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July 20, 2011 / Gaston Today Magazine

Mt Holly Nights Jully 22nd: The Showmen


General Norman Johnson formed THE SHOWMEN in 1955 in Norfolk,
…Virginia.

Originally called the HUMDINGERS, the band used its
distinctive style in a session for Atlantic Records in 1956, yielding
four sides that were never released. Not discouraged, the band
got a chance to record for Minit Records in New Orleans, Louisiana.
After changing their name to THE SHOWMEN, the band was off
and running, recording 15 songs for Minit between 1961 and 1962.
It was then that THE SHOWMEN encountered their first national
success with what has been called the international anthem for
rock and roll, “It Will Stand”. The tune made the national charts
twice – in 1961 and again in 1964. The band also released the
beach music classic “39-21-40 Shape”. In 1968, General Norman
Johnson left THE SHOWMEN to pursue his career with THE CHAIRMEN
OF THE BOARD.

THE SHOWMEN continued until the early 70’s, but were reformed
in 1977 by General Johnson. The group later took on new members
Warren Brown and Rubin Collick. Brown and Collick had been
members of the R&B group, PAGE ONE. In the 90’s the band
recorded several hits, including “Sweet Beach Music”, and the classic
“Shaggin’ The Night Away”.

THE SHOWMEN today, which includes Warren Brown, Rubin Collick,
Michael Spratley, and THE SHOWMEN band are still making “sweet
beach music”. Their recent single, “You Want It, You Got It” from the
recently released compilation CD (Surfside Records) “Beach Music
Patrol” is hot and climbing the charts.

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