THE OUTSIDERS, a 1966 top Billboard charting band from Cleveland Ohio. The band, who recorded “Time Won’t Let Me” in late 1965 was originally called THE STARFIRES. Capitol Records insisted they change the band name before the song was released in February 1966. The song scored # 5 in the Billboard charts in April 1966.
When the band’s leader, Tom King told his original recording label PAMA RECORD, owned by his uncle Patrick, they were signing with Capitol Records, his uncle got mad and said “you and your band are a bunch of outsiders to me”. That is how the band got the name THE OUTSIDERS.
That same year (1966) they charted three more top forty Billboard songs, #15 “Respectable”, #21 “Girl in Love” and #37 “Help Me Girl”. In 1967 they charted three Billboard songs and released three albums.
The band’s popularity grew with several hit songs and numerous television appearances while touring during 1966-67 including “Shindig”, “Dick Clark’s Where the Action Is” and “Hullabaloo”.
Original Starfires recently signed with PACIFIC RECORDS and will release three brand new original songs and two previous Outsiders hits “Time Won’t Let Me” and “Respectable”, plus one Climax hit “Previous and Few”. The newest original songs are “True Love”, “Fly Me Away” and “Everyone Has Gone”. All six songs will be available soon.
BAND MEMBERS BIO’S
HOWARD BLANK (drummer) is the 1960’s founding original drummer of THE STARFIRES / THE OUTSIDERS’S. Today, Howard heads up the 5-star band which includes nationally recognized band members.
LAURIE BEEBE LEWIS, the newest band member, a former lead singer with THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS for seven years. She also was a member of THE BUCKINGHAMS for three years and she toured with THE TURTLES Happy Together Tour, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Gary Puckett, and others.
ELI HOLLAND from Brooklyn New York, is HOWARD BLANK’S OUTSIDERS lead vocalist and he fronts the band. He is a prolific song writer and performer. He composed over two dozen songs of which several were recently recorded and performed by Howard’s Outsiders. He also collaborated on an album with PETER BAUMANN of techno pioneers “Tangerine Dream”. The video single “Strangers in the Night” aired frequently on MTV.
YASHA SUSOEFF (Music Director, keyboardist, and bari-sax) was in the Al Wilson band in 1972, songs include “Show and Tell’ and “The Snake”.
LORI WILSON (vocals) worked on various projects with LA and San Diego popular bands and a-cappella groups.
MATT SIMPSON (bass guitar) worked with several popular San Diego bands.
MEL VERNON (guitar) worked with several touring groups and toured throughout the world.
JIM BRUNO (sax) is a jazz sax player who crossed over to rock and roll after he joined Howard Blank’s Outsiders.
All band members have many years of performing experience and are seasoned touring musicians and artists.
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