Outlaws

Outlaws

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Outlaws are a southern rock band formed in Tampa, Florida in late 1967 by guitarist/vocalist Hughie Thomasson, drummer David Dix, bassist Phil Humberg, guitarists Hobie O'Brien and Frank Guidry, plus singer Herb Pino.

Guidry brought the name Outlaws with him when he joined(he'd been in another group that had that name). Previous to Guidry's arrival the band had been called The Rogues, then The Four Letter Words. By early 1968 O'Brien & Humberg both had left the band to get married and Frank O'Keefe came in on bass. In the spring of 1968 the group's first manager, Paul D., brought them to Epic Studios in NYC to record an album which was never released after the band and the producer of the album had a falling out. Guidry left at this point after differences with the manager. The group headed back to Tampa, then got another deal to go to Criteria Studios in Miami to record another album with producer Phil Gernhard. But this album was likewise never released and Gernhard vanished soon after. Ronny Elliott was brought in around this time to play bass while O'Keefe briefly switched to guitar. But O'Keefe went back to bass after Elliott left in 1969 and Herb Pino began playing guitar as well as singing by this time. Drummer Monte Yoho came in that same year to sub for Dix.

In early 1970, the Outlaws were joined by two members of the Dave Graham Group that was also managed by Paul D. (Ped-Dyn. Productions.) The Dave Graham Group's Union leader was Monte Yoho but he was not invited to be part of this line-up. The early 1970 Outlaws line-up was Hughie Thomasson, Frank O'Keefe, Dave Dix, Billy Jones and Dave Graham. Graham was influential in moving the group toward country-rock, especially the music of Poco. They recorded a cover of the Doors "Five to One" as an audition to a recording deal that never materialized. This grouping disbanded in the Spring of 1970 and the group eventually parted ways with Paul D. Yoho and Herb Pino returned, but by 1971 the offers for gigs had slowed down and the group went into limbo for a year or so not sure if they would continue.

In 1971 Henry Paul, a singer & guitarist who was born in New York but grew up in the Tampa area, returned from a stay in Greenwich Village NYC to form Sienna, which was more of a country rock outfit. He was joined by Monte Yoho and Frank O'Keefe. In 1972 Hughie Thomasson, himself returned from a brief spell in New York where he'd been backing up folksinger Milton Carroll, joined up with Paul, Yoho and O'Keefe and Sienna became the reborn Outlaws

Billy Jones, who would sometimes show up to jam with the group on organ in 1971 & 1972, returned from a stint in Boulder, Colorado in 1973 and switched to guitar, giving birth to the band's first infamous guitar trio later dubbed "The Florida Guitar Army". O'Keefe left the group temporarily in 1973-74. Buzzy Meekins and another bassist named Rick stood in until he was able to return. In 1974 Charlie Brusco signed on as manager for The Outlaws. Alan Walden(brother of Capricorn Records founder Phil Walden) was told of the group by Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant and he joined forces with Brusco as co-manager.

The band was the first act signed to Arista Records under Clive Davis. Davis was in the audience at a show in 1974 where the band was opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd in Columbia, South Carolina. At the end of Lynyrd Skynyrd's set, lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant said from the stage: “If you don’t sign the Outlaws, you’re the dumbest music person I’ve ever met—and I know you’re not.”

The Outlaws' earliest well known songs were "There Goes Another Love Song" and "Green Grass and High Tides", both from their 1975 self-titled debut album. Their 1981 cover of "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" from the album Ghost Riders was their biggest single chart success, reaching #31 on the Billboard "Pop Singles" chart.

Current members

* Henry Paul – guitars, vocals (1972–1977, 1983-1986, 2005–2006, 2008–present)
* Chris Andersen – guitars, vocals (1986–1989, 2005–present)
* Billy Crain – guitars, vocals (2008–present)
* Jon Coleman – keyboards, vocals (2008–present)
* Randy Threet – bass, vocals (2005–present)
* Monte Yoho – drums, percussion (1969, 1970–1979, 2005–present)

[edit] Original recording members

* Hughie Thomasson – guitars, vocals, banjo (1967–1996, 2005–2007)(Passed away 2007. Hughie was responsible for the 2005 band resurrection )
* Henry Paul
* Billy Jones (died 1995)
* Frank O'Keefe (died 1995)
* Monte Yoho
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Outlaws Discography

Albums

RVP-6044 The Outlaws* Outlaws (Album) Arista RVP-6044 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
IES-80505 Outlaws Lady In Waiting (Album) Arista IES-80505 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
AL 4135 Outlaws Hurry Sundown (Album) Arista AL 4135 US 1977 Sell This Version
AL 8300 Outlaws Bring It Back Alive (Album) Arista AL 8300 US 1978 Sell This Version
ASTJ(D) 51 Outlaws Playin' To Win (Album) Arista ASTJ(D) 51 Rhodesia 1978 Sell This Version
1C 064-63 394 Outlaws In The Eye Of The Storm (Album) Arista 1C 064-63 394 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
203.108 Outlaws Ghost Riders (Album) Arista 203.108 Brazil 1980 Sell This Version
204 558 Outlaws Los Hombres Malo (Album) Arista 204 558 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
PSH 450 135 1 Outlaws Soldiers Of Fortune (Album) Pasha PSH 450 135 1 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
RR 9011 2 Outlaws Hittin' The Road Live!(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records RR 9011 2 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
BB-2017-2 Outlaws Diablo Canyon (Album) Blues Bureau International BB-2017-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
none Outlaws Demos (Album) Not On Label none US 2010 Sell This Version
none Outlaws It's About Pride (Album) Mirror Lake Records none US 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

26 Outlaws, The* There Goes Another Love Song / Keep Prayin' (Single) Arista 26 UK 1975 Sell This Version
FLB120 Outlaws Green Grass & High Tides / (Ghost) Riders In The Sky(7") Arista FLB120 US 1975 Sell This Version
4 C 006-97753 Outlaws Breaker Breaker (Single) Arista, Arista 4 C 006-97753 Belgium 1976 Sell This Version
AS 0213 Outlaws, The* Green Grass & High Tides Arista AS 0213 US 1975 Sell This Version
AS 0282 Outlaws Hearin' My Heart Talkin' Arista AS 0282 US 1977 Sell This Version
AS 0258 Outlaws Hurry Sundown (Single) Arista AS 0258 US 1977 Sell This Version
AS 0397 Outlaws You Are The Show / If Dreams Came True Arista AS 0397 US 1978 Sell This Version
SP-16 Outlaws, The* Green Grass & High Tides(12", S/Sided, Promo) Arista SP-16 US 1978 Sell This Version
AS0338 Outlaws, The* Green Grass & High Tides / Holiday(7") Arista AS0338 US 1978 Sell This Version
AS 0378 Outlaws Take It Anyway You Want It(7", Promo) Arista AS 0378 US 1978 Sell This Version
AS 0582 Outlaws (Ghost) Riders In The Sky / Devil's Road (Single) Arista AS 0582 US 1980 Sell This Version
AS 0597 Outlaws I Can't Stop Loving You / Wishing Wells (Single) Arista AS 0597 US 1980 Sell This Version

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