The Tropics in Red Costumes
Tropics (Musical group)
Cocoa Beach (Fla.)
Rock music--United States
Rhythm and blues music--United States
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 Beach, were founded in 1964 in Tampa, Florida, consisting of Buddy Pendergrass on guitar and keyboard, Eric Turner on guitar and vocals, Mel Dryer on lead vocals, Bobby Shea on drums, and Charlie Souza on bass guitar and vocals. They were performing around the state and the Southeastern United States by the summer of 1965, opening for popular acts such as The Who, The Young Rascals, and Herman's Hermits. The band won the 1966 International Battle of the Bands at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, taking first place over 441 bands, including future successful acts like Tommy James and the Shondells and Chicago. This won the group a recording contract with Columbia Records, where they recorded the single, "Take the Time," which was played on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, and topped the local charts. Pendergrass and Shea would later form the glam rock band, White Witch, in 1971.
Original color photograph: Profiles: Bands & Artists, Tampa Bay Music Scene Historical Society.
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Profiles: Bands & Artists, Tampa Bay Music Scene Historical Society.
Rock Collection, Central Florida Music History Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
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Cocoa Beach Pier, Cocoa Beach, Florida
Published digitally by Tampa Bay Music Scene Historical Society.
Jones, Martin. Lovers Buggers & Thieves: Garage Rock - Monster Rock - Progressive Rock - Psychedelic Rock - Folk Rock. Vol. 1. Manchester: Headpress, 2005.
"The Tropics." TampaBayMusicHistory.com. http://www.tampabaymusichistory.com/the-tropics.php.
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