The Tempests at Surfer's Club, 1966

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The Tempests at Surfer's Club, 1966

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Tempests at Surfer's Club


Madeira Beach (Fla.)
Tempests (Musical group)
Rock music--United States
Pop music
Blues (Music)--Florida
Soul music--United States
Musicians--Southern States


Color photograph of the band, The Tempests, performing live at Surfer's Club in 1966. Surfer's Club was a teenage nightclub in the 1960s, located at 14966 Gulf Boulevard, in Madeira Beach, Florida. The club, which opened in July 1964 and closed in October 1966, only allowed kids ages 15-20. Nightly chaperones ensured there was no "front to back" dancing. The photograph, from left to right, features Doug Palmer, Charlie Bailey, and Tommy Angarano, as well as nine teenagers dancing in front of the stage.

The Tempests were formed in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1963, when the members were just 12 and 13 years old. The original members included Doug Palmer (rhythm guitar), Bobby Allen (drums), Bill Hickman (bass guitar), Tommy Angarano (vocals), and Charlie Bailey (lead guitar). Hickman was later replaced with Buddy Peterson and Palmer was replaced with Mike Hammer, enhancing the group's ability to play songs with harmony. Due to the popularity of The Beatles, harmony-driven bands dominated the radio. The new additions proved a success, as the group won the Battle of the Bands at the Electric Zoo and recorded their first record, "I Want You Only," with "I Want You to Know" as the B-side. Allen was later replaced with Brad Myers on drums, and Bailey with Roy Delese on keyboard. The band opened for many national groups, such as The Dave Clark Five, The Shangri-Las, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Tommy James and the Shondells, Blues Magoos, The Doors, The McCoys, the Mindbenders, The Allman Brothers Band, and Three Dog Night.


Original color photograph, 1966: Profiles: Bands & Artists, Tampa Bay Music Scene Historical Society.

Date Created

ca. 1966

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original color photograph.

Is Part Of

Profiles: Bands & Artists, Tampa Bay Music Scene Historical Society.
Rock Collection, Central Florida Music History Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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Surfer's Club, Madeira Beach, Florida

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Copyright to this resource is held by Tampa Bay Music Scene Historical Society and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.


Cravero, Geoffrey

External Reference

"The Tropics."

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1 color photograph



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