
The Boogertown Bluesman

30/8/10 5:38 PM  
Blogger Floyd said...

By the way, the Hi-Boys were always 4 members. Wendell Haygood was the other guitarist. While onstage, none of the members were tremendously flashy (even though they all could have been), but solid as a rock as a unit. They were very comfortable with each other.

The first time I heard the band was at the Bolden home on Larry Street (close to Westlawn School). Curtis liked to sit on his front porch and pick, so did Wendell (on 15th Street).

Anyway, I struggle to remember the exact year they started playing together, but seems like they were playing together when I returned from Chicago the second time (1961). I remember rehersals when Randy McElyea, Roger Henson, Wayne Hicks, or Ray Brand were with me.

I lived on 8th avenue so I attended lots of the battle of the bands at the Center Theater on Saturday nights. That was the first time saw the guys in a public appearance. If I remember correctly, they won on their first attempt.

Floyd
The Boogertown Bluesman

30/8/10 5:42 PM  
Blogger KS said...

Floyd,

I'm KS. I posted the Hi-Boys entry. I still live here in Huntsville. Unfortunately, I had to miss the Rock & Roll Reunion last Saturday.

30/8/10 8:54 PM  

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