In 1966 The Fabulous Tropics won The International Battle of the Bands held at the famous McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. The Band took first place over more than 1000 bands, which included such names as Chicago and Tommy James & The Shondells. Out of that came a recording contract with Columbia Records and the single "Take the Time," produced by Teo Macero, which made it to the top of the charts and got a "92" on Dick Clark's American Bandstand!
A 30-year reunion for the Tropics took place On May 7, 1999! The Fabulous Tropics played at the St. Petersburg, Florida, Coliseum. It was a benefit for All Children's Hospital. (As seen on "Good Day Tampa Bay" FOX 13)
This was the time to get back in the studio and re-record some of their favorite tunes, some of these recordings are available now on this CD. The reunion was a tremendous success and many good friends were reunited in a free-spirited, fun-filled nostalgic evening, reliving the innocence of those wonderful times. "It was Fabulous" says Margie Sexton, the band's former manager and owner of the famous "SURFER'S CLUB," a Madeira Beach, Florida teen-age night club in the 60's. This 7 song CD contains a song written for the occasion, "Still Get a Chill!!"
Band members include Charlie Souza, Eric Turner, Mel Dryer, Bobby Shea, and our brother and founding member, Buddy Pendergrass. http://www.buddyp.com/
This CD is dedicated to the loving memory of our brother and founding member of The Tropics,
Buddy Pendergrass 1947 - 2003
( Profits to benefit the Buddy P. Memorial Fund )
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In the summer of 65, we were young and so alive, Rockin' at the Surfer's Club, What a magical time it was. We were dancin' in the sand, playin' in a Rock & Roll band, Singin' I want More, and I wanna hold your hand.
I still get a Chill, Thinkin' about those days.
I Still get a Chill.
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