The Classics IV

The Classics IVFrom: Jacksonville, FLA, USA

The Classics IV formed in 1965, and are credited as beginning the “soft southern rock” sound. The band is best known for the hits “Spooky,” Stormy,” and “Traces.” The Classics IV began as a cover band consisting of Buddy Buie (guitar), J.R. Cobb (guitar), Walter Eaton (guitar), Joe Wilson (keyboards), and Denis Yost (vocals). Yost had previously been a member of the band the Echoes. The name “The Classics” came from a Classic drum set Yost owned. He was known in the Georgia/Florida area as the “stand-up drummer” because he played the drums standing up. The band played covers of songs by the Ventures, and instrumental versions of songs such as “Misty” and Summertime.” People started requesting vocals, so Denis began singing, beginning a new direction for the band.

The band was discovered when performing in Daytona Beach by booking an agent who worked got Bill Lowery’s operation in Atlanta. The band was urged to move to Atlanta where Lowery was quickly able to snag them a singles deal with Capitol. The Classics’ debut single was “Pollyanna,” written by Joe South, another of Lowery’s clients. Shortly after the single’s release, the band received a letter informing them that there was already a recording act named the Classics. This prompted the band to add IV to help differentiate the two acts.

The single with Capitol was a flop, so Lowery got the Classics IV a deal with Imperial Records. Cobb and Buie added lyrics to a jazz instrumental, “Spooky,” recorded by Atlanta saxophonist Mike Sharp. The Classics IV version made it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and #46 in the UK. The band then brought in drummer Ken Venable so Yost could move freely out front. Daughtry replaced Wilson, and the band changed their name to the Classics IV featuring Denis Yost. They landed two more top-10 hits with “Stormy” (#5) and “Traces” (#2). Michael Huey became the band’s new drummer in 1971. The three major singles by the Classics IV each sold more than one million units and were all awarded gold discs by the R.I.A.A.

Unfortunately, on July 11, 2006, Yost fell down some stairs and suffered serious brain trauma. To assist he and his wife with their medical bills, a benefit concert was held at Rhino’s Live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Yost past died on December 7, 2008 at the age of 65. He died from respiratory failure. ~ Wikipedia

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From the 1968 album Spooky

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