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For many parents in Orlando, Florida, Richard Peeples, also known as Mr. Richard, is a big-time musical talent, thanks to his popularity with their children. Peeples and his band, the Pound Hounds, entertain children with what he describes as…

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Charles "Charlie" Brantley, a musician born in West Tampa, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Tampa, Florida, around the turn of the 20th century. Brantley began his music career in 1935, when he joined the Florida Collegians, a group of Tampa…

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International Battle of the Bands Official Certificate for The Tropics, a Tampa-based band. The certificate proclaims, "Be it known that the bearer of this certificate has actively participated in the 1966 International Battle of the Bands at…

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A newspaper photograph from The Tampa Times on January 4, 1968, describing a concert with the bands The Tropics and The Rascals. In this photograph, a large banner hangs from the upper level that reads, "WORLD TEENAGE SHOW 1966 TOP CHAMPIONS," and…

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The Tropics, a Tampa-based band, taken on May 7, 1999, for their 30 year reunion show at the Coliseum, located at 535 Fourth Avenue North in St. Petersburg, Florida. The show was a benefit for All Children's Hospital. The Tropics, also known as "The…

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The Tropics, a Tampa-based band, with legendary soul performer, James Brown, at a private sorority party in Tampa in 1966. The Tropics, also known as "The Bitchin' Red Band" when performing on the Pier in Cocoa Beach, were founded in 1964 in Tampa,…

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The Tropics, a Tampa-based band, in 1965. The Tropics, also known as "The Bitchin' Red Band" when performing on the Pier in Cocoa Beach, were founded in 1964 in Tampa, Florida, consisting of Buddy Pendergrass on guitar and keyboard, Eric Turner on…

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The Tropics performing live at Planteen Recreation Center, located at 301 Dort Street in Plant City, Florida, in 1966. The Tropics, also known as "The Bitchin' Red Band" when performing on the Pier in Cocoa Beach, were founded in 1964 in Tampa,…

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The Tropics, a Tampa-based band, wearing ascots. In the back row from left to right is Eric Turner, Bobby Shea, and Buddy Pendergrass. In the front row from left to right is Mel Dryer and Charlie Souza.The Tropics, also known as "The Bitchin' Red…

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The Tropics, a Tampa-based band, wearing red and white costumes. From left to right is Bobby Shea, Mel Dryer, Buddy Pendergrass, Eric Turner, and Charlie Souza. The Tropics, also known as "The Bitchin' Red Band" when performing on the Pier in Cocoa…

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The Tropics, a Tampa-based band, wearing pinstripe suits. From left to right is Buddy Pendergrass, Mel Dryer, Charlie Souza, Bobby Shea, and Eric Turner. The Tropics, also known as "The Bitchin' Red Band" when performing on the Pier in Cocoa Beach,…

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funkUs, performing live at The Plaza Theater, located at 425 North Bumby Avenue in Orlando, Florida, on January 16, 2013. The band was the opening act for Galactic, a jam band from New Orleans, Louisiana. The first photograph features Adam Freeman on…

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funkUs performing live at the 7th Annual Spring Jambando at The Plaza Theater, located at 425 North Bumby Avenue in Orlando, Florida, on April 28, 2012. The first photograph features Brian Burgess on bass guitar, and the second photograph features…

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The Legendary JC's performing live at Ralphfest 2 at The Beacham Theater, located at 46 North Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando, Florida, on November 24, 2012. The Legendary JC’s, also known as The Joint Chiefs, are an R&B/soul/funk/blues band…

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An audio recording of "I Got You (I Feel Good)," composed by James Brown (1933-2006), and performed by Arturo Sandoval (b. 1949) live on-air on WUCF-FM on October 9, 1999. A protégé of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), who was the first…