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)
* Dale Oliver – guitars (2018–present)
* Steve Grisham – guitars, vocals (1983–1986, 2013–present)
* Dave Robbins – keyboards, backing vocals (2005–2006, 2010–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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Albums

ARTY 115 Outlaws - Outlaws album art The Outlaws* Outlaws (Album) Arista ARTY 115 UK 1975 Sell This Version
6181 4-16 Outlaws - Lady In Waiting album art Outlaws Lady In Waiting (Album) Arista 6181 4-16 Argentina 1976 Sell This Version
RL 18-76 Outlaws - Presence / Lady In Waiting  album art Led Zeppelin / Outlaws Led Zeppelin / Outlaws - Presence / Lady In Waiting (LP, Transcription) AFRTS RL 18-76 US 1976 Sell This Version
AL 4135 Outlaws - Hurry Sundown album art Outlaws Hurry Sundown (Album) Arista AL 4135 US 1977 Sell This Version
ASTJ(D) 51 Outlaws - Playin' To Win album art Outlaws Playin' To Win (Album) Arista ASTJ(D) 51 Rhodesia 1978 Sell This Version
AL 8300 Outlaws - Bring It Back Alive album art Outlaws Bring It Back Alive (Album) Arista AL 8300 US 1978 Sell This Version
AL 9507 Outlaws - In The Eye Of The Storm album art Outlaws In The Eye Of The Storm (Album) Arista AL 9507 US 1979 Sell This Version
AL 9542 Outlaws - Ghost Riders album art Outlaws Ghost Riders (Album) Arista AL 9542 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
none Outlaws - " The Outlaws" Concert album art Outlaws " The Outlaws" Concert(2xLP, Transcription) The Source (8) none US 1981 Sell This Version
AL 9584 Outlaws - Los Hombres Malo album art Outlaws Los Hombres Malo (Album) Arista AL 9584 US 1982 Sell This Version
OTRS 82-22 Outlaws - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner album art Outlaws, Mary Turner (4) Outlaws, Mary Turner (4) - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner(2xLP, Mixed, Transcription) Westwood One OTRS 82-22 US 1982 Sell This Version
28AP 3267 Outlaws - Soldiers Of Fortune album art Outlaws Soldiers Of Fortune (Album) Pasha 28AP 3267 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
BB 2016-4 Outlaws - Hittin' The Road Live! album art Outlaws Hittin' The Road Live! (Album) Roadrunner Records BB 2016-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
BB-2017-2 Outlaws - Diablo Canyon album art Outlaws Diablo Canyon (Album) Blues Bureau International BB-2017-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
none Outlaws - Demos album art The New Outlaws* Demos (Album) Not On Label (Outlaws Self-released) none US 2010 Sell This Version
none Outlaws - It's About Pride album art Outlaws It's About Pride (Album) Mirror Lake Records none US 2012 Sell This Version
2337 Outlaws - Los Angeles 1976 album art Outlaws Los Angeles 1976 (Album) Cleopatra Records, Purple Pyramid 2337 US 2015 Sell This Version
SPV 271742 2CD Outlaws - Legacy Live album art Outlaws Legacy Live (Album) SPV GmbH, Steamhammer SPV 271742 2CD Germany 2016 Sell This Version
MIG90292 Outlaws - Live At Rockpalast 1981 album art Outlaws Live At Rockpalast 1981 (Album) MIG MIG90292 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
SPV 284721 2LP Outlaws - Dixie Highway album art Outlaws Dixie Highway (Album) Steamhammer SPV 284721 2LP Germany 2020 Sell This Version
IC - 82-4 Outlaws - In Concert album art Outlaws In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One IC - 82-4 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ARISTA 26 Outlaws - There Goes Another Love Song album art The Outlaws* There Goes Another Love Song (Single) Arista ARISTA 26 UK 1975 Sell This Version
BLPB-249-AR Outlaws - Song In The Breeze album art Outlaws Song In The Breeze(7", Single) Arista BLPB-249-AR Japan 1975 Sell This Version
FLB120 Outlaws - Green Grass & High Tides / (Ghost) Riders In The Sky album art Outlaws Green Grass & High Tides / (Ghost) Riders In The Sky(7") Arista FLB120 US 1975 Sell This Version
IER-20031 Outlaws - Breaker - Breaker / South Carolina album art Outlaws Breaker - Breaker / South Carolina (Single) Arista IER-20031 Japan 1976 Sell This Version